Ibrahim Rauza, Bijapur

Visitor Information

  • Famous For: Historic place, Mausoleum, Tomb, Adil Shahi Dynasty
  • Entry Fees: Indian Adults- Rs. 15/- per head; Children up-to 15 years- Free; Other Nationalities: Rs. 200/- per head
  • Visiting Time: 6:00 am to 6:00pm (open on all week days and weekends)
  • Visiting Duration: It may take 30 minutes to 1 hour for the entire tour of the monument.

Ibrahim Rauza, also known as Ali Rauza, is one of the most promising historic tomb built between the 15th to 17th centuries. The crypt was built in the memory of Sultan Ibrahim Adil Shah II and his queen Taj Sultana. It is also said that it was the beauty, architecture and the structure of the catacomb, which inspired Shahjahan to have the very famous Taj Mahal built in Agra. The monument was built in the year 1627 by a Persian architect Malik Sandal. It is said that it was initially intended only for the Sultan’s Queen, Taj Sultana’s memorial.

Ibrahim Rauza
Photo by Sanyam Bahga, CC BY 2.0

Traveler’s Tips

  • Foot wears are not allowed inside the tomb.
  • You can take your camera and smart phones inside the tomb and click pictures.
  • It is advisable to hire a guide so that you do not miss out on any important information and fascinating facts.
  • Parking is available outside the monument.
  • Carry a bottle of water along with you if you are visiting in summers, so that you don’t have to get distracted form your tour to the tomb when you are thirsty.

Things to Do

  • Start with the grand gardens that surround the tomb in a striking way.
  • Visit the graves of the Sultan’s family and the architect of the monument.
  • There is a mosque near the graves.
  • Visit the basement of the crypt to see hoe the arms and food was stored during those times.
  • Stand next to the grave of the sultan and you can hear the prayers being said at the other end of the tomb.
  • You can also visit the nearby places, a list of which is there below for your reference.

Availability of Guides

The tour guides are easily available near the tomb and it is recommended to hire one. They will help you to understand the history, story and culture related to the structure in a better way

Best Time to Visit

According to the experts and those who have visited the place before. September to March is the best time to visit Bijapur and the historical placed of the city. During these months, the weather is fine and pleasant and a perfect support for your trip.

It is not advisable to visit Bijapur during summers as it is very dry and hot during the season.

How to Reach

Connected to almost all travel routes, reaching to Bijapur is very easy. The city has a bus stop and a railway station, which is linked with all major cities. The place will be even easier to reach once the airport opens up, which is under construction.

Once you reach Bijapur, you can go for Bijapur’s fascinating Tonga or Horse Buggy to reach at your destination. You can even look for an auto, a cab or a local city bus. They all take you to the Ibrahim Rauza.

Interesting Facts and Trivia about Ibrahim Rauza

  • One of the most interesting facts about the crypt is that, it also contains the grave of its architect Malik Sandal.
  • Along with Adil shahi II, the monument also contains the tombs of Sultan’s 2 sons and his mother.
  • The entire building is mounted on a single rock slab.
  • The mausoleum also has a basement.
  • The basement was used to store munitions and food at that time.
Ibrahim Rauza Bijapur
Photo by Rahul240488, CC BY-SA 3.0

Nearby Attractions

  • Gol Gumbaz
  • Sundreshwar Temple
  • Mosque Jami Masjid
  • Taj and Chand Bawdi
  • Hattarsang
  • Malik-e-Maidan
  • Bijapur Aquarium
  • Upali Burj
  • Bijapur Archaeological Museum
  • Barah Kaman
  • Mithari and Asar palaces
  • Kudalasangama
  • Gagan Mahal

Nearby Restaurants

  • Caffiesta Foods
  • Mysore Restaurant
  • Sheesha Restaurant
  • Ridhi restaurant
  • Oviya
  • The Sigdi
  • Hotel Madhuvan International Restaurant
  • Hotel Subhashree Sagar
  • Hanafi Restaurant
  • Niyaz Hotel Restaurant
  • Hotel Everest Restaurant

When you talk about the historic sculptures, culture and monuments, Bijapur should be on the top of your list. Karnataka’s most history-inspired city will bring out to you it’s most amazing structures and will not fail to amaze you with its outstanding architectures from the ancient India. Ibrahim Rauza (Rauza means tomb), is one such mausoleum, which emerges as the finest Persian architecture building with various fascinating artifacts and carvings.

About Rohit

An architect by profession, Rohit Agarwal is a curious traveller, seeking out the minutest detail about the places he travels to, and that’s what one will find in his writings. His writings have appeared in various blogs, he’s currently trying to bring forth as many different places a traveller who shares the same level of curiosity like him would like to visit through his writings.

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