Dating back to the 6th century, Gulbarga (also known as Kalaburagi) lies 623 km north of Bangalore and 220 km from Hyderabad and is the largest city in the Hyderabad-Karnataka (known as Kalyana-Karnataka) region of North Karnataka. This large city is a sightseer’s paradise, with many fascinating places to visit in including the impressive Gulbarga Fort and many places of worship.
Originally built by the founder of Bahmani Empire, Sultan Alauddin Hasan Bahman Shah, Gulbarga Fort was then fortified in European and West Asian military architectural style by the founder of the Bahmani Empire, Alauddin Hasan Bahman Shah. Explore the 15 towers mounted with 26 8 metre-long guns and marvel at the Bara Gazi toph, which at 29 feet in length is the longest canon in the world.
Within the fort is the Persian-style Jama Masjid built in 1367. This fully enclosed mosque consists of elegant domes and arched columns and is unlike any other mosque in India.
Khaja Bande Nawaz is the tomb of Sufi saint Syed Mohammed Gesu Daraz and is a large complex with paintings on the walls and ceilings in a fusion of Iranian and Turkish influence. The tomb is the location of an annual fair in November which draws thousands of devotees of many religious communities.
The Sharana Basaveshwara Temple is also worth a visit, dedicated to the 18th-century Hindu religious teacher and philosopher Shri Sharana Basaveshwara. The adjacent lake attracts many devotees and tourists.
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