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A fine medley of Muslim and Hindu culture is what Gulbarga,
the erstwhile capital of Bahman Shah, flaunts at. Situated
in the extreme north of Karnataka with an area of 16224 sq.
km, Gulbarga is opportunely placed 623 kilometers from the
metropolis of Bangalore. The district Gulbarga has an
agrarian economy with a handful of textile, leather, cement
and chemical industries. The city is nicely festooned with
mosques, palaces and bazaars. Tomb of the great sufi
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saint Khwaja Syed Mohammad Gesu Daraz- Khwaja Bande Nawaz-
is the spot of an annual event attended by innumerable
number of devotees every year. The library of the Dargah
houses over 10, 000 books in Persian, Urdu and Arabic. You
can also visit the famous tombs of Sultan Hasan, Feroz Shah
and Ghias-Ud-Din; and the lawns of Mehboob Gulshan.
Best Season: September to February
Languages: Kannada, Hindi, and English
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With an area of 38016 square feet the Jumma Masjid built by
Feroz Shah very much resembles the huge mosque of Cardova in
Spain. The architecture of the building is Persian with
narrow entrances and stilted domes.
Malked was a Jain center in the bygone era, where bronzes
and Jain sculptures are found. Malked is the place that gave
birth two famous personalities, viz, Tikacharya, the Madhava
saint and Pushpadanta.
Ganigapur is few kilometers from Gulbarga. Hub of Dattatreya
worship, the center has the hallowed math of Shri Narasimha
Saraswathi. The river Amreja and Bhima forms a confluence
here and many pilgrims take holy a dip here. A jatra helds
every year in the month of February. This place is better
known as ‘Deval Ganagapur’.
Originally built by Raja Gulchand and later on strengthened
by Ala-Ud-Din Bahmani, Gulbarga Fort is an important piece
of work. The fort has 26 guns and 15 towers and has
witnessed many attacks. Later on Adil Shah took the onus of
repairing it with booty taken from Vijayanagar.
Khwaza Bande Nawaz Dargah
The Khwaza Bande Nawaz Dargah of Gulbarga is one of the most
prominent landmarks over there. This is the tomb of famous
Sufi saint Khwaza Syed Mohammad Gesu Daraz, better known as
Khwaza Bande Nawaz. This is awonderful building frequented
by many visitors. The Dargah is also where an annual ‘Urs’
held attended by innumerable tourists every year.
Shorapur is better famous as Supur is a charming city on an
edge. Hemmed by hills the landmark is marked with mosques,
temples and palaces. The residence of an Englishman Col.
Meadows Taylor, called Taylor’s Manzil is there. He was
appointed by the British as an agent to the state.
Sharapur is a Buddhist center. The sleeping Buddha shaped
mountain is worth visiting.
This is well known for its relations with Bahamani Dynasty.
29 kms North West of Sharapur is the spot where an annual
‘Urs’ helds every year.
Sonthi houses the renowned Chandralamba Temple. It is an
important pilgrim center. The holy Bhima River flows besides
Athwart the Krishna River is a massive engineering exploit.
Inaugurated in 1982, the Narayanpur Dam is set against the
backdrop of fine-looking gardens.
How to Reach
By Air: The nearest airport is Hyderabad (220 kms)
By Rail: Gulbarga is connected by rail with
Bangalore, Mumbai and Hyderabad.
By Road: Gulbarga is linked by road to: Hyderabad
(220 kms) Bangalore (600 kms), Bidar (110 kms) Basavakalyan
(80 kms) KSRTC Buses ply from Gulbarga to Bangalore, Bijapur,
Bidar, Raichur and Sholapur.