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vijayapura

Bijapur(also known as Vijayapura) is a city in the south Indian state of Karnataka.

ATTRACTIONS

Bijapuris known for its historical monuments of architectural importance built during the rule of the Adil Shahi dynasty of Bijapur, which was between 1489 and 1686 A.D. The top places to see in Bijapur or Vijayapura include the following -

HISTORICAL & RELIGIOUS PLACES:

  • Bijapur Fort
  • Upli Burj - An ancient watchtower (Built in the 16th century); it has a height of 24 meters.
  • Jamia Masjid
  • Gol Gumbaz
  • Ibrahim Rauza
  • Mithari and Asar Mahals
  • Bara Kaman - An unfinished mausoleum with 12 large arches, built in 1672 AD.
  • Mehtar Mahal
  • The Citadel
  • Gagan Mahal

MUSEUMS:

  • Archaeological Museum – A museum with a collection of ancient relics related to the region; this is located inside the Gol Gumbaz monument in Vijayapura.

FESTIVALS

The major festivals celebrated in Bijapur are -

  • Maha Shivaratri - A festival dedicated to Lord Shiva.
  • Ganesh Chaturthi- A festival where Lord Ganesh – the elephant headed God (who is also the son of Lord Shiva) is worshipped.
  • Navrathri- A 10-day Hindu festival, where Goddess Durga is worshipped.
  • Naga Panchami- Where snakes are worshipped and offered milk; a tribute to Snake deity/God.
  • Deepavali - The festival of Lights; India’s most popular and widely celebrated festival.

SHOPPING

Bijapur also has some good shopping spots for people to buy souvenirs and things like Lumbini (Buddhist) Jewellery crafted by the local tribes in the region, sandalwood items, clothes (like the local Ilkal Sari) and other handicrafts and décor items. Here are some places that people who’d like to indulge in some shopping, can check out in this city –

  • LBS Market
  • Bijapur Supermarket
  • Patil Planet
  • Kamadhenu Mall
  • Signature Mall

RESTAURANTS

Following is a list of some of best restaurants in Bijapur to try the local delicacies as well as other interesting foods and sumptuous meals -

  • Chalukya Restaurant
  • Qaswa Restaurant
  • Shree Vanashree Hotel
  • Mysore Restaurant
  • The Sigdi
  • Hotel Dolphin Pure Veg
  • Hotel New Shubh Shree Sagar
  • Kamat Restaurant
  • Vimochana Veg Restaurant
  • Basava Restaurant
  • Hotel Megharaj

HOTELS

Some of the best hotels in Bijapur for a comfortable stay include the following -

  • Hotel Pleasant Stay
  • Hotel Le Grande
  • Hotel Ashoka Residency
  • Hotel Le Grande
  • Hotel Ratna Palace
  • Hotel Pearl
  • Hotel Madhuvan International
  • Hotel VKG Lodge
  • Hotel Kanishka International
  • Hotel Mayura Adil Shahi

NIGHTLIFE

Bijapur also has a few good bars and pubs having good food, drinks and ambience, for people to hang out during late hours. These include –

  • Swapna Bar & Restaurant
  • Kanishka Bar
  • Terrace Lounge
  • Vaishnavi Restaurant & Bar
  • Navaras – Bar & Restaurant

EMERGENCY NUMBERS

BijapurSTD Code – 08352 (to be used before dialling numbers from a number that is not locally registered)

Common emergency numbers:

  • Police : 100
  • Ambulance : 108
  • Fire Brigade : 101
  • Medical helpline: 104
  • Child Helpline : 1098
  • Women Helpline : 1091