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.

Gol Gumbaz, Bijapur, Karnataka
Gol Gumbaz, Bijapur, Karnataka.

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.

Gangaikonda Cholapuram – The Capital of the Chola Kingdom

Gangaikonda Cholapuram was constructed as the capital of the Chola Kingdom by King Rajendra Chola I, the son and successor to Great Chola King Rajaraja Chola, who conquered a huge territory in South India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Sumatra, Kadaram (in Malaysia), Cambodia and others, towards the start of the eleventh century A.D.
Gangaikonda Cholapuram
Gangaikonda Cholapuram Temple Entrance.

As the capital of the Cholas from about 1025 A.D. for approximately 250 years, this town managed the affairs of Tungabhadra in the Karnataka state to Sri Lanka and to some of the other south-east Asian countries mentioned in the earlier paragraph.

The remains of this magnificent ancient city is presently seen as a tiny forlorn village in Ariyalur, Tamil Nadu, India. The great Gangaikondacholapuram temple remains can be seen at the Brihadeeswarar Temple there. From the remains, it is obvious that this temple (and the city that existed) is next only to Thanjavur Brihadisvara temple in its monumental nature and outshines in its sculptural quality. This temple is part of the 3 temples called ‘Great Living Chola Temples’, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

How Do I Go to Gangaikonda Cholapuram?

Gangaikonda Cholapuram is near to Ariyalur in Tamil Nadu, Ariyalur is the district headquarters for the District with the same name and is well connected by roads to other parts of India. Chennai is at around 300 kilometers from Ariyalur.

Ariyalur railway station is the nearest railway station to GangaikondaCholapuram.