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National Travels takes to the Hosapete, formerly Hospet is a city in Bellary District in northern Karnataka, India. Hosapete is on the Tungabhadra River, 12 km from Hampi, the World Heritage site consisting of the ruins of the medieval city of Vijayanagara, former capital of the Vijayanagar Empire. The nearby Tungabhadra Dam was built in the twentieth century. It was the entrance gate to the city of Vijayanagar for all travellers coming from Goa and West Coast. A recent phenomenon in this region has been the boom of the iron-ore mining business. Due to great international demands for iron-ore, particularly from China, there has been excessive mining in this region. To an extent, the Tungabhadra Dam as well as the ruins of Hampi are now endangered by this development. The city is also known as 'Steel City' because of the presence of much iron and steel industry.

Hospet National Travels, the site where the great Vijaya Nagara Kingdom was situated lies about 13 km from Hampi in the state of Karnataka, India. It is also reachable from Bangalore, capital city of Karnataka, placed 350 km away from Hospet. As has been called the gateway to Hampi, Hospet stands proud of the Tungabhadra Dam which keeps the river Tungabhadra from being devastating and befitting to the peoples in generating power. There is a garden in the Japanese style at the base of the Dam which is a popular travel attraction of this historical city of Hospet.

Hospet National Travels , is well connected to all the major cities of Karnataka. Transport buses from the capital city Bangalore are regular to Hospet. Bangalore is around 350 Km from here. Hampi is among the most important travel destination in Karnataka which is only 13 km from here. Hospet thus is the best place from where you can head to Hampi.

Hospet National Travels can connect Hampi Many of the travelers like National Travels , who come to Hospet, are here to visit the World Heritage Site of Hampi. Hampi is among the most visited site in entire Karnataka. Hampi is the second largest World Heritage Site. Hampi has many times been referred to as the most beautiful ruins in India. Hampi was once the capital of the last great Hindu Kingdom of Vijayanagara. Hampi was attacked by Muslim ruler and many parts of the city and temples got destroyed. Still many of the magnificent temples remain and continue to mesmerize its onlookers. The main attractions in Hampi are Vithala temple, Hazara Rama Temple, Ugra Narasimha and Stone Chariot. In Vithala Temple there is a hall that has 56 pillars which produce sounds. Just tap them gently and the sound echoes inside the hall. For all enthusiastic travelers, Hampi is a must visit.

Hospet National Travels can connect Chitradurga is a town lying close to Hospet. Chitradurga is a well known tourist attraction. The town is situated in the valley of Vedavati River and has Tungabhadra River running to its northwest According to legends, Chitradurga has been there since the time of Ramayana and Mahabharata. The main attraction of Chitradurga is the Chitradurga Fort. The fort is surrounded by a series of seven walls making it a formidable fort. All the walls have gateways where the approach paths are too narrow, making it resistant to battering rams and elephant attacks. The fort was first breached by Hyder Ali in the year 1799. There are around 19 gateways, 28 Postern gates, 35 Secret gates, 4 invisible entrances 50 warehouses along with many other monuments.

Hospet National Travels can connect Harihar is a temple attraction situated on the banks of Tungabhadra River. It is believed that taking bath in Tungabhadra River on the ghats of Harihar, will relieve you of all your past sins. There is a temple dedicated to Lord Harihareshwar which was built in the year 1223. The architecture of the temple is in Hoysala style. The temple is the main attraction of the town. Other attraction of the town is an archaeological museum. The museum displays traces of wars that took place here, ancient coins and manuscripts. Himavat Kedaya waterfall is a popular picnic spot among the locales and is worth a visit for its scenic beauty and pleasant atmosphere.

Tourist National Travels importance of Hospet lies in its proximity to Hampi, the site of the medieval Vijayanagar Empire. Though the place of Hospet is not so large yet, the place has some of the best hotel that provides furnished accommodation to its visitors. The nearest airport is situated at Bellary about 75 km from the place of Hospet. The Bangalore and Belgaum airport is placed about 350 kms and 200 kms.

Hospet can connect Mysore Tourist National Travels on their way to Hospet have the pleasure of visiting Mysore in Karnataka, the imperial city and the erst while capital of the Woodeyers. Popular as the city of palaces Mysore mesmerises its visitors with the magnificent palaces, beautifully laid-out gardens and the imposing structures. Ruled by the once great Tipu Sultan, Mysore emerged as a thriving market for sandalwood and stone sculptures in Karnataka India.

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About Bijapur

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Bijapur is a district in the state of Karnataka in southern India. The city of Bijapur is the headquarters of the district, and is located 530 km northwest of Bangalore. Bijapur is well known for the great monuments of historical importance built during the Adil Shahi dynasty.

Bijapur is rich in historical attractions and make jouney to Bijapur by National Travels and have look such as.

1) Gol Gumbaz This is the most famous monument in Bijapur. It is the tomb of Mohammed Adil Shah (ruled 1627-1657). It is the second largest dome ever built, next in size only to St Peter's Basilica in Rome. A particular attraction in this monument is the central chamber, where every sound is echoed seven times. Another attraction at the Gol Gumbaz is the Whispering Gallery, where even minute sounds can be heard clearly 37 metres away. Gol Gumbaz complex includes a mosque, a Naqqar Khana (a hall for the trumpeters) (now it is used as museum) and the ruins of guest houses.

2) Ibrahim Rauza This is the tomb of Ibrahim Adil Shah II (ruled 1580-1627), the fifth king of the dynasty and, like the Mughal emperor Akbar, known for religious tolerance. Built on a single rock bed, it is noted for the symmetry of its features. It is said that the design for the Ibrahim Rauza served as an inspiration for that of the famous Taj Mahal(Bijapur).

The Quran, written in gold at Jumma Masjid

3) Jumma Masjid in Bijapur Built by Ali Adil Shah I (1558–80) is one of largest Mosque in the region. It has a large hall, elegant arches, and an excellent dome with thirty-three smaller domes surrounding it. It has an exquisite copy of the Quran, written in gold. Elaborate entrance gate was built by Emperor Aurangzeb.

The Gun Malik-E-Maidan, which means the master of the war front

4) Malik-e-Maidan in Bijapur (The Monarch of the Plains) the largest medieval cannon in the world. Being 4 m long, 1,5 m in diameter and weighing 55 tons, this gun was brought back from Ahmadnagar in the 17th century as a trophy of war by 400 oxen, 10 elephants and tens of men. It was placed on the Sherza Burj (Lion Gate) on a platform especially built for it. The cannon's nozzle is fashioned into the shape of a lion's head. It is said that after igniting the cannon, the gunner would remain underwater in a tank of water on the platform to avoid the deafening explosion. The cannon remains cool even in strong sunlight and if tapped, tinkles like a bell. In 1854 the cannon was auctioned for Rs. 150 but the sale was cancelled in the end.

5)Uppali Buruj in Bijapur Built around 1584 by Hyder Khan, is an 80 ft (25 m) high tower standing to the north of Dakhani Idgah in Bijapur. This is a spherical structure with stone steps winding round the outside. Top of the tower offers a commanding view of the city. This is also known as "Hyder Burj", "Upli Burj". On top of Upli Burj there are two guns of huge size. The parafeet this tower which was used for monitoring purposes has been fenced now. One needs to climb the circular stairs to reach the top. However except for this tower there is very little evidence of the citadel wall in this area due to rampant construction.

6) Chand Bawdiin Bijapur , Ali Adil Shah (1558–1580) built this tank near eastern boundary of Bijapur. When there was large influx of people into Bijapur after the fall of the Vijayanagar empire, and new settlements came up within the walled city raising the need for better infrastructure and providing water supply. This has a storage capacity of 20 million litres. Later it became a model for many other tanks constructed in the city. A grandeur complex came up around it, which was mainly used to house the maintenance staff though members of the royal family occasionally used it for recreation. He named this after his wife "Chand Bibi".

7) Asar Mahal in Bijapur , The Asar Mahal was built by Mohammed Adil Shah in about 1646, which was used to serve as a Hall of Justice. The building was also used to house the blessed relic - the holy hairs from the Prophet's beard. The rooms on the upper storey are decorated with frescoes and the front is graced with a square tank. Here women are not allowed inside. Every year there is urs (festival) held at this place. In front of the hall, one can see three tanks the bigger tank, which is at the centre is about 15 feet deep however the other two are comparatively smaller in size as well as depth. Behind Asar Mahal one can still see the remain of the citadel. Just a kilometer away behind Asar Mahal, one can still find the old mosque which is on top of the citadel wall. There is a big entrance with arc below this mosque. Many stones have inscriptions. The site is under maintenance of Archeological Survey of India.

8) Gagan Mahal in Bijapur, which means Sky Palace, is built with a 21- meter façade and four wooden massive pillars, has a majestic central arch. Sikandar Adil Shah, in silver chains, surrendered to Aurangzeb in 1681 here.

9) Barakaman (Ali Roza-II) in Bijapur. A mausoleum of Ali Roza built in 1672. It was previously named as Ali Roza, but Shah Nawab Khan changed its name to Bara Kaman as this was the 12th monument during his reign. It has now seven arches and the tomb containing the graves of Ali, his queens and eleven other ladies possibly belonging to the Zenana of the queens.

Among the other historical attractions at Bijapur, some notable ones are the Anand Mahal, Jod Gumbaz, Sat Manzil, and Jal Manzil.

Thus you can visit these places by visiting Bijapur through National Travels which makes the journey more comfortable.