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Aihole

Bagalkot district, India
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Ranked #46 of 850 Attractions in Karnataka
Type: Ancient Ruins
Owner description: This ancient city, the first capital of the early Chalukyas, is home to hundreds of beautifully carved temples some of which date back to the 5th and... more » Owner description: This ancient city, the first capital of the early Chalukyas, is home to hundreds of beautifully carved temples some of which date back to the 5th and 6th century. « less
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chickmaglur
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36 reviews 36 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

Less attractive compared to Pattadakal and Badami. The town is full of ruins but the resident have constructed houses in between.

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Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

With temples starting from fourth century till the ninth century Aihole is one of world's unique attractions. No other place can you see the evolution of Indian temple architecture from simple hut like structures all the way till what we usually associate as temples (of South and North). With Badami, Pattadikal nearby Aihole is a must for everyone interested in... More

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

We visited the monuments along with badami and pattadakal.Need 3-4hours . Taking a guide is must to understand the monuments.Guides are available near the gate. Recommended for visit along with pattadakal as a 1 day trip.

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Bangalore, India
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41 reviews 41 reviews
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

very nice place to visit if you're like Indian architecture. This place is will leave you spell bound with its structure and carvings. Truly India is amazing place with rich heritage.

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

This is where Chalukya kings first experimented with archaeology before creating other sites. It is very well kept by ASI - Neat and clean. There is a nice museum inside the precinct. Entire complex including museum should take about 1.5/2 hours. We did not find nice guides. If you are planning Badami and Palakkatad then consider guide for all 3... More

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Nantes, France
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98 helpful votes 98 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

This small rural village is right among some of the most beautiful temples in the region. Not only in the very good archeologocal park which hosts the most famous ones, but all around and inside the village itself. Very pleasant short walks and a bigh share of rural India on the way to richly carved temples.

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Bangalore, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

It is 35 Km from Badami. There are regular buses that go to this place, but you need to ensure that you talk to the controllers at the Badami bus stand and get the timings right. This is the first place to see. Time: 2 hours to roam around Guide : Rs.200 to Rs.250 Food: No good hotels, better to... More

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London
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

Definitely worth seeing this and Badami - I personally thought both were far more impressive than Hampi. Good grounds, clean, good value, nice staff. Worthwhile trip.

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Freeport, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

Aihole, also known as Ayyavoḷe and Aryapura, was established in 450 AD as first capital of Chalukya kings with about 125 stone temples scattered over the countryside and throughout the village. Many are being used as homes to the locals. They are in various conditions from excellent to very poor but there are a great many that have perfect sculptures... More

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Hyderabad, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014

The place deserves being called the cradle of architecture. There are just too many temples in the area, each with a different design. Traveled by early morning bus (7:30 am) from Badami and reached Aihole by around 9:00 am. Visited the temple complexes one after the other by foot. One needs to spend at least 3 hours to cover the... More

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