Bidar Tourism & Travel Guide

Bidar, located about 130 km from Hyderabad, finds a prominent position in the Archeological Survey of India. The historical significance of this place comes from its mention in the Hindu epic of Mahabharata. The Bidar fortress, built out of red laterite stone, is a popular tourist haunt and a remnant of the 15th century construction by Ala-ud-din Bahman. The main attractions include the several mahals in the fort complex, most notably, the Rangeen Mahal. Even though Rangeen Mahal is only a shadow of its former glory, some imagination can take you back to the good old days. The Takht Mahal and Tarkash Mahal are also among the highlights. The Solah Khamba mosque or as it is popularly known, Zanani Masjid is one of the largest mosques in India, characterised by Islamic architectural uses of domes, archs and columns. The massive Bahmani tombs, and the ruins of the Mahmud Gawan Madrasa are other attractions that speak volumes of history. Pay a visit to the Gurudwara Nanak Jhira Sahib and don't forget to savour the langar served by sevaks. Those looking to get their hands on the famed Bidri craft, the old market is your place.

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We went to Bidar Fort from there, which is open from 06.00 AM to 05.00 PM daily. Bidar Fort has seven gates in the fort and the places to see inside the fort are Takht Mahal, Tarkash Mahal, Rangeen Mahal, Gagan Mahal, Diwan-e-Aam and Solah Khamb Masjid. During an era when there were no Cranes or any technological aids, wonder how the men then built such huge Forts and Palaces. Inspired by the beauty of the Fort, my daughter has done a sketch of the Fort, which I have used as the cover image of this blog.The beautiful hindi song Ishq Sufiyaana, from the Bollywood movie “Dirty Picture” was shot here, featuring Imran Hashmi and Vidya Balan. Bidar has caught the attention of film directors for its unique monuments and historical locations. A lot of Kannada, Tamil and Telugu movies are also shot here. The place caught got its public attention after the Kannada movie Sanju Weds Geeta was shot here. All the songs were so beautifully picturized here on the gorgeous Ramya (Divya Spandana), with the Fort as backdrop. I have pasted an YouTube link of this lovely kannada song for you to see and enjoy. After all, sharing is caring.
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Bidar, Karnataka 585401, India
After seeing this majestic Fort, we had our lunch at Kamat Hotel and straight went to Guru Nanak Jhira Sahib Gurudwara which was built in the year 1948 and which is dedicated to the first Sikh Guru Guru Nanak. This Gurudwara has Darbar Sahib, Diwan Hall and the Langar Hall. It’s one of the biggest Gurudwara in South India. Guru Granth Sahib, the holy book of the Sikhs is placed in Sukhaasan Room. This Gurudwara is built beside a spring and the water is collected in Amrit Kund, which is considered sacred by the pilgrims. Free food is served 24 hours in the Langar Hall to all the pilgrims.
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Weekend Getaways from Bidar  

A fascinating blend of the Hindu and Muslim cultures, every frame of Hyderabad - the joint capital of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, pulsates with vivid heritage. The metropolitan section of the city comprises of the hilltop Golconda, the modern city of Secunderabad and the old city of Hyderabad which are separated by an artificial lake - Hussain Sagar. On the western end lies the Hi-Tech city or the cyber hub of the city. One of the main attractions of the old Hyderabad city are its frantic bazaars swarming with chai and spice traders. This is a major contributing factor to Hyderabad’s tourism. Among the other places to visit in the city, the iconic Charminar built in 1591 to commemorate Hyderabad’s founding, the opulent Chowmahalla palace and one of the world’s largest mosques - the Mecca Masjid are the most popular. The art enthusiasts could head to the Kalakriti and Birla art galleries. As one of the must-dos in the city, plan a day trip to the Ramoji Film City (Telangana’s film industry - Tollywood). Also, no trip to Hyderabad city will ever be complete without the delectable trifecta of Irani chai, Osmania biscuits and the quintessential biryani.


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