Moving along the narrow, dusty paths of Bijapur, you stumble upon numerous, exquisite, ancient reminders that transport you back to the bygone eras of epic battles, heroic warriors and their grand conquests. The majestic structures adorning the city are accompanied by countless legends that add to the mystery and allure of this historic city
Its age-old regal legacy has also bestowed Bijapur with an equally rich and vibrant culture that interweaves the diverse influences it has acquired over the centuries. Slowly, but surely, this quaint city lures you in with its splendor and charm.Located in Karnataka, Bijapur is one of the oldest cities in India. It dates back to the 11th century, when it was ruled by the Chalukya dynasty and later conquered by the Bahamani Sultanate. It was then known as Vijaypur, a name often used even today, which means, ‘The city of victory’. However, the city flourished with cultural glory and architectural excellence during the reign of Adil Shahi dynasty, spanning more than two centuries.Bequeathed with the invaluable historical heritage of the Adil Shahi dynasty, Bijapur is a history lover’s delight. The city is decked with age-old monuments that are renowned for their excellent architecture. While visiting these marvelous structures, you can explore and relive the regal glory that once engulfed the city.A great time to explore the cultural depth of Bijapur is during the various festivals celebrated here with much enthusiasm and fervor. The annual Bijapur Music Festival is organized by the state government. The city’s musical legacy is celebrated with pomp through numerous mesmerizing concerts of classical and folk music. Religious festivals like Makar Sankranti, Holi and Diwali are also celebrated with enthusiasm.The Bijapur markets have much in store to arouse the interest of shoppers. Souvenirs of antiques, archeological artifacts, traditional and folk handicrafts are available in plenty. Shopping at the popular market spaces like Gandhi Chowk, Bijapur Bazaar, and MG Road is a memorable experience as it allows you a glimpse of the local lifestyle.While in Bijapur, do not forget to feast on the delectable sweets of the North Karnataka. The local confectioneries offer delights such as Mango Seekarane, Godhi Huggi and Pumpkin Gargi.Commuting in Bijapur is hassle-free on account of the numerous means of local transport available here. The auto-rickshaws are the most popular means of local transport. They can be easily hired from the streets in any part of the city. There are several car rentals around the city that allow you to rent private vehicles for moving around the city. These are especially convenient for sightseeing tours for tourists. A unique way of traveling around Bijapur is by renting a motorcycle to ride around the city.Avoid visiting during summer as the extreme heat makes sightseeing and outdoor activities uncomfortable.As there are no metered rates for auto-rickshaws, it is important to negotiate the fare, as the rates cited by drivers tend to be high
Bijapur is not well connected to other major cities of the country via regular flights. The nearest airport is in Belgaum at a distance of 160kms.
Airports: Belgaum Airport
You can easily get regular trains to Bijapur from other major cities of the country..
Railway Station(s): Bijapur