Hampi, also called as Kishkindha is a UNESCO World Heritage Site located in the East-central Karnataka, India. It became the capital of Hindu Vijayanagara empire in 14th century. By 1500 CE, Hampi-Vijayanagara was the world’s second-largest medieval-era city after Beijing, and probably India’s richest at that time.
The triumvirate of Badami, Pattadakal and Aihole is home to more than 130 temples. The temples showcase some of the finest architectures during the Chalukyan period. This is a comprehensive account of my experience of visiting these three wonderful places in the state of Karnataka.
Bijapur is a masterpiece of Indo-Islamic architecture. One visit to this city and you would fall in love with it. The city is rich in heritage, food, culture and what not. This is a comprehensive guide for you to plan your trip to this historical city, home to world’s second largest dome – Gol Gumbaz.
Officially known as Kalaburagi, Gulbarga was the capital of Bahmani Empire from 1347 to 1424 AD. In 1422 AD, Gisu Daraz of the Sayyid family (descendents of the Prophet) was buried in Gulbarga, which transformed the Deccan from a land of infidels, to an Islamic sultanate, under the Bahmani dynasty.
Bidar – the lesser known name on the Indian tourist’s map is actually home to 61 monuments of architectural importance. The Bidar fort and other monuments in the city give a glimpse of the influence of Persian architecture. The city is a must visit to know more about the Bahmani & Barid Shahi dynasties.