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Aihole

Address: Bagalkot district, India
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Ranked #100 of 923 things to do in Karnataka
Type: Ancient ruins, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: This ancient city, the first capital of the early Chalukyas, is home to hundreds of beautifully...
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Type: Ancient ruins, Sights & Landmarks
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.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

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 NEW

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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Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

The main complex consists of temples ranging between 6th to 8th Centuries. One can see for herself how the more sophisticated temple architecture seen around Indian had evolved. It's a must visit for architecture and history buffs! The main complex has few epic temples but the small sleepy village is laced with 125 temples in all. Most of which are... More 

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Pune, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

Very amazing, will make u think how it was build in those days. It has couple of temples around. The main temple shows incarnations of lord Vishnu, very detailed carving. Badami is the closest city to stay. Carry some snacks and water along.

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Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

Very nice architecture. Gives you real insights of Chalukyan planning. The durga temple and the Lad Khan temple are the best of the architectural marvels around. Good location for photography. Well maintained by ASI. Cons: Bad roads.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Aihole is a small complex but contains some spectacular examples of Chalukya architecture. The whole region is filled with dozens of small shrines and temples and Aihole stands out mainly because it is the one chosen by the ASI to highlight. Lakkundi, Itagi, and other neighbouring towns also have worthwhile collections of such monuments. In any case, Aihole is beautiful... More 

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