Khwaja Bande Nawaz Dargah Gulbarga : This is the famous Khwaja Bande Nawaz Dargah in Gulbarga. It is dedicated to the famous Sufi saint Syed Muhammad Hussaini who was also known as Hazrat Khwaja Banda Nawaz Gaisu Daraz. Therefore,it is called as the Bande Nawaz dargah. If you are near this dargah, I would also recommend you to try out the delicious local biryani from the nearby hotel.
Located at the banks of Bhima River, Sannati Gulbarga was my next spot. Famous for its Chandrala Parameshwari Temple, sannati was a major place for excavations by Archaeological Survey of India. The excellent architecture of the temple was breathe-taking. The temple was purposely made outside the grim of the city and around the natural serene atmosphere so that one could pray at peace.
As it was located outside the city it took me sometime to reach but the journey from my accommodation to the temple was very pleasurable since the view of the natural serene had all my attention. The temple got the extra beauty from the neat and tidy regions in the surroundings. This temple was like no other temple in other parts of the city or country in matter of cleanliness.
At a survey of ASI, it was earlier found that the Stupas of Sannati were much larger and was richer in architectural consideration. The developmental projects taken up by Sannati Developmental Authority did transform it into a better place. The improvement of infrastructure and construction of a museum did attracted many tourists from all around the world.
The Museum of Sannati Gulbarga displayed the sculptures and other historic evidences from the various Buddhist sites in the states. The Archaeological Department also found some terracotta items. Most importantly numerous panels of structures were also excavated from the ruins of “Maha Stupa” or the Adholoka Maha Chaiyta as the locals call it which means the Great Stupa of the Netherworld. On one of the stone, the portrait of Emperor Ashoka seated on his throne was also available and it was the only surviving with his throne of the great Emperor.
Thanks to ASI and Sannati Development Authority, the restoration of the great historical places can save the rich stupas that demonstrate the earlier times. The safety of this authentic place can preserve what had been lost earlier and mostly can show the richness of India during the reign of Emperor Ashoka. After completing the whole Sannati Gulbarga, I went on looking for some new and exciting places and Narayanapura Dam Gulbarga was next on my list.
Buddha Vihar Gulbarga : This is the picture of Buddha Vihar in Gulbarga. This place has a great sentimental value amongst the Buddhist community. It was built in 2009 and inaugurated by the president of India. It was established with an objective to inspire many to follow the ideology of the Great Buddha. A must visit, if you are in Gulbarga.
The next day, I decided to visit yet another historical monument which was the Jama Masjid Gulbarga. I hired a car to visit that place and I reached the monument in great expectation because I had heard a lot about its uniqueness. After reaching the place I hired a local guide who could supply me with background information about this place as I was really curious to know more about it. The guide was quite knowledgeable and gave me the desired info.
It was built in the year 1367 in the city of Gulbarga in the state of Karnataka by Mohammed Shah I. A Persian Architect by the name of Rafi was given the rare duty of designing the architecture of this historically famous building. Hence the amalgamation of both Indian and Persian art form can be traced in this structure. This highly appreciated mosque in India is one of the rarest ones in terms of unequal precedence as it does not have a courtyard but is covered by a roof.
In general almost all of the mosques in India have a courtyard. When I reached inside the mosque I found the Central or the middle hall was occupied with clamors of passages and each of them was roofed. The largest dome is built in the western side of the mosque but there are small and beautifully constructed domes in all the corners.
The northern part of the mosque has the main or the chief entrance for admission inside this building and the doorway is arch shaped. The sunlight enters inside the mosque and leaves a mesmerizing effect. The picturesque quality of the surroundings helped me to click many beautiful photographs. I was very excited as the pictures would serve as a reminder for this place.
Jama Masjid Gulbarga has the distinction of being one of the most attractive mosques in Southern Asiatic region because of its unique architectural designs. I have certainly not seen anything so striking that has left me with awestruck quality. It has been a really treasurable experience but then I was ready to continue my journey to the next destination.
So far I have visited different temples at distant places built with different motives by different people but which resemble the same omnipresent God. My strong conviction towards one eternal God suffices well to overcome all these thoughts. The visit to the beautiful and divine temples inculcated a different kind of feeling in me. Anyways with no enragements to anyone’s feelings I owe my respect to each and every religion and its values and thereafter I reverted back to my hotel, the Hotel Heritage Inn Gulbarga, to take some rest during the tiring but extremely enjoyable tour.
Right from the day of checking in till my coming in and departing to various places, the hotel provided me with exclusive treatments. They had all the amenities that can make a visitor’s stay comfortable. It was the perfect hotel of my choice as it appropriately suited my budget trip but is no less in offering a healthy and pleasurable stay in comparison to others. The hotel has a great connectivity to my places of visit along with good transport facilities, making my tour easy and convenient. The ever smiling and generous staff provided the room service with extreme attention and punctuality.
I was never burdened with thoughts of reorganizing my room after returning from a long day excursion and tiring travel courtesy the dedicated hotel’s staff for maintaining a sweet smelling orderly room before hand. The air-conditioned room with enchanting fragrances occupied with all the in-room facilities like Television Set, attached bathroom with geyser, dim lights for the night and a soothing ambience gave me a home away from home feel.
The Hotel Heritage Inn Gulbarga had been a wonderful place of stay with mark hospitality and services. Real thanks to the managing people, the coordinating staff and of course the help desk corner, which have consistently helped me in solving my queries and arranging my commutes with the reliable and cooperating travel agencies, contributive for a single traveler like me. The inn-restaurants also catered to all my cravings for the traditional as well as other delicacies to the fullest extent. It was indeed a wonderful place to dwell in.
Chandrampalli Dam Gulbarga : This is Chandrampalli Dam. This beautiful dam is located near the Bhima river. It was built in 1973. It is one of the major dams for Karnataka. It was specially created by the government with an objective of providing adequate irrigation for every farmer in Gulbarga. This dam is helping many to earn their livelihood.
By now the readers of this blog must be thinking me to be an insane girl, having interest in those typical fields where a sensible and a learned person would never attempt to visit. But I am helpless in this regards because unfamiliar and uncommon things attract me the most. I am thankful to God for bestowing me with these unfamiliar features of a human being. With no more discussion on my choices, I would like to carry out the rest of my journey details. The stadium was undoubtedly a memorable part of my life.
With more anticipations and desires, I reached the Gulbarga town for a round visit to its local place, Jevargi Gulbarga, situated on the banks of Bhima River at a distance of 40 kms from the main town. Ready with my back pack as usual, I headed towards the place riding on a special cart which added stars to my excitement.
Jevargi is basically a Panchayat town and headquarter to Jevargi Taluk. The numerous Jain temples decorated with exquisite architecture give an attractive look to the place. Obviously the main crowd visiting the place mainly comprises of the Jain devotees but the regular tourists are also no less in numbers. The famous Rathotsava (chariot festival) at Aralgundagi and Kadkol in Jevargi Taluk are held responsible for the growing popularity of the region. After hearing so much about it from the local people and the visitors, I was making my mind to visit it again at that particular time to enjoy the charm.
Highly amused by its simplicity and the tribal looks, I was immersed with the emancipated thoughts of Indian diversity in culture and tradition. The famous Mahalaxmi Temple in Jevargi Gulbarga was the most fascinating feature of the town. It houses many mysteries behind it, raising its popularity among the tourists and the locales with enormous religious beliefs and spiritual faiths. The local language spoken in the town includes Urdu along with the basic Kannada. I also triumphed to grasp few Urdu words as the token memory of the place. This birth place of Maha Sharana Shanmukha Shivayogi is surely an appealing place with immense calmness and peace. With so much of blessings from the sacred areas I finally marched towards my place of accommodation, Hotel Heritage Inn Gulbarga, to seek some rest and harmony.
Sath Gumbaz Gulbarga : As a visitor, you get to experience a lot of things when you are in Karnataka. Gulbarga is one of places that has countless beautiful tourist spots. Saath Gumbaz is one such destination. This place is known as the Seven Tombs. It is one of the popular spots in Gulbarga.
I planned an amazing trip to Gulbarga using a travel app for mobile. Travelling has become so easy these days. The sojourn in the Gulbarga town was no less than a haven trip, endowed with such beautification in culture and heritage. The mind gets refreshed and fills the heart with rejoice. That time I was about to gather some exciting features to my travel experiences through a visit to such a unique land. There was no time for sitting idle and waiting for the next start, rather I was preoccupied with my tight scheduled journey ensuring me the best possibilities of acquiring knowledge as well as entertainment.
From the eternal beauty of fort to the next destined place, Sharana Basaveshwara Temple Gulbarga, the town was a blissful experience for me. A wholehearted dedication to the preacher and Saint Sharana Basaveshwara, this temple is a mark of spirituality and learning.
Invaded by Hyderabad’s Nizam, two centuries ago, the shrine’s architecture is intricate and exclusive. Housing the Samadhi of Sharana Basaveshwara, the temple has its significant values in initiating Dasoha culture and the devotees flock into it to worship the shrines of disciple and the preceptor. Peacock carvings highlight the manifested beauty of the temple giving a magical charm to the visitors.
The other endowed beautiful carvings are those of elephant, garuda, parrots, flowers and the creepers. The temple gets more popularity during the festive season of Sankranti and Dussehra celebrated with great joy and pomp. The Mahadosaha fair drives tourists and the pilgrims to visit in huge numbers every year and be a part of the celebrations. Regretfully, my visiting time was apart from any ceremonies or rituals but with the glory of the temple and its renowned fame, I could make out the outstanding signification it holds at that particular time.
Moreover, the cattle fair and the car festival add to its charm. Built in the memory of deep hearted worshipper of Dasoha culture, Sharana Basaveshwara Temple Gulbarga aims to spread learning and preaching through their Vidya Institution. A blend of immense spirituality and teaching aspects, this temple is still intact in my memory of the favorite ones. With divine experiences of the place, I forwarded to fetch a private bus to travel to Raipur International Cricket Stadium in Chhattisgarh.
Gulbarga University : We were driving by and we decided to check out this famous university. It was established in 1980 and managed by the state government of Karnataka. This university is located in a very beautiful environment. Gulbarga university is one of the top universities in Karnataka. By the end of this visit, we were quite impressed by the architecture of the University of Karnataka.
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Hello, I am Ayushi Manroa. I love travelling and have also dabbled in photography. Being a student, I mostly end up back-packing! I started this blog to record my travelogues about the amazing places that I have been to. Be it frolicking in Goa, taking a dip in the Ganges, trekking in Coorg or hitching a ride up the Western Ghats, it is all listed here along with some of my best shots. Hope you like it. Happy reading!