Gol Gumbaz looms over the Bijapur town and its size and shape are so impressive that it hits you like nothing else even as you are approaching the town on the highway. From Naldurg to Sholapur and then to Bijapur through Sholapur's traffic and then on to the highway (most part brilliant) and it took about 2 and a half hours.
I thought I'd head straight to Gol Gumbaz and head off the next day after some quick sight seeing. I went in to park and as I got off a middle aged chap came to me - looking very parking lot officialish. I thought he wanted me to park someplace else but he was like -if you go in now its like a mad house- go tomorrow at 6 in the morning'. There were a lot of people so I wondered about his advice. 6 is a great time to check out these monuments so I cross checked with another person and he confirmed it. Then this guy says - in two hours I will show you 10-12 sights on my ghoda gaadi for 1000 bucks. It looked like a crazy enough offer so I said, let's go. And off we went. This chap's name was Murtuz, his friend Hashim joined us, and the beautiful black horse was Arjun. Off we went feeling like we were back in Sholay times.
First to the impressive Masjid. Then the Mahal. Then the huge stage. Then the Jod gummat. Then the Ibrahim Rauza. Then the cannon. Then the watch tower. Then the Lakshmi temple. It was already a couple of hours and I was tired so I decided to pass the others.
|Ghoda gaadi - Arjun (horse), Murtuz (driver) and Hashim (guide)|
Jamia Masjid - Built by Adil Shah after the victory at Talikota, it is one of the first mosques built in India. Massive. Accommodates 5000 people he said. One entrance made made by Aurangazeb.
|Entrance - impressive|
|Massive prayer hall|
|View of the Aurangazeb gate from within the mosque|
|A lovely structure - part of the mosque|
|The structure on the left belonged to some nobleman|
|Mehtar Mahal - Magnificient|
|Inside - view of roof|
|View of the road|
|Lovely place - darbar hall and all|
|There's a nice group of people sitting in a circle at the corner|
|Loved this pic - Life in Bijapur|
|Ibrahim Rauza on the left, mosque on the right|
|Another view of Ibrahim Rauza|
|Cannon from Ahmed Nagar|