Located on the banks of River Malaprabha, Aihole is an important centre of medieval Indian art and architecture and depicts the rich past of the various dynasties that once ruled Karnataka, including the Chalukyas. Ahiole once served as the capital of the Chalukyas and as a result, it is dotted by hundreds of large and small shrines. The most visited spot in Aihole is Durg Temple that stands as a fine specimen of Dravidian architecture. It is said that the temple is an imitation of a Buddhist rock-cut chaitya hall. Then there's the unique Lad Khan Temple, which was built by the Chalukyas in the Panchayat Hall style of architecture. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, the temple is named after a prince who resided here for a while. One of the most fascinating places in Aihole is the cave temple of Ravana Phadi that stands against a rocky hill from which it has been carved out. Other notable temples include Meguti Jain Temple and the Galaganatha group of temples. It takes around two-and-a-half hours to reach Aihole from Vijayapura.

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