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Aihole

Bagalkot district, India
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Ranked #45 of 844 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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Nantes, France
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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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34 reviews 34 reviews
12 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
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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77 attraction reviews
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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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52 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
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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Guwahati, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2014

The village of Aihole still retains a charm of the historic times. It is a small village dotted with many monuments from various historic periods. The main attraction is the Durga Temple at the centre of the village. There are also fort ramparts and an ancient Buddhist brick monastery on a hillock. It is best to explore the entire historical... More

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Bangalore, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

This trading town of the Chalukyas was literally and figuratively the 'school' of all Chalukyan temple architects. It seems that they travelled from pretty much across ancient India to Ayyavole (Aihole now) to get trained in and express themselves through temple construction.

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Chennai (Madras), India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2014

Not too many reviews on TA forced me to go through multiple blogs and history of the early Chalukyan Era architecture. Historically Aihole is regarded as the starting point of temple architecture experimentation before it took better shape at Pattadakal . With respect to Chronology - Badami cave would predate some of the Aihole monuments. I leave you to google... More

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Bangalore, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2014

A tip to the travellers, there are stone tablets placed before every monument, please take a couple of minutes to read them and then enter the respective temple, you will be able to appreciate the beauty and nuances better, Well maintained places and ASI has done a fantastic job of maintaining this place. Also don't miss the ASI museum which... More

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Bangalore, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2014

This is supposed to be 'The' place where building stone temples, especially in the South Indian style evolved and flourished. Though very few temples remain intact now, a lot of temples built by 'students' - most of them about 1,500 years ago - can be seen all around this village. To see the evolution, you have go here first, then... More

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