Hampi or Hampe is famous for its ruins belonging to the Hindu kingdom of Vijayanagar. This ancient city has many famous monuments and it is one of the UNESCO heritage sites which tells you why it is at its peak, it was the world’s second-largest city after Beijing.
The well planned city had an advanced water supply system, numerous temples, farms and trading markets with a huge footfall of foreign traders.
Road from Bengaluru to Hampi is also amazing. The temples of Hampi, its sculptures and monuments, attract the travellers more. The ruins, which date back to the 14th century, stretch for just over 25 kilometers (10 miles) and comprise more than 500 monuments. An incredible energy can be felt at this ancient place.
Amazing places to visit In Hampi are,
- The Lotus Mahal
- Queen’s Bath
- The Vijaya Vittala Temple Complex
- The Virupaksha Temple
- Hemakuta Hill Temple Complex
- Dasara Dibba
The Lotus Mahal :
The Lotus Mahal which is also called the Kamal Mahal or Chitragani Mahal.
The name given to the palace is because of the shape it resembles. The balcony and the passages are covered with a dome that looks like an opened lotus bud. The central dome is also carved as a lotus bud. This Palace was constructed with Indo-Islamic style water cooled air conditioning system. There is a treasury building and other palaces ruins in the complex.
It is a ruin of a beautiful piece of history and a must see place. Tickets purchased in Lotus Mahal can be used in Vijaya Vittala Temple as well. Also Elephant stable is a part of Lotus Mahal.
Elephant stable is a beautiful built stable, which was built for the Maharajas’ elephants and equally beautiful is the houses built for the Mahout. Elephant stables of the 11 state elephants are in vicinity. Do visit the small museum on the left side with statues kept.
Queen’s Bath :
Queen’s Bath is the swimming pool of the royal Queen’s in the Vijayanagara dynasty. A nice place to visit and part of the royal enclosure.The whole building is fully intact and a good visit to understand the Queen and royal women lifestyle in those days. They have restored verbatim parts of the building and it is Well Maintained.
Shorn of any fanciful design on the outside and intricately designed on the inside, it is a large swimming pool currently drained of all it’s water. It is a kilometre from the royal enclosure.
The Vithala Temple Complex :
Vitthala Temple is one of the best temples and must be visited when in Hampi. A battery car takes one inside the main temple which is a kilometre away. While rides are offered to / from the entrance to the site, on cooler days, a walk along the promenade allow us to experience the ruins along the way and you can truly soak in the beautiful landscape.One can imagine the grandeur of the Vijayanagara empire with the scale of the temple. The Vittala deity here is now presumed to be at Pandharpur. Here there are no idols and no worship. The famous chariot of this temple is present only at 2 other places – Konark and Mahabalipuram.
Vithala temple ‘s rich architecture, carvings, art , glorious history and the international market complex for gold , diamonds, gems and horses..etc built 500 years back are mind blowing . They carved foreign tradesmen figures ( different nationalities and religions) on the temple walls.
The main attraction was the famous “stone chariot,” which was an impressive piece of masonry, The Hanuman Temple and Kalyana Temple, which flank the chariot, displayed impressive stone carvings as well.
Intricate carvings on the chariot. A must see for all ages. Stone chariot in Vijaya Vittala temple is a star attraction and dates back to the 15th century.
The Virupaksha Temple :
Virupaksha temple is believed to be one of the oldest temples in India. The temple has its own significance in Hindu religion as Lord Shiva and goddess Parvati were believed to be married here. The temple gets really crowded during the day with thousands of pilgrims across India. Temple has its own Elephant named “Lakshmi” which goes for bath to river every morning.It is a Temple of Lord Virupaksha and his two consorts Goddesses Pampa and Bhuvaneshwari. This is one of the main temples in Hampi where worship takes place a couple of times in a day. They started building this temple complex from 7th century onwards till 15th century.
You are welcomed by the Main carved tower, which can be seen from far across. There is an elephant who blesses you if you offer fruits. The complex is big and it has many beautiful carved temples, where rituals are still performed.
Virupaksha temple has no entry fees and it is adjacent to the Hampi Bazaar.
The Virupaksha temple is an imposing 50 meter tall structure of 12 stories. This temple has some surrounding attractions including the Floating Pillar, the Musical Hall that has the 7 musical notes played by striking the pillars.
Then you could visit the Monolithic Stone Chariot, and the Kadalekalu Ganesh, another 18′ tall monolithic statue.
Hemakuta Hill Temple Complex :
Hemakuta Hill is another magical place at Hampi. Ninety minutes is better if you want to look at every shrine and pavilion on the hill.The hill is famous for its sunset views and it was definitely pretty!. The landscape is made up of large rocks, hills and greens and the setting sun.This complex is situated beside Virupaksha Temple. Rocks and old temples are there. This hill is sprinkled generously with a large number of temples, archways and pavilions.
One of the highlights here is an extraordinary statue of Ganesha inside a stone pavilion. From there you climb to the hilltop for exceptional views of the surreal landscape around Hampi. On the top and sides of the hill are the ruins of 30 Shivaite shrines, some of them in a parlous state and others in reasonable repair. You may also see dogs, lizards and monkeys. You will also get great views down into the monumental Virupaksha Temple below.
The walk up is about 8-10 minutes and not very steep.
If you go a bit early, you’ll get some amazing shots of the temples with the sun shining down brightly behind them.
Dasara Dibba :
One of the Grandest places in Hampi. This place is called Mahanavami Dibba / Dasara Dibba. This is part of the Royal Enclosure. It is a 3 tiered stone platform. It is one of the most important ceremonial structures of royal use.This place reminds egyptian design. This place is known for hosting the Dasara festival in the 13th century.
On the way out you can see the grand stone doors on the floor that would have been part of Dasara Dibba. Most of the area is in ruins but it makes you imagine how grand this area would have been. The views from the top are stunning but a lot of steps up and down.
You can feel like a King, walking/climbing over. The view of the Topography and the vantage location makes you feel King. The platform has a height of around 12m, and one can have a great view of the other ruins. The stone is carved with high quality craftsmanship. .
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