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Discovering this whispering wonder of Karnataka, namely Gol Gumbaz would not be less than a majestic experience for anyone. 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. The construction of this monument started in 1626 and got completed in 1656. Interestingly, it took almost 30 years to construct this historical marvel which is built-in Deccan style of architecture.

Why You Should Visit Gol Gumbaz

If you love history and want to know more about our Indian heritage then, a trip to Gol Gumbaz won’t disappoint you at all. It is quite a sensational travel destination famous not just all over Karnataka but proudly takes its place in the must-visit travel getaways of India.

Mechanics of its Architecture

The structure of this architecture has been composed of a giant cube which is approximately 47.5 m on each side. Further, this cube has been capped by a roof of 44m covering its external diameter. There are eight intersection arches which have been created as a result of two rotated squares which in turn create interlocking pendentives supporting the dome.

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And then at each of the four corners of the cube, there is a presence of a dome-capped octagonal tower that is 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

Once inside the mausoleum hall, you will witness a square podium having steps on each side. And in the middle of the podium, there is also a cenotaph slab on the ground. Interestingly, this is the only instance where this kind of architectural style has been practised for 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 the famous whispering gallery where even the softest sound can be heard on the other side of the mausoleum - all because of the acoustic 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 that stands on its position without any central pillar support.

  • Major arresting features of this monument are the seven-storied octagonal spires located at the four corners and heavily bracketed cornice below the parapet. 

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

History of Gol Gumbaz

Situated at Bijapur, Gol Gumbaz was constructed by the then king, Mohammed Adil Shah for the purpose of burying his own mortal remains after his demise. He had done so right after his accession to the throne. Mohammed had the vision to build something which could leave an indelible mark in history as his legacy. 

It is said that he had given special instructions to ensure that this coming up tomb is bigger in every way than the tomb of his own father Ibrahim Adil Shah II. Today, Gol Gumbaz is the burial place for the king along with his two wives Taj Jahan Begum and Aroos Bibi respectively.

Top Attractions in & Around Gol Gumbaz 

Jamkhandi. An incredible city in the Bagalkot district which worth discovering due to various reasons. One such reason is the Royal Palace of Patwardhan's. Did you know that Jamkhandi was the first princely state to merge in constituent India? Apart from that, this place is also famous for the legend of Sage Jhambu? According to the popular folk stories, he used to meditate in a khandi referred to as a cave locally. It is due to this, that the city has been named as Jamkhandi.

Malik-I-Maidan. This is yet another amazing travel attraction for the tourists to visit around Gol Gumbaz. Malik-I-Maidan means Lord of the Battlefield. It is believed to be the largest cannon existing and set up by Muhammad Adil Shah in 1549 on the top of Sherzah Burj in Bijapur.

Things to do Around Gol Gumbaz

Visit Ibrahim- Rauza. This is a 15th-century monument built by the Emperor Ibrahim Adil Shah II. This tourist attraction exudes the charm of Indian history & mythology from every corner. Indeed, it is an amazing combination of history and travel.

Visit Kumatagi. The Kumatagi 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 that need peace.

Best Time to Visit Gol Gumbaz

The months from October to March are the best to visit the city because the weather during this time is quite pleasant. Otherwise, this monument is open all seven days of the week from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. If you are a local, you will need to shell out Rs.20. However, for tourists and foreign nationals, the ticket price is Rs.200

How to Reach Golgumbaz

By Air. Bijapur Airport is the nearest airport. The airport is well-established serving the Bijapur city in Karnataka but the overall connectivity of this airport is average. Thus, depending upon your location you can prefer Belgaum Airport or Bangalore Airport which are well-connected to major metropolitan cities of the country. 

By Rail. The Bijapur railway station is the nearest railhead. The Gol Gumbaz is just 5 minutes walking distance away from the railway station. The station serves a wide number of neighbouring regions of India. 

By Road. The overall connectivity via road is also quite good. The well-linked roadways of Bijapur serve conveniently to its neighbouring regions.  If you are planning a trip via road then it would be a satisfying experience for you. 

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