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Bijapur, the ninth-largest city in the South Indian state of Karnataka, owes much of its importance to the Gol Gumbaz. At 144 feet in diameter, the 17th-century tomb of Sultan Mohammad Adil Shah is the world’s second-largest dome, after St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome.
A trip to Bijapur is well worth your time, not just for the spectacular Gol Gumbaz but also for its treasure trove of historical monuments. These include the Ibrahim Rauza (also known as the Taj Mahal of the Deccan), Jumma Masjid (one of the first mosques in India) and The Citadel, a stunning fort with a moat and sprawling gardens.
And if history doesn’t pique your interest, visit Bijapur for its glorious food! Over the centuries, several dynasties and cultures have left their mark on the cuisine of this wondrous city, with delicious results. Authentic South Indian specialities, Mughlai meat-based delicacies, and spicy Hyderabadi curries – Bijapur serves them all!
And that’s not all. You’ll be delighted to discover that the food here also boasts of Arabic, Persian and even Turkish influences. There’s plenty of continental and Chinese food too, if you would rather stick to these standard flavours.
Bijapur: Top Three Treats
Biryani: This is a layered, aromatic South Asian rice dish that originated among the Muslims of the Indian subcontinent. Its main ingredients are rice, Indian spices, meat (chicken or mutton), vegetables, egg, dried fruit and yoghurt. Biryani can be had in both vegetarian and non-vegetarian servings.
Idli: This is a savoury steamed cake popular all throughout India. Part of traditional breakfast in South Indian households, idlis are steamed cakes of fermented black lentils and rice batter. Soft and fluffy like cotton balls, these idlis can be found at most Bijapur restaurants.
Indian milk fudge or ‘milk cake’: These mouth-watering pastries, served as a dessert or snack, are a local favourite. The milk cakes are made with milk and sugar slow-cooked in ghee (clarified butter), with pistachio nuts and raisins added for extra flavour.
Authentic Local Food In Bijapur
If you are looking to explore authentic local flavours of Bijapur, prepare to delve into some exquisite food! Here’s a handy list:
Kai Palya: A vegetable curry made with green gourd, cabbage, eggplant or string beans. Thickened with coconut or cashew nuts and mildly spiced, it is served with rice or roti.
Laku Palya: A lentil-based curry that is popular with the locals.
Rotti or Bhakri: Fresh bread made mostly from jowar or bajra is a healthy choice.
Enne gai: Brinjal bulbs stuffed with ground peanuts, sesame, ginger, garlic, garam masala and spices.
Shenga or elu chutney: A spicy chutney made from ground peanuts and sesame seeds.
Kempu khara: A red-chilli chutney that makes a fiery complement for most dishes
Mosaru bajje: A soothing salad, made with curd.
Saaru: Soup prepared with pepper, cumin, coriander seeds and tomato
Apart from this, there are a variety of unique chutneys, dosas, tamarind-based rice (bisibele baath), and rotis made with local grains.
Eateries Near the Gol Gumbaz, Bijapur
Oviya: Before or after visiting the Gol Gumbaz, you should eat at this popular local hangout, which serves both American and Indian fast food.
The Bean Brew Café: This multi-cuisine restaurant is located near the Gumbaz and offers a range of amazing delicacies. While it is pricier than other eateries, this place has good food and an ambience to match.
Hotel Shrubhashree Sager: Recommended for travellers on a budget, this hotel serves hearty Chinese fare, both vegetarian and non-vegetarian. You can expect good clean food and prompt service here.
Eateries Near Ibrahim Rauza, Bijapur
The Ibrahim Rauza mausoleum, built for Sultan Ibrahim Abdil Shah ll and his queen, sits on a single slab of rock and is said to have inspired the design of the Taj Mahal.
Shisha Restaurant: The extensive menu of this place offers simple but scrumptious vegetarian and non-vegetarian fare.
Kamath Restaurant: This place is a must visit for some quality food and good, quick service. The North Indian dishes are especially delicious.
Other Places To Eat At In Bijapur
Mysore Restaurant: This restaurant on Gandhi Circle is popular with the locals for its excellent food and pocket-friendly thalis.
Street Food: You can find some amazing food centres and stalls all across the city. The most popular ones are SS Green Park Dhaba, Ghar Dhaba, Choudhary Dhaba, and Vaibhav Hotel Dhaba. Don’t miss out on snacking from one of these stalls!
Travelling to Bijapur to sample its delicious food and see its historic architecture is easy:
Location: North West Karnataka, 530km from Bangaluru & 550km from Mumbai
How To Get There:
Air – The nearest airport is at Belgaum (205kms away), which connects to the rest of India
Rail – Bijapur is well connected by rail with Bangaluru and other major cities of India. The station is located just 2kms from the main town.
Road – The main bus stand is near the Bijapur city centre. Bus services are available to Badami, Belgaum, Gulbarga, Bidar, Hubli, and Sholapur.
When to visit Bijapur: Winter, from October to February, are the best time to visit because the temperatures are cooler. You could also time your visit to coincide with the annual Bijapur Music Festival (check dates online).
Population: Approx 2,30,000
Languages spoken: Kannada is the official language, but Urdu, Marathi and Hindi are spoken too. English is widely understood as well.
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Fond of experimenting with exotic cuisines? Here’s a quick photo blog by Aishwarya Menon, that tells you what you just cannot miss on your next trip to Morocco!
Morocco, known for its stunning sights and unforgettable attractions has for centuries been a social hub, where tourists and travellers have got together to enjoy themselves. There was a time when southern tribesmen and Berber nomads would frequent the towns of Morocco to spend time on pleasurable pursuits. The nomads still come by, albeit in the guise of backpackers and tourists from all over the world.
Famous for its snake charmers, acrobats, monkey tamers, henna artists, and story-tellers, little do people know Morocco outshines itself when it comes to its mouth-watering cuisines. This hip and happening country has contributed to gorgeous souks and fascinating restaurants and street food culture. If you’re visiting Morocco, here’s what you absolutely must eat to satiate your palate.
Moroccan Tajine of Kafta
This slow-cooked savoury dish, typically made of lamb or beef, is cooked using all the right components of colourful spices and fresh herbs.
Thick Moroccan Harira Soup
Abundant with fresh vegetables, lentils and meat, a hot steaming bowl of Harira soup is the first choice of Moroccans to break the fast, during the holy month of Ramadan.
Salad plays a very important role in Moroccan meals. Zaalouk, also eaten as a dip, is a traditional Moroccan eggplant salad seasoned with cumin, paprika and garlic.
Mixed Vegetable Tajine
Vegetable dishes in Morocco aren’t uncommon. The traditional meal served for the first course, a tajine, is usually vegetarian and contains almost always consists of bell peppers and tomatoes.
Meatballs With Olives and Eggs
One of the specialties in Morocco, you should definitely not miss the slow-cooked meatballs, best served with olives and eggs in tomato sauce.
Also known as ‘Seksu’, couscous is a simple white pasta dish traditionally rolled by hand. In Berber tradition, couscous is served with a bowl of buttermilk.
Moroccan meals are best served with this famous side dish of grilled eggplant, dipped in a spicy mix of harissa sauce or other alternatives.
A classy replacement of alcohol, mint tea is highly considered a symbol of Moroccan hospitality, culture, and tradition. Mint tea served here is also called as Moroccan or Berber Whiskey.
Oriental Style Pomegranate Tea
Heavily sweetened with sugar, pomegranate tea offers a blast of flavours in each sip you take.
Fact File On Morocco
Official Language: Arabic, Berber, Darija
Currency: Moroccan dirham (MAD)
Food & Drinks: Chicken, Beef, Lamb, Couscous, Pastilla, Tajine, Tanjia, Harira, Soup, Green Tea, Atai, etc
Time zone: GMT + 1 (UTC+1)
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