April 11, 2010

The tombs of Tipu Sultan & Hyder Ali - Gumbaz, Srirangapatna, Near Mysore, India

Srirangapatna, the historical town of India, located near Mysore city, has many important tourism and historical sites. Gumbaz, the tombs of Tipu Sultan and Hyder Ali is one of the most important tourist site in Srirangapatna.

Tipu Sultan, the tiger of Mysore, the great warrior who fought with the British empire, built Gumbaz in the midst of Lal Bagh, a beautiful garden. He built tombs for his father Hyder Ali and mother Fathima Begam (Fakr-Un-Nisa) in Gumbaz. The structure is very beautiful standing on a high and wide platform with an open verandah of polished pillars all round. The highlight of the Gumbaz structure are well shaped large dome, ivory inlaid doors, and carved stone windows of fine workmanship. The chamber is painted with the tiger stripes.

In Gumbaz, you can find the tomb of Hyder Ali in the middle, with the tombs of Tipu Sultan and Fathima Begam on either sides. (The tomb of Tipu Sultan was added to Gumbaz after he died.) You can also find the tombs of other family members of Hyder Ali in the open veranda and surroundings. This Islamic style structure located in the middle of the beautiful garden, also
houses a masjid named Masjid-E-Aksa in its complex.

Don’t miss this place when you go for a tour to Mysore or Srirangapatna.

Happy travelling.

Fast Facts:

Site Name: Gumbaz
Site Type: Tomb, Garden
Highlights: The tombs of Tipu Sultan and Hyder Ali
Location: Srirangapatna, 18 kms from Mysore, Karnataka state, India
Nearest Railway Station: Srirangapatna
Nearest Airport: Bangalore (around 170 kms)
Local Transport: Easily reachable from Mysore; there are lot of private and government buses
Hotel: There are few good hotels at Srirangapatna; If you are looking for good cheap and budget hotels, it is better to go with hotels of Mysore or hotels of Bangalore
Restaurants: There are few good restaurants available in Srirangapatna; better options are available in Bangalore or Mysore

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