Vijapura (Bijapur) attractions

Top Choice Monument 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 towers…
Top Choice Monument 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 poignant: b…
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 in…
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 that t…
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, weapons, …
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 frescos and a sq…
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 efforts o…
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 more thousands of worshippers. Women should be sure to cover …
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.
Market in Vijapura (Bijapur)

Central Market

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