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Gol Gumbaz Bijapur - The Second Largest Dome In The World - Karnataka - India

The Gol Gumbaz also known as Gol Gumbad is the second largest dome in the world located at Bijapur district of Karnataka India. The Gol Gumbaz is a mausoleum of Muhammad Adil Shah who was the king of Bijapur between 1626 and 1656 A.D. This historical monument is located at a distance of just 2 km from Bijapur in Karnataka.

Location: In the Heart of Bijapur Northen Part of Karnataka India
Famous For: Islamic Architecture and Adil Shah's Mausoleum
Distance: 530 kms from Bangalore, 205 kms from Belgaum
Best Time to Visit: October to March (During Winters) from Sunrise to Sunset
Closed Day: Friday
Photography: Allowed
Parking facility: Yes
Phone No (Official): +91-8352222474
Period of Constuction: 1659 AD

The Gol Gumbaz is an important monument of Indo-Islamic architecture. Gol Gumbaz is the tomb of Mohammed Adil Shah which was constructed in the 17th century by the seventh ruler of Adilshahi dynasty. Gol Gumbaz is 530 kilometers away from Bangalore, the capital city of Karnataka. Yaqut of Dabul was the architect of this huge and wonderful structure. A huge cube shaped structure of 47.5 meters (156 ft) length on each side and The dome of the structure is second in size only to St. Peter's Basilica Rome which is built in the history has an outer diameter of 144 feet. Gol Gumbaz is the major attraction of Bijapur in Karnataka stands on a floor area of 1700 sq mts with a height of 51 m and diameter of 37 m. the walls of the tomb are 3m thick. The width of each of the sides is equal to the height which is a little above 200'. The exterior diameter of the dome is 144'.

The Gol Gumbad was built by Muhammad Adil Shah in the year 1656. The dome of the building is carved with elegant petals and the height is 27.4 mts. The corner towers do not harmonize with the dome as they look more like a Chinese pagoda rather than a minarets. Another significant feature of the Gol Gumbaz is its central dome which stands without the support of pillars. Gol Gumbaz is an amazing tomb in Vijapur city of tombs. You have to climb some 120 steps to reach the top of the tomb. The Gol Gumbaz contains the tombs of Muhammad Adil Shah, his wives, daughters and other family members. There is a mosque qith an oblation tank in front of the Naybat Khana or a drum house, which now houses the architectural museum. The actual tombs are in the basement, which can be accessed by a staircase in the western entrance.

Entry Fee And Other Charges For Visit Gol Gumbaz Bijapur

Digital camera charge 25 rupees to take photos inside Gol Gumbaz. There are guides at the entrance and they charge about 250 Rs for a half an hour tour.

  • Entry Fee For Indians: 10 INR per person
  • Entry Fee For Foreigners: 100 INR per person
  • Digital Camera Charge: 25 INR

Timing For Gol Gumbaz Bijapur

The timings to visit the Gol Gumbaz are between 10:00 am and 5:00 pm. The Gol Gumbaz is closed on Fridays. Taking 1 to 2 hours for visit Gol Gumbaz.

Best Time To Visit Gol Gumbaz Bijapur

The best time to visit the Gol Gumbaz is between September to March. You have to go early morning to experience the echoeing. Once the crowd gathers the effect reduces. Weather at Bijapur is very hot in summers which could make sightseeing uncomfortable. So Between September to March is the Best Time To Visit Gol Gumbaz Bijapur. It is too crowded and queue line is there to go top. Better to visit in the morning time. Visit in the evening for catch a decent sunset and photograph the parrots.

Tourist Attractions Near Gol Gumbaz Bijapur

Other historical sites we have visited in Bijapur was Bijapur fort, Ibrahim roza, Jumma Masjid and Chand Bowdi. When returning from visit Gol Gumbaz you can see one dam called Allmatti dam in Krishna river which is also a best picnic spot.

Shopping Near Gol Gumbaz Bijapur

Shopping complexes like Mirji Show Room and M S Samrubhi Traders are the locations where you can enjoy the experience of shopping like in a well developed city. You can shop from Bijapur include sandalwood items, stone decorative items, hand woven Ilkal saris, Lambani jewellery, beaded jewellery and jute bags among other things. Roopam plaza also the best shopping place in Bijapur which is closed from The Gol Gumbaz.

Restaurants Near Gol Gumbaz Bijapur

Here is the list of some famous and popular Restaurants which are very closed from Gol Gumbaz Bijapur.

Hotel Madhuvan International Restaurant
Station Road
0.8 km from Gol Gumbaz

Kamath Restaurant
Station Road, Bijapur Kanishka International
1.0 km from Gol Gumbaz

Godbole Mala Close to the citadel
2.9 km from Gol Gumbaz

Hotel Shubhashree Sagar
Near NCC office Solapur Road
3.9 km from Gol Gumbaz

Hotels Near Gol Gumbaz Bijapur

Here is the list of some famous and popular Hotels which are very closed from Gol Gumbaz Bijapur.

Hotel Pearl
633 Station Road, Bijapur, Opposite Gol Gumbaz, Bijapur
0.5 km from Gol Gumbaz

Hotel Madhuvan International 3.0 Star Hotel
Station Road, Bijapur
0.8 km from Gol Gumbaz

Hotel Kanishka International
Station Road, Bijapur
0.8 km from Gol Gumbaz

Samrat Hotel
Station Road, Bijapur
0.9 km from Gol Gumbaz

Hotel Basava Residency
Makund Nagar, Station Road, Bijapur
0.9 km from Gol Gumbaz

Megharaj Hotel
Railway Station Road, Bijapur
0.8 km from Gol Gumbaz

Hotel Golden Heights
Station Road, Bijapur
0.8 km from Gol Gumbaz

Hotel Heritage International
Station Road, near Gol Gumbaz, Bijapur
0.8 km from Gol Gumbaz

How to Reach Gol Gumbaz Bijapur

By Air:

Belgaum (205 km) is the nearest airport to Gol Gumbaz which is well connected to Mumbai by domestic flights. From Belgaum hire a taxi to Bijapur.

By Rail:

Bijapur is well onnected by rail to many cities in the state and also the cities in the neighboring states.

By Road:

KSRTC buses are running regularly between the nearby cities to Bijapur.

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