Gulbarga was the capital of the Bahmani dynasty from 1347 untill its transfer to Bidar in 1424. Later captured by the Adil Shahis and Moghuls, it has remained a staunchly Muslim town.

The most striking remains are the fort, with its citadel and mosque, the Jama Mashid (said to be modelled on the great mosque of Cardova in Spain), and the great tomb in its eastern quarter, known as the Dargah of Bande Nawaz, the great Sufi saint and spiritual mentor of the Bahmani rulers. This two-storeyed marble-lined mausoleum with a highly decorated painted dome is now visited by hundreds of thousands of Muslim pilgrims each year.

What to see

  1. Fort: The Fort is a magnificent structure with 15 towers and 26 guns - one of them measuring 25 ft. in length. Inside the fort is the Jumma Masjid fashioned on the lines of the great mosque of Cardova in Spain.

  2. Khwaja Bande Nawaz Durgah: The tomb of the great Sufi saint, Khwaja Syed Mohammad Gesu Daraz is the venue of an annual Urus, attended by nearly one hundred thousand people.

  3. The Dargah Library houses almost 10,000 books in Urdu, Persian and Arabic.

Also worth seeing are Sultan Hasan’s tomb, the tomb of Ghias-ud-din, the mausoleum of Feroze Shah, the Haft-Gumbuz, the well-kept lawns of Mahboob Gulshan and the Shrine of Shri Sharanabasaveshwara.

A few kilometres from Gulbarga is Ganigapur overlooking the sacred confluence of the Amreza and Bhima Rivers. The river which is believed to have unique healing properties attracts thousands of devotees all through the year.

Getting There

Air: The nearest airport is Hyderabad (220 Kms).

Rail: Gulbarga is connected by rail with Bangalore, Bombay and Hyderabad.

Road: Gulbarga is connected by road to: Hyderabad (220 Kms), Bangalore (600 Krns), Bijapur (150 Kms), Bidar (110 Kms), Basavakalyan (80 Kms).

General information

Area Code: 08472

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