Top things to do in Vijapura (Bijapur)

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…
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 dishes…
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; ₹189). The premises are modern and air-conditioned, and there's an espre…
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 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…