My trip to India: Karnataka Pt.5
April 18, 2011
April 18, 2011
Day 5 was our last day in the land of Indian history and ruins. We began our journey with Hindu, Muslims and British architect in Mysore and Bangalore then Hindu and Jain from Somnathpur all the way up to Hampi and Badami and now Muslims architect again in Bijapur, Gulbarga and Bidar. We stayed that night in Bijapur, started early morning as usual not only to cover as much as we can but we needed to reach Hyderabad that day to catch our train to New Delhi, India’s Capital , ending by that the southern part of our journey.
Bijapur is a fascinating place to explore, blessed by amazing wealth of mosques, mausoleums, palaces and forts. Founded in the 15th century by the Adil Shahi Kings. It has 2 main magnificent amazing astonishing attractions which are Gol Gumbaz, said to be the world’s third largest dome after Hajia Sofia in Turkey and St Peter’s Basilica in Rome, and Ibrahim Rouza, they call it the Black Taj Mahal. There are more sites worth visiting like Jama Masjid, Gagan Mahal, Citadel, Bara Kaman and Asar Mahal. It took us half the day to explore Bijapur before we leave to Gulbarga which is an hour drive from Bijapur.
It’s not fair to compare what we saw in Bijapur to what we saw in Gulbarga and Bidar since Bijapur was a capital of Adil Shahi Kings, But still there were some worth visiting sites. In Gulbarga we stayed a couple of hours including lunch and we visited a mosque, Jama Masjid, and a fort. After Gulbarga we headed to Bidar our last destination in Karnataka. Bidar is an hour drive too from Gulbarga. We reached there by the sunset time. Went around the old Bidar ruined city with its 5.5 km defensive wall. Being in a ruin in the sunset time was an experience. Bidar was a nice place to remember the end of Karnataka journey.
Reaching Hyderabad was kind of a problem because our driver can’t take his car out of Karnataka, it’s their law. After an hour on the border, we found someone to take us to Hyderabad. We reached Hyderabad midnigth and checked in a hotel to get some rest before our early morning train to New Delhi which is 27 hours, 20 hours out of the 27 if not more spent on sleeping. We got a second class sleeping cabin with a not bad food and a GOOD A/C. After all that shaking and sleeping time we really needed a massage.
I Loved Karnataka.
End of Pt.5 and Karnataka.