A Hindu city before the Muhammadan conquest, Gulbarga is a unique synthesis of tow cultural. When Bahman Shah ascended the throne of Daulatabad, it was this city that he chose as his capital. He filled it with beautiful palaces, mosque, stately building and bazaars. The later rulers added to Bahman Shah’s vision and Gulbarga blossomed.
Start your tour in Gulbarga with the fort Build by Raja Gulchand and later strengthened by Ale-ud-din Bahmani the fort has 15 towers and 26 guns, one of them measuring 25 feet in length!
Inside the fort is the Jumma Masjid fashioned on the lines of the great mosque of royal tombs. The most important monument in Gulbarga is probably the Khwaja Bande Nawaz Dargah. This magnificent building in the Indo-Saracenic style is the venue of an annual urus, attended by nearly one hundred thousand people both Muslims and Hindu.
The Dargah library houses almost 10,000 books in Urdu, Persian and Arabic. Also worth seeing on Sultan Hasan’s tomb of Ghios-ud-din the fine mausoleum of Feroze Shah and his family, the Hafi- Gumbaz outside the city, the elegant mosques, the well-kept lawns of Mahboob Gulshan and the Shrine of Shri Sharanabasaveshwara, a famous pilgrim centre standing near the Gulbarga talab.