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Ruins that tell a tale

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A short excursion through the towns of Bijapur, Gulbarga, Bidar and Yadgir in north-eastern Karnataka can turn into a marathon heritage walk with serendipitous sightings of monuments from the medieval era.

 

The Gulbarga  fort and the Jama Masjid inside it.
The Gulbarga fort and the Jama Masjid inside it.
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 The interiors  of the Jama Masjid of Gulbarga.
The interiors of the Jama Masjid of Gulbarga.
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A view of  the Shah Bazaar mosque in Gulbarga, considered to be the original Jama Masjid of the area.
A view of the Shah Bazaar mosque in Gulbarga, considered to be the original Jama Masjid of the area.
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 A Bahmani-era  minaret outside the dargah of Sheikh Sirajuddin Junaydi in Gulbarga.
A Bahmani-era minaret outside the dargah of Sheikh Sirajuddin Junaydi in Gulbarga.
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An unnamed tomb  on the outskirts of Sagar in Yadgir district.
An unnamed tomb on the outskirts of Sagar in Yadgir district.
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The tomb of  Alauddin Bahman Shah in Gulbarga.
The tomb of Alauddin Bahman Shah in Gulbarga.
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  Ahmed Shah’s tomb  at Ashtur.
Ahmed Shah’s tomb at Ashtur.
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 The tombs  at Ashtur.
The tombs at Ashtur.
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An arched gateway  in ruins in Ferozabad.
An arched gateway in ruins in Ferozabad.
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 The Jama Masjid  of Ferozabad.
The Jama Masjid of Ferozabad.
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  An unnamed  Bahmani-era tomb in Sagar village.
An unnamed Bahmani-era tomb in Sagar village.
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A view of  the palace complex inside the fort of Bidar.
A view of the palace complex inside the fort of Bidar.
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The entrance  to the fort of Bidar.
The entrance to the fort of Bidar.
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Tile work at Rangin Mahal palace inside the fort of Bidar.
Tile work at Rangin Mahal palace inside the fort of Bidar.
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Woodwork at Rangin Mahal palace.
Woodwork at Rangin Mahal palace.
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The madrasa of Mahmud Gawan in Bidar.
The madrasa of Mahmud Gawan in Bidar.
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 A view of  Afzal Khan’s mosque  in Afzalpur.
A view of Afzal Khan’s mosque in Afzalpur.
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The Ibrahim Rauza  complex  in Bijapur.
The Ibrahim Rauza complex in Bijapur.
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The mihrab   (prayer niche) at the Jama Masjid in Bijapur.
The mihrab (prayer niche) at the Jama Masjid in Bijapur.
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The Gol Gumbaz in Bijapur. It is the grandest historical edifice n Karnataka.
The Gol Gumbaz in Bijapur. It is the grandest historical edifice n Karnataka.
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