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The Power and the Glory: Bijapur

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A November 2005 trip to Bijapur by michaelhudson

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The Power and the Glory: Bijapur

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Overview

Bijapur Photo, Bijapur, India
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The Islamic monuments of Bijapur, the City of Victory, are a fascinating counterpoint to the Hindu ruins in Hampi.The city's two main attractions are the Golgumbaz and the Ibrahim Rouza. On the eastern edge of town, the Golgumbaz is a gigantic 17th century mausoleum with the second largest dome in the world after St Peter's in Rome. On the other side of the city, the Ibrahim Rouza is a more delicate construction, with slender minarets and a richly ornamented interior.Near the Golgumbaz is the Jama Masjid Mosque, with another huge dome and space for over 2,000 worshippers in...Read More

Hotel Kanishka International

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Hotel

Hotel Kanishka International Photo, Bijapur, India
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The Kanishka International is a mid-range hotel aspiring to greatness. As you approach the building, uniformed staff scurry to hold the glass doors open, and the reception has plush leather sofas, a shiny marble floor and a glass table with English language newspapers neatly arranged on top. The staff are polite and efficient, there’s an on-site restaurant and gym, rooms are cleaned daily, and a complimentary newspaper is slid under your door as soon as it arrives each morning.My non-AC standard double cost 450 rupees per night. The room was spotlessly clean, square shaped and brightly lit, with off-white walls, a marble floor and light wood ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 13, 2006

Hotel Kanishka International
Station Road
Bijapur, Karnataka, India 586104
+91 (22) 24042211

Hotel Tourist

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Hotel

Hotel Tourist Photo, Bijapur, India
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The Hotel Tourist is a good place to stay if you're on a budget, not too far from the bus station and within walking distance of the Golgumbaz and Ibrahim Rouza. Rates start at just 150 rupees for standard doubles, though it's worth paying out the extra 100 for one of the recently decorated deluxe rooms.The Tourist is located a few metres from the city's market on MG Road, a 20 rupee auto-rickshaw ride or a 10-minute walk north of the bus station. Reception and the hotel restaurant are both on the ground floor. The staff was reasonably friendly and the food in the restaurant was better than the atmosphere. The rooms are up a flight of stairs behind the recep...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 13, 2006

Hotel Tourist
Station Road
Bijapur, Karnataka, India
08352- 20655

Hotel New Empire

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Restaurant

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The Hotel New Empire Restaurant, almost directly opposite the entrance to the Golgumbaz on Station Road, smells of soap and incense, with booth seats and glass partitions, piped Hindi music and freshly painted walls.The restaurant was almost empty when I entered just before lunchtime but full half an hour later, with a mixed clientele including middle aged men, young couples and a few familes with small children. The glossy vegetarian menu had a large number of naan and roti breads, Indian and Continental breakfasts, thalis, a few Chinese noodle and fried rice dishes, and Indian mains for around 30 rupees.I ordered the mixed vegetable kadai with boiled rice and a tando...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 13, 2006

Hotel New Empire
Station Road
Bijapur, Karnataka, India

Golgumbaz

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Attraction

Golgumbaz Photo, Bijapur, India
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Built as a mausoleum for Mohammed Adil Shah, the Golgumbaz is Bijapur's grandest monument, an immense cube with octagonal towers in each corner, topped by a dome that, at three metres thick and 44 metres in diameter, is second in size only to St Peter's in Rome.The single-chamber interior is completely empty except for a few information boards and black coffin shaped caskets on a raised platform in the centre. The walls are scuffed and unadorned, the floor made of rough slabs of stone, the interior of the dome is big and white. The shrieks, whistles and screams from above make a strange contrast to the austerity of the view.The famous whispering gallery...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 16, 2006

Golgumbaz
Station Road
Bijapur, Karnataka, India

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