Gulbarga Travel Guide



places to visit

The Sharana Basaveshwara Temple is a major attraction to both Hindu and Muslim devotees. This temple is dedicated to an eminent Hindu religious teacher and philosopher, Shri Sharana Basaveshwara. Dasoha(Giving is earning) and Karma were his basic and simple principles. Khwaja Bande Nawaz darga is another major attraction to both Hindu and Muslim devotees dedicated to a famous Sufi saint who preached understanding, tolerance and harmony. Thus Gulbarga is known to be a hub of Hindu-Muslim unity.

Gulbarga's old moated fort is in a much deteriorated state, but it has a number of interesting buildings inside including the Jama Masjid, reputed to have been built by a Moorish architect during the late 14th or early 15th century who imitated the great mosque in Cordoba, Spain. The mosque is unique in India, with a huge dome covering the whole area, four smaller ones at the corners, and 75 smaller still all the way around. The fort itself has 15 towers. Gulbarga also has a number of imposing tombs of Bahmani kings, a shrine to an important Muslim saint, Sharana Basaveshwara Temple, Sri Sai Baba temple, Sri Ram Mandir and Sri Bhavani Shankar Temple (Sri Sadashiv Maharaj).

Sri Kshetra Ghangapur is a famous pilgrimage center of God Sri Sadguru Dattarya, situated very close to Gulbarga. Thousands of pilgrims visit Gulbarga during the annual festival held at the holy shrine of Khwaja Bande Nawaz Darga to commemorate his death anniversary.

* Sharana Basaveshwara Temple
* Khwaja Bande Nawaz Darga (K.B.N. DARGA)
* Siddhart Budhha Vihar

Apart from the religious attractions, Gulbarga also has entertainment attractions like Shetty's Talkie Town multiplex (a value based division of Fun Cinemas) which has 4 screens in total with all facilities for quality entertainment, located on Aland road in Gulbarga and a private fm radio station.

There is a new upcoming mall "Shradha Mall & Multiplex" promoted by Kalaskar Properties Private Limited (, located at Darga Road, Jagat, Gulbarga. Earlier a renowned cinema theatre "Tirandaz Talkies" was located at this place. The mall will have 3 movie screens, food court, gaming zone, hypermarket, and the best retail brands to give a wholesome utlity and entertainment experience to the citizens of Gulbarga. The mall is scheduled to be open for business by September 2010




Jolada Rotti:

Jollada Rotti is the staple diet of the region. It is prepared from jowar flour. Jolada Rotti is served with a traditional egg-plant curry and spiced peanut powder. Generally, the food in Gulbarga is believed to be very spicy when compared with the rest of the state.

Hoorana Holige : This is a sweet which is a speciality in the place and prepared on the day of all festivals. It is kind of stuffed pancake. Chickpeas and Jaggery are ground and stuffed into wheat flour then cooked. This is served with Mango pulp as a side dish.

Chat Specialities (Snacks) : In the super market area near the telephone office, there is an area which has many strollers carrying chat and a variety of icecreams. This is one of the special attractions in the city and a common hangout place.

Tahri : Tahri or Tahari is similar to pulao and is very popular in Gulbarga . Tahri is prepared by adding the meat to the rice, as opposed to the traditional Biryani where the rice is added to the meat. Tahari is best served and liked by many along with paaya soup, first in the morning.

Chaai (Tea) Tea in gulbarga is had by many people many times a day. It is the best in Maharaja hotel,Nabi Cafe and Subhaan Hotel.

The local cuisine too derives heavily from Irani e.g. Biryani, Kacche Gosht ki Biryani, Dal gosht, Nihari, Double ka meetha, Sheer korma, Shahi Tukda, Khubani ka Meetha, Khatti dal, Khichdi, Kairi ka achaar, Baghare Baigan etc. The local cuisine is a blend of Mughlai and Persian cuisines, with an influence of the spices and herbs of the region.


The city of Gulbarga was founded by the Bahmani Sultans in the 14th century as their capital. However the history of the region dates back to the 6th Century when the Rashtrakutas gained control over the area, but the Chalukyas regained their domain and reigned for over two hundred years. The Kalachuri who succeeded them ruled till the 12th century. Around the close of the 12th century the Yadavas of Devagiri and the Hoysalas of Halebidu took control of the district. The present Gulbarga District and Raichur District formed part of their domain.



Gulbarga is well connected via road and rail from Bangalore & other major cities in South India.

get there and around

Taxis and auto rickshaws are available for getting around the city.
Long Distance Bus Routes

Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) runs the long distance bus services from Gulbarga to other parts of the state. The Bidar-Srirangapatna State highway made road transportation easy to travel between Bangalore and other neighboring states (like Andra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Goa). Gulbarga is connected by road to most places in south and west India. Some of these are Bangalore (623 km), Bijapur (130 km), Bidar , Basavakalyan (80 km). Also there are many private bus services which are key players for running Volvo buses between Bangalore and Gulbarga.


Gulbarga is served by a major rail line and is well connected by trains to all major parts of India such as Bangalore, Mumbai, Delhi, Ahmedabad, Rajkot, Coimbature, Kanyakumari, Trivandrum, Nagarcoil, Bhubneshwar, Jodhpur, etc.


The nearest airport's is Shamsabad(hyderabad) International Airport, 200 kilometers away. The Government of Karnataka has sanctioned a new airport for Gulbarga. The construction at the site started in July 2008 and should be completed in two years.