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Kalaburagi (Kannada: ಗುಲಬರ್ಗಾ), previously known as Gulbarga, is a city in Northern Karnataka.



Kalaburagi means the "land of stones and thorns" in Kannada (kal means "stone" and "bur" means thorn). Gulbarga means "city of flowers and gardens" in Persian and Urdu (gul means "flower" and bar means "leaf").

The history of Kalaburagi can be traced to the sixth century. It was ruled by the Rashtrakutas, Chalukyas, Yadavas and Hoysalas till the early 14th century, when this city was annexed to the Delhi Sultanate, first by General Ulugh Khan and then by Sultan Muhammad bin Tughlaq. After the sultan's death, it fell to the Bahmani kingdom (of which it was the capital between 1347 and c. 1424) and, upon the break-up of that power, to Bijapur.

Get in


By train

  • 1 Kalaburagi Junction railway station. Kalaburagi Junction railway station (Q16891948) on Wikidata Kalaburagi Junction railway station on Wikipedia

By road


It has got very good bus service connection to Mumbai, Bangalore, and Hyderabad. NH 150 and NH150a pass through this city.

By plane


Get around

Map of Kalaburagi


  • 1 Gulbarga Fort (Bahmani Fort) (By auto, taxi from railway station and central bus stand). Historic fort dating back to 1347. A large mosque, the Jama Mosque, was built inside the fort in 13667. Gulbarga Fort (Q5617266) on Wikidata Gulbarga Fort on Wikipedia
  • 2 Haft Gumbaz. Group of tombs of the Bahmani dynasty built during the 14th and 15th centuries. The tombs are examples of early Indo-Islamic architecture. Haft Gumbaz (Q107619089) on Wikidata Haft Gumbaz on Wikipedia







Gulbarga's newly opened malls typically have high(er) end stores retailing apparel, footwear, and consumer electronics.

  • Asian Mall (Behind K.B.N. Hospital)
  • Kandoor Mall (Sardar Vallabhai Patel Chowk)
  • Karnataka Housing Board Shopping Complex (Pragati Colony, Ring Road)
  • Shardha Mall
  • Old supermarket near mahbas masjid.
  • Sarafa Bazar (Gold market)
  • Old Vegetable market
  • Gunj Area



Tahari (Rice stuffed with meat and spices), Sorghum Bread, Various Lentiles, especially Toor Dall (piegeon pea) Wheat flour bread, Bajra Bread, Over all food in gulbarga is rich in spices.





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