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Location : North East of Karnataka
Famous For : Gulbarga Fort, Sannathi
Distance : 220 kms from Hyderabad
Best Time to Visit : October to March (Urs Festival in November)
Gulbarga Fort
Historically Renowned Gulbarga Fort

Famous Fort : Gulbarga Fort – Famous Historical Fort having 15 towers.
Monumental Heritage : Jama Masjid – Imitation of Cordoba Mosque in southern Spain.
Pilgrim Site : Khwaja Bande Nawaz Dargah – Holy Shrine for Muslims built in Indo-Saracenic style.
Must Enjoy : Urs Festival in Khwaja Bande Nawaz Dargah, a perfect example of communal harmony in Karnataka. It is held in the month of November.
Buddhist Pilgrimage : Sannathi – Largest Buddhist site in Karnataka famous for 11th centuy old Chandralamba Temple.
Excursions : Jewagri (Jain Pilgrim Destination) – 40 kms, Kembavi (have religious significance) – 40 kms.
Important Distance : Bijapur – 150 kms, Hyderabad – 220 kms, Bangalore – 613 kms, Kochi – 1169 kms, Mangalore – 707 kms, Chennai – 778 kms.
Getting There : Air – The nearest airport is Hyderabad (220 km). Regular Flights of Indian as well as Jet Airways connect Hyderabad with important cities of India.
Rail – The nearest railway station is at Basavakalyan - 80km. Gulbarga is also connected by rail with Bangalore, Bombay and Hyderabad.
Road – Gulbarga is connected by road to Basavakalyan (80 km), Bidar (120 km), Bijapur (160 km), and Bangalore (600 km). KSRTC buses ply from Gulbarga to Bangalore, Bijapur, Bidar, Raichur and Sholapur.

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Jami Mosque, Gulbarga Fort
Jami Mosque Inside Gulbarga Fort

Gulbarga – Melting Pot of Cultures

Gulbarga, located in the north east part of Karnataka, is an important travel destination in Karnataka. At a distance of 613 kms north of Bangalore, Gulbarga is a small town with a lot of monumental attraction. It was primarily a Hindu city before the conquest of the Muhammadan, thus making it a potpourri of both the cultures. Retaining its histrionic charm is the Gulbarga fort that forms the main attraction of the city.

Lying in the divisional head quarters of the four district of Karnataka, i.e. Bidar, Bellary, Raichur, and Gulbarga, this city is filled with beautiful mosques, grand palaces and flourishing bazaars. Karnataka tourism highlights Gulbarga tours that includes a magnificent sojourn in the cultural land of Gulbarga.

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Famous Attractions of Gulbarga – Carrying the Historic Emblem

The most popular tourist spot in Gulbarga is the Momentous Gulbarga fort, built by the Bahamani rulers. It has 15 towers and exquisite carvings adorn the walls and ceilings. Though this fort is presently in ruins, it has not lost its past glory. Forming a major tourist attraction, Gulbarga fort houses an imposing mosque called Jama Masjid. This mosque is said to be an imitation of Cordoba Mosque in southern Spain, and highlights the Moorish architect.

To add to the list of attractions is the Khwaja Bande Nawaz Dargah, an important pilgrim site in Gulbarga. The tomb of the Syed Mohammed Gesu Daraz in the dargah is built in the Indo – Saracenic style. This famous shrine for Muslims is also known for its architecture splendour. While the arches of the Dargah are in the Bahmani architecture the paintings on the walls and ceiling represent the Turkish and Irani influence.

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Excur to the Largets Buddhist Site in Karnataka – Sannathi

At a distance of 40 kms from Gulbarga lies the largest Buddhist site in Karnmatak called Sannathi. The main highlight of Sannathi is the Chandralamba temple which is dedicated to goddess Durga. Having a great archaeological importance, this small town is situated on the banks of river Bhima and has various number of slabs that were then used as steps for a bathing ghat near the temple.

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Temple inside Sannathi
Jain Pilgrimage at Sannathi Temple

Getting There – Reaching the Cultural City of Gulbarga

Though Gulbarga does not have its own airport, one can avail the nearest airport of Hyderabad, 220 kms away. Indian Airlines and Jet Airways operate frequently between Hyderabad, Bangalore, Mumbai, Delhi and Kolkata. Approximately 5 hours are required to reach Gulbarga from Hyderabad via road transport.
Gulbarga has its own railway station. The city falls on the main Mumbai-Bangalore line, and a number of express trains are available from here. A considerable number of trains for Mumbai, Bangalore, Hyderabad and Kochi are passes through Gulbarga.
To reach Gulbarga by road tourists can avail the bus service from Bidar or Bijapur, that are just 3 hours away. Overnight buses are also available from Gulbarga for Bangalore and Hyderabad. Local transport in Gulbarga includes auto rickshaws and tourist buses.

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Top 5 Reasons To Visit Gulbarga
Gulbarga Fort

Gulbarga is one of the most famous historic town of Karnataka. At a distance of 613 kms from Bangalore and 220 kms from Hyderabad, it is a small town with a lot of monumental attraction.

The most famous attraction in Gulbarga includes the famous Gulbarga fort that has 15 towers. This historical fort houses many mosques, temples, huge buildings, towers and guns.

Inside the Gulbarga fort is the holy Jama Masjid. Said to be a replica of Mosque of Cordova in Spain, this mosque has 68 domes on the top that appears like a collection of huge pots.

Just a 40 kms excursion from Gulbarga will take the tourists to the largest Buddhist pilgrim site in Karnataka, Sannathi. Having the 11th century Chandralamba Temple this town holds great archaeological significance.

One of the holiest shrine of Muslims is the Khwaja Bande Nawaz Dargah, a mix of Bahamani and Persian style of architecture. Visit this shrine during the annual Urs fair in November.

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