As you approach Hampi, the erstwhile capital of the 14th century Vijaynagara Empire, you will find yourself drawn in two directions. Here the ancient and the prehistoric vie for your attention.
The set of ruins which are a UNESCO World Heritage Site, intersperse precariously among granite rocks that are easily three billion years old!
Hampi is nothing short of a work of art with its sky-high boulder mountains and lush paddy fields providing a perfect backdrop to the architectural marvels that Vijanagara’s artisans have created.
While natural weathering has lent a distinct bulbous look to the rocks here, many of the carved architectural masterpieces have stood the test of time.
The historic centre of Hampi, which embosoms most of the ruins is best explored on a two-wheeler – mopeds or bicycles. Though autorickshaws are also a good option if you are…
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