Some travel to get away from their routine life, while others travel to explore the unexplored destinations. Whatever be the purpose, travelling and enjoying the journey is what its all about! Anita Nandini, a freelance HR & Training consultant shares her experiences from her recent visit to Bidar..
Bidar is about 135 km from Hyderabad. It is an interesting place to visit with vast landscapes & fascinating monuments. In fact it is one of lesser explored Gems of India. It has the Bidri Fort ,Ashtoor Tombs,Gagan Mahal,Rangin Mahal , the Solah Kambha Masjid to name a few. The periphery of the Bidri fort premises is 4.1 km and it houses a Beautiful Mughal Garden that is a stark contrast to the regular terrain ( red, dusty, and hilly).
The Ninth sultan of the Baihmani, Ahmad Shah, moved the capital from Gulbarga to Bidar in 1422 Before this time, Bidar was merely a local city of the Baihmani Dynasty. After the transfer of the capital, he went on an expedition to various places and brought religious and political prosperity to Bidar. He constructed the foundation of the city of Bidar and constructed the palace of Persian style.
The fort was constructed in 1427 AD by Alla-Ud-Din Bahman. The Fort is famed for its unique triple moat which you will see as soon as you enter through the Gumbad Darwaza.
Located nearby is the Rangin Mahal. The Rangin Mahal walls are adorned with tiles that have mother of pearl inlaid in them in different designs.The idea is that this palace would true to its name shine when the sun was at the 11 am and 4 pm position and the entire palace would look like a Rangin Jewel( colourful Jewel).
You can see proof of the same in the decorative work on the doorway of an inner room and in small measures across the palace. The view from the Top is quite breathtaking. A little surreal but breathtaking nevertheless ( it is a bit like looking at an inhabited Mars).
The 10th sultan of the Baihmani Dynasty, Ala ad-Din, succeeded Ahmad Shah 1436. He built his father’s mausoleum in Ashutur in the eastern outskirts of Bidar and a mausoleum for a saint, Shah Khalil Ullah, between Ashutur and Bidar
The Ashtoor Tombs are situated 4 kms east of Bidar. They are impressive in structure and design. One of the tombs has semi caved in and looks like a serpent with its hood up. Its quite some site. It is the tomb of the eleventh Sultan Humayun (reign 1457-61).
The irony of the tombs is that it is located in a busy thorough fair. The roads surrounding the tombs are buzzing with people and vehicles whizzing past. In a sense, it is where modernity meets antique/history.
In all, Bidar is a place that offers a lot more than what is heard of . It is a must visit for those who are eager to visit the unexplored and learn about history !!