|Virupaksha Temple, Hampi|
I had never been to the place before, and did not know much about it. A quick Google search suggested that one should allocate at least 2 to 3 days to really explore the place. Unfortunately, we did not have that many days left in our schedule, so we decided to do a quick 1 day tour. One thing that worked in our favor is that most of the important places now have road access, so we could easily drive to different parts of the huge 26-square kilometer city.
We reached early in the morning and located a tourist guide. The guide traveled with us in the car explaining the history of the place - and the various places of interest.
Hampi was the capital of the Vijayanagar empire that ruled South India from 1336 AD - 1565 AD. History of Hampi can be found here.
The first place we visited was the Vithala temple. Vithala temple was the epicenter of City. Even after centuries of being neglected, it still manages to show off its architectural marvels for the visitor.
|Entrance of Vithala Temple, Hampi.|
|Vitthala Temple Interior.|
|Stone Chariot at Vithala Temple, Hampi.|
|Intricate designs on the stone wheel.|
|Carved stone pillars that emit different musical notes.|
|Close-up of musical pillar.|
|Prayer hall, Vithala Temple.|
|Brick carvings on the Temple roof. Crumbling away.|
|Weighing Scale outside Vithala Temple.|
|A small temple by the riverside.|
|Panoramic view of Hampi from Ram Temple|
|Queens bath - now dry.|
|Hallway around the Queens bath.|
|Aqueduct system at Royal Center.|
|Close-up of Aqueduct System.|
|Walls of Hazara Rama Temple.|
|Interior - Hazara Rama Temple|
|Ramayana depicted on the walls of the temple.|
|Outer walls of the Temple|
|The entire wall of the temple is sculpted.|
|Wide-angle view of Hazara Rama temple.|
|Close-up of Lotus Mahal.|
|Interior of Lotus Mahal.|
|Royal Elephant Stable|
|Interior - Krishna Temple|
|A large container, carved from granite.|
|Hampi Town and Virupaksha Temple.|
|Interior - Virupaksha Temple|
|A musician blowing his trumpet inside the temple.|
|Clearing up the illegal Hampi Bazaar.|
|View of Hampi Town from Matanga Hill.|
Perhaps another time.