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Aihole

Bagalkot district, India
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Ranked #63 of 807 Attractions in Karnataka
Type: Ancient Ruins, Cultural
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, Cultural
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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Pune, India
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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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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chickmaglur
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

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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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
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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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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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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Bengaluru (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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