Thursday, August 17, 2017

Vijayapura Trip: Bara Kaman

Date: 12th Aug 2017

Visitors: Arun, Shilpi and Harsh

Timing: 6 AM to 6 PM.

Fee: None.

Parking: Road side.

Food: Available nearby.

Photography: Allowed.

Other attractions nearby: Asar Mahal, Gagan Mahal.

Bara Kaman, 12 arches is the mausoleum of Ali Adil Shah II. Ali Adil Shah II, 8th ruler of the Adil shahi dynasty envisioned an unique mausoleum with 12 horizontal and 12 vertical arches surrounding his tomb. The original plan was to build the structure so big that its shadow will fall on Gol Gumbaz 2.5 kms away. How ever for reasons unknown the structure was not completed.


One popular myth is Ali was killed by his father Mohammed Adil Shah who built Gol Gumbaz. He did not want bara kaman dwarfing his creation and shadow falling on it.

The mausoleum houses the tomb of the king, his wife and children.

Its believed that the solid walls in the shape of arch was erected first. The inner part knocked off   later leaving the outer arch.  The two walls in below picture shows the solid wall with outer arch.

The monument and the surrounding garden is well maintained. We wanted to spend some more time but the rain was playing hide and seek with us so we had to leave soon.

We were here.
An interesting place to visit in Bijapur.

Vijayapura Trip: Gagan Mahal

Date: 12th August 2017

Visitors: Arun, Shilpi and Harsh

Timing: 6 AM to 6 PM.

Fee: None.

Parking: Available. Road side.

Food: Small snacks available near by.

Photography: Allowed.

Other attractions nearby: Asar Mahal, Bara Kaman.

Gagan Mahal, Sky Palace is one of the tourist attraction in Bijapur. The palace was built by the 5th Adil Sahi ruler Ali Adil Shah I. The ground floor of the palace was used as durbar hall and the top floor the royal residence. At a height of 66 ft the central arch in the palace is the biggest in Vijayapura. Royal ceremonies would have been conducted in this hall. The wide central arch would have paved way for the citizens to watch the proceedings from the garden.  The residence and the hall are mostly in ruins. The last ruler of Adil Sahi dynasty, Sikandar Adil Shah surrendered to Aurangzeb from this palace.


The floral design on the facade which is a common pattern in Indo Islamic architecture can be found in most monuments.

View of the garden from the royal court.

More flower patterns on the walls of the hall.

Dome on the first floor.

Smaller arches on the sides leading to first floor.

The beautiful garden in front of the palace.

Looks nice seen from any angle.

We were here.

Like most places in Bijapur this palace too will be fascinating only if interested in history of the land.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Vijayapura Trip

Date: 12th Aug to 14th Aug 2017

Visitors: Arun, Shilpi and Harsh

Stay: Hotel Mayura

Duration: 3 days

Famous places to visit: Gol gumbaz, Jod gumbaz, Bara Kaman, Jamia masjid, Ibrahim rauza, Malik-e-Maidan, Sivagiri, Siddeshwara temple, Jahan begum tomb, In-ul-mulk tomb, Gagan mahal, Asar mahal and few other monuments.

We visited Vijayapura known earlier as Bijapur in north Karnataka over the long weekend. We planned for a 3 day trip and many were surprised by what is there to see for three days. Since we had lot of time we explored places around our hotel by walk on first day. Next day we took an auto to visit Sivagiri, Jahan begum tomb and In-ul-mulk tomb which are outside Vijayapura. One last day we took share auto rides which is most common in Vijayapura. Two full days should be ideal to cover all places in and around Vijayapura. We had 7 PM gol gumbaz express to catch. We took metro from JP nagar and reached KSR station in 15 minutes which would have been impossible by cab. Hope they extend the metro till silkboard soon. The train was late by some 15 minutes which is not bad. However we reached Vijayapura late by 45 minutes. Outside the Vijayapura station we spoke to a auto guy to drop us in hotel and then we saw tanga ride available. We took tanga ride till hotel. It was 100Rs for 2.5 kms. Few pot holes and speed breakers gave us a nice bumpy ride experience. We prefer staying in hotels run by state tourism boards. Our experience in Tamil Nadu (Hotel Tamil Nadu) , Andhra (Haritha Hotel) and Karnataka (Mayura Hotel) were always good. We wanted to try eating in different places but settled with Bangalore restaurant opposite to Bara Kaman. We had breakfast and lunch in the same restaurant and same table all days. The most common evening snack we saw was mirchi bajji, vada pav, corn and rusk.

Few pics from the trip.

At JP Nagar metro.

Walking to platform 10 in KSR Bengaluru Station.

Sunrise captured from train.

Green fields along the track.

View of Almatti dam from the train.

Tanga ride from Station.

Bye Bye Vijayapura.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Shree Maruthi Saidham Temple

Date: 30th July 2017

Visitors: Arun, Shilpi and Harsh

Timing: 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM, 4:30 PM to 8:30 PM. Weekends and festivals 8:30 AM to 8:30 PM.

Fee: None.

Distance: 56 Kms one way.

Direction: Bengaluru - Nelamangala - Temple.

Parking: Available. Road side.

Food: Available near by.

Photography: Allowed, outside.

Other attractions nearby: -.

We have crossed the temple many times during our trips on this route but never got to visit. This day while searching for some food we stopped right next to the temple. We decided to visit it first. The temple is house to tallest monolithic granite statue of Lord Hanuman. The statue measures 36ft and 100 tons. Apart from the statue there was a Devi and Saibaba shrine inside. The part of Ramayana involving Hanuman was also carved on the wall of the temple.

Few pics from the temple.

Main entrance to the temple.


Statue of Lord Hanuman.


Lord Ram, Lakshman and Sita.

Lord Krishna with Radha.



There was also Navagraha and Nagadev idols. 

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Weekend Getaway 56: Kasturi Rangappa Nayaka Fort, Sira

Date: 30th July 2017

Visitors: Arun, Shilpi and Harsh

Timing: None.

Fee: None.

Distance: 145 Kms one way.

Direction: Bengaluru - Tumakuru - Sira.

Parking: Available. Road side.

Food: Small hotels available in Sira.

Photography: Allowed.

Other attractions nearby: Kaggaladu birds sanctuary.

Initially we started of as a driving session for Shilpi on the NICE road. Then since we are going out we thought we will visit some place and decided on the Kaggaladu and Sira fort. We reached Sira around 1 PM and it was hot. Kaggaladu is around 10kms from the town, unfortunately there were no birds in the village. When we inquired the villagers they said since there is no water in the lake no birds have come. December and January will be the right season. We drove back to the fort. There was a Karnataka tourism sign board 3.5 kms before the fort but there was nothing near the fort. Google maps also failed to show the correct entry point. We checked with nearby people and managed to reach the entrance.

The Sira fort is located on national highway 4. Kasturi rangappa nayak started building the fort when he was ruling over Sira. But then the fort came under many rulers. Vijayanagar king, bijapur sultan, mughals. The captures strengthened the fort further before it finally fell to British.

Most part of the fort is in ruined state now. We saw group of people playing cards at the mandapa and a younger group playing cricket.

The fort is protected by a big moat and three layer wall.

Secret path from the base to the top of rampart.

The central structure in the fort, probably once a grand palace.

The path to the bastion.

Three point embrasure.

Another view of the fort wall.

Another destroyed structure on one side of the fort.

Path around the wall.

Pillars in the hall at the entrance of the fort.

There were few other places to see nearby. A temple, few tombs, masjid and a garden. We decided to visit the places some other time when we cross the town. Now back to the driving session on 6 lane Tumakuru-Chitradurga highway.

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