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Travel 2013 destination Badami

1. Badami, Karnataka

Towering sandstone cliffs glow in the evening light as the craggy hillocks surround you, dwarfing you to a tiny speck. Badami is strictly not just for heritage buffs, even though you go back in time in this ancient Chalukyan capital, Vatapi, where sculptors carved on rock-cut caves and created a montage of deities in stone. The emerald-hued Agasthya Teertham flows in the town and is bordered by several temples. Badami was fortified and a walk up to the Shivalaya is one of the best experiences as you trudge along the path of the ancient Chalukyans who built these temples atop the hills.

India - 15 places to go in 2013!

There is nothing more exciting than charting a new course of journeys, heading to a different destination, or visiting an old one and looking at it with a fresh perspective, says LAKSHMI SHARATH. “Every year I religiously make a wish list and this year is going to be a mix of the familiar, the exotic, the festive and the offbeat. If you have not yet mapped your travels for the coming year, then join me in exploring these places."

Make your 2013 travel plans right away!