Gulbarga – a unique synthesis of tow cultural & important monuments

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Gulbarga - Quick Facts

Area: 64 Sq. Km.
Population: 54300
Altitude: 458 m above sea level
Season: August to March
Clothing: Summer- Light cotton, Winter- Woollen
Rainfall: 60 cm average
Languages: Hindi, Kannada, Telugu & English

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.

By Air
Hyderabad is the nearest airport.

By Rail
 Gulbarga is connected by rail with Bangalore, Bombay and Hyderabad.

By Road
Gulbarga is connected by road to most places in south and west India there are:
•        Hyderabad – 220 km.
•        Hampi - 12 km.
•        Bijapur - 150 km.
•        Bidar - 110 km.
•        Bangalore - 600 km.

Historic Sites

•        Archeologically important site of Sannati has seen excavations dating back to Ashoka era and currently Archeological Survey of India is conducting excavation there.
•        Historic settlement have been discovered in Rayan Kollur in Shorapur taluk and Vibuthi halli in Shahapur taluk and on the bank of Bhima river in Jewargi taluk.
•        The fort of Malkhed was the seat of Rashtrakuta empire and that of Gulbarga was seat of Bahamani Kingdom. The fort at Gulbarga also has largest single dome masjid which is also second largest in the world.

Religious Places

•        Deval Ghanagapur in Afzalpur taluk attracts lakhs of devotees every year.
•        Khaja Bandenawaj Darga is a famous sufi darga of Khaja Bandenawaj.
•        Sharana Basaveshwara Temple is a famous temple of Saint Sharana Basaveshwar. It also has a lake adjacent to it which attract lakhs of devotees and tourist.
•        Jayateerth math in Malkhed is a place where Sri Teekacharya Vrundavana is there, and lakh of people visit every year.
•        Buddavihar is recently inaugurated by her Excellency The President of India on 7th Jan 2009.

The Vijayanagar Festivals is organized by the government of Karnataka in November. Dance, drama, music, firework, puppet show spectacular processions... all combine to re-create the grandeur of the bygone era. Annual car festival of Virupaksha is during Chaitra Suddha Humnnime in April.

Home huge amounts of hand-crafted items, beads, pendants, carved tables, screens, dinner gongs, boxes, caskets, mythological figures, a host of stationery items, trays, and decorative panels made of sandalwood.

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