Golgumbaz Express (Train Number 6535 / 6536) is a tri-weekly express train between Solapur and Bangalore( Yesvantpur Junction). In the Yesvantpur to Solapur route it is called Solapur Express and in the return route it is called Golgumbaz Express.
This train is name afer the mausoleum (Gol Gumbaz ) of Mohammed Adil Shah sultan who ruled the Sultanate of Bijapur from 1490 to 1686. This is one of the largest domes in the world. Gol Gumbaz is located in Bijapur, through which this train passes, hence the name Golgumbaz Express.
Golgumbaz Express (Train No: 6536 ) operates from Solapur Junction (SUR) in Tuesdays,Fridays and Sundays. The return train (Train Nn: 6535) operates from Yesvantpur Jn (YPR) on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
The route is 822 km ( about 510 miles) long with 19 stops between Solapur and Yesvantpur. The train takes about 16 hours for the Yesvantpur to Solapur stretch while for return its about 18 hours.
This is a good connection train for these who are visiting Pattadakal, aihole and Badami. Get down at Badami , that is nearest railway station for Aihole and Pattadakal too. Solapur is on the long distance route that connects Mumbai with the southern cities like Chennai and Hyderabad. So it's a good transit point for onward journey train connections.
The Only disadvantage , if any for the Golgumbaz Express is its limited days of operation, that is the train is operational only for 3 days in a week.
The highest class forGolgumbaz Express is First AC 1A), the next is Second AC (2A) and Third AC (3A) , and then the Sleeper Class (SL). Also there is the usual general coach for unreserved passengers.
Note: For accurate and up-to-date details, please check all the details with the official website of Indian Railways.
Lord Shiva slaying Andhakasura, the blind demon, is a popular mythological theme carved on many Shiva Temples. At Pattadakal you can see a giant image in the south side of the Galaganatha Temple. The story goes like this. While in the mount Mandhara a baby was born to Parvati and Shiva. Shiva was in a meditating posture and Parvati closed his eyes mischievously from behind. The boy appeared out of Parvati's sweat. Shiva explains to Parvati that since his eyes were closed, the baby was born blind and calls him Andhaka (the blind). Since he posed devilish qualities he was called Andhakasura (the blind demon ).