Region :- Bidar – Karnataka
Duration :- 1 night – 2 days
Grade :- Back pack trek/ tour
Bidar Fort- is situated in Bidar city of the northern plateau of Karnataka state. Sultan Alla-Ud-Din Bahaman of Bahamani Dynasty shifted his capital from Gulbarga to Bidar in 1427 and built this fort along with number of Islamic monuments. The grand fort has an Islamic and Persian architecture in every nook and corner of its grandeur.
The Bidar fort have 37 massive octagonal bastions with metal-welded cannons. The Munda Burj is the largest of them all. Of the seven big arching gateways of the fort, the Mandu Darwaza is the first one, followed by Kalmadgi Darwaza, Delhi Darwaza, Kalyani Darwaza, Carnatic Darwaza, Sharza Darwaza named after the lions carved onto it and finally the looming Gumbad Darwaza with ethnic Persian architecture leading into the main complex. The architectural styles of the Persian architecture of Iran made impressive and lasting impacts, which are seen in the Bidar Fort.
Main Structures Inside Bidar Fort-
Rangeen Mahal: Rangin Mahal is an architectural wonder and a perfect epitome of craftsmanship, the palace is situated near Gumbad Gate and is built by Muhammad Shah during the early 16th century with ornate tiles of vivid colours. It was constructed primarily as a safer enclosure for the royalty. The palace was later decorated by Ali Barid with the mother of pearl engravings on black granite and wood.
Solah Khamba Mosque: Is a masterpiece built by Qubil Sultani in 1423-24 AD with a majestic central dome above long arches and 16 pillars of its prayer chamber, from where it gets its name. It is one of the largest mosque in the country.
Tarkash Mahal: South of the Lal Bagh is the Tarkash Mahal built for a Turkish wife of a Bahmani sultan of Bidar during 14th-15th century. It used to be a residential complex for royalties in the inner part and staff on the outer. Built during the same era is the Gagan Mahal known for its security and beauty.
Takht Mahal: Also known as Throne palace was once used by royals of the Bidar rulers as their residence. It witnessed the coronation of many Bahmani and Barid Shahi rulers over the years within its highly embellished and decorated pavilions.
Diwan-E-Am: Diwan-E-Am, used as a court for the public had intricate trellis work which gave it the name Jali Mahal. The large rectangular court once had timber columns of with only granite bases are remaining, and have a tile work & geometric floor pattern.
Other fascinating structures in Bidar city-
Bahamani Tombs, Chaukhandi of Hazrat Khalil Ullah, Chaubara, Mohamad Gawan Madrasa, Gurudwara Nanak Jhira Sahib, Narasimha Jhira Cave Temple
Basavakalyana fort- earlier known as Kalyana fort, is in Bidar district in the Indian state of Karnataka. Its historic importance is dated to the 10th century when capital of Chalukyas was shifted from Manyakheta to Kalyana in the 10th century.
The fort is strategically built as a defence structure in a camouflaged setting, which is not discernible till the enemy is at close quarters of the fort. The defences of the fort were built by inter-connecting large boulders scattered on the hills with strong fort walls. The fort has seven gates, out of which five are in good shape. At the entrance to the fort, there is solid arch with balconies on the flanks accessed by series of steps on either side. The fort walls are engraved with images of Yalis and have many bastions with mounted cannons. The deep moat surrounding the fort give additional defence.
Day 0- Friday- 26 Oct’18
- Board “22143 CSMT Bidar Express” starting Mumbai CSMT in evening @ 09:00 pm
- Pune participants to board same train @ 00:15 am (Saturday Morning)
Day 1- Saturday- 27 Oct’18
- Reach Bidar in morning by 09:15 am
- Check in Hotel, freshen up & breakfast
- Leave for Bidar Sightseeing by 11: 00 am
Bidar Fort, Rangeen Mahal, Solah Khamba Mosque, Tarkash Mahal, Gagan Mahal, Takht Mahal, Diwan-e-aam, Gurudwara Nanak Jhira Sahib, Bahmani tombs, Mohamad Gawan Madrasa, Chaubara
- Lunch @ Gurudwara Nanak Jhira Sahib
- Dinner by 8:00 pm and retire for the day
Day 2- Sunday 28 Oct’18
- Good morning at 5:30 am
- Breakfast by 7:00 am and leave for Basavkalyan fort
- Visit Jharna Nrusimha temple on way
- Explore fort and lunch by 02:00 pm
- Leave for Bidar by 03:00 pm
- Reach Bidar by 05:30 pm
- One hour free for shopping
- Board “22144 Bidar CSTM express” starting Bidar at 7:50 pm
Day 3- Monday 29 Oct’18
- Reach Pune in morning by 04:10 am
- Reach Mumbai in morning by 07:30 am
The above plan is based on an “Ideal” scenario where everything goes per plan & considering that there is no breakdown. It is subject to change in Real Time based on ground realities.
Rs. 4,500/- (Four Thousand Five Hundred Only) per person
- Sleeper class train ticket from Mumbai/Pune to Bidar & Back
- Twin/ Triple sharing accommodation @ Bidar
- All meals during the tour and would be simple, nourishing & vegetarian
- Private/ Public transfer for sightseeing @ Bidar & Basavkalyan
- All Entry Fees and Guide Charges (Except camera fee if any)
- Nisarga Bhraman administrative charges
- Basic Medical kit
- Food during the train journey
- Personal / Accident insurance
- Bottled water, Cold drinks, Room services, Laundry service at the hotel
- Additional costs for Hotel accommodation, transport services caused by reason beyond our control such as Natural Calamities, any accidents, medical evacuations, riots, strikes etc.
- Any other tax or service charge, stay charge that could be enforced during this period will be Extra and need to be borne by participants.
- Any other items which is specifically not mentioned in the above INCLUSIONS.
All participants are advised to purchase travel insurance that provide care and services for sickness,
Accidents, emergency rescue. Related to international travel. “Nisarga Bhraman and Organiser”
shall not be responsible for the loss of personal assets and belongings of the participants due to
unavoidable reason or mishap.
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- Consumption of alcohol, Drugs, Narcotics is strictly banned on the event & should lead to expulsion from the trek
- The leader’s decision will be final and binding on all members. No arguments will be entertained
- Each member will be responsible for his/her own safety and baggage
- Please do not wear any jewellery or gold chains/rings
- Please do not litter, we believe in the saying, “Wherever you go, leave only your footprints and take back only memories.”
Hiking / Trekking / Rock climbing is an adventurous activity and accidents can happen in spite of taking utmost caution and care. The organization will not be responsible for any injury / accident / death to the participant while on trek.
It is Important to be physically fit while on treks. If suffering from any allergy or ailment, please bring prescribed medicines to prevent serious health problem including heatstroke, severe headache, cough, dehydration and hypothermia. Participants suffering from chronic conditions like asthma bronchitis, blood pressure, migraine, diabetes etc. should take permission from their physicians before treks.