Bidar at a glance
Situated in the state of Karnataka, Bidar is a city with great historic significance – tinted in the shade of past and glorified with rich culture and heritage. This cool place in Karnataka attracts many tourists during weekends.
Things to do in Bidar
A cluster of 12 tombs located in Ashtoor are what is known as Bahamani Tombs. The tombs comprise of large mausoleums adorned with lofty domes, arches and niches. Some tombs have Quran verses and beautiful paintings engraved on them.
A perfect place for history buffs, Bidar Fort is an exemplary symbol of the Bahmani Dynasty built by Sultan Alla-Ud-Din Bahman. Constructed in Persian architectural style, the fort complex houses an old city comprising of plethora of monuments including Rangin Mahal, Gagan Mahal, Takhat Mahal etc.
Situated in the heart of the city, Chaubara is a 22m high old cylindrical tower. One can witness the spell-binding views of the whole plateau from the top of the tower, the building serving as a watchtower. It is one of the tourist hot spots in Bidar.
Chaukhandi of Hazrat Khalil Ullah
Located at a distance of 4kms from Bidar, Chaukhandi is a tomb created in the honor of Hazrat Khalil Ullah, the spiritual advisor of Mughal emperor Ahmad Shah. The tomb is known for it’s beautiful architecture, which features calligraphy and stone work above the arched doorways.
Gurudwara Nanak Jhira Sahib
Dedicated to first Sikh Guru Nanak Devji, Gurudwara Nanak Jhira Sahib was established in year 1948. Opposite to the front stairs of the gurudwara, there is a holy water tank. This is a major crowd puller in Bidar. It is situated at the foothill of Bidar; it is hardly 2 kms away from railway station and can be reached easily by auto-rickshaw.
Mohamad Gawan Madrasa
Located in the old part of the city Bidar, Mohamad Gawan Madrasa is actually the remains of a building that was once the theological college. Established in year 1472 by Gawan, an exile from Persia and a scholar of Bahmai court, the madrasa apart from the place of imparting knowledge is also a specimen of great artwork.
Narasimha Jhira Cave Temple
A famous cave temple popularly referred to as Jharani Narasimha Cave Temple is dedicated to self manifested deity of Narasimha Dev. To worship the deity of the temple, devotees have to pass through the cave which comprise of a continuously flowing stream of water.
Papnash Shiva Temple
Papnash Shiva Temple is one of the most popular temples of the city. It is believed that Lord Ram installed a Shivalingum in this temple, while returning from Lanka. This temple is located in a beautiful valley. There is a large pond at the foot of the temple which is constantly fed by a natural spring. This pond is known as Papnash.
Located inside the Bidar Fort complex, Rangin Mahal is an architectural wonder that is one of the best preserved monuments till date. A perfect epitome of craftsmanship of mid 16th century, the palace is situated near Gumbad Gate.
Shopping in Bidar
Apart from packed with umpteenth number of tourist attractions, Bidar is also a shopping paradise. The place is famous for its Bidri handicrafts, wood carving work, silver inlaid work, sandalwood products etc.
Solah Khamba Mosque
Displaying the relics of the past, Solah Khamba Mosque is a popular structure also known as Zanana Masjid. Constructed between the years 1423 ????? 1424 by Qubil Sultani, the name of the mosque is derived from 16 pillars erected in front of the complex.
What to eat in Bidar : Local Food and Cuisine
Bidar, being a city located in South India mainly serves the South India cuisine. Rice is the main core ingredient of their dishes. The city offers many fancy restaurants to street food outlets offering delicious food.However, you will also find different types of delicious idlis, dosas and Vadas.