The Exotic Land of Gulbarga
Gulbarga exhibits a delightful synthesis of Hindu as well as Muslim cultures, as it was occupied successively by Hindu and by Muslim rulers. For the very reason the place upholds fine examples of Islamic as well as Hindu architecture. As a result, the town is visited with equal fervor by both tourists and historians alike. Gulbarga even has remains of a Buddhist culture.
The name Gulbarga has been derived from the Kannada word - Kaliburgi or the ‘stony land’. As the name suggest, the landscape of Gulbarga is characterized by rock and hillocks. Gulbarga was the capital of the Brahmani kingdom. Under the Brahmanas, the city literally blossomed, most of the palaces, mosques and mansions were built during that time. The origin of the town can be traced back to the Kakatiya rulers of Warangal. The town was successively captured by Ulugh Khan of the Tughlaq dynasty, Mohammed Bin Tughlaq and later became part of the Bahamani kingdom. Aurangzeb captured the kingdom, later after which it came under the rulers of Hyderabad in the 18th century.
Hyderabad airport is the nearest airport, 225 km away.
There are frequent buses to Bangalore and Hyderabad from here.
There is a central southern railway station here from which trains run to Bangalore, Mumbai, Delhi and Hyderabad.