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Address: Bagalkot district, India
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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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Good architectural place to visit very close to Badami caves. Large number of temples between the 4th to 7th centuries with distinctive styles based on the period. Could not get a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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Bengaluru (Bangalore), India

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Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Good architectural place to visit very close to Badami caves. Large number of temples between the 4th to 7th centuries with distinctive styles based on the period. Could not get a guide here but it is better to have one

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Bangalore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Aihole has a lot of monuments but only a few are currently tourism-friendly. Most monuments are now a part of the local village where people have built houses. The temples and carvings are beautiful and there is no doubt about it. The location is suitable for painters, artists and photographers. It is an important historic visit from Badami

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Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Aihole is not well maintained among Badami, Pattadkal and Aihole. Nevertheless, there are hundreds of temples along the town (some in dilapidated state). However, thanks to the guide, the kids learnt some important aspects of our history. It is amazing that Aihole was regarding on par with Takshashila and Nalanda.

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Mysuru (Mysore), India
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This place has nothing to see. All the monuments are terribly damaged. Also, it's not safe to visit .. Please beware of local goons. If you make it back safely then it's your luck. I had terrible experience and never ever advise anyone to visit this place.

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Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2016

The first thing that struck us about Aihole was the dirt and the encroachment. It is just depressing to think about how much we have neglected to take care of such beautiful monuments. People have encroached pretty shamelessly and there are even cows tied right outside the structures. Once we were able to get over that sorrow, Aihole has quite... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2015

Visit here once and you're Concepts are clear not only about Ancient but Advance Indian Architectural Technologies but Great Imaginations and Hard Workmanship also. Unbelieving 7th & 8th Centurion Carvings and Heavy Structures survived only on Socket and Groove joints and without any Foundation and without using any bonding materials like cement or mortar. No Doubt it's one of the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2015

Aihole is a small hamlet about 40 min drive from Badami. It is said to have some 125 stone temples, as well as prehistoric sites at the Meguti hillock and nearby. Tourists tend to be unfairly disappointed with Aihole compared with Badami and Pattadakal. This is because most tourists "do" Aihole along with the other two and Hampi in barely... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2015

Aihole is a must visit place if you are travelling to Badami. The place has several monuments of Chola Chalukya dynasty. The place is around 10-12km from Badami.

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New Delhi, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2015

Apart from a landscaped and well maintained complex comprising the Durga Temple, Aihole has several clusters of temples. Some of these temples have quite fantastic carvings and relief - always look at the ceiling! So if one is inclined to wander around in the ruins and take in the atmosphere Aihole is the place to visit. Of course, maintenance is... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2015

Visited Aihole this month. This is en-route to Hospet-Badami -Pattadkal circuit. The place was supposed to be architectural school. There are around 120 temples - most of them are surrounded by villagers. The guide there -who charged Rs. 250/-, stated that except the famous Durg temple all other temples are known by the persons who were inhabited there e.g Ladkhan... More 

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