Hampi sits on the banks of Tungabhadra River in Karnataka State and houses the ruins of the great Vijayanagar Empire that once was. The ruins have been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site and offer a window to its glorious past.
Here are 10 reasons why you can’t get enough of Hampi in a single visit:
1. There is just so much to see and learn about!
You can visit Hampi, hire a guide and wander around but on each visit, it will still surprise you with symbols and carvings you might have missed earlier, the meanings of which will leave you with a new history lesson.
2.You need time to admire its beauty!
The magnificence of Virupaksha Temple, the beautiful design of the Lotus Temple and the grandeur of the Elephant stables are there to catch the eye of every visitor.
3. Learn how they did it!
You need to go and wonder at the time when the ingenious architects laid down techniques for rain water harvesting or about that king’s balance where the king would weigh himself against gold, gems and precious stones and distribute among his priests.
4. Dig deep into the history, and Indian mythology
Each hill, site and temple has several stories of its own. Give them their due time. The pic above is at Malyavanta hill where according to Hindu mythology, Lord Ram waited with Lakshman for the monsoons to get over and they could continue on the search operation for Lady Sita.
5. So many boulders and trekking routes!
It has a lot of trekking sites for you. Start your day trekking to any hill, climb the toughest of boulders and explore your way back!
6. Make some friends…
Meet travellers from round the world, listen to their wonderful experiences and make great friends! If you are lucky, you get to experience the impromptu dance or music performances by visitors who make an air of traveller-family all around.
7. Witness the amazing Sunrise and Sunset at different locations
You have the option of choosing the hill from where you are going to watch the beautiful Sunrise and Sunset today, and the list is not going to exhaust soon.
8. Great place for nature admirers
You can sit for hours and gauge the vastness of the boulders from Anjaneya Hill or the Malyavanta Hill or Matang Hill or many other spots.
9. Need some solitude? Get tonnes of it here.
Hampi offers you the calmness of Tungabhadra River and the historical sites where you can just sit down with that unfinished book of yours and have your way.
10.And the monkeys!
And if that’s not all, you always have monkeys to keep you entertained. Learn a thing or two from them, yeah?
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Definitely on my list of places to go! I love that you listed out the reasons with pictures and kept the descriptions short. It looks like there is some fascinating history and architecture here. Safe travels 🙂
Thank you Karissa! Yea, it’s a great place to be at, do visit sometime, can help you with more pointers. 🙂
Nice pictures! Hampi is on my radar now.
I’m actually surprised on your not having visited Hampi already with the traveller portfolio you carry (I have been following your blog for some time now!) . I would definitely recommend it to you and wait for your opinions on it. 🙂
This place looks amazing!!! Thank you for the nice post!
It truly is..! 🙂
This was great, definitely convinced me! 🙂
Yay! Cheers to me. 🙂 I look forward to your post on it then!
Loved your insights on Hampi…the carvings look exquisite! Would love to spend a full long day there… although many times i tried making plans to it but always ended up at some other corner of the world. Your photos inspired me once again to visit it…
Thank you! I hope you visit it soon, it cannot be disappointing…
Jatin,u forgot to add the lovely international vegetarian cuisine available there. I was skeptical abt getting vegetarian food there and was quite surprised to know that only vegetarian food is available there and what a variety it was.few of the israeli and lebanese dishes were amazing and there is so much variety….yearning to go once gain.
Ahh, thanks for pointing that out! On my charts for the next time. 🙂
I luveeddd the pictures! And every word a gospel truth about Hampi 😀
Yeah no? Thanks for the feedback! 🙂
You have an interesting blog
Thank you so much… 🙂
Super post Jatin, Very nice photography.. Till now I ve not visit the place but soon..Thanks for sharing
Thank you so much! Being a solo traveler, you are going to love it even more.
I’m going back to Hampi in a month! Can’t wait!
Oh wonderful! Have a safe trip 🙂
Hey Mr. Smiley 🙂 !! Loved your post on Hampi. I would love to visit Hampi one day. HIstorians say that the konkanis GSB (am a konkani) lived there . (probably my ancestors).
Thanks Ajay. You should definitely visit Hampi and trace back your ancestors in that case 🙂
Planning a trip to Hampi this month…the pictures and post now inspires me to plan a slow trip to experience the place completely.
Great pictures! 🙂
That’s great! I believe Hampi is not to be enjoyed as a touristic place but rather absorbed and lived. I hope you have a great time there, do share how it turns out 🙂
I have been there twice, but the urge to revisit isn’t gone. 🙂
I can understand. I can go there time and again and do nothing!
Completely agree. 🙂 And you might want to add one more- every visit lets you discover something new 🙂
Ami @ http://thrillingtravel.blogspot.in
Yup, very true! 🙂
Great! I can visit Hampi anytime. Too bad I live so far away.
Aha! I hope you still make it despite the distance 🙂
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Just a fantastic blogpost! Thanks for sharing.
Thanks for the feedback, much appreciated! 🙂