Bidar Tourism

Bidar Tourism

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Bidar Info

  • State: Karnataka
  • Famous for/as: Heritage
  • District: Bidar
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.  

Bidar is one of the weekend getaway options for travelers living in Hyderabad and Secunderabad.

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Rangin Mahal, Bidar

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Bidar Fort, Bidar

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Mohamad Gawan Madarsa, Bidar

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Rs Agraharkar

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  • Rs Agraharkar
  • Lives in Zahirabad
  • 1 Review
  •  589 readers

"An awesome attraction"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Jan 25, 2016
Fine place to visit but not so much fun the fort was really awesome to watch temples & gardens. Dam so good can enjoy the weekend for 2 days at this place places to visit in Bidar is morning journey.

From there have to go for fort up to evening we can spend n enjoyable place with friend n family then at evening have to go for Gurunank near bus stop. On next day morning go for papnash & then have to go for devdev gardens its good place for family time pass kids can enjoy a lot.
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Laddoo Kumar

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  • Laddoo Kumar
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 2 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
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"Overall it was a nice trip to Bidar"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Dec 30, 2015
It was really a good experience to visit Bidar, we went to many places like Bidar Fort, Mahmud Gawan, Chowbara(clock tower), Papnash temple, Guru Nanak Gurudwara. Guys I will suggest you to come early in the morning and visit Bidar fort and take a walk around the massive area, courtyard, Solah Khamba mosque inside. So we headed to Fort in the morning and had 'Biryani' at Gawan Chowk. Then we went to Gurudwara, it was a serene place. And then we went to Papnash Temple. I didn't go in there because there were Water Caves where you have to swim & walk to get to the main idolatry spot. And in the evening we took rest and headed to Khanapur's 'Blackbuck Forest'.
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Haris Sumair

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  • Haris Sumair
  • Lives in Bangalore
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  • 6 Reviews
  •  122 helpful votes
  •  2085 readers

"Feeling nostalgic at Bidar"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Dec 22, 2015
One feels nostalgic when visits Bidar, lot of movements to capture, sounds to here. Especially the old city you can see people making Bidri craft vessels, pots and stuff with black classy and silver. There's a lot more to it, old city has many monuments of cultural importance some of them date back to the Persian rule in India. A lot to see here it's an awesome experience to travel all the little me places around here. I would recommend you to go to boost during festivals because it's all lighted up all the monuments are too. People celebrate Bidar Utsav at the fort so I would recommend you to go during the Utsav.
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  • Paddmaraj
  • Lives in Bidar
  • 3 Reviews
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"It was a nice place to visit"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Aug 28, 2015
I visited there to Guru Nanaka jahri, Narasimha Jahri, in free time because I visited there for official purpose. Good place to see. This hotel also good.
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Venkat N

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

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Aug 10, 2015
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
  • 232 Reviews
  •  512 helpful votes
  •  577551 readers

"Bidar - a destination par excellence"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Aug 2, 2015
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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  •  39 helpful votes
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"A good place to visit"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Jul 6, 2015
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
  • Lives in Bangalore
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"Worth travelling to bidar to experience a change"

  • 5.0/7
  • 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
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 3 Reviews
  •  21 helpful votes
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"A very good historical place"

  • 6.0/7
  • 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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  • Rahul Talreja
  • Lives in Neemuch
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"Magnificent and vast remains of a glorious era"

  • 6.0/7
  • 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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