28°C / Clear

Discovering this whispering wonder namely Gol Gumbaz would be not less than a majestic experience for you. Essentially a mausoleum of the King Mohammed Adil Shah, who was the prosperous Sultan of Bijapur, this place is worth every ounce of your energy and time!

This mausoleum was constructed in Vijayapura, Karnataka. And just so you know the construction of this place was started in the year 1626 and was completed in 1656. Yes, this was something which one of the guides told me while exploring this acoustic wonder in Karnataka. 

Can you imagine it took a whole 30 years to complete the construction of this historical marvel - spick and span! What I observed that the very nostalgia of this place breathes the long-gone era of the Deccan style of architecture.

Also Read: Explore one of the most ancient monasteries of Ladakh

Whispering in the lanes of history 

Mechanics of its architecture

The very structure of this architecture has been composed of a cube which is approximately 47.5 m on each side. Further, it has been capped by a roof of 44m covering its external diameter. 

The eight intersection arches are created as a result of two rotated squares which further create interlocking pendentives supporting the dome. 

And then at each of the four corners of the cube, there is a presence of a dome-capped octagonal tower seven storeys high with a staircase inside. And the upper floor of each of the tower opens on to a round gallery surrounding the dome.

Inside the mausoleum hall

Further going inside the mausoleum hall you will witness a square podium having steps on each of the sides. And in the middle of the podium, there is also a cenotaph slab on the ground marks. Interestingly, this is the only instance of this kind of practice present in the architectural style of the Deccan sultanates.

Then in the middle of the north side, there is also a very large semi-octagonal bay spanning an area of about 1,700 sq.meters. Running around the inside of the dome has been located the famous whispering gallery where even the softest sound can be really heard on the other side of the mausoleum - all because of the acoustics mechanics of this space.

Historical Prominence & Some Interesting Facts

  • This architectural acoustic wonder was made by an architect named Yaqut of Dabul.

  • Golgumbaz is the second largest monument after St Basilica having the largest dome. 

  • Another interesting fact about the mausoleum is its gigantic and heavy dome stands on its position without any central pillar support.

  • Arresting features are the seven-storied octagonal spires located at the four corners and heavily bracketed cornice below the parapet. 

  • The amazing whispering gallery distinctly echoes whispering around 11 times.

Top attractions around Gol Gumbaz 

Jamkhandi - An incredible city in the Bagalkot district and is worth exploring owing to multiple reasons such as the Royal Palace of Patwardhan's. Did you know that it was the first princely state to merge in constituent India? Hey, have you heard the legend of Sage Jhambu. I was browsing the internet and reading about this place - it was when I got to know that he had meditated in the “Khandi” which means a cave in these very hills. And it is owing to the same reason that this city has been named as “Jamkhandi.”

Malik-I-Maidan - A highly recommended place indeed and a must-visit travel attraction for the tourists. Malik-I-Maidan meaning “Lord of the Battlefield”. It is believed to be the largest cannon existing and set up by Muhammad Adil Shah in the year of 1549 on the top of Sherzah Burj in Bijapur. The feeling of experiencing this historical wonder is simply brilliant. A highly recommended place to explore.

Things to do around Gol Gumbaz

Visit Ibrahim- Rauza - It is basically a 15th century moment built by the Emperor Ibrahim Adil Shah II. This place has indeed a very spell-binding scent of Indian history & mythology. An amazing combination of monuments and architecture.

Visit Kumatagi - The Kumtagi village is typically known for being an ancient summer resort. This place consists of a lake, rows of tamarind trees which are just a visual delight for the eyes. Truly an incredible place for hearts which need peace.

Best time to visit Gol Gumbaz

The months from October to March is the best time to visit the city. Otherwise, this monument is open all seven days of the week from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.

How to reach Golgumbaz?

By Air: Bijapur airport is the nearest airport. From there, you will need to get a means of transportation like a cab or a bus.

By Rail: The Bijapur railway station is the nearest railhead. From there, you can easily avail some transportation method to reach your destination. 

By Road: The overall connectivity via road is also quite good. If you are planning a trip via road then it would be a convenient experience for you. 

You can plan your trip and create your own route to the city with Adotrip’s technically driven circuit planner. Click here

  • Cultural

  • Karnataka

Circuit Planner

+ Add Destination








Leave a Reply:

  • Accommodation
  • Destination
  • Meals
  • Transport