- Bidar- Old World at its Best
Bidar is a small district situated along the Manjira river valley,
blessed with a rich history and culture. It has long been known as a
centre of learning for various creeds. The monuments here reflect the
architecture of the Bahamani dynasty. Bidar is also well worth a visit
by itself, given the greenery around.
Bidar was once part of the Chalukyan Empire after which it was successively taken over by several rulers. It was the capital of the Bahamani kingdom composed of Bijapur, Gulbarga, Bidar, Golconda and Birar that were once ruled by Barid Shahi. Aurangzeb annexed the territory in 1656. Later, the Nizams of Hyderabad took over the rule. Under the Lingayat reformer Basavanna, Bidar experienced a religious revolution.
Bidriware, the craft district, is one of the major tourist attractions
of the area. Here you can get highly ornamental silverware inlaid with
The Bidar fort was built by Ahmad Wali Shah, who was captivated by the climate and beauty of the area. The fort is quite a spectacular sight, with its outer walls extending to miles, bastions, cannons and sprawling ornamental gardens. A double gateway welcomes the visitor into the fort; apart from this the fort has five other gateways. One of them, the Gunbad Darwaza, leads to the Rangin Mahal. The interiors are replete with pillars and other examples of exquisite craftsmanship are also displayed. On the tiles can be found engraved Persian couplets in beautiful calligraphy! The walls and ceilings are inlaid with precious jewels and mother-of-pearl.
The Gagan Mahal, the Takhat Mahal, the Hazar Kothari, the Nubat Khana and the Bahamani tombs are all sights not to be missed. The Diwan- E-Am used to be the resting place of the Turquoise throne.
The Madrasa of Mahamud Gawan was once a reputed centre of learning visited by scholars from far and wide. The Madrasa is no less than a university, with a mosque, laboratory, lecture halls, quarters for the faculty, and students hostel.
The rock temple at Narasimha is unique in that you have to wade through water to reach the deity. The temple is situated inside a big cave. Another must-see spot is the Guru Nanak Jheera, where there is a spring which yields crystal clear water, which never runs dry. Get a mind-blowing view of Bidar from atop the Chaubara, a 71 feet tall tower.
- Best Time To Visit
October to February.
- How to Reach
Hyderabad airport is the nearest airport.
Bidar is connected by rail to Bombay, Hyderabad and Bangalore.
There are KSRTC bus services to Bangalore, Bijapur, Gulbarga, Raichur and Sholapur.