The Hampi Group of Monuments is a UNESCO World Heritage Site which still looks glorious enough to be the capital of a powerful empire. Its popularity has grown rapidly over the centuries. Its a little rugged-canvas festooned with historical structures that reflect ancient charm, grandiose and precision. These iconic remnants of Vijaynagara Empire have its history dating back to 14th century. Every bend on the road here is decorated with a temple, while on every hillock sits a canopy like monument, attracting passersby.
Hampi’s Stone Chariot has served as the inspiration for various ideas and events, one of them being India’s award-winning luxury trains, The Golden Chariot. Here, you come across wonderful structures like the Virupaksha Temple, which celebrates the wedding ceremony of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati every year. The long stretch of bazaars here give a feeling of waiting in expectation for the commerce and trade to resume, as it did once upon a time.
Wonders like the Vijaya Vittala temple leave the visitors awestruck here. In the evenings, when the sun’s rays bathe the temple, it appears to be made of gold. The Royal Enclosure, the massive elephant stables, the Lotus Mahal, the Hazararama Palace and the Victory Platform, the wonders never seem to cease. The detailed carvings and ample display of creativity in architecture shed light on the excellent heights of craftsmanship achieved by the artisans. Is it any wonder then today, that the Hampi Group of Monuments is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the most googled historical place of Karnataka?
Inscribed by UNESCO as World Heritage Site, the Group of Monuments at Hampi are at once forlorn yet majestic. The sprawling structures which once were part of mighty Vijaynagara Empire now lay in ruins in a magical landscape shaped by millennia of volcanic activity.
The landscape dotted with big boulders, rock formations and hills is dotted with random patches of paddy fields or banana plantations. The overall view is surreal and strikingly unforeseen. Lying on the banks of the Tungabadra River, Hampi with its legends and narratives of grandeur and tragic collapse of a mighty empire is one of the top tourist destinations in India especially for connoisseurs of heritage and culture.
The top attractions in Hampi are a series of enclosures, baths, temples and palaces, most of which are in ruins these days. Sightseeing here also involves visiting the underground temples, corralling on the placid water of Tungabadra River and visiting the Archaeological Museum.
Apart from the above, glimpses of brilliance can be viewed in the majestic Lakshmi Narasimha, the Stone Chariot, the enormous Ganesha statues and the Badavilinga. Plan your trip to Hampi with our list of top things to do in Hampi.