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Hampi Tourist Guide

Hampi Tourist Guide

Hampi Tourist Guide
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Hampi Tourist Guide

 

Hampi Tourist Guide: Overview

Hampi  is a village in northern Karnataka state, India. It is located within the ruins of Vijayanagara, the former capital of the Vijayanagara Empire. Predating the city of Vijayanagara, it continues to be an important religious centre, housing the Virupaksha Temple, as well as several other monuments belonging to the old city.

Hampi has distinction of being a UNESCO World Heritage Site for old Vijayanagara city, the former capital of the Vijayanagara Empire.Hampi is situated on the banks of the Tungabhadra river at 353 km from Bangalore and 74 km away from Bellary. Hosapete (Hospet), 13 km away, is the nearest railway head. Hampi is famous for the annual Vijayanagar Festival is organized by the Government of Karnataka in November in every year.

 

About Vijayanagaram and Hampi

The city of Vijayanagara was originally encompassed by seven lines of fortifications. These fortifications had a large number of bastions & gateways. The seventh & the innermost fortification enclosed the main city & is the best preserved.Most of the monuments at Hampi are from the Vijayanagara period, a small proportion may be assigned to pre-Vijayanagara times. The Jain temples on Hemakuta hill, the two Devi shrines & some other structures in the Virupaksha temple complex predate the Vijanagara empire. The earliest amongst them, the Shaiva shrines with their stepped pyramidal vimanas or superstructures, date to the later Chalukyan period around ninth-tenth century AD.

 

History of Hampi

The emperor Ashoka's minor rock edicts in Nittur & Udegolan (both in Bellary district) leads one to believe that this region was within the Ashokan kingdom during the 3rd century BC. A Brahmi inscription & a terracotta seal dating to the 2nd century AD were also discovered from the excavation site.

 

Hampi formed one of the core areas of the capital of the Vijayanagara Empire from 1343 to 1565, when it was finally laid siege to by the Deccan Muslim confederacy. Hampi was chosen because of its strategic location, bounded by the torrential Tungabhadra river on one side and surrounded by defensible hills on the other three sides.

 

The site is significant historically and architecturally. The topography abounds with large stones which have been used to make statues of Hindu deities. The Archaeological Survey of India continues to conduct excavations in the area, to discover additional artifacts and temples.

 

Places to Visit in Hampi

Virupaksha Temple: The Virupaksha temple, the most famous and important temple of Hampi, is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple is situated very close to the Tungabhadra River Also known as the Pampapathi temple, it is the most famous temple in Hampi and dates back to the 7th century. It is dedicated to Lord Shiva and has beautifully carved walls, each telling a mythological story

 

Queen's Bath: Queen's Bath was a royal bath constructed for the kings and wives to take bath and is located in Hampi. Basically, it is a rectangular building, which has a long veranda inside that leads to a square tank of 6 feet depth from all sides. During the Kings reign, water in the tank is believed to be filled with perfumes and fragrance flowers for the royal bath. The architecture resembles an Indo-Saracenic style and looks more like Islamic style than the Hindu style. A part of the Royal Enclosure, this aquatic enclosure was the Royal bath during the times of the Vijayanagra Empire. It was built in such a way that no outsiders could enter the bath, and has lost much to ruins at the date.

 

Lotus Palace: the Lotus Palace seems to occupy a distinguished position. This distinguished structure forms a part of the Zenana Mahal, that served as a secluded area for the women folks of the royal families of Viyajnagara Empire. One stunning feature of Lotus Palace is that it is one of those edifices of Hampi that remained undamaged during the siege of the city. is a monument that stands out in its design and style from most of the structures of Hampi. Another complex, for royal women, this one gets its name from the lotus-like dome

 

Hazara Rama Temple: The Hazara Ramaswamy temple is located at the heart of the historical town of Hampi. It is a small temple in comparison with the others at Hampi. The outside walls of the temple are decorated with sequences from the Ramayana. his was a place of worship for the royals. The walls and pillars are beautifully adorned with fascinating carvings, including the outside walls of the compound. This temple is smaller in size compared to the others in Hampi.

 

Hemakuta Hill Temple: Hemakuta Hill near Hampi is famous for its cluster of temples, archways and pavilions scattered all over the top. Most of these are dedicated to Lord Shiva and are built in 10th century AD. It takes only 15 minutes to climb to the top from the famous Viroopaksha Temple at the end of Hampi bazaar. The Hemakunta Hill houses a temple complex, many of them dedicated to Lord Shiva. These are all protected by a fort, providing a secluded atmosphere.

 

Zenana Enclosure: The Zenana Enclosure was initially a place that was restricted to the entry of royal women only. The enclosure has a huge wall to protect the harem and to the south-east corner, there is the famous Lotus Mahal

 

How to Reach Hampi

By Flight:  Bellary airport is very nearest airport to reach Hampi from all the part of famous cities of India

By Train: Hampi Railway station is connected to various individuals trains which helps to reach Hampi easily from several famous cities

 

Musical Pillars of Hampi

The temple houses the famous musical pillars. The British wanted to check the reason behind this wonder and so they had cut two pillars to check anything was there inside the pillars that was producing the sound. They had found nothing but hollow pillars. Even today we can see those pillars cut by the British.

The road leading to the temple was once a market where the horses were traded. Even today we can see the ruins of the market on both the sides of the road. The temple contains the images of foreigners like Persians selling horses.

 

Best time to visit Hampi

Hampi has played an important part in shaping the history and tradition of Karnataka and India. The glimpses from the dynasties that have ruled Hampi and the ruins of the temples and monuments that have stood the test of time, Hampi is regarded as one of the most wonderful holiday destinations in Karnataka.  Best time to visit Hampi is from August to March. The weather during this time stays pleasant and makes it easy for the travelers to explore Hampi.

 

 

Restaurant in Hampi

Mango Tree (TA Rank 4.0): This place surely can be counted as one of the best in terms of both, taste and ambiance. This restaurant has everything from pastas to pizzas to thalis and lots more.

Hampi Roof Restaurant (TA Rank 4.5) - This place offer best food in comparison of other dining place in Hampi.  Especially the Veg Curry can be recommended

 

Funky Monkey Restaurant (TA Rank 4.0) - Funky Monkey is a good place to stay at while you are in Hampi. The food is fresh and tasty and it is suitable for the "Western taste

 

Hotels in Hampi

Standard Hotel: Hotel Priyadarshini – TA Rank (3.5) – Certificate of Excellence

Deluxe Hotel: Hotel Rock Regency – TA Rank (4.0) – Certificate of Excellence

Luxury Hotel: Shivavilas Palace Heritage Hotel – TA Rank (5.0) – Certificate of Excellence

 

Shopping in Hampi

Hampi Bazaar is a unique attraction of Hampi. Located in front of the Virupaksha Temple, the Hampi Bazaar is a well-known market place that spreads for more than one kilometer.  It is still popular among the tourists.  It was once a place where merchants from various foreign lands used to sell exotic stuff like precious stones, jewellery, silk clothes, etc  variety of local items like embroidered shawls and textiles, traditional costumes, antique coins, jewellery, colourful bags, stone figurines, carved artifacts, handicraft items, clay dolls, etc

 

 

How to Reach Hampi from Other Cities

Hampi is very famous and ancient village of Karnatake state where you can find plenty of places to visit and stay in good accommodation. There is various option to Reach Hampi from Different states and cities in easy way which is mentioned in brief.

 

Hampi to Goa

By Bus: Hampi to Goa distance is approx 320 km. There is only 1 dirct bus moves towards Goa and this is Govt Transport bus

By Train: There is no direct train is available to Reach Goa from Hampi

 

Hyderabad to Hampi

The distance between Hyderabad to hampi is 373 km and it takes 4.5 Hours to reach Hyderabad from Hampi. There is description given below in details to reach Hyderabad from Hampi

By Bus: There is very option to reach Hyderabad many buses reach to Hyderabad from Hampi

By Train: There are a couple of Express trains connect Hospet with Hyderabad. Try Hyderabad-Kolhapur Express (Train No: 11303 / 11304) which takes about 12 hours to Reach Hyderabad

 

Mumbai to Hampi

Mumbai to Hampi  is approx 742 km away from each other

There is no direct flight, Train and bus between Hami to Mumbai. First visit Mumbai then take flight or rain to reach Goa. After that you have 1 option to reach Hampi from Goa by State transport bus facility
 

Pune to Hampi

Pune to Hampi  is approx 564 km away from each other

There is no direct flight, Train and bus between Hami to Pune First visit Pune then take flight or rain to reach Goa. After that you have 1 option to reach Hampi from Goa by State transport bus facility

 

FAQ - What is where...?

 

What to buy and shop in "Hampi"

You can buy Jewellery and silk clothes from Hampi

 

Where to buy & shop for souvenirs tourist items in "Hampi"

Hampi Bazar is famous for souvenirs tourist items

 

Where to buy & shop for clothes in "Hampi"

Hampi Bazar is famous for clothes

 

Where to have best food in "Hampi"

Mango Tree Restaurant is famous for Food Items

 

 

Where to stay in "Hampi"

Hampi offers good and comfort stay facility, we suggested all three category of hotels which you like to stay

Standard Hotel: Hotel Priyadarshini – TA Rank (3.5) – Certificate of Excellence

Deluxe Hotel: Hotel Rock Regency – TA Rank (4.0) – Certificate of Excellence

Luxury Hotel: Shivavilas Palace Heritage Hotel – TA Rank (5.0) – Certificate of Excellence

 

Where to drink in "Hampi"

Orange County

 

Best Bars in "Hampi"

Royal Orchid Central Kireeti

 

Where to eat Lunch & Dinner" Hampi"

Funky Monkey Restaurant is famous for Delicious Lunch and Dinner

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