Bijapur is the 9th largest city in the South Indian state of Karnataka. It owes much of its importance to the 17th-century Gol Gumbaz, the tomb of Sultan Mohammad Adil Shah. At 144 feet in diameter, this is the second largest dome in the world, after St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome.
A trip to Bijapur is well worth your time, not only for the spectacular Gol Gumbaz, but also for its treasure trove of other historical monuments such as Ibrahim Rauza (also known as the Taj Mahal of the Deccan), Jumma Masjid (one of the first mosques in India) and The Citadel, a stunning fort with a moat and sprawling gardens.
There is another wonderful reason you should visit Bijapur: the food! Over the centuries, several dynasties and cultures have influenced the cuisine of this wondrous city, with delicious results. Authentic South Indian specialities, Mughlai meat-based delicacies and spicy Hyderabadi curries—Bijapur serves them all!
Oviya: Before or after visiting the Gol Gumbaz, you can eat at this popular local hangout serving American and Indian fast food.
The Bean Brew Café, a multi-cuisine restaurant located nearby the Gumbaz, is pricier with very good food and ambience to match. It offers mind-tickling delicacies.
Hotel Shubhashree Sager, recommended for travellers on a budget, serves hearty Chinese fare, both vegetarian and non-veg. Expect good clean food and prompt service.
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