Bidar is one of my favorite trip when around Hyderabad.I have been there 3 times since July 2013 after I had moved to Hyderabad from Delhi. Bidar is around 150 km from hyderabad.
Quick trip to Bidar.
The map below should help you plan. Some details about the places helps us understand the beauty of the place.
- Papnas Temple (15 – 20 mins)
- Gurudwara Sri Nanak Jhira Sahib (15 – 30 mins)
- Bidar Fort (2 hours for a good trip around the old fort, prison, and the cannon areas marked on the bad above)
- Plan to finish the fort around 2 PM and you can have a satisfying lunch in the food place inside the fort area; I recommend dal fry and omelette; We have also found the onion pakodas good
- Rang Mahal (inside bidar fort) – 30 mins
- You will have to ask the guard near the Bidar fort entrance and he would help you find the guy who has the keys to the Rang Mahal
- Ashtur(Ashtoor) Tombs ( 20 – 40 mins)
- Narasimha Temple
– closes at 6 PM, better reach there by 5.30 PM and bring extra clothes, towel for your walk into the tunnel
Bidar Fort is situated in Bidar district of the northern plateau of Karanataka, India. Sultan Alla-Ud-Din Bahman of the Bahmanid Dynasty shifted his capital from Gulbarga to Bidar in 1427 and built his fort along with a number of Islamic monuments. Wikipedia
This is my personal favorite; around 4 km drive from the fort.
If you are there, say ‘Hi’ on my behalf to Mr. Md. Naimuddin, a friend who went out of his way to show us the area beyond Ashtoor. We met him at Bidar fort during our first visit in March 2014. On that day, He finished his shift by 2 PM and showed us around the Ashtoor tombs and villages beyond Ashtoor, his home. We had hired a Swift for that trip and had tested its shocks and clearance on the narrow dusty roads.
We drove past the many villages and reached the bridge to catch the glimpse of the beautiful river, Manjeera before reaching the Manjeera Dam, which you will find on your right in the Hyderabad – Mumbai Highway
Mr Md Naimuddin had suggested us to visit a temple where you have to go past the water. One my second trip, i was able to visit the Narsimha temple.
Local legend, says that on the return from Lanka, Rama installed the idol in this temple. There is a large pond at the foot of the temple which is constantly fed by a natural spring
Gurudwara Sri Nanak Jhira Sahib
is known to be one of Holiest Place For Sikh Devotees in India and is believed that Saint Guru Nanak visited the place during famine in this region. There is a spring on the entrance to the temple.
Narasimha Jharni (the tunnel temple)
It is an experience to pass through the tunnel with chest high water. Beware of the monkeys outside, they won’t hesitate to grab something out of your hand.