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Hampi is a UNESCO World Heritage Site situated in Karnataka. Dating back to the 14th century, it was the centre of the Hindu Vijayanagara Empire capital and was believed to be India’s one of the richest cities at that time. It is said that the Muslim rulers captured the city and literally destroyed it to an extent that even in the present times, Hampi is just a centre of ruins now. 

The ruins of Hampi are spread over an area of around 26 sq. km. It even has remains from the last Hindu kingdom in the south and still highlights the richness of the Vijayanagar Empire. There are many temples, monuments, and infrastructures in Hampi which are major tourist attractions and are a must-see for anyone who would like to explore the history of our country. 

Why you Should Visit Hampi

A large number of monuments are preserved in excellent condition here. The major highlights of this place are the Virupaksha and Vitthala temples. The bygone past of this place along with its ruins come across as really fascinating and is a prime reason for travel enthusiasts to visit this place. 

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History of Hampi

Hampi is a historical delight to witness. Yes, the very first settlements in Hampi dates back to around 1CE. As per the Rock Edicts of Ashoka, it can be predicted that this region was once under a heavy influence of the Mauryan Empire. 

Talking about trade, Hampi had a good flow of commerce with Vijayanagara. And over time, Hampi has witnessed various rulers on its throne. The ruins along with the concert halls as well as the bazaars and boulders of this place speak of the eminence of the Vijayanagar empire.  

Places to Visit in and Around Hampi

Virupaksha Temple. The Virupaksha Temple is also known as the Pampapathi Temple. It traces its roots back to the 7th century and with this, it comes across as one of the oldest functioning temples in India. People with religious inclinations are bound to like this place. 

Vithala Temple. The Vithala temple is known for its enchanting architecture. Due to its overall magnificence, this particular temple was considered as one of the most famous structures in Hampi.

The Elephant Stables. Travelling to Elephant Stables is a must-visit while your visit Hampi. It will bestow an altogether new perspective to you and so much so that it is a famous travel destination even today. 

Things to do in and Around Hampi

Seeing the Ruins of Vijayanagara. If you visit Hampi then you get this amazing chance of seeing the sights of the ruins of Vijayanagara. And by visiting this place, you get to ponder on the question that how must they have made all this?

The Narsimha Statue. There is no doubt in the fact that the Narsimha statue is one of the most brilliant sights which you would be seeing in Hampi. What is really astonishing to know about this statue is the fact it was carved out from a single stone. Now, that is something interesting to know, isn’t it?

Hampi Bazaar. Hampi Bazaar is the kind of place where you can shop for jewellery, clothes, and antiques. Moreover, it was also a residential area where the nobles used to stay. This place has many things to offer to its visitors apart from the remnants of history. 

Events and Festivals in & Around Hampi

Pattadakal Dance Festival. The Pattadakal Dance Festival is quite famous among the people of Hampi. It is organized by the Government of Karnataka in the very town of Pattadakal. The performances by the participants in this festival are quite awe-inspiring. Read More

Kambala Festival. Celebrated on a yearly basis, this is the kind of festival which is out and out amazing. What is interesting to know about this festival is the fact that once it was a favourite pastime of the royals. However, now, it is no less than a tradition. On this day, buffaloes are raced against each other along with a farmer. Read More

Hampi Festival. At this festival, you are much more likely to witness a lot of dance and music. There are even puppet shows which are organized particularly for the entertainment of the local people and tourists. This festival is an amazing concoction of fireworks and entertainment. Read More

Best Time to Visit Hampi

The best time to visit Hampi are the winter seasons from October to February. During these months the temperature is quite cool and pleasant for making your trip an unforgettable one. Furthermore, it is interesting to know that some of the popular local festivals like Vijaya Utsav are celebrated here during this time period. As compared to the winter season, the summer season has high temperatures, thus, it is not usually advised to visit during the months from March to June. Talking about the monsoon season, this place receives somewhat inconsistent rainfall, so you won't be facing any kind of major climate issues. 

How to Reach Hampi

By Air. Hubli Airport is situated at a distance of around 160-170 km from Hampi. This airport serves the twin cities of Hubli and Dharwad. It is considered as the third busiest airport in all of Karnataka and 45th all over India. This airport has overall good connectivity with other Indian cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata. After you get off from the airport, you will need to further cover the remaining distance via cab or some other means of transportation. 

By Train. Hampi doesn’t have a railway station of its own. The nearest railway station is Hospet that is located at a distance of around 13 km from Hampi. It has good connectivity with other Indian cities like Mumbai, Bangalore, and Goa. Some good options to reach here are Hampi Express, Amarvathi Express, and Haripriya Express. After you deboard at the railway station, you can easily get a cab or even a bus to reach here.  

By Road. Hampi is well connected with other Indian cities like Delhi, Mumbai, and Kolkata. If you are not comfortable travelling via your own vehicle then you can also opt for interstate buses to reach here. From cities like Delhi, Mumbai, and Kolkata you will need to cover an approximate distance of 1,979 km, 2,099 km, and 1,875 km respectively. From these locations, some good route options would be  NH 44, AH 47, and NH 16 respectively.

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