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Address: Bagalkot district, India
Description: This ancient city, the first capital of the early Chalukyas, is home to...
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.
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Aihole, has always been on my travel list. Studying about it in school and college. I always wondered if all this was true and such temples really existed. My dream finally came... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 13, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015 via mobile

Aihole, has always been on my travel list. Studying about it in school and college. I always wondered if all this was true and such temples really existed. My dream finally came true, the drive to Aihole from Badami is breathtakingly beautiful, passing these small little hamlets, which are picture perfect and gives us a glimpse into the past. The... More 

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Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

Bagalkot is a district in state of Karnataka in Indian. Once it was the capital of Chalukya Empire under Pulikesi I. He had conquered this city in 550AD. However Badami a town in Bagalkot was the seat of throne for Chalukyas from 550 to 753. They were defeated by Rashtrakuta. But the remnants of Chalukya architectures are significant for tourist.... More 

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Sunshine Coast
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 249 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

This site is a must for Tourists to Badami. A few Kms away from the town, it shows the power of the people who lived here. The Temples are of solid granite, perfectly cut and organised and the carvings on the pillars say a lot of what these ancient people could do. It is a temple town waiting to be... More 

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

Superb and stunning attractions with 125 temples built between the 5th to the 12th century organized into 22 groups. Badami is used as base to stay and Aihole is 35 kms from Badami. One needs to hire a vehicle to visit Aihole which definitely merits a full day. Awe-inspiring architecture which makes one want to salute the unknown sculptors as... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

We visited this important archeological site as part of our tour of Karnataka. We had a very informed guide which is necessary to help you understand the history. These particular temples are fenced off to protect them and are surrounded by well kept grounds. There are several main temples and they were built and inscribed to teach artisans how to... More 

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Belgaum, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

Aihole, the temple town, is home to a vast architectural treasure of the Badami Chalukyas. The major landmark here is the temple that resembles the Indian Parliament building. Unfortunately, only a small portion of the town and the temples are being preserved. The rest of the town has become a slum with dwellings and sewage water everywhere. The plan to... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

Ancient temple complex in the small town. Main site is very well maintained and interesting. Smaller temples throughout the town are located in slums and not developed/worth visiting at the moment.

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Mysore, India
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

Aihole was the earliest crucible of Chalukyan era architecture that got refined later in Badami and reached the pinnacle in Pattadakal. So you tend to find this site a mixed bag. There are more than 100 temples spread across in various forms and shapes. But the main complex that has Durga temple (misnomer, it has nothing to do with Godess... More 

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Pune, Maharashtra, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

Aihole is a large open museus of temples carving spread across a radius of 1 KM. Main complex had many temples that are well maintained by ASI. It would take 2 hour to see the main complex but if time permits suggest to explore the other temples around the place. The local population inhabit besides these ancient temples oblivous of... More 

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Manipal
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

A good insight into the Chalukya era. There are a few temples in the complex and it would take a couple of hours to see the whole place atleast. Walk over about a Km radius. Access roads not very good though.

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Address: Bagalkot district, India
Location: Asia  >  India  >  Karnataka

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