Gagan Mahal


The most impressive of the remaining fragments in the citadel is the colossal archway of Gagan Mahal, built by Ali Adil Shah I around 1561 as a dual-purpose royal residency and durbar (royal court). It's said that this is where Sikandar Adil Shah, last ruler of the Adil Shahi dynasty, surrendered, bound in chains to Aurangzeb in 1686. The gates here are locked, but someone will be on hand to let you in

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1. Jala Manzil

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Within the citadel is the delicate Jala Manzil, once a water pavilion surrounded by secluded courts and gardens.

2. Sat Manzil


The ruins of Mohammed Adil Shah’s seven-storey palace, the Sat Manzil is one of several evocative sites in the citadel.

3. Citadel

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Surrounded by fortified walls and a wide moat, the citadel once contained the palaces, pleasure gardens and durbar (royal court) of the Adil Shahi kings…

4. Bara Kaman

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Within the citadel are the graceful arches of Bara Kaman, the ruined mausoleum of Ali Adil Shah II (Ali Roza). The structure was never finished, and dates…

5. Asar Mahal


Built by Mohammed Adil Shah in about 1646 to serve as a hall of justice, the graceful Asar Mahal once housed two hairs from Prophet Mohammed’s beard. The…

6. Central Market

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This lively market is an explosion of colour and scent, with flowers, spices and fresh produce for sale.

7. Mihtar Mahal

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The crumbling but richly decorated Mihtar Mahal serves as an ornamental gateway to a small mosque.

8. Jod Gumbad

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In the southwest of the city, off Bagalkot Rd, stand the twin Jod Gumbad tombs, with handsome bulbous domes. An Adil Shahi general and his spiritual…