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“Temple village or village among temples”
Review of Aihole

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Full-Day Tour of Badami, Pattadakal and Aihole
Ranked #173 of 1,205 things to do in Karnataka
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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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“Temple village or village among temples”
Reviewed 17 July 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.

Visited July 2014
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“Interesting sight”
Reviewed 14 June 2014

Definitely worth seeing this and Badami - I personally thought both were far more impressive than Hampi. Good grounds, clean, good value, nice staff. Worthwhile trip.

Visited May 2014
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“Aihole Monuments”
Reviewed 3 June 2014

Aihole, also known as Ayyavoḷe and Aryapura, was established in 450 AD as first capital of Chalukya kings with about 125 stone temples scattered over the countryside and throughout the village. Many are being used as homes to the locals. They are in various conditions from excellent to very poor but there are a great many that have perfect sculptures and carvings. It will take a long time to visit the main temples as they are not within walking distance. But the Durga Temple complex is the first usually visited. The Durga Temple is without question, the most largest and most impressive of all the temples. Plan to spend a couple of days and go early if you want to see more as it is very, very hot on the Karnataka plains.

Visited March 2014
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Hyderabad, India
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“Temples ... temples and more temples”
Reviewed 15 May 2014

The place deserves being called the cradle of architecture. There are just too many temples in the area, each with a different design.

Traveled by early morning bus (7:30 am) from Badami and reached Aihole by around 9:00 am. Visited the temple complexes one after the other by foot. One needs to spend at least 3 hours to cover the area.

The Durga gudi complex at the village centre is the only complex which is maintained well. The lesser known cousins are neglected.

Visited February 2014
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Guwahati, India
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“Cluster of monuments”
Reviewed 13 March 2014

The village of Aihole still retains a charm of the historic times. It is a small village dotted with many monuments from various historic periods. The main attraction is the Durga Temple at the centre of the village. There are also fort ramparts and an ancient Buddhist brick monastery on a hillock. It is best to explore the entire historical complex on foot covering every important spot.
Local public transport is limited, the last bus to Badami leaves by 4pm. Or else one has to take a long route via Bagalkot to return.

Visited February 2014
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