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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122 Kms from Bidar
Once the capital of the Nizams, it is now the joint capital of both the states of Andhra Pradesh as well as Telangana but officially is only the capital of the latter. It is one of the busiest cities of the country and crammed with people almost the whole year round. The old charm of the city is still intact and it is only because the people love their culture and heritage and are successful in keeping up with their roots. There are a number of places to visit in this city such as the Charminar, Golcoda Fort, Mecca Masjid and so many other places. The Hyderabadi Biryani is like the signature dish of this place and was also a favorite of the Nizam's. You still get the richest and most authentic taste of the dish out here. The market places are lined with sweet shops which sell the most delicious desserts for you to give your diet a toss. Shopping is also an option here.
230 Kms from Bidar
Best time to visit - January,February,March,September,October,November,December
Warangal is a land famous for its architectural feats. Though not really a tourist spot, the ancient city has multitudes of experiences to offer by way of its beautiful temples, wildlife sanctuary, a grand fort and a serene lake to satisfy the thirst of travellers. The most famous spot is the star-shaped, 800-year-old Thousand Pillared Temple with its uniquely carved stone pillars. Warangal is replete with temples such as the Ramappa temple, Sri Vidya Saraswathi Shani temple, Sri Veeranarayana temple, the most beautifully located being the Bhadrakali Temple. The exquisite carvings, arches and pillars of the Warangal fort are noteworthy along with its South Indian architectural style. The turquoise blue manmade lake of Pakhal amidst the lush greens forests is where you want to be for the most breathtaking sceneries. If you’re visiting during September or October, you may get to witness the vivid festival of flowers celebrated by the Hindu women, Bathukamma. You may not find the most opulent hotels, but there are decent ones to spend a night at, such as City Grand or Grand Gayathri. Try the local eateries for their lip-smacking ghee idlis and dosas.
240 Kms from Bidar
Best time to visit - January,February,March,October,November,December
Located in Andhra Pradesh, Kurnool is home to some of the most sacred temples of India, including the Shrine of Srisailam, Peta Anjaneyaswami and Birla Mandir. Kurnool being a developing city, you will find spots with construction going on in full swing. Belum Caves is one such attraction. Considered to be one of the longest caves in India, it is a great way to spend your day. The caves demand a lot of walking around, so do wear comfortable shoes when you head here. The oxygen here is a little low so don't take toddlers with you and also avoid if you are claustrophobic. Ugra stambham is another lovely sightseeing spot with great views. It's definitely worth a visit, though you should avoid going in the afternoon since it can get very hot.
304 Kms from Bidar
Best time to visit - January,February,September,October,November,December
Earlier the capital of the Chalukya Kingdom, Badami is located in the North Karnataka District and is a part of Bagalkot. This place is surrounded by beautiful hills and mainly known for the lovely cave temples. This is a group of four temples which are made of soft sandstone. Out of these three are dedicated to the Hindu religion while the one remaining is for the Jains. These are some of the perfect examples of Chalukyan Temple architecture. The evolving time and development can be well found in the ravines of this place and the designs made on the walls and ceilings of these temples make them soe of the best temples of South India.
188 Kms from Bidar
Located in Telangana, Karimnagar has seen rapid development in the last couple of years. Known for its monuments and historical relevance, it is the perfect destination if art and architecture interest you. The famous Veera Hanuman temple is situated in the district along with a few other sightseeing spots.
221 Kms from Bidar
Best time to visit - January,February,March,August,September,October,November,December
On the border of Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka lies the saintly city of Mantralayam. The city revolves around the much prestigious saint, Shri Guru Raghavendra Swamy. Being a relatively small place and unpopular among tourists, it makes sense that most of the visitors here are his disciples. The Samadhi Temple or Brundavan is the site where Swamy is believed to have entered his tomb, alive. Inside the complex of the temple is the main shrine of the saint. Devotees still believe that he dwells in his holy form. Being the site of utmost devotion, it is very restricted in its approaches. Men who want to perform aarti are supposed to wear only dhotis and women only sarees. This dress code is strictly followed when you want to go near the Brundavan. Food or bhog is served to all devotees and visitors during the afternoon. In a place named Raichur, 20 km from Mantralayam, the temple of Panchamukha commemorates the place where Shri Guru Raghavendra meditated for 12 years at a stretch. Overall this place holds the aura of an earthly experience rather than serving as a vacation.
255 Kms from Bidar
Lonar (लोणार) is a town and a municipal council in Buldhana district of the division of Buldhana of the region of Vidarbha in the Indian state of Maharashtra. It is a Taluka of the district of Buldhana and is located near Mehkar. It is an important place in Buldhana district and is famous for Lonar crater and Lonar Lake, which is located at 19°58′N 76°30′E.Lonar is situated around 550 km from Mumbai, around 160 km from Aurangabad and around 140 km southeast of the famous Ajanta Caves, about 4½ hours drive via Buldhana. Though it is in proximity to many tourist spots, it is not visited by many tourists.Lonar is located at 19°59′06″N 76°31′23″E. It has an average elevation of 563 metres (1847 feet). Lonar Lake is a saltwater lake at Lonar in Buldana district, Maharashtra, India, which was created by a meteor hitting the Earth during the Pleistocene Epoch. The impact crater thereby formed is the only hypervelocity meteoritic impact crater on basalt rock. A lake that evolved in the resulting basaltic rock formation, is both saline and alkaline in nature. Geologists, ecologists, archaeologists, naturalists and astronomers have reported several studies on the various aspects of this crater lake ecosystem. Lonar Lake has a mean diameter of 1.2 kilometres (3,900 ft) and is about 137 metres (449 ft) below the crater rim. The meteor crater rim is about 1.8 kilometres (5,900 ft) in diameter. The circular depression bears a saline water lake in its central portion.The crater's age is usually estimated to be 52,000 ± 6,000 years (Pleistocene),although a study published in 2010 gives an age of 656,000 ± 81,000 years. Lonar is one of those places which has lost it's vicinity and even the Archaeological Society of India is not serious upto preserving this awesome place. It is said that, if Lonar Crater is studied carefully, YOU WOULD NEVER REQUIRE TO GO TO MARS!- source BBC DISCOVERY DOCUMENTARY available on Youtube.Stories to be believed, the Lonar when hit by the meteor, there were 09 temples, 01 cave and 1000 lives lost, still date, there are ruins everywhere. Imagine you get to see a devastation that occured appx 60,000 year earlier.
255 Kms from Bidar
Best time to visit - January,February,October,November,December
Srisailam is a prominent religious destination located on the banks of Krishna River in the Kurnool district of Andhra Pradesh. Well known for the Bhramaramba Mallikarjuna Temple, which is one amongst the 12 Jyotirlinga temples of India, Srisailam draws countless religious travellers every year. Another reason for its popularity is the Srisailam reference in the Vedic stories of Mahabharata. Some of the prominent attractions here are Bhramaramba Devi Temple, Mallikarjuna Swamy Temple, Hemareddy Mallamma Temple, Akkamahadevi Caves and Srisailam Sanctuary. Akkamahadevi Caves is one of those places where the journey is as amazing as the destination. The Ista Kameshwari Temple, located 16 km from Srisailam, is another unmissable place. After crossing the temple, you can head to some beautiful waterfalls and valleys around the region.