Other Monuments - 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

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

Jamiya Masjid
History as per internet: Jamiya Masjid/Jumma Masjid was built in the year 1578 by Ali Adil Shah I, just after the victory in 1565 over Bijapura, then called as Vijaya Nagara. It has nine huge arches, an arcaded prayer hall with fine aisles supported on massive piers. The interior of the mosque is decorated with motifs on the arches.

Mehtar Mahal
History as per internet: Mehtar Mahal is the ornamental gateway which lead to an exquisitely crafted mosque and a beautiful garden. Mehtar Mahal is also known as the ‘Sweeper’s Palace’ and is believed to be dating back to 1620 AD. The entry gate of Mehtar Mahal is built in Indo-Saracenic style. The place is three-storied and has beautifully carved arches and the grand minarets of the Mahal are finely designed with pictures of birds and rows of swans. The carvings are crafted in Hindu architectural style with brackets that support balconies and stone.

Asar Mahal
History as per internet: Asar Mahal or palace was with an artificial lake constructed in 1646 by the Adil Shahis and was initially used as hall of justice. The portico had a impressive wooden columns (four numbers of octagonal shape) which are now replaced. The walls and ceiling of the hall display landscape paintings.

The Original Wooden columns...

Bara Kaman  
History as per internet: Bara Kaman (meaning 12 arches) is a half way abonded mausoleum of Ali Roza built in 1672. It was initially called as Ali Roza, but Shah Nawab Khan changed its name to Bara Kaman, as this was the 12th monument built during his reign and was planned with 12 arches.

Taj Bawadi
History as per internet: Taj Bawdi is a water reservoir that was built to commemorate Taj Sultana, Ibrahim II ’s first wife. The entrance arch is very impressive and has two octagonal towers.

It was great morning and we saw most of monuments in half a day. After early brunch at Kamats we left for Solapur.