[TR] North-Central Karnataka, August 2016

#16 Nov 25th, 2016, 12:26
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16th August: Part 1 - Sunflowers

The day started on a grumpy note owing to the bedbugs. We checked out of the room and deposited our luggage at the counter. An easy breakfast (complimentary) in the restaurant below and we were ready for the day.

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The first bus to Aihole had just departed and the next one was an hour later. connectivity from Aihole to Pattadakal would also be an issue. A bit of bargaining and we agreed for a local rickshaw to show us around - a total distance of 35km, including Mahakuta Temple for a sum of Rs600.

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The ride was slow and long, but after a while we found ourselves in the middle of sunflower fields and halted for an obligatory snap. Aihole was still a few kilometers away.

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While leaving this field, I felt a prick near my ankle - a small black mosquito with white stripes. I was down with a bout of dengue 2 days later

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#17 Nov 28th, 2016, 09:57
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16th August: Part 2 - Aihole

You see temples the moment you see Aihole. There are equal number of temples to the houses that line the streets. The temples and monuments are in various stages of conservation/decay. Some are still in active worship while others are mere monuments bearing signatures of their creators.

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The first complex if the 'main complex' that houses the Durga Temple (durga = fort) and the Lad Khan Temple (named after its prominent resident). The complex is maintained by ASI who have put up information boards for the various temples. The peculiarity here is that the boards declaring the monument protected are located right next to the monument while the actual information is put up on a board at the far end of a watery patch - be prepared for wet feet if you want to read anything about the temples at all.

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Our rickshaw passed through the narrow streets of the village as we covered a few complexes around. In one place we even got a local kid to guide us around a set of unprotected, but active temples. The rickshaw completed a circuit and took the return road to Pattadakal.

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We were a bit hungry, but were directed at Pattadakal. There's a dearth of food options in Aihole, so prepare accordingly.

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Complete post with details: Aihole - Lets Build Tempes

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Teaser compressed pictures are attached here. Main ones are in the blog.

Inside Durga Temple
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Durga Temple
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Durga Temple
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Ravanaphadi Caves
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Aihole Fort Wall
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16th August: Part 3 - Pattadakal - The Crown Of Chalukyan Architecture

The first thing to do in Pattadakal was to have lunch. There are again not many places around. Our rickshaw driver took us to a stall he knew. There was local food - as in a thali of sorts - all precooked and cold. We ate it to the best of our dental capacity, seeing that there really was no other option visible.

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The Pattadakal complex is maintained by ASI with a visitor fee of Rs 30 per person. Golf-karts are available for senior citizens. Water coolers were not functional when we were there. Also, the security guard did not allow a go-pro, but did allow other cameras. The staff here was a curious lot.

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Pattdakal has a total of nine temples - first eight bunched together with the ninth a little away - but all in the same complex. The Mallikarjuna Temple and Virupaksha Temple are the best of the lot.

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Complete post with details: Pattadakal - The Crown Of Chalukyan Architecture

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Teaser compressed pictures are attached here. Main ones are in the blog.

Galaganatha Temple
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Sangameshwara Temple
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Nandi Outside Mallikarjuna Temple
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Malliakrjuna Temple Rear
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Virupaksha Temple seen from Mallikarjuna Temple
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#19 Nov 29th, 2016, 11:23
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@Kapilankar,

Very nice travelogue with lot of helpful info for budget travellers. Well Articulated and organized. Brilliant photography.

Thanks for sharing.

Bookmarked your blog too.

Velu
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Thanks a lot Velu
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16th August: Part 4 - Mahakuta Temple & Goodbyes

The last place on the list was the Mahakuta Temple. This is another old temple of considerable importance and in active worship. The temple complex is huge - replete with a pond and miniature temples. The complex is very beautiful, however lack of signboards (english) and our general tiredness meant that we had a good look but did not find out much.

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Returning to Badami, we freshened up at the hotel Rajsangam. We had checked out earlier in the day but it was very helpful of the staff to let us use a bathroom for some time. Then, it was back to Hubballi for our connecting bus. The bus ride was long, but traffic free.

A quick dinner ensued at Hubballi and then began the wait for our return bus. The bus was about an hour behind schedule and to top it up did not have any blankets and water for my seat - their excuse being it was not loaded at the start point (Bellary). Fuming of course had no outcome, so I just went to sleep instead.

The bus reached Mumbai about 2 hours behind schedule and then an hour later, I was at my desk contemplating my resignation from the job.

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Photos from Mahakuta Complex

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#22 Jan 19th, 2017, 10:02
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Excellent report..will read in more detail at leisure.

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