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The Bidar Fort, along with other Islamic monuments, was built in 1427, when Sultan Alla-Ud Din Bahman shifted his capital from Gulbarga to Bidar. The striking architecture of the fort, including its royal baths, audience halls and pavilions reflect greatly upon the the glorious past of the town.The fort may not be on the list of famous monuments in India, but it has been a favourite among movie directors as a potential filming location. Anant Nag-starrer Bara, Duniya Vijay-starrer Jarasandha and a song sequence from Vidya Balan-starrer The Dirty Picture was shot here.
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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