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Bidar TOURISM

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Bidar tours would take you to the tourist attractions in and around Bidar. Tours to Bidar should include the numerous monuments dating back to the flourishing Bahmani and Barid Shahi dynasty.

Bidar Fort

The main attraction of Bidar is its fort, located in the heart of the town. Built by Ahmed Shah Bahmani in 1428, the fort occupies a promontory that is defended by double rings of walls and a moat partly carved out of the bedrock. It has five imposing entrances or Darwazas. In the center of this fort is the old city with its monuments and structures, belonging to the Bahamani era. There are important palaces within the ramparts of the fort.

To the left is the Rangin Mahal, an exquisite palace built by Ali Shah Barid in the 16th century. The hall is decorated with original wooden columns displaying ornate brackets and beams. Close to this palace is the unusual Solah Khamba Mosque, with massive circular columns. In front is the Lal Bagh with a walled garden with a central lobe-fringed pool. The Takht Mahal is another palace close to this garden.

The Mausoleums of the Baridi rulers are located west of Bidar town. The largest is the Tomb of Ali Shah Barid. This lofty, domed chamber, open on four sides stands in the middle of a symmetrical four-square garden.

Tombs of Bahmani Rulers

The tombs of Bahmani rulers in Ashtur, Bidar were erected from 1436 to 1535. The two most impressive are those of the ninth and tenth Bahmani rulers, Ahmad Shah I and Allauddin Shah II. The tomb of Ahmad Shah I has a dome rising over 30m high. The interior of these square tombs have beautifully colored and gilded paintings on the ceilings.

Tombs of the Barid Shahis

The Mausolea of the Barid Shahi rulers lack the grandeur of the Bahmani tombs. Ali Barid's tomb has a 25m high dome. The Tomb of Ali Shah Barid, the largest of the lot, with a domed chamber, stands in the middle of a symmetrical four square garden. Blank panels above the arches once contained tile mosaic, examples of which are preserved inside.

Madrassa of Mahmud Gawan

Madrassa of Mahmud Gawan is an Islamic seminary built in 1472 by Khwaja Mohammad Gawan, the Prime Minister during the reign of Bahamani ruler Muhammad-III. This university was once a renowned centre of learning in the Muslim world for the scholars of Persian, Arabic, philosophy, theology and mathematics. The massive three-storey building housed a mosque, a laboratory, lecture halls, quarters for the teaching faculty and a students' hostel.

Chaubara

The Chaubara is a mighty 71-feet-tall tower located at the heart of the town. Built to function as an observation post, this cylindrical structure gives a commanding view of the entire city from the top.

Takhti-i-Kirmani

The old walled town sprawls beneath the ramparts of the fort. On one side of the main North-South Street is Takhti-i-Kirmani, a 15th century gateway embellished with bands of foliate and arabesque design.

Basavakalyan (80 km)

Basavakalyan was the majestic capital of the Kalyani Chalukyas from 1050 to 1195. Basavakalyan is also well-known for being the birthplace of 12th century social reformer Basaveshwara who worked for upliftment of the Poor.

Humnabad (52 km)

Humnabad is a renowned pilgrimage for the Hindus. During the annual seven-day Veerabhadreshwara Jatra and cart pulling Mohotsav held in January-February, the ancient temple of Lord Veerabhadreshwara in Humnabad attracts lakhs of tourists.
 

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