Bidar Tourism
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Bidar Tourism

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  • State: Karnataka
  • Famous for/as: Heritage
Bidar is a historic district, which is located in the north-eastern part of the South Indian state of Karnataka. Towards the north and west, this district shares its borders with the state of Maharashtra, while Gulbarga district lies to the south of Bidar. The administrative centre of this district is the city of Bidar, which is known for its unique Bidri handicraft products.

There are two river basins in the district, namely Godavari and Krishna. Extending over an area of 4,411 sq. km, the Godavari basin is the confluence of the Manjra River and its tributary Karanja.

The Krishna basin sprawls over an area of 585 sq. km, which comprises the Mullamari river basin and Gandarinala river basin.  Manjra River, which is the tributary of the Godavari River, is the major river of this district.

The entire Bidar district along with 31 villages of Gulbarga district forms the Bidar Forest area. Spread over an area of 43,592 hectares, the Bidar Forest area includes reserve forests, protected forests and unclassified forests.

Forming a part of the Deccan Plateau, Bidar is spread over an area of 5,448 sq. km. The southern half of the district is a high plateau, situated at an elevation of about 715 metres above mean sea level.

Historically, the Bidar district was home to the first Rashtrakuta capital, Mayurkhandi. Later, the capital was shifted to Manyakheta, which is located in Gulbarga district. During the rule of the Chalukyas, Kalyani in Bidar district was the capital of the Western Chalukyas.

Kalyani, which is today known as Basavakalyan, also served as the capital of Kalachuris. After Chalukyas, Bidar was under the administration of Devgiri and Kakatiyas of Warangal.

The entire Deccan region, including Bidar, was first conquered by Allauddin Khilji and later by Muhammad-bin-Tughluq. In the middle of the 14th century, the Deccan region disintegrated and formed the Bahmani Sultanate under the rule of Allauddin Hasan Gangu Bahman Shah. Bidar was declared as the capital of the Bahmani Sultanate and was rechristened as Muhammadabad by the Bahmanis.

The Bahmani Sultanate came to an end in 1518 and Bidar became the capital of the Barid Shahis. This sultanate was part of the Deccan Sultanate and ruled over Bidar from 1619 to 1656.

In the mid 17th century, when Aurangzeb conquered Deccan, Bidar became part of the Mughal Empire. It became part of the unified Mysore state in 1956, when all the states were reorganised on the basis of language.

Unified Mysore was later renamed as Karnataka and Bidar along with Gulbarga, Yadgir, Raichur and Koppal, were referred to as Bangalore Karnataka. At present, Bidar district is divided into five talukas, namely Bidar, Humnabad, Bhalki, Aurad, and Basavakalyana. The district is inhabited by 1,502,373 people and most of them belong to Dravidian and Aryan races.

Numerous tourists from around the world visit Bidar for exploring the historical monuments that date back to the Bahmani era. The most significant tourist attraction in the district is the Bidar Fort, which is one of the biggest forts in India.

The best time to visit Bidar is during the winter season, which lasts from October through March. During this period, tourists can enjoy several cultural activities and festivals as well.  

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Venkat N

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  • Venkat N
  • Lives in Hyderabad
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"A great 1 day trip from Hyderabad" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
Bidar is around 140KM from Hyderabad and makes for a great weekend getaway from Hyderabad. With a lot of historical significance, it is tucked away from the bustle of a city. The must visit locations in Bidar include the fort, the tombs, the Narsimha Jira temple and the Gurudwara.
All of the above can be covered in a day if you are up to the task - you can also make it a 2-day affair by having a night stay in one of the budget hotels.

The food is excellent - had it at Amantran which is close to the Gurudwara. Also shopping for the Bidriware is a must-do. Couple of preparations you will need to take care of are to carry an extra pair of dress and towels if you are visiting the temple. Also carry something to cover your head if you are visiting the Gurudwara.
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Pritvi Kanchi

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  • Pritvi Kanchi
  • Lives in Bangalore
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  •  20 helpful votes
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"Bidar - a destination par excellence"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Bidar is located around 110 kilometres from gulbarga and 130 kilometres from Hyderabad. The must-visit attractions in and around bidar include Bidar Fort which has five gateways, naubat khana which is a splendid music gallery. The other major attraction around bidar is Basavakalyan which is a taluk headquarters around 80 kilometres from Bidar. Basavakalyan is the birthplace of the great Kannada saint basavanna. This historical place was the capital of the chalukyas of Kalyan.
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Vamshi Karthik

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  •  9 helpful votes
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"A good place to visit"

  • 5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
It's a better place to visit from Hyderabad

- One of the good holiday spot to visit around hyderabad where you can go to the place kinda outing with your friends or as a weekend trip can hangout with your friends whole day

- It's a one day trip

- You can start in the morning and return in the evening

- The bidar city is a historical city

- And you have to visit laxminarasimha swamy temple compulsory there you have to go for darshan from inside the cave filling with water.
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Priyanka Negi

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  • Priyanka Negi
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  • 3 Reviews
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"Worth travelling to bidar to experience a change"

  • 5/7
  • Posted May 9, 2015
It was worth travelling to small city like bidar known as fighter town. The air crafts roaring the sky were the major part of its beauty. Had a comfortable stay at the best hotel in bidar "Shiva Internationals". Bidar is a small city but has everything from gurudwara to fort to small shopping outlets to air force base to empty roads for long drives to karanja dam. Its a good holiday destination where one could relish the peace this place has.
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Dhanulkar

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  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 3 Reviews
  •  17 helpful votes
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"A very good historical place"

  • 6/7
  • Posted Apr 29, 2015
Bidar, even though it is small town is very good town having variety of historical Background. There are many places to visit in the city. You can find famous religious places which are rare to see. The people in town are very cooperative. City has good hotels with all types of food available. Good market for purchases of various items at reasonable cost.
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Rahul Talreja

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"Magnificent and vast remains of a glorious era"

  • 6/7
  • Posted Mar 20, 2015
Its a good place to spend and roam around for couple of hours who would like to explore ancient architecture and history. This place can be visited as one day trip from Hyderabad if you plan early in the morning by direct bus available in plenty. You could also club some other places in Bidar along with fort to make your trip worth it. The renovation work has started and maximum of the fort complex is closed for tourists. Hope this effort will bring back the fort to life.
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Vishal Jaiswal

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  • Vishal Jaiswal
  • Lives in Hyderabad
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"A place with good sightseeing spots"

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted Dec 20, 2014
I went to Bidar a few months. Its a nice weekend gateway from Hyderabad. The place is 150 km drive from Hyderabad. The Bahmani Tombs and Bidar Fort are a sight to behold. The tombs and fort both look great in sunset. There is also a Gurudwara which is one of the major attractions. Getting a hotel might be difficult so book one in advance.
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Manjunath patil Manju

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  • Manjunath patil Manju
  • Lives in Gulbarga
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"The historical destination"

  • 7/7
  • Posted Oct 28, 2014
The view of bidar place is awsum. The climate is so normal with equivalence of hot and cold. The famous historical place old days are nice. It describes the rare view of destination to reach out the goal of enjoyment of holidays. Since the religious history begins at this place bidar once visit this historical place.
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Basava prabhu Patil

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  • Lives in Hyderabad
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"Trip to Bidar turned out to be good"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted Sep 10, 2014
I went to bidar. It was too good. I Enjoyed the food, culture and people who were there. I visited the Nehru Stadium, Bidar Swimming Pool. The Guru Nanak Garden was cool and awesome.
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"Bidar-Calm, serene and peaceful yet exciting."

  • 5/7
  • Posted Mar 31, 2014
Situated on planes of Deccan plateau, amidst the beautiful landscape ready to explore, with down to earth and hospitable people around and once upon a time blessed by the Guru Nanak dev; lies the town of Bidar. Once ruled by the Baridshahi dynasty, you get to see many tombs all across the Bidar town and located centrally the Fort of Bidar, whose perimeter wall is known to be one of the longest. As a tourist you can visit the third largest Gurudwara of India, the underwater cave shiv temple and Karanja reservoir situated outskirts of the town. You can plan out cycling to any nearby pond for camping at the Deer forest, making use of the nature around yet being close to the town. The town has an air force base which operates the british aircraft Hawks, for the training of the upcoming fighter pilots of the Indian Airforce. Bidar doesn't offer much in term of the cuisines, however have a few joints to dine with families for an open air candle lit dinner amidst the fort of Bidar. The place is a though small but a nice package of calm serene and a peaceful yet excited life.
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