This blog is essentially a Travelogue about the beautiful and ancient place of Hampi, yet it is an unusual Travelogue. Travelogues in a blog are written by personal experiences primarily. But we do not call our ourselves to be Travel Bloggers outright. We are connoisseurs of memories, of talent in every nook and corner and thus this unusual travelogue about Hampi is about experiences of people who have travelled there, captured the beauty of Hampi and are here to tell their tale.
So Coming to basics, Hampi is an old village and Temple town located in the East – Central region of Karnataka. It was the largest and richest city during the Hindu Vijayanagara Empire. The official website of Hampi Tourism is http://hampi.in/
It housed as many as 2,000 spectacular monuments and also functioned as a world centre for the ruby and diamond trade. However, during a siege in 1565 by Muslim sultans from the south of India, however, Hampi endured a lot of destruction with months of riots and looting going on, post which Hampi was abandoned and left as a destroyed and wrecked city. Whilst its power may have been crushed forever, its beauty could not be destroyed.
Many of the ruins of this old city still stand today and in 1986, Hampi has officially been declared a UNESCO World Heritage site. Its sprawling landscape of enormous boulders, fascinating rock formations and incredible ancient palace and temple ruins make it an ideal holiday destination for every type of traveller. You can go there for a Weekend getaway or a short 3-4 day trip. But you must not miss this place. There are many resorts around this place where you can live comfortably while you explore the old ruins of the city. You can travel to Hampi by any means, Go by car or hire one. Take a bike from nearby towns in Karnataka. You can also easily go there from Bengaluru via a bus or train that go to Hampi. The nearest railway station is Hospet.
So now let us explore the main interests of Hampi and share a few travel Experiences through some of these wonderful people who have helped us put together this travelogue.
Hampi is surrounded by the Tungabhadra river around which a great many folklores are attached and which was the central means of trade for the Persian and European travellers especially the Portuguese. Hampi existed before the Vijayanagara Empire; because there is much evidence of Ashokan epigraphy. This place also held importance in the Hindu Religious Scriptures because of the Pampaa Devi Tirtha Kshetra. Hampi continues to be an important religious centre, housing many temples, ruins and monuments of the bygone era. The relics tell us a story of the past, of its general way of living and mythology which will leave you mesmerized.
India is a goldmine for such lost and found places. The history attached to each of this place as well as the beautiful landscapes will surely make you fall in love. Go visit Hampi, it will not leave you disappointed.
Happy Sunday 🙂