Resembling the American Wild West, Badami today is most recognised for its magnificent rock-cut cave temples and sandstone cliffs among others. If you’re fascinated by art and architecture, then a tour of Badami, Aihole & Pattadakal is perfect for you.
Once the capital of the mighty Chalukya empire, the stunning Hindu, Jain & Buddhist temples found in the town of Badami, Aihole & Pattadakal display one of the finest examples of intricate carvings, exquisite sculptures and master craftsmanship that dates back to between 5th and 12th century. The rule of the Chalukyas is considered as the ‘Golden Age’ for literature, art and architecture in South India as they flourished under its royal patronage. Spanning a fusion of religions and cultures left behind by our ancestors, the caves and temples provide a scenic backdrop to an ancient empire of unparalleled power and riches. Undoubtedly the pride of South, these are a must-visit. For the most fascinating Badami tour by train, get aboard the Golden Chariot.