Bijapur is a beautiful city situated in Karnataka and serves as a memorable getaway from Bangalore. The city is dotted with historical and architectural splendors that date back to the 11th century. The city was established by the Chalukya dynasty and named it as Vijayapura. Thus, the city houses descendants of both Dravidian and Aryan. Apart from architectural splendors, the festivals in the city also make it a worth visiting travel destination in Karnataka.
How to Reach Bijapur from Bangalore
From Bangalore, an extensive rail network connects Bijapur through two nearest railway stations, namely Solapur Jn and Hubli Jn. At the railway station, there is local transportation system available to help in easy moving in and around the city.
Hubli Airport is the nearest airport to reach Bijapur from Bangalore. Upon arrival at Hubli Airport, one can find private taxis and cabs for hire to move in and around the city.
One can also reach Bijapur from Bangalore through a well-connected road that stretches to a length of 539 km. Self driven vehicle is a good option, alternatively, one can also hire a private taxi or a cab from Bangalore to reach Bijapur. Private operated buses are also functional on this route.
Bijapur is connected to many cities in Karnataka and other neighboring states. The railway station at Bijapur is well-connected to Mumbai via BJP BP Fast Pas.
Belgaum is the nearest airport to Bijapur. It is located around 205 kilometers away from Belgaum. Mumbai is well-connected to Belgaum via domestic flights. Taxis ply from Belgaum to Bijapur.
The National Highway 4 and Pune-Solapur Highway connect Mumbai to Badami. The road journey will take around 8.5 to 9 hours. KSRTC buses ply between Bijapur and other cities in Karnataka. Tourist luxury buses regularly ply between Bijapur and Mumbai.
Solapur Junction and Hubli Junction are 2 nearby train station connected to Pune. From here onwards, you’ll have to take regular taxis from Solapur Junction & Hubli Junction to Bijapur.
Hubli Airport is the nearest airport to Bijapur. It is located around 177 kilometers away from Badami. Domestic flights are available from Hubli to Pune. Taxis ply between Bijapur and Pune.
The National Highway 4 connects Bijapur and Pune. The road journey will take around 6 to 6.5 hours. KSRTC buses ply between Bijapur and other nearby cities such as Hubli and Solapur. Tourist luxury buses connect Bijapur to Pune, Mumbai and Bangalore.
Tourist Attractions in Bijapur
Situated at a distance of 2 km, Gol Gumbaz is one of the major attractions of the city. Built by Yaqut of Dabul (architect under Mohammed Adil Shah’s patronage), the structure is remarked as the world’s 2nd largest dome. There is no pillar used in raising the structure. There are stairs that connect four minarets to the dome. Thus, one can enjoy the panoramic view of the city. The whispering gallery is one of the attracting features of the structure.
Jumma Masjid is a must-visit attraction in the city. The mosque, with a height of 120 ft, is set over an area of 10,810 sq m. Well-designed arches & rooms and a fountain at the center are some of the features that make the mosque look beautiful. There is a big hall and a huge dome and 33 domes closely encircling it. Additionally, there also are 12 arches built with 12 interleaving arches and intricately designed gateway, which was designed by Aurangzeb. Jumma Masjid is also acclaimed as India’s first mosque. The holy Koran, inscribed in gold, is also one of the attracting features of the mosque.
Mithari and Asar Mahals
Located in close vicinity to Jumma Masjid, Mithari and Asar Mahals are beautiful structures to visit. An ornately decorated gateway heads to a 3-storied edifice of Mithari Mahal that features high minarets and beautifully designed windows. Asar Mahal is adjacent to Mithari Mahal and is held by 4 pillars. This structure was initially built as a ‘Hall of Justice’. A step well is also a major attraction near the structure. The upper storey of the building features Persian style decoration and does not allow entry of women. Moreover, the annual festival known as ‘Urs’ also makes it a must visit attraction in Bijapur.
Surrounded by its own walls, the Citadel is a centrally located site. In the center of the property, there also is a large moat. The Citadel features palaces, halls of shah rulers and beautiful gardens. Constructed by Yusuf Adil Shah, some of the structures of the Citadel are in bad condition and some have been transformed into government buildings. The unique charm of the structure wins capitates the mind and hearts of the visitors. Gagan Mahal, Sat Manzil, Durbar Hall, Bara Kaman and Jala Manzil are some of the attracting features in the Citadel.