Gol Gumbaz - Bijapur

Where: Bijapur/ Vijayapura
How to reach: 100 Kms from Solapur, 200 Kms from Hospet
Best time to visit: All the year round
Time visited: Nov 2016
Time to see around: 2/3 hrs
Stay: City
Parking: Parking available inside premises.
Note- Huge Parking but easily may get full during day

Tour Plan
Day 1: Pune-Kittur-Varur-Annigeri-Gadag
Day 2: Gadag-Laxmeshwar-Gadag-Sudi-Gadag
Day 3: Gadag-Dambal-Lakkundi-Itagi-Bijapur
Day 4: Bijapur-Solapur

Day 4 - Bijapur Local Sightseeing
Gol Gumbaz - Jumma Masjid - Mehtar Mahal - Asar Mahal - Bara Kamaan - The Malik-e-Maiden - Ibrahim Rauza - Upli Buruj - Taj Bawdi

History as per Internet 
Gol Gumbaz the largest dome in India, is a colossal tomb with 44m diameter width. The structure is composed of a cube and at each of the four corners of the cube, is a dome-capped octagonal tower seven stories high with a staircase inside. Running around the inside of the dome is the "Whispering Gallery" where even the softest sound can be heard on the other side due to the acoustics of the space. Inside the mausoleum hall, is a square podium which marks the actual grave below,  The building in front of the tomb has been renovated to a museum in the present day.

We reached 6AM sharp at the gates of Gol Gumbaz which was just opening. Sun was just about to rise and the winter chill was in air. The morning joggers were exercising on the grounds. Our guide was waiting for us at the gates.

We wanted to be among early ones to climb as the guide told us as day the progress there is mad rush and with everybody trying to produce an echo you would be hardly able to hear.

As you start approaching the main building which is now musem, Gol Gumabz suddenly starts vanishing from the view.

 The museum

After the traverse the grand view...

 Octagonal 7 storied tower with a staircase inside

  The narrow staircase

 The opening of staircase

Inside the gallery the guard showed how you can listen to falling of a coin of crushing of water bottle across the mausoleum. It was simply amazing to see the wonder of the architecture.

Our next stop was Jumma Masjid