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Aihole, Karnataka

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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. Put Aihole into our Badami journey planner to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Badami.
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  • Badami and aihole-Pattadakal-UNESCO together turned out to be for me one of the most interesting sites across India. Aside from the monumental complex with the magnificent temple Durga and the Museum which houses beautiful sculptures chalukye; What really impressed me the most is the whole area behind the complex with several temples--or remains of them-which in effect are still used by the inhabitants as houses, stables or warehouses. A way to continue to give a soul to the ruins in total contrast to the Meadow "almost" English that you see inside the enclosure. I am attaching some photos for a better understanding. Not to miss even the slight incline towards the Meguti Temple.
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  • We visited Aihole on the way to Badami from Hampi. This is a comparatively small site. But it has few temples in its complex. A small museum is also sep-up by Archeological Survey of India (ASI). The ...  more »
  • Aihole is a remote village in the Bagalkot district of North Karnataka, lying next to the Malaprabha River. We visited the ancient rock and cave temples of Badami, Pattadakal and Aihole over three day...  more »
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