Gol Gumbaz, The Largest Dome in India at Bijapur
Gol Gumbaz is the largest dome ever built in India. It is the mausoleum of Mohammed Adil Shah, famous Adil Shahi dynasty ruler. Gol Gumbaz is situated at Bijapur, in Karnataka state, India.
This Tomb of Mohammed Adil Shah has the second largest dome in the world. The largest dome is that of St Peter’s Basilica in Rome, believed to be built over the burial site of St. Peter, Christ’s Apostle and the first Pope.
The Tomb is built in Deccan style of Architecture. The central chamber of the tomb has a special feature where your sound is echoed 7 times! Whispering Gallery is another attraction of the Tomb, where any minute sound can be heard at a distance of 37 meters away, inside the hall.
Gol Gumbaz, The tomb of Mohammed Adil Shah, has also a Museum, Mosque and ruins of the Guest Houses.
Bijapur is one of the most famous historical cities in India, which was the capital of Adil Shahi dynasty.
Ibrahim Rauza, the tomb of Ibrahim Adil Shah II, the fifth king of Adil Shahi dynasty is another place of historical importance at this city. It is said that Taj Mahal was designed based on the inspiration from the design of Ibrahim Rauzathe. There are many other historical buildings in this ancient city.
How Do I Go to Gol Gumbaz?
Gol Gumbaz is situated at Bijapur, which is connected by NH 13 (now renamed as NH 50) which connects Solapur to Mangalore. NH-218 connecting Hubli with Humnabad also passes through Bijapur India. Bijapur is situated at around 530 kilometers from Bangalore, the capital of the state of Karnataka, which is connected by bus services. Mumbai is at around 550 kilometers from this historical city. Mumbai to Bijapur bus services are available. Hyderabad is at around 380 kilometers distance from Bijapur.
Bijapur railway station with railway station code BJP, connects this historic city with the rest of India by trains.
Sambre airport (IXG) at Belgaum and Hubli airport (HBX) at Hubli are the nearest airports to Bijapur, at around 165 kilometers distance. There is a proposed new greenfield airport coming up at Bijapur.