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Badami, Aihole and Pattadkal Heritage Tour

India is rich with heritage. A number of dynasties ruled different parts of India for different periods of time. Few of them stayed for long and few of them contributed to the art, architecture of India. Chalukya dynasty is one of those dynasties. Badami was the capital of Chalukyas.


Firasti maharashtrachi has organized a 2day heritage tour to explore these places and their history…!

Badami –

Badami, formerly known as Vatapi, is a town and headquarters of a taluka by the same name, in the Bagalkot district of Karnataka, India. It was the regal capital of the Badami Chalukyas from CE 540 to 757. It is famous for its rock-cut structural temples. It is located in a ravine at the foot of a rugged, red sandstone outcrop that surrounds Agastya lake. Badami has been selected as one of the heritage cities for HRIDAY – Heritage City Development and Augmentation Yojana scheme of the Government of India.

Badami - bhutnath temple
Badami – bhutnath temple

History of Badami –

Badami Chalukyas was founded in CE 540 by Pulakeshin I (CE 535–566), an early ruler of the Chalukyas is generally regarded as the founder of the Early Chalukya line. An inscription record of this king engraved on a boulder in Badami records the fortification of the hill above “Vatapi” in 544. Pulakeshin’s choice of this location for his capital was no doubt dedicated by strategic considerations since Badami is protected on three sides by rugged sandstone cliffs. His sons Kirtivarman I (CE 567–598) and his brother Mangalesha (CE 598–610) constructed the cave temples.

Kirtivarman I strengthened Vatapi and had three sons Pulakeshin II, Vishnuvardhana, and Buddhavarasa, who at his death were minors, thus making them ineligible to rule, so Kirtivarman I’s brother Mangalesha took the throne and tried to establish a rule, only to be killed by Pulakeshin II who ruled between CE 610 to 642.[7] Vatapi was the capital of the Early Chalukyas, who ruled much of Karnataka, Maharashtra, parts of Tamil Nadu, and Andhra Pradesh between the 6th and 8th centuries. The greatest among them was Pulakeshin II (CE 610–642) who defeated many kings including the Pallavas of Kanchipuram.

Badami has eighteen inscriptions, among them some inscriptions are important. The first Sanskrit inscription in old Kannada script, on a hillock, dates back to 543 CE, from the period of Pulakeshin I (Vallabheswara), the second is the 578 CE cave inscription of Mangalesha in Kannada language and script and the third is the Kappe Arabhatta records, the earliest available Kannada poetry in tripadi (three-line) meter. one inscription near the Bhuthanatha temple also has inscriptions dating back to the 12th century in Jain rock-cut temple dedicated to the Tirthankara Adinatha.

Pattadkal group of temples –

Pattadakal, also called Paṭṭadakallu or Raktapura, is a complex of 7th and 8th century CE Hindu and Jain temples in northern Karnataka (India). Located on the west bank of the Malaprabha River in Bagalkot district, this UNESCO World Heritage site is 14 miles (23 km) from Badami and about 6 miles (9.7 km) from Aihole, both of which are historically significant centers of Chalukya monuments. The monument is a protected site under Indian law and is managed by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI).

Aihole –

Aihole (pronounced “Eye-hoḷé”), also referred to as AivalliAhivolal, or Aryapura is a historic site of ancient and medieval era Buddhist, Hindu, and Jain monuments in Karnataka, India that dates from the sixth century through the twelfth century CE. Most of the surviving monuments at the site date from the 7th to 10th centuries. Located around an eponymous small village surrounded by farmlands and sandstone hills, Aihole is a major archaeological site featuring over one hundred and twenty stone and cave temples spread along the Malaprabha river valley, in Bagalkot district.

Apart from the above sites, we will also try to cover Badami Fort, Badami Museum, Ravan ki Phadi Temple as well as Bhuthnath temple from Badami. In these two days, we will try to cover the maximum heritage sites possible with normal space and ample time for photography too. However, we know that even 2 days are very little to cover the entire Badami region but we will do our best to cover the places mentioned above. It all depends on the actual situation.

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Day 0: 26th February 2021

09.00 pm – Leave for Badami from Pune

Day 1: 27th February 2021

06.00 am – Reach Badami

06.00 am – Check-in and get fresh in a hotel

7.30 am – Breakfast & Get ready for the tour

8.00 am – Move towards Aihole to see Durga Temple

9.00 am – Reach Aihole and Start exploring

12.00 pm to 01.00 pm – Lunchtime

01.00 pm to 01.30 pm – Move towards Pattadkal

01.30 pm – 04.00 pm – Explore Pattadakal

04.30 pm – Return to Badami and explore Bhutnath temple

06.00 pm – Enjoy sunset near Agastya Lake

08.00 pm – Dinner

Day 2: 28th February 2021

05.00 am – Wake up

06.00 am – Start Badami Caves tour

8.30 am – Breakfast 

9.30 am – Visit Badami Fort

11.30 am – Visit Badami Museum

12.30 pm to 01.30 pm – Lunchtime

01.30 pm to 03.30 pm – Visit remaining places near Badami

4.00 pm - Depart from Badami towards Pune

8.00 pm - Dinner on the way in a restaurant

2.00 am - Return to Pune 

(Timings or itinerary can change as per the actual situation. This is only for your reference)  

  1. Pune to Pune private non-A/c high back bus transport
  2. Room to get fresh on Day 1
  3. Night stay at a decent hotel on Day 1
  4. Breakfast, Lunch, and dinner for 27th and 28th
  5. Entry charges at all historic places
  6. Karnataka State Government entry tax
  7. Historical Information of all heritage Size
  8. One ltr water bottle for each day
  1. Personal orders of food
  2. Any medicines apart from first aid
  3. Camera charges (If any)
  4. Evening snacks
  5. Mineral water (apart from 1ltr of water) and soft drinks
  6. Anything not mentioned in the includes

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    Start Saturday April 10, 2021
    End Saturday April 10, 2021
    1 - 15 Pax
    Available Seats: 15

    Adult ( 1 - 15 Pax ) 7,500.00 0.00 /Person

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Face Mask
ID Card
2 ltrs water
Camera (Optional)
Extra Pair of Clothes
Clean napkin or small towel
Cap, sunglasses, scarf
Haversack or Backpack (No sling bags)
Please carry medicines if you need any
Hand Sanitizer
Any food items if you wish to eat during travel