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Aihole, Karnataka

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 Karnataka journey planner to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Karnataka.
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  • Beautiful complex. ASI has lined up the statues aroiund the garden and a few inside the building. Restoration work happening alongside. Amazing to see such intricate craftsmanship.  more »
  • During our tour in Karnataka could not miss the visit to the archaeological site. The town was an ancient capital of the Chalukya Empire. Entrance fee and possibility to take pictures. The most striking part is the Durga Temple, which has a semicircular apse with an open colonnade, embellished with bas-reliefs and stone sculptures. Around different complexes of temples immersed in a lush garden. Not to be missed.
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