Added on: 27th July, 2017 by Kristin_37688
Hampi unveils a different facet of Indian life and culture. The city of Hampi is a UNESCO World Heritage Site treasuring numerous palaces, temples and forts.
This was the capital city of the Vijaynagara kingdm which flourished under Krishnadeva Raya during 1500 AD.
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Also known as the Pampapathi Temple, this shrine is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple has intricately carved walls portraying different mythological stories of Hindu religion. The most unique feature of the temple is that since its built in the 7th century AD, this temple has never been non-functional, making it one of the oldest shrines in India which has run in an uninterrupted way.
This is considered to be the most impressive architectural structure at Hampi. This temple dates back to the 16th century and has the famous stone chariot at its complex. Spread over a massive area, there are several small shrines located within the complex. Watch out the delicate carvings on every wall which represent the numerous gods and goddesses of Hindu religion.
These elephant stables are not just rest areas for royal elephants but also artistic masterpieces encircled by green lawns. There are eleven enclosures here where musicians performed during celebrations.
Facing the Virupaksha temple, this is a large ground with shops selling old coins, shawls and bags.
What is a kingdom without a marvellous palace? Yes, Hampi has an awesome palace, the Lotus Palace. The monument gets its name from its lotus like dome.
One of the best examples of craftsmanship is the large monolith bull placed on a raised platform.
Hampi, an old city located at the banks of River Tungabhadra is one of the tourist hotspots as it takes back tourists at the glorious days of Indian art and culture.
Explore this beautiful place by Maharajas Express train which suggests two itineraries named as "The Southern Sojourn" and "The Southern Jewels".