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From Hyderabad to 1422 AD in less than 3 hours

Who said there aren't many places around Hyderabad for an exhilarating road trip? I believe there are ample roads to take you places if you have a full tank and raging engine.

 

This time I chose the road to Bidar. Steeped in history Bidar is fort-town with wonderful climate. Bidar is known as one of the cleanest places in India, and that is enough motivation for me to plan my escape from the urban jungle.

I am always excited before a ride; so much not to sleep all night. It’s always good to start early and my engine was roaring by 7 am.

I have always had pure joy revving through empty streets that have been sleeping since last night’s traffic debacle. I am sure you must have experienced it sometime in your city.

A steady speed of 60-70km/h is the perfect way to exit the city while enjoying the wind and the road.
After 20 kms the NH9 surprisingly narrows down to a single lane. What follows is a series of potholes on a badly maintained road. Bad roads early in the road trip can be galling.

But it's all worth a cup of hot tea and some scrumptious breakfast at the APDTC run Haritha hotel in Zaheerabad. After a break for forty minutes the engine was back in action as we strolled through the town streets all the way to Zaheerabad post. All you got do is take a right from the post and before you know it you'll be riding through the marvelous vistas. I can never fathom the proximity of luscious green locales on the outskirts of manufactured cityscapes. I am always in awe, every single time. 1

5 kms down the road you enter the State of Karnataka. The only grouse is the lack of proper signboards for directions.

You know you have entered Bidar as the ancient architecture welcomes you into the humble town. Bidar flourished in 1422 under the rule of Bahamani Sultan Ahmad Shah who initiated the construction of the prevailing Persian style palaces and forts. I rode up ahead to the Bidar Fort. Take a stroll and visits the varied mahals and mosque which are part of the fort. The ornamentation and attentions to detail of the craftsmanship is awe-inspiring.

Whenever I visit forts and heritage sites I am always taken aback with the robust architecture standing the test of time. I ponder over the genius of those who built them and the try relating to the stories buried in time. By the time I was done touring the fort it was almost noon. My last stop was the Narasimha Jhira Cave Temple dedicated to the powerful Lord Narasimha. I am not religious but curiosity dragged me to this temple. This temple is situated in a cave where the water runs up to 300 meters. It is an amazing site. There are a few places to visit in and around Bidar. In case you feel adventurous you can extend your journey to Singur Dam which is a 1-hour ride form the fort (which I have saved for my next trip).

Finally it was time to ride back down the lanes of history to my present day life. Bidar was a small and wonderful escape from Hyderabad which you should try out. For me it’s not the distance but the journey that counts.

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Santosh - January 2, 2015 | 11:19 am ( 5 years ago )

I have been to Bidar Fort as a child; I was around 5 then. However, now I am 23 and love riding. So, a bike trip from Hyderabad to the Bidar Fort is something I am really looking forward to.

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Bhakti - January 2, 2015 | 5:56 am ( 5 years ago )

Never knew such exciting places are located in Karnataka and this after spending 5 years in the state as a student. Now, I'll have to visit the place as a complete tourist. I can't miss visiting this place as the description here suggests that it's a must visit for travaholics like me.

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Kirti - November 11, 2014 | 10:05 am ( 5 years ago )

Is the road between Hyderabad and Bidar safe for women? Asking as I am planning to visit Bidar along on my two-wheeler.

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Soni - November 11, 2014 | 7:07 am ( 5 years ago )

I am a biker, but have only begun. So, don't have enough courage to go to the outskirts of a city on a bike. However, I cant stop myself from witnessing the wonderful place of Bidar. So, for now will cover the distance between Hyderabad and Bidar on a car.

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Jitendra - November 11, 2014 | 6:03 am ( 5 years ago )

I have several friends who work at IT companies based in Hyderabad, but none of them has ever told me about Bidar or Bidar Fort. I feel that they are not aware of the existence of this place. Now, Ill surprise them by planning a trip to the place during the coming weekend.

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A Waske - November 10, 2014 | 12:01 pm ( 5 years ago )

Didnt have any idea that Bidar is such a beautiful place. Will definitely love to visit the place. Just wondering when will be the right to visit? I presume it should be during the winter months.

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Lok - November 10, 2014 | 10:03 am ( 5 years ago )

It was like taking my bike into the pages of history. However, during my visit to Bidar, I was not free enough to visit the surrounding tourist spots. Thus, planning a second trip to the place. Dont know whether this time Ill be on my bike or be joined by a group of friends. The tire trip is still in planning stage.

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Mernosh - November 10, 2014 | 7:01 am ( 5 years ago )

Yes right, you are right. I also struggled with lack of directions when going to Bidar Fort. Coincidentally I was also saved by the ancient architectures there and I was also on my motorcycle. Whatever might be the small difficulties be, it was truly a great experience to visit the fort and Bidar as a whole.

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Sonu - November 8, 2014 | 4:50 am ( 5 years ago )

It's kind of an itchy feeling; co-incidentally I live in Hyderabad and have my own motorcycle. So, feeling like visiting history in the same manner as described here. The only problem is my zero experience in long distance riding; hopefully it will not turn out to be a hindrance.

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Sushma - November 7, 2014 | 9:42 am ( 5 years ago )

Been to Bidar Fort twice during my visits to my uncles place in Bangalore.. This trip is something unknown to me; but appears something fascination and worth a try..

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