In the northern-most part of Karnataka lies Bidar, a tiny district steeped in history. The place which played host to the first capital of the Rashtrakuta is included in this district which also is home to Basavakalyan, formerly known as Kalyani, the capital of Western Chalukyas and the Kalachuris. However, Bidar is mainly known as a great medieval city and capital of the Bahamani and Barid Shahi dynasties. The fort, the cannons, palaces in ruins, the magnificent tombs and the massive monuments, all combine to make a visit to this place truly memorable. Bidar witnessed the religious revolution under the Lingayat reformist Basavanna, founder of Shaivite sect of Virashaivas.
Bidar is situated in the Deccan plateau, in the north-eastern part of Karnataka state. The Bidar fort is picturesquely perched on a hill-top and is more than 500 years old and still standing strong. Of the 61 monuments here, about 30 are tombs located in and around Bidar city. This explains the nickname - The City of Whispering Monuments. Bidriwork is a popular craft of this region.
Guru Nanak performed a miracle at the request of the locals and a spring of water from the laterite rock mountain burst out.
Hyderabad is the nearest airport connected by flights to major cities like Kolkata, Delhi and Mumbai.
Bidar is connected by rail with major cities and places in India.
Bidar is connected by good motorable roads to all places in South India.
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