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When Eternity Meets Beauty – An ultimate Guide to Gol Gumbaz, Karnataka

“Death comes to all, but great achievements build a monument which shall endure until the sun grows cold.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

History never repeats, but you can visit historical monuments over and over again. How many ever times you visit the Gol Gumbaz in Karnataka, you feel like the first time. Built during the 16th century, it almost took 20 years to complete the construction of this architectural marvel. With 4 Minars and each having 7 floors, Gol Gumbaz is truly a treat for the eyes. Get ready to drop your jaws at this impressive structure in the state of Karnataka, India. Here’s a complete guide to the largest dome structure. How excited are you?

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Gol Gumbaz front view
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More about Gol Gumbaz

Gol Gumbaz is a famous tomb of Adil Shah in Bijapur locality of Karnataka. This dome is considered as the second largest in the world after St.Peter’S Basilica in Rome. The central huge dome stands without any pillar support. Amazing, Isn’t it? This tomb was built by the 7th ruler of the Adil Shahi Dynasty, Mohammed Adil Shah. If you’re an architecture enthusiast, you are surely going to have the best time here. The simple yet charming work will surely demand a revisit that every time you visit, you’ll fall in love with the place automatically.

When to visit Gol Gumbaz?

The best time to visit Gol Gumbaz is from the months of October till the end of March. This is when the temperature of the state remains at 20 to 30 degrees Celsius. With a pleasant climate elevating the beauty of this man-made wonder, your tour will surely be a hit. You can also visit Gol Gumbaz during the monsoon season. However, heavy rains might cause inconvenience to travel. Avoid visiting the place during the summer season as it becomes very hot and dry.

war equipment in Gol Gumbaz
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How to Reach Gol Gumbaz?

Bijapur is blessed with all transportation facilities. It is very well connected with all important cities in South and West India. Hence, it is easy to reach the monument. With its own bus stops and railway station, tourists can make use of the public transport at ease. Once you have reached Bijapur, jump into an auto or a taxi to reach Gol Gumbaz. You can also take a local bus to arrive at the destination. If you’re an adventure junkie, you can reach the monument by tongas. Also, Sambre airport in Belgaum is at close proximity to Bijapur at a distance of 164 km from the city.

History and Architecture of Gol Gumbaz

Built during the 16th century, Gol Gumbaz is an epitome of architectural excellence. This is also a burial ground of Mohammed Adil Shah, Taj Jahan Begum, and Aroos Bibi. As you get into the building, you will be able to witness the remains of Mohammed Adil Shah. These remains are placed under the main tomb as the Sultan wished for the same. The impeccable Indo-Islamic architecture has gained a large number of fans over the years.

Roll your eyes across the eight intersecting arches that support the majestic dome. Head to the polygonal podium that has the cenotaph of Mohammed Adil Shah. It is connected with steps on both sides. Do not miss exploring the Gol Gumbaz whispering gallery. Whisper in this gallery, and you will be shocked to hear your echo.

ancient chamber
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Attractions near Gol Gumbaz

  • Archaeological Museum
  • Almatti Dam
  • Torvi Narasimha Temple
  • Uppali Buruz
  • Malik-E-Maidan

Archaeological Museum

If you want to know about the complete history of Bijapur, head to the Archaeological Museum. It is in this place where stone inscriptions in Arabic, Kannada, Sanskrit and Persian languages, ancient coins, wooden carvings, carpets, miniature paintings and many other articles can be found.

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Almatti Dam

Head to this key attraction in Bagalkot, Karnataka and get lost in the most beautiful nature views. Almatti dam is known for its height and fresh surroundings. Go on a boating expedition to cherish the memory for a lifetime.

Torvi Narasimha Temple

Its time to get the blessings of Lord Narasimha at the temple situated in Torvi which is at a 5 km distance from Bijapur. Locals fondly call this temple as Narashoba temple. It is in this temple, Kumara Valmiki composed the famous Thoravi Ramayana. Do not miss out this fabulous place when you are in Bijapur.

Uppali Buruz

If you are an admirer of sunrise, without any hesitation visit the Uppali Buruz. This 80ft high spherical tower has a lot to offer. The palace houses several historical artefacts like guns, power chambers, war equipment and water cisterns. Climb through the stone steps to get the perfect view of the city along with the golden sunrise.


Head to this fascinating tourist spot Malik-e-Maidan which is also known as the “Lord of The Battlefield.” Here, you can witness a huge cannon set up by Muhammad Adil Shah above the Sherzah Burj. Also, you will be amused to know that this cannon is the largest war equipment in the medieval era. It is believed that the soldier must dip his head in the water to protect his ears from the sound while firing.

Frequently asked questions

Is Gol Gumbaz a mosque?

Yes, Gol Gumbaz is a mosque that stands as a testament to the power of the ruler in South India. Also, the tomb of Adil Shah is one of the most breathtaking monuments of the renowned Adil Shahi dynasty.

How many towers are there in the monument?

There are 4 octagonal towers at every corner of the monument.

What is the whispering gallery?

Gol Gumbaz has a famous whispering gallery with a hemispherical enclosure in which whispers can be heard in every part of the tomb.

tombs and arches
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This charming mausoleum will surely keep you talking about its grandeur when you’re in Karnataka, and even after leaving the place. Make use of this complete guide to Gol Gumbaz in Bijapur and get ready to travel back in time to explore the monument. Head to the Pickyourtrail website and start planning your trip to Karnataka right away. Also, you can connect with us via Whatsapp and craft your dream trip at ease.

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