Much of what is left of the ‘City of Victory’, Vijaynagar, can be found in the ruins of Hampi, a Unesco World Heritage Site, on the south bank of the Tungabhadra river. This gorgeous location consists of rocky ridges and granite boulders, which were part of a natural defense, protecting the grand capital of three generations of Hindu rulers.

286 miles northwest of Bangalore, Hampi consisted of an urban core, separated from the Sacred Center by ancient canals and waterways through the valley. There is a fascinating ‘King’s Balance’ where the Kings were weighed against gold or grain for distribution to the poor. The Sacred Center is dominated by the Virupaksha Temple, and the grandest of all, Vitthala Temple represents the very best of Vijaynagar art and architecture.

Dating from the 16th century, the fascinating Bazaar Street used to teem with travelers in search of the exotic. The Konandarama Temple has figures of Rama & Sita, India’s mythical legends, carved into the boulders. Around the many temples are excavated remains of palaces, baths, a hundred-columned Audience Hall and the huge Elephant Stables.

Visitors in February and March can witness the Chariot and Hampi Festivals.

Itineraries in Hampi

Diamonds & Dynasties Of Southern India

14 Days / 13 Nights

Exploring The Deccan Plateau

15 Days / 14 Nights

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The Deccan Odyssey

8 Days / 7 Nights

The Golden Chariot – Southern India

8 Days / 7 Nights

Hotels in Hampi

Orange County, Hampi, Kanataka

Orange County Hotels

Orange County, Hampi pool view

The Ultimate Traveling Camp, Kishkinda, Hampi

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