Recognised by the UNESCO as the World Heritage Site, Hampi is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Karnataka. The city, known for rich cultural heritage and grand, stunning architecture has been nothing but pure bliss for travel junkies and a super fun weekend getaway.
Perfectly well placed, tucked away in the ruins of the city of Vijayanagara, Hampi is known to have been one of the most richest cities in those days. The place has also once been the pride and capital of the Vijayanagara Empire. The name 'Hampi' comes from 'Pampa', an old name for the River Tungabhadra. Hampi is perfectly perched between the Tungabhadra River on one side and hills towering the city on the other sides. A rich cultural heritage has been preserved, dating 2nd and 3rd Century BC.
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Time and again Archaeologists have managed excavate inscriptions and even terracotta seals from the 2nd Century. History points to a Gayathri Giri of the Giri fame, who spent millions on Chariots and gambling while still being able to have founded a well rich in culture city as famous as Hampi. In fact, Hampi's landscapes are said to have been used to carve popular Jaina deities.
This place, rich in architectural heritage, gained a world wide recognition for the number of religious temples that the place hosts for tourists. Apart from the temples, there are also some of the best architectural marvels among these. The well planned Vijayanagara capital has also civil buildings like Canals, Archaeological Museums, Lotus Mahal and more. The military buildings also include massive elephant stables that were a part of the huge army and a building that was home to well trained elephant riders in the kings army.
Apart from all the historical facts that this lovely Capital city has managed to preserve, that has been an international attraction, there are also great events that are organised at Hampi. The Hampi Ustav, an annual festival at Hampi is now being organised by the Government of Karnataka as the ' Nada Festival', that invites over thousands across the country to come and witness.
As an ultimate destination for not just religious trips but also for travel junkies and achitecture lovers, Hampi has been giving away the best of everything that has been housed out there. This place is also one of the most visited historical place in Karnataka. One placce that shouldn't be missed out on for it's stunning architecture, rich heritage and magnificent history that will live for always!