Tour Bidar

Must Visit Places Bidar Tour

The Historical monuments of Bidar are constant attraction to the tourist. This one time magnificent Capital City of Bahamani and Barid Shahi dynasties in the Deccan(1526-1656) can still impress the visitor with its well preserved fort. The paintings in the tombs and the luster of the tile work on the walls are still fresh enough to fascinate.

We bring you the list of places of interest in Bidar

Bidar Fort

Bidar Fort

The imposing fort of Bidar is a magnificent fort, the main gateway of which was originally built by Bahamani Sultan Ahmad Shah Wali in 1429 AD. Further improvements to the citadel were carried out by the Barid Shahi Sultans. Ahmad Shah Wali (1422 AD – 1435 AD) the ninth Bahamani Sultan decided to shift his capital from Gulbarga to Bidar for reasons of health.

Palaces, pavilions and seraglios, lush gardens, decorated fountains and perfumed baths have all the trappings of an Arabian Nights fantasy when Bidar was ruled by the Bahamanis and the Barid Shahi Sultans of the Deccan. Sprawled on a plateau 2,200 feet above sea level and overlooking the Manjira River Valley, cool and exhilarating Bidar was most certainly a part of ancient Vidharba mentioned in the Mahabharata. The fort is surrounded by three miles of walls with 37 bastions, most of them surmounted with cannons.

Chidambarashrama

Chidambarashrama

An institution founded in 1930s by His Holiness Chidambara Swamiji for promoting an integrated way of living based on ancient Indian heritage. Unique establishment providing free food to the needy and the guests at all times for over seven decades. The Ashrama is devoted to the revival and dissemination of Sanathana dharma (the eternal way of life).

Excellent educational complex with a synthesis of vedic and modern education. It is a serene centre of spirituality with lord Dattanjaneya temple at the centre. The ashram is spread over nine acres of green campus with the holy grove and emphasis on preserving the ecology and the environment. It is an institution devoted to the spiritual growth and enlightenment of all people without distinction of caste, creed or religion.

Deva Deva Vana

Deva Deva Vana

“Deva Deva Vana” is an Eco-tourist place called which means God's forest. This is in the lap of Shahapur Reserve forest, developed exclusively for people as an eco-tourist spot by the Karnataka forest department. Here one can find various medicinal flora and fauna grouped with devotional names like Panchavativana, Ashoka vana, Rashi vana(zodiac), Navagraha vana etc.

All these sacred groves are created for relaxation and meditation especially the Bruhat panchavati vana helps in focusing the mind, Navagraha vana has each tree assigned to the zodiac sign like Mango tree for Kanya (Virgo) rashi etc. Other things which add beauty to the forest are the sprawling topiary landscaped lawns, floral canopied pergolas, beautiful fountains and very colorful blooms. The whole area is manned efficiently along with an information center. Eco-huts are available for Eco-tourists.

Nanak Jhira Gurudwara

Nanak Jhira Gurudwara

The Nanak Jhira Gurudwara, dedicated to the Sikh Guru Nanak, is a historical shrine that is situated in Bidar in North Karnataka. Devotees throng to the Nanak Jhira Gurudwara especially during Guru Nanak Jayanti. Volunteers make elaborate preparations to celebrate the Guru Nanak Jayanti, which is one of the major festivals of the Sikhs. Preparations include cleaning the gurudwara, guarding the shoes of visitors and helping out in the kitchen.

The gurudwara is especially adorned with flags, banners and lights for this occasion. Free food is provided for all pilgrims who visit this gurudwara. A Sikh museum is also present here in memory of the Sikh Guru and houses important historical events in the history of Sikhism in the form of paintings and pictures. Nearly four to five lakh pilgrims visit this gurudwara every year.

Papnash Shiva Temple

Papnash Shiva Temple

Papnash Shiva Temple is another sought-after place worth visiting in Bidar. It is believed that the Shiva Linga idol in this temple is one of those installed by Lord Rama during the time of his journey back from Lanka. A natural spring flows into a pond in front of the temple called Papnasha which means destruction of sins. Every year, during Shivratri festival lots of tourists visit Papnash Shiva Temple.

At the ruins an ancient Shiva Temple along with a New Temple has been built on the slops of the hill. At the foot of the temple is a cistern measuring 16 ft by 14 ft. The cistern is continuously fed by the natural spring and towards the north there is small tank which is said to be built during Lord Rama's times.

Rangin Mahal

Rangin Mahal

Positioned in Bidar, the colorful palace called as Rangin Mahal is close to the Gumbad Darwaza. The shifting of the royal palace from the main palace to this small set of rooms is certified to the Abyssinian effort to grab power from Mahammad Shah Bahamani in 1487 AD. The fleeing king took refuge from the rebels by taking shelter in the ‘Shah Burz’ adjoining the gumbad until saved by loyalists.

This was later improved by Ali Barid who was responsible for the woodwork and the mother-of-pearl inlay work. The tile work and the granite with mother-of-pearl inlay work are the unique features of the palace walls. The outer hall with intricately carved wooden pillars was meant for the purpose of giving audience.

Solah Khamba (Sixteen Pillared) Mosque

Solah Khamba

Solah Masjid or the Zenani Masjid, the sixteen-columned prayer hall was built in 1423 AD by Prince Muhammad even prior to the shifting of the capital to Bidar by the Bahamanis. This is the oldest Muslim building in Bidar and among the largest in India.

Located in Bidar, a gate opposite to the royal baths leads to the gardens of the old Lal Bagh and the ladies apartments. Only remnants of a fountain and series of water cascades in use can be seen reminding one of the cascades at the Vrindavan Gardens at Mysore. Aurangzeb, after the conquest of Bidar, held prayers here to decree Mughal sovereignty. Steps lead to the top from where a sweeping view can be had of the countryside

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Madrasa of Mohamad Gawan

Madrasa of Mohamad Gawan

One of the attractions of the old town of Bidar is the remains of the ancient theological college, Mohamad Gawan Madrasa. Built in 1472 by Gawan, a Persian exile and scholar of the Bahmani court, this was one of the greatest centers of Islamic learning of its time, attracting students from all over.

This Persian-style, massive three-storeyed building was once surmounted by large bulbous domes and its walls are adorned with exquisite colorful tile work and inscriptions from the Quran. This is one of the most visited tourist destinations of Bidar.

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