Welcome to Vijapura (Bijapur)
A historic city epitomising the Deccan's Islamic era, Vijapura (renamed in 2014 but still widely called Bijapur) tells a glorious tale dating back some 600 years. Blessed with a heap of mosques, mausoleums, palaces and fortifications, it was the capital of the Adil Shahi kings from 1489 to 1686, and one of the five splinter states formed after the Islamic Bahmani kingdom broke up in 1482. Despite its strong Islamic character, Vijapura is also a centre for the Lingayat brand of Shaivism, which emphasises a single personalised god. The Lingayat Siddeshwara Festival runs for eight days.
Until recently the city was somewhat lacking in tourist facilities and perhaps consequently few travellers dropped by. But new hotels have recently opened and there's now a decent selection of places to stay.