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About Bidar - Karnataka Tourism

Bidar is an important historical travel destination in Karnataka that is popular for its spendid forts and palaces. The city is located in the north-eastern part of Karnataka with a plethora of historical monuments that dates back to the Bahamani era. The most prominent tourist attractions in Bidar are its Fort, which is one of the biggest fort in India and Mahmud Gawan Arabic University. Bidar fort illustrates the peak of Persian architectural style with awe inspiring experience for visitors with its 3 miles of surrounding walls, 37 bastions, 5 grand gates, and huge cannons. The city is located about 130 kms from Hyderabad and 116 kms from Gulbarga. 

Bidar was a part of the Bahamani Kingdom which comprised of Bijapur, Gulbarga, Bidar, Golconda, and Birar. This is small city has a number of historical monuments that dates back to 15th century. It was one of the most prosperous cities of south India during the period of 11th century to 16th century. Bidar is also frequented by Sikh pilgrims to visit Guru Nanak Jihra, which is believed to be  built at the place where once Guru Nanak came and performed a miracle. Other important tourist attractions here are Solah Khamb Mosque and Ragin Mahal palace. Bidar is also well known among travellers for its Bidri handicrafts. 

Bidar History - Karnataka Tourism

Bidar is situated at the eastern border of the historical Deccan plateau. The history of Bidar goes back to 3rd century B.C., when it was a great Mauryan empire that was ruled by Mauryas, Satavahanas, Kadambas and Chalukyas of Badami and later Rashtrakutas reigned over Bidar territory.

The Bahamani kingdom shifted their kingdom from Gulbarga to Bidar, in the year 1429, to move to a strategically stronger kingdom. In 1430, Ahmad Shah Wali Bahamani took steps to develop the city of Bidar and its fort was rebuilt. After break up of Bahamani Kingdom in 1527 AD, he city became capital of Barid Shahis who ruled up to 1619 A.D. On the conquest of Deccan by Aurangzeb in the mid 17th century, the city became part of Mughal Empire. Asaf Jah, a Mughal general, was appointed as the subedar of the Deccan in 1713 A.D. He had the title of "NIZAM-UL-MULK" and he founded the house of the Nizams of Hyderabad 1724. The Hyderabad state ruled by this dynasty included Bidar area also and its rule continued up to 1948.

   
   
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