Around Badami – Aihole

Aihole is a small town , about 50 kms from Badami. The interesting thing about this place is that the village settlement is sprinkled amongst the ruins. Various temples and structures are located behind the villagers’ huts, and it’s easy to find locals sitting in these ancient buildings for a leisurely chat 🙂

Villagers in Aihole –

Our local guide, who went by the name of Prabhu. He wasn’t really an official guide, but then he was very eager to show us around 🙂

Prabhu and his friend Nagarjuna –

Trying to show us something called “Ulta Pulta” 😀 Still can’t figure out what that quite was…

Rock cut caves in Aihole –

Structural temple architecture –

Badami – II

Apart from the rock cut caves, other interesting sites to see in Badami are the Bhuthanatha temple, and the Upper and Lower Shivalayas.

En route Bhuthanatha temple

The temple flanks one of the banks of the lake in Badami, called Agastyatirtha.

A scene by the banks of the Agastyatirtha at dusk –

Sarees drying on the banks –

Upper Shivalaya –

Trip to Warangal – I

Warangal is located about 150 kms from Hyderabad, and is definitely a good weekend getaway for travel starved folks in Hyderabad 😀 The city was ruled by the Kakatiya dynasty from 12th to 14th centuries, and therefore has many monuments left from that era. While most are in ruins, they still give a glimpse into what might have existed then, as well as showcase some very intricate stone work. It is amazing to realize that these stones have survived eight hundred years!

For more information, see this Wikipedia article on Warangal.

The Warangal Fort housed the center of power. It is surrounded by four massive stone gateways, and (after reading up about it), seems to have been a heavily ‘fortified’ fortress at that time.

Inside Warangal Fort

Inside Warangal Fort

One of the four stone gateways around the fort

Stone pillars inside the fort with intricate work

Through the walls