Trip to Almatti dam

Day 5: Almatti dam See Badami – Aihole – Pattadakal for the entire travelogue. Mom very much wanted to visit Almatti dam. Our driver Rasool and others were of the opinion that there was nothing much to do or see there. Since mom wanted to visit, I ignored all that. The drive from Hotel Mayura, […]

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Pattadakal and Bhoothnath temple

Day 4 – Pattadakal and Bhoothnath group of temples at Badami See Badami – Aihole – Pattadakal for the entire travelogue. By now, our very good guide Parashuram (Mobile number: +91 94494 15827) knew that we are not morning persons and did not insist upon us reaching Pattadakal by 7am. We reached Pattadakal at around […]

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Day 3 – Aihole, Jain cave temples, and Buddhist temple See Badami – Aihole – Pattadakal for the entire travelogue. The next day, we visited Aihole. Parashuram was there by the time we reached Durga temple. That day, some architecture students had also visited the Durga complex. It is estimated that the Durga temple complex […]

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Cave temples of Badami

Day 2 – Badami cave temples and museum See Badami – Aihole – Pattadakal for the entire travelogue. Mom was eagerly looking forward to visit the cave temples. We reached by 10:30am. Kalmat, the guide was already waiting for us. There are four cave temples, all carved out of the massive rocks. The cave temples […]

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Badami, beyond the cave temples

Day 1 – Banashankari and Naganatha temples, Mahakuta group of temples, and others See Badami – Aihole – Pattadakal for the entire travelogue. We arrived at Bagalkot by bus at 3am. Rasool picked us up and we reached Hotel Mayura Chalukya. Manager did not intimate the staff regarding our arrival so there was confusion for […]

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Edict that identified Ashoka

Several rock edicts were discovered with the name Devanam piyadasi (meaning, Beloved servant of the God) and these edicts were scattered across the present-day Afghanistan, India, Pakistan, Nepal and Bangladesh. The identity of Devanam piyadasi was a mystery till 1915 when a British gold-mining engineer discovered an edict in Maski. In this edict, the name Ashoka is clearly […]

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Scenic Jaladurga fort, Raichur

I stumbled upon this place when looking for places to explore during our trip to Raichur. Jaladurga is a very small village on the banks of river Krishna. The name literally means fort on water. It is said that this fort was once the stronghold of Adilshahis. The fort has seven doorways, a watch tower […]

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