Historical Places in India - Gol Gumbaz

Gol Gumbaz is a historical mausoleum located in Bijapur, Karnataka state, India. Gol Gumbaz is the final resting place of Mohammad Adil Shah, his girlfriend Rambha and his family. Gol Gumbaz tells the story of Mohammad Adil Shah's rule and his rule in South India. For your information, let us know that it took 30 years for the construction of Gol Gumbaz. Where does one go about the beauty of the Gol Gumbaz that if this tomb were in North India, people would have preferred to leave the Taj Mahal and visit it. Millions of tourists visit the Gol Gumbaz every year.

The Gol Gumbaz dates back to the 17th century and this beautiful structure was built by Yakut Of Dabul, the French architect of Kabul. The construction of the Gol Gumbaz was started in 1626 AD and the dome was built in 1656 AD. For your information, please tell that the construction of the round dome took 30 years.

Bijapur had an attractive and very large mausoleum of Sultan Ibrahim Shah. But his son Mohammad Adil Shah wanted his tomb to be bigger and more attractive than his father's tomb. So he built this mausoleum while he was alive. The Gol Gumbaz was built by the famous architect Yakut Uf Dabul at the behest of Sultan Mohammad Adil Shah.

The structure of the Gol Gumbaz is famous for a unique echo (sound technology). Due to its shape being round, any kind of sound sticks to the wall and resonates all around and is heard 7-8 times. Historians are not unanimous about the sound emanating from the dome that this structure was deliberately built or after it was discovered that such a strange sound also comes out of it. The structure of the round dome is 168 feet high. The round dome does not have pillars in its structure and is based on interlocking technology. A platform with stairs is built around the dome and a corridor is also built above the mausoleum, which the British have called a whispering corridor. The main tomb in the center remains inside the tomb. If you want to go up after going inside the main entrance, you have to climb more than a hundred stairs. The four corners of the Gol Gumbaj have octagonal towers and its predecessor includes a garden, mosque, inn, museum, etc.

An interesting love story related to Gol Gumbaz also unfolds. Which is the love story between King Adil Shah and dancer Rambha. It is believed that once the king asked Rambha if she loved you, where did Rambha say yes. So the king said if you love me, can you jump down the wall, then Rambha said when you count to three then I will jump. Humorously Raja spoke three and upon hearing this, the dancer Rambha jumped down and in her last moment told Raja that if you want to give me any status then your cover should have my place before your wife.

During your visit to Gol Gumbaz, you will get a great opportunity to taste spicy food at Bijapur tourist destination. There will be plenty of Maharashtrian food here. Local cuisines here include kai palya (preparation of vegetables), laku palya (lentils), variety of chutneys, ragi and akki rotis, ragi madday, dosa, bisibelabath, idli and jolda roti etc. Bijapur has several cafes and restaurants that offer North Indian food.The best time to visit Gol Gumbaz (Bijapur) is considered to be from October to March.


If you have chosen the route for travel to Gol Gumbaz, then let us tell you that the nearest airports are Goa, Pune and Hyderabad International Airport. You can choose any of these airports. From outside the airport you will find local means of walking here.

If you are going to Bijapur to travel to Gol Gumbaz and you have chosen the rail route. So let us tell you that Bijapur railway station is located about 2 km from the main city. This railway station connects Bijapur well with other major cities of the country.

If you have chosen a road route to visit Gol Gumbaz, then let us tell you that Bijapur is well connected by road. You will easily reach here via bus. Rickshaws are used in the local means here.


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