More from Bijapur. Big monuments and little ones. But first a horse carriage. Drawn quickly while eating lunch. Whenever possible, I’ll sit by a window because you never know if something interesting (and sketchable) will pass by. This horse carriage, mostly used to take tourists around to different monuments around the city, paused for a while outside our restaurant window.
The Gol Gumbaz might be Bijapur’s most famous monument. But the Adil Shahi dynasty’s monuments dot the whole city. This is the Gagan Mahal, a huge audience and performance hall. I sketched it while lounging on the grounds in the shade of a big banyan tree.
The Jal Mandir by comparison is relatively small and stands in what is now a dried-up pond. I don’t know what I enjoyed more: sketching this strange and fascinating little structure, or capturing all the people who passed by on the busy street in front of it.
This small masjid stands on the outskirts of town. It was sketched in the evening as the light faded. Buffaloes grazed on the grasses and buses destined to be taken apart for scrap stood nearby.
By contrast, the Jama Masjid is a large mosque that stands by a big (but now empty) tank. There were a lot of tourists the morning we visited and the little kids loved jumping in and out of that large tank.
Visiting a place just doesn’t feel complete without a visit to the local market. This is a street market with vegetable vendors doing brisk business involving lots of bargaining. A buffalo grazes on watermelon rinds amongst the shoppers. One of the joys of sketching in India is that you get to interact with everyone wherever you are. While we sketched, vendors chatted with us, we got offered slices of watermelon to sample and a little girl brought us roses that her mom was selling.
This small roadside shrine with indecipherable (to me) markings sat among the fields of bajra and pomegranates a short drive outside town.
This was my very last sketch in Bijapur, but this scene could have been just about anywhere in India.