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Travelling in Badami, Bijapur areas

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Travelling in Badami, Bijapur areas

My friend and I are visiting Bijapur-Badami-Aihole-Pattadakal with the following schedule:

Fri morn:Arrive in Bijapur (taking night train from Bangalore)

Spend day in Bijapur

Fri night: Stay in Bijapur

Sat morn: Travel to Aihole (or Pattadakal)

Sat afternoon/evening : Cover Aihole and Pattadakal

Sat evening: Reach Badami

Sunday: Visit Badami caves

Sunday night: Catch night train to Bangalore.

Can someone please tell me how we can travel from Bijapur to Aihole/Pattadakal and then on to Badami? We are not planning to rent a car for the entire trip. How reliable are the buses/autos in these areas? Also, are there any share taxis etc for a one-way trip between these places? Any other options?

In each of these places, can we get around by auto/ walk or do we need a car to head to temples and caves?

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1. Re: Travelling in Badami, Bijapur areas

Hi,

There is a train from Bijapur to Badami.Else you can avail a bus with a changeover in Bagalkot.

There are shared taxis too plying selectively.

Plan a day's sightseeing covering Badami - Aihole - Patadakkal - Mahakuta - Banashankari -Badami,by auto.

If you are planning a relaxed visit,locally you can cover nearby places of interest by walk and for other places,hire an auto or tonga.

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2. Re: Travelling in Badami, Bijapur areas

You can also plan to spend sometime in Hampi & board a return train from Hospet to Bengaluru.

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3. Re: Travelling in Badami, Bijapur areas

From Bijapur to Badami, there are 9 trains out of which 6 are daily . takes about 2.5 to 3.5 hrs .

Badami station is about 20 kms from Pattdakal.

Aihole is another 15 kms from Pattadakal .

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4. Re: Travelling in Badami, Bijapur areas

So do i need to buy tickets in advance on any of these trains from Bijapur to Badami? Are you suggesting that I get to Badami on Saturday morning and then book an auto for Badami - Aihole - Patadakkal - Mahakuta - Banashankari -Badami,by auto??

I know we would like to spend some time exploring architecture at Aihole and Pattadakal. So are auto guys pretty ok with waiting as long as you agree on a flat rate for the day? What does this tend to be typically?

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5. Re: Travelling in Badami, Bijapur areas

Don't hire an auto for the full day, there are numerous shared autos and village buses which ply between these historic villages around Badami.

Aihole is a big historical site with monuments scattered all around the village, it'd be better to explore on foot (especially the Buddhist monastery and caves)

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6. Re: Travelling in Badami, Bijapur areas

No need to buy advance train tickets.

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7. Re: Travelling in Badami, Bijapur areas

Ok, so it sounds like the best option is :

1.Check out of hotel in Bijapur on Saturday morning

2.Head to train station. Take train to Badami. Check in to hotel there.

3.Take auto to Aihole. Walk around.

4.Take auto/bus to Pattadakal. Walk around

5. Head back to Badami in evening.

Another option is to explore Badami on Saturday so that we can enjoy sunset without being rushed. On Sunday, we can visit Aihole and Pattadakal and return in time to catch our 7pm train back to Bangalore.

That sounds reasonable, right ?

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8. Re: Travelling in Badami, Bijapur areas

vikramts,

You can cover Badami-Patadakkal-Aihole in a day comfortably in an auto.

Else,your plan seems good,too.

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9. Re: Travelling in Badami, Bijapur areas

Many thanks to Bornav for pointing out that Gol Gumbaz might be closed on Friday. Indeed it is! Our plan is now revised. We are exploring Badami on Friday and Aihole+Pattadakal on Saturday. Given how hot it will be during this time of the year, I don't know if it makes sense to cover all 3 places in one day.

On Saturday, we have to visit Aihole and Pattadakal and then head to Bijapur. One option is to take our bags after checking out of the hotel, visit A+P and then proceed to Bijapur. But this sounds tedious as we have to drag our luggage everywhere.

Is it advisable to visit A+P and then return to Badami to travel to Bijapur (either bus or train)?

Or, if the distances are not important, maybe we should finish A+P on Friday, explore Badami caves on Saturday, return to the hotel and then proceed to Bijapur on Saturday evening?

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10. Re: Travelling in Badami, Bijapur areas

day 1- arrival Badami, visit Mahakuta temples, Badami caves

day 2- first Aihole, then Patadakkal, return to Badami to check out, overnight at Bijapur

day 3- Bijapur sightseeing, overnight train

October-November is the ideal time to visit these hot and semi-arid regions.

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