Bidar : To the Ruins

Diwali was approaching and my son’s school calendar was showing two holidays. My husband suggested a quick one day trip. While searching on Google maps ‘Attractions’, he came across the place called ‘Bidar’. But I was not sure on this place as I never heard of Bidar.

Then I started searching on internet to find about this place. I came to see few images of the fort which reminded me of an activity my son did few weeks back. He got a book in which he had to paste stickers of castle , war, related weapons etc. While doing that he was not not able to do it properly as he knew nothing about castles or forts. So I decided that this is the right place to go for a one day ride.

We couldn’t get/read much reviews or writings on this place as the destination was decided just one day before the ride. We were not sure if we can find good hotels or shops. So we decided to pack the lunch with us. We made a list of few places in and around Bidar, which includes Fort, Bahmani Tombs, Jharani Narasimha Cave Temple and Gurudwara.

After breakfast, by 10 AM we started the journey. On the Hyderabad-Pune highway the road construction was going on and hence we couldn’t go faster. But after taking the right turn to the Bidar, the road is better. On approaching Bidar, the first thing we noticed was the red soil. It was new for all of us. The greenery on the red soil made the view so beautiful and it made us to stop and take some snaps. The other thing we saw, throughout the way, was the Sugarcane and cotton farms.  Also we could see  many people carrying sugarcane plants for Diwali Pooja.

Sugarcane Farm
Sugarcane Farm
Red Soil
Red Soil

By 12:30 PM we stopped for lunch when we found a place with good tree shade. Also my 1 year old was desperate to get out of the car. While having the food we saw a small pond (not sure if that was a pond) with muddy water on the other side of the road. The landscape of that place was different and so we thought of just seeing the place. Either it is a man  made structure  or its made in that way by nature. Either be the case, the place was so beautiful.

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By 1:45 PM we reached near a tall architecture which was ‘Khanqah of Hazrat Nur-Sammani‘. We didn’t go inside as people were doing their prayers. Also we noticed ruins of Frescoed calligraphy on the tall building.

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Khanqah of Hazrat Nur-Sammani
Khanqah of Hazrat Nur-Sammani

Through the old city we continued our ride to the Fort. The city is not much developed even now. We could see many old vehicles on the road which are on the verge of extinction. Also we saw the tall clock tower. In few minutes we reached the main entrance of the fort. Even on a holiday we couldn’t see many visitors to the place. No entry tickets were needed for the visit.

Clock Tower
Clock Tower
Old City still old!!
Old City still old!!

The Fort has more than one gate and  Each gate has Giant doors. The doors were made of Iron and wood. Also we could see triple moat around the fort which was made for natural protection from enemy attacks. The depth of the moat is more than 20 Ft. From Wikipedia I read that there are about 37 bastions in the fort.

The Giant Doors
The Giant Doors
Triple moat
Triple moat
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One of the entrance

Walking inside we could find there were more amusements waiting.  My son got to see cannon and heavy stone balls for the first time. When we reached inside we got to know that the Archaeology dpt.  has closed all the Mahals for their work. But through the big gates we could have a quick view inside. Hope that soon they will re-open the place for complete tour. The fort is situated on a hill top and the view from there was amazing. We could see the villages in the valley , the roads going down the valley etc.The complete area of the fort was so much that my son got tired and we started coming back after half the distance. Then we realized that for a complete tour inside the fort it needs more than 4 or 5 hours. And by that time kids got hungry and from a small shop situated near the fort entrance, we got some snacks.

Inside the Fort
Inside the Fort
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Fort in ruins
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Wall of one of the Mahal
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Fort

From wikipedia we read about the Karez water supply system, which is one of the unique system consists of underground canals.. Due to the time restrictions we couldn’t view, but will plan for it  next time.

The next destination was Bahmani Tombs. This was situated down the hill and so we went through a road which is going down the village. We could see some stone made gates on the road and that part of the road was so narrow that vehicles can go only in one direction at a time. Here on both sides of the road we could view huge stone made walls. Then in few minutes we could reach the destination. When we started our journey to this place we never expected such huge structures.

On reaching the place we were amused to see the structures. There were many tombs each was surrounded by huge dome type structures. Few of them were so tall that part of the domes were broken. We could see that the maintenance is also very poor. Still the village people do prayers in the tomb of Sultan. We could also see a very old banyan tree near tot he Sultan’s tomb. Also there were many parrots and pigeons flying near the domes.

As  we didn’t have any food left with us and couldn’t find any nicer hotels on the way, we  had  plans to leave early. We thought of leaving before its getting too late and reach Hyderabad before dinner. The kids were also tired of walking and they began  to feel sleepy. And in the shades of such huge structures it was dark on one side where we were walking and we had a feeling that we might get late if we stay longer.

While walking along the road towards the car , one Auto Rickshaw driver told us that if we want to take a selfie go to the other side . Then we decided to find out whats on the other side and started walking towards that side. On reaching the end of the road we turned back near a closed gate. And we couldn’t believe our eyes. The view from there was amazing, I am not sure how to express. From the pictures you can guess that. We stood there for some time without saying anything. In the after noon sun the  structures  were really shining. We had similar view when we went for light and sound show in another fort. Here with natural sun light, but with the architecture we could witness the same feeling. We took many pictures of the place from there and we realized that the Auto driver was very much right. A big thanks to him as because of him we could have such a nice experience.Of all the places in this trip, we loved this place the most.

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The tomb of Sultan
The tomb of Sultan
The very old banyan Tree
The very old banyan Tree
Tomb
Tomb

Then we began our return to Hyderabad. Even though we couldn’t visit all the places on the list, the last destination was good enough to make us feel satisfied.

Back in Hyderabad all the Diwali crackers were waiting  for us. On reaching Hyderabad kids woke up and they were so ready to go and play with sparklers.

It was such a nice Diwali that we enjoyed the most.

Asha

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