The Gulbarga Fort:Originally built by Raja Gulchand, it was later strengthened by Ala-ud-din Bahmani. The fort contained 15 towers and 26 guns of which one was 8 metres long. with in the ramparts of the fort, there is an imposing mosque, which resembles the great mosque of Cordona in spain.Several tombs of the Bahmani Sultans can be found in the eastern outskirts of the town.
Gangapur:A noted pilgrim centre. The river Bhima and Awarja unite here, and pilgrims visit this place, throughout the year for a holy dip.
Shorapur :Formerly known as Surapura, this is the place where Raja Venkatappa Naik, rebelled against the british in 1857. The temple dedicated to lord Krishna under the name Gopalaswamy is an object of considerable religious importance.
Isampur:Located in the Hunsgi and Baichbal valleys of peninsular India, Isampur is a remote village in Shorapur taluk of Gulbarga District. The quarry site at the village is the oldest known Stone Age site in India, which is dated over a million years. Isampur is one among the Acheulian sites of the Lower Paleolithic stage and records an early appearance of hominids in India
Gulbarga Jain Temples are situated in the great ancient Jain city called Gulbarga in Karnataka. At present there is only one Digambar temple at Mahavir Chowk and one Shwetambar temple in Kirana Bazaar. Both temples are devoted to Bhagvan Mahavir.
Haft Gumbaz or Seven Domes is a mausoleum of the Bahmani Dynasty and is located in Gulbarga, Karnataka. Situated on the eastern outskirts of Gulbarga, this magnificent tomb extends from east to west.
Tomb of Firoz Shah Bahmani:It has extended walls and 6 arch-shaped entrances, two on the north and south sides and one in the east and west sides. The upper parts are decorated openwork windowsThis is one of the imposing tombs of Bahmani Kings in the town. Built around 1422, this fine mausoleum is a Tughlaq style rectangular building with two domes.
Tomb of Giyath al-Din:This tomb of the 6th Sultan of the Bahmani Dynasty is one of the finest royal tombs situated to the southern entrance of Gulbarga Fort. This tomb is much more imposing than the tombs of the other sultans. Built on a low basement, this domed fort has fortification on the east and small towers at the four corners of the roof.
The Jama Masjid:Situated within the fort walls, it has stilted domes and narrow entrances typical of the Persian style of architecture.
The Shrine of Saint Sharana Basaveshwara:The shrine of an eminent Hindu religious teacher and philosopher who preached religious and social equality. This temple has been developed into a pilgrim centre. The annual fair, lasting for a fortnight, is held during the month of May.
Chandrakala Parameshwari Temple is a 1,200 year old temple situated at Hongunta in Shahabad Taluk of Gulbarga District. This ancient temple was built by the Chalukyas who ruled the region. The presiding deity of the temple is goddess Shakti, also called as Chandrakala Parameshwari.People throughout the country come here to pay their obeisance to Goddess Chandrakala Parameshwari.
Chinmalli Mallikarjuna Temple is a delightful shrine situated at Chinmalli, about 50 km from Gulbarga, in Karnataka. This 12th century shrine is nestled on the banks of Bhima River.Chinmalli Mallikarjuna Temple enshrines Lord Shiva as the presiding deity. A beautiful Shivling is installed in the sanctum sanctorum of the temple. The temple has a beautiful octagon hall.
Narayanapura Dam:Nestled amidst beautiful gardens, Narayanapura Dam is a composite dam constructed at Narayanpur in Surpur taluk, about 120 km from Gulbarga. This is a marvelous engineering structure built across the Krishna River.
Shah Bazar Masjid:This is the earliest Bahmani mosque built around 1367 under the reign of Muhammad Shah. It is in the northern side of the Gulbarga Fort. It is a replica of the great mosques in the complex in Delhi. The main gate in the east features an imposing dome.
Other places of interest within the town are the imposing tombs of the Bahamani rulers, the Haft Gumbaz, the tomb of Khwaja Bande Nawaz (an important local Muslim saint) and the Sharana Basaveshwara temple.
PLACES AROUND GULBARGA
- Jevargi, 40 km from Gulbarga, is an important religious place on the banks of the Bhima River.
- The Jaladurga Falls near Narayanpura Dam is 120 km from Gulbarga on the Krishna River.
- The historic town of Bidar is 110 km northeast of Gulbarga, while Bijapur is 150 km southwest of Gulbarga.