So, you have finally arrived in Pattadakal! You will notice that it is a tiny village and it has gained in popularity by virtue of its scores of ancient temples. These belong to the age-old Chalukyan dynasty. UNESCO has now declared Pattadakal a World Heritage Site. Wondering how to move around while you are visiting? Well, do not worry! It is a very popular tourist destination and thus has a whole lot of amenities that you can trust.
Before you get it, it would be advisable to check with a couple of hotels to see if it is located at a convenient spot from where your entire site seeing becomes more feasible, which one might suit your budget and which one meets your expectations best! If you are travelling in the high season, chances are that all hotels would be fully occupied so you will be in a spot. It is always better to plan ahead so that you can make the most of your stay! Let us give you an idea of which hotels you can consider. You should be aware of course that these are among 1, 2 and 3 star accommodations: Hotel Anand Deluxe maybe a very prudent choice because it is near the Pattadakal Bus Stand so in case you have got in by bus, it is practically a stone’s throw away. Travelers Bungalow is also recommended as it is on the Station Road so again very conveniently located. Other than these, you could also find out about Hotel Badami Court, Hotel Mayura Adil Shah, Hotel Mookambika Deluxe and KSTDC Mayura Chalukya. Since this is a tiny village and not very distant from the towns of Aihole and Badami, you could mentally keep the option open to look out for accommodation in these places too, especially Badami since it is only about 20 km away!
Pattadakal being a small village may not offer you state-of-the-art transportation. Nevertheless, there are plenty of reasonably comfortable and cost-effective transportation options that you can bank on. There are auto-rickshaws that are readily available. You can in fact ride one of these from the Railway station into the main town. They are inexpensive and have friendly drivers! You may have to spend only about INR 300 for the trip from Badami. You can also hire private taxis to move around if you are willing to spend some extra money. Private buses around the village are the most widely used means of transport.
If you read through the ‘Tourism-of-India.com’ website, you will easily get access to a lot of information about tourism in Pattadakal. This site is full of ideas about how you can best optimize your stay here. You could consider several tour packages. Taking these makes your holiday very organized especially if you are pressed for time and have only a few days to see whatever you can. Look at these sites so that you get to know about all kinds of hotels whether economy type or Govt. approved. You get to know about Transport options, guides, escorts and different package tours. You will have a great time no doubt!
Lord Shiva slaying Andhakasura, the blind demon, is a popular mythological theme carved on many Shiva Temples. At Pattadakal you can see a giant image in the south side of the Galaganatha Temple. The story goes like this. While in the mount Mandhara a baby was born to Parvati and Shiva. Shiva was in a meditating posture and Parvati closed his eyes mischievously from behind. The boy appeared out of Parvati's sweat. Shiva explains to Parvati that since his eyes were closed, the baby was born blind and calls him Andhaka (the blind). Since he posed devilish qualities he was called Andhakasura (the blind demon ).
Golgumbaz Express (Train Number 6535 / 6536) is a tri-weekly express train between Solapur and Bangalore( Yesvantpur Junction). In the Yesvantpur to Solapur route it is called Solapur Express and in the return route it is called Golgumbaz Express.
Pattadakal (Pattadakallu in local language ) in the Indian state of Karnataka is renowned for the group of the 8th century CE monuments. Pattadakal is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Well, this is piece for those of you who are new to the concepts of Hinduism. To that extend this is an oversimplified narration to make the understanding easier. For those who are keen to know more, the scope and resources are endless. So that's a disclaimer to begin with! Though it is referred with a single common name , Hinduism, it is in fact a conglomeration of many sects, sub sects , often with its own pantheons, beliefs and religious practices. Unlike many religions, Hinduism doesn't have definite a founder. The religion practically 'evolved' over 4000 years or so into its present form.
The history of Chalukyas is a bit complicated with controversies and ambiguities ; and often riddled with myths and legends. Complicated, because there were many dynasties ( to be specific three ) shared the name Chalukya. Before going further into this, let's first see where was this Chalukya Empire, as it is often referred, existed in India. Those of you with an understanding of the India's geography , imagine the Indian heartland bordered by two rivers - Narmada in the north and Kaveri in the south. Well, what lies between these two rivers was practically the span of Chalukyan Empire at its peak.
Galaganatha Temple dedicated to lord Shiva is a compact yet strikingly unique temple in Pattadakal. The most striking part of the Galaganatha Temple is its dexterously executed tower and the fluted final atop. Most likely the Galaganatha Temple was built around 750 CE during the regime of the early Chalukya king Vikramaditya II.
Chalukya Express connects Mumbai with Bangalore. That is Chalukya Express operates between Yesvantpur Junction in Bangalore and Dadar in Mumbai.The train is named so because its route passes is right through the erstwhile Chalukya Empire heartland.