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Aihole, Karnataka
(4.3/5 based on 85+ reviews on the web)
Marvel at wondrous skills of ancient stonemasons at Aihole, a historic temple complex known for Chalukyan architecture. This small village with a huge heritage of some 125 stone temples dating from the 5th century BC shows in the best possible way the evolution of early Indian architecture before it got canonized. 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, most of them Hindu but also some Buddhist and Jain. See rock-cut temples, sacred caves, masterful carvings, four-sided towers with decorative layers of stonework, double-curved arches all in one place. Walk through well-paved walkways amidst palm trees and get a guide for all details. Add Aihole and other attractions to your Pattadakal trip itinerary using our Pattadakal family vacation planner.
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  • We arranged a car/driver($49) from our hotel for the 300km northeast to Aihole, Pattadakal, Badami, and return. Starting at 7AM, the toll road made quick work of 105km north up to Hungund, where we en...  more »
  • This complex was excavated and carved out of the localites in the 1980s. Aihole is a town that has a lot of localites still living inside old temples. Hence a lot of the temples are named after the lo...  more »
  • Aihole is about 140 kms from Hampi and is a good place for a day's trip. Aihole was once the capital of the Chalukya Dynasty, and is a city with a rich and illustrious history. It has great cultural s...  more »
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  • Best place to understand history of karnataka kingdom
  • A good museum with good collection of ancient materials
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