The name of Bidar appears to be derived from 'bidiru' which means bamboo. The place seems to have been known for bamboo clusters in the past, came to be known as 'Bidaroor' and then 'Bidare', 'Bidar'.
It's a city drenched in Islamic Indian history, with this old-walled town being first the capital of the Bahmani kingdom (1428-87) and later the capital of the Barid Shahi dynasty. Picturesquely perched, the Bidar fort is more than 500 years old and still standing strong. According to the book " Bidar Heritage" published by the state Department of Archaeology, Museums and Heritage, of the 61 monuments listed by the department, about 30 are tombs located in and around Bidar city, explaining its nickname," City of Whispering Monuments". Jama Masjid, a large mosque with no minarets, located near Chaubara, Bahmani Tombs, Barid Shahi Tombs and Chaukhandi of Hazrat Khalil Ullah are some of the important places to visit. Apart from this, Bidar also has a variety of flora and fauna. Presence of temples, mosques and tombs also glorifies the spiritual aspect of the city making it popular among pilgrims.
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