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Exploring Hampi – The Kingdom of Vijayanagar Empire

My first and only visit to Hampi Started off quite well, but by the end of this trip many things changed for life. Some scars are not only unpleasant memories, but also unravelled a scary health condition to be endured for the rest of my life.

The dates were planned and decided almost a month in advance. The last weekend of June 2017 was chosen for our trip. This was the first time that I was travelling using the VIKALP Scheme, which was a launched by the Indian Railways and getting popular with our South Central Division.

Virupaksha Temple Hampi

Present day Hampi
Gopuram of the Virupaksha temple can be seen even at a distance

Hampi is a small village with a population of about 2000 people

temples of hampi

View of the gopuram , Virupaksha (shiva) temple sitting on the banks of river Tungabhadra .
Temple is intact among the surrounding ruins and is still used in worship.

Temple details hampi

Ramayana on the pillar
Stone brought from the Kakatiya region to hampi

temples of hampi

Exploring Hampi with my then new Mirrorless camera – Sony Alpha 6000

temples of hampi

temples of hampi

Outside the Mandapa, Temples of Hampi

architectural details in hampit

The Mandapa Hall, Hampi

hampi architecture

The Ceiling details so exquisitely carved in stone and restored. 

hampi monuments

Lotus Mahal, Hampi

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Exploring Hampi and capturing sites/shots through my Sony alpha camera

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Temples on top of the Hemkuta hill, Hampi.
Dating from 9th to 14th century AD.

hampi step well

Pushkarani are sacred tanks attached to temples. The tanks catered for the ritual and functional aspects of the Temple.

This 'well' preserved tank restored (excavated) by the archaeological department of India.

hampi crafts and arts

Royal #thali  at the Mahanavami Dibba, Hampi

vittala temple hampi

Pushing East- West the Chariot of the Tulava Dynasty. Chariot Temple, Hampi

The most spectacular Monument in Hampi

vittala temple hampi

Magical site at the World Heritage Site, Hampi

sites of hampi

Exploring World Heritage Sites in Hampi

hampi relics and sites

World Heritage Site, Hampi

explore hampi

Exploring on a bike is common here. A small place which can be covered if you have the physical stamina and the day weather is pleasant.

Exploring Hampi -One can hire a bicycle or by walking around.
Virtually every rock in Hampi has a story to tell…
#hampitrip #hampiness

food in hampi

Nutella Banana Pancake at Mango Tree, Hampi

#travelkarmas verdict:
Hastily done restoration. The scale of the well doesn't match up to the function. The symmetry, size donot seem it could cater to the rituals. It's more like a pit at the bottom. At least from what I have seen about stepped wells and this one.

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