History has been benevolent to the significance of Vijayapura (Bijapur). Very few places across the world come close to the profound historical significance of this magnificent town, where so many dynasties ruled for centuries together and left behind their indelible imprints, forever. The ancient city of Vijayapura has indeed seen it all.

Between the 10th and the 11th century AD, foundations of the city were laid by the Chalukyas of Kalyani and were initially christened as Vijayapura or the “city of victory”.

Towards the end of the 13th century, the city came under the suzerainty of the famous Muslim ruler Allaudin Khilji. This was the period of unprecedented architectural development in Vijayapura. The “golden age“ architectural and cultural renaissance flourished further under the Adil Shahi dynasty. In 1686, it became a part of the Mughal Empire, under the reign of Aurangzeb.

It is only natural for a city immersed in such a diverse and rich history, to be one of the prominent tourist destinations of the country. In modern times, however, it has with incredible ease donned the mantle of a bustling cosmopolitan city.

Apart from the famed Golgumbaz and numerous other magnificent monuments within the city, other places of historical significance nearby include Badami, Aihole, Pattadakallu, Shivayogamandir, Kudalasangama and Hampi.

It is here in the city of Vijayapura that the medieval and the modern coexist in rare mutual harmony.

Gol Gumbuz

Gol Gumbuz