Looking for a weekend getaway from Hyderabad? Well, let us tell you that Bidar is one place which would certainly interest you. If you are a history lover, then it is a small piece of paradise for you. From visiting its historical monuments to exploring the beauty of its spiritual and religious sites, you can do a lot within its boundaries. Despite harbouring such magnificent marvels, it is unknown to many common tourists. But do you Bidar has a history dating back to the period of the epic Mahabharata when it was called Viduranagara?
Today, it is a significant place amongst archaeologists and historians and is known as the city of whispering monuments. Wouldn't you love to know more about this historic town which is certainly capable of surprising every tourist and traveller? If yes, then plan a trip from Hyderabad to Bidar now and explore its rich heritage.
Bidar experiences a favourable climate throughout the year. However, the summers are a little hot here, and hence the local tourists do not prefer visiting Bidar during the summer season. The best time when the weather is absolutely cool and pleasant is from September until the end of March.
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By Air: The nearest airport to Bidar is located in Hyderabad, and therefore if you are starting your journey from Hyderabad, there is no option available to reach Bidar by air.
By Rail: Bidar has a well-maintained rail network and is connected to all other major cities and towns. You can take a direct train from Hyderabad to Bidar. It will take an approximate time of 3 h 30 min to reach your destination.
By Road: Bidar has a good road connectivity and is easily accessible by road. You can either catch a direct bus or hire a direct cab from Hyderabad to Bidar.
Route 1: Hyderabad - Zaheerabad - Bidar
Route 2: Hyderabad - Alladurg - Bidar
As route 1 will take 1 h lesser in comparison to the other route, thereby, reaching your destination within 3 h, it is the preferred route. On your way, you can take a break at Zaheerabad and explore its beautiful mosques and temples.
Zaheerabad is located at a distance of about 114 km from Hyderabad and 37 km from Bidar and is a perfect place to take a break. It lies in the Sangareddy district of Telangana and is famous amongst locals for its Hindu temples and a few mosques.
The ancient Shiva temple located in the village of Jharasangam is the most frequented temple here. It is also known as Kethaki Sangameshwara Swamy Temple. Other significant places here include Jamia Masjid, Green Mosque, Ayappa Mandir, Methodist Church and Shivalayam Temple.
Bidar is located at a distance of around 150 km from Hyderabad. Being a historical place, it is mostly frequented by history lovers. But on account of its peaceful environment, it makes for a beautiful weekend getaway for every tourist and traveller.
Do you know Bidar is also home to the second largest training centre of the Indian Air Force in the country? It is also known for its handicrafts. Therefore, the markets of Bidar are must-visit destinations for every shopper. Following is the list of the major places which must be explored here.
The most prominent and the most frequented historic site in Bidar, Bidar Fort is a popular place in Karnataka today and is visited by thousands of tourists every year. Built in the 15th century during the reign of the Bahmani Sultanate, this magnificent marvel has around 30 monuments within its boundaries, ranging from palaces to mosques.
Therefore, it shouldn't be missed by any traveller. Did you know that several Bollywood films have been shot inside this fort? It has also been a major shooting venue for numerous Kannada films. Well, now you would certainly want to explore its beauty.
Another significant building in Bidar, Mahmud Gawan Madrasa was an Islamic college during the period of the Bahmani Sultanate and was built in the late 15th century. It served as a residential university to the public during that period. Today, this historical masterpiece is lying in ruins but is still a major attraction in the city on account of its commendable architecture.
Built in 1948, Guru Nanak Jhira Sahib is a pilgrimage centre amongst Sikhs and is located in the midst of beautiful hills. Blessed with enchanting gardens and lush green surroundings, this religious site maintains a serene and divine atmosphere, due to which, it makes for a perfect destination to feel tranquillity.
Bahmani Tombs are a few mausoleums located on the outskirts of Bidar and are dedicated to the royal family of the Bahmani Sultanate. These are eight in number and are known for their architectural beauty. You must visit these tombs if you would really love to turn back the pages of history and study the period of the Bahmani Kingdom.
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If you ain't satisfied with the above-given spots and would love to explore more of Bidar, then you can also visit other interesting places, such as Barid Shahi Tombs, Choubara, Jama Masjid and Narasimha Jharni Cave Temple.