Bijapur Citadel

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Floohoo Travels offer Bijapur Citadel Tour Packages and Bijapur Citadel Holiday Tours. Choose from a wide range of tour packages based on your interests and needs. The once impregnable citadel of Bijapur has repulsed many a siege, and was constructed over the ruins of the Ark Killa in 1565. It contains numerous buildings, fortifications, and armaments that are evocative of the citadel’s and its battles’ histories. Within the fort, a colossal cannon popularly referred to as ‘the monarch of the plains,’ or the ‘Malik-i-Maidan’ is the largest medieval cannon in the world at 4 m in length, 1,5 m in diameter, and weighing 55 tons. This gun was brought back from a campaign in Ahmadnagar in the 17th century and now menacingly thrusts its barrel out from a rampart in the fort.

Below the cannon is the ‘Lion Bastion’ or ‘Sher Burj,’ an allusion to the lions carved on its entrance. Situated higher along the slope is the Hyder Burj or Upri Burj constructed in 1583 from where the entire citadel can be seen. The Adalat Mahal (Hall of Justice) constructed in the 17th century lies near an outer edge of the fort. Built in 1589, the Anand Mahal was the pleasure palace of Ibrahim II. The Gagan Mahal (Durbar Hall) commissioned by Ali Adil Shah I in 1561 is situated across a street from the Anand Mahal. Other noteworthy structures inside the fort include a granary - the Saat Manzil and the splendid Jal Mandir situated in the middle of a pond.