Top ChoiceMonument in Vijapura (Bijapur)


Set in tranquil gardens, the magnificent Golgumbaz houses the tombs of emperor Mohammed Adil Shah (r 1627–56), his two wives, his mistress (Rambha), one of his daughters and a grandson. Octagonal seven-storey...

Top ChoiceMonument in Vijapura (Bijapur)

Ibrahim Rouza

The beautiful Ibrahim Rouza is among the most elegant and finely proportioned Islamic monuments in India. Its 24m-high minarets are said to have inspired those of the Taj Mahal, and its tale is similarly...

Indian in Vijapura (Bijapur)

Hotel Madhuvan International

There's a choice of indoor or outdoor garden seating at this fine hotel restaurant, which does fantastic vegetarian dishes, including 13 kinds of dosa (thin lentil-flour pancakes) and lots of paneer and korma...

Vegetarian in Vijapura (Bijapur)


Excellent South and North Indian dishes are on offer here at very fair rates; try a paneer kadai (cottage cheese cooked in thick tomato gravy). The premises are modern and air-conditioned, and there's an espresso...

Arts & Crafts in Vijapura (Bijapur)

Sabala Handicrafts

Fair-trade store selling beautiful handmade textiles, bags, saris, kurtas and accessories. Prices start at ₹800. Profits benefit an NGO that empowers village women. It's 4km southeast of the centre.

Multicuisine in Vijapura (Bijapur)

Qaswa Hills

This basement hotel restaurant buzzes day and night with contented diners. It's renowned for its meat dishes; try a chicken or mutton biryani.

Fort in Vijapura (Bijapur)


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. Now mainly in ruins, its remaining structures are urgently...

Ruins in Vijapura (Bijapur)

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...

Mosque in Vijapura (Bijapur)

Jama Masjid

Constructed by Ali Adil Shah I (r 1557–80), the finely proportioned Jama Masjid has graceful arches, a fine dome and a vast inner courtyard with room for thousands of more worshippers. It is a sign of respect for...

Historic Building in Vijapura (Bijapur)

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 rooms on the upper storey are decorated with frescoes and...

Historic Site in Vijapura (Bijapur)


Perched upon a platform is this beast of a cannon – over 4m long, almost 1.5m in diameter and estimated to weigh 55 tonnes. Cast in 1549, it was supposedly brought to Vijapura as a war trophy thanks to the...

Museum in Vijapura (Bijapur)

Archaeological Museum

A well-presented archaeological museum set in the Golgumbaz lawns. Skip the ground floor and head upstairs; there you’ll find an excellent collection of artefacts, such as oriental carpets, china crockery,...

Historic Site in Vijapura (Bijapur)

Upli Buruj

Upli Buruj is a 16th-century, 24m-high watchtower near the western walls of the city. An external flight of stairs leads to the top, where you’ll find two hefty cannons and good views of other monuments around town.

Religious in Vijapura (Bijapur)

Lingayat Siddeshwara

Running for eight days, this festival celebrates Lingayat culture and the worship of Shiva as a universal god, with special prayer ceremonies in temples across town.

Market in Vijapura (Bijapur)

Central Market

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

Historic Site in Vijapura (Bijapur)

Jod Gumbad

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 adviser, Abdul Razzaq Qadiri, are buried here. Unfortunately,...

Ruins in Vijapura (Bijapur)

Bara Kaman

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 from 1672.

Ruins in Vijapura (Bijapur)

Sat Manzil

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

Ruins in Vijapura (Bijapur)

Jala Manzil

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

Mosque in Vijapura (Bijapur)

Mihtar Mahal

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