Hampi rocks

Among a surreal terrain that is intriguingly intermingled with large boulders that rear up all over the landscape, dotted with leafy banana fields, this little village perched on the captivating ruins of the “City of Victory” surely rocks!

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This once dazzling Hindu capital of Vijaynagara was devastated in the second half of the sixteenth century. Only stone, brick and stucco structures survived the ensuing sack – monolithic deities, crumbling houses and abandoned temples dominated by towering gopuras .Hampi 067-

Stone chariot at Vittala temple complex, Hampi

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-Hazara Rama Temple, Hampi-

Spread over 26 square kms, the ruins of Vijayanagar are mostly concentrated in two distinct groups: the first lies in and around Hampi Bazaar and the nearby riverside area that has the sacred enclave of temples and ghats; the second centres on the royal enclosure – south of the Tungabhadra river, which holds the remains of palaces, pavilions, elephant stables, guardhouses and temples. Between the two stretches a long boulder-choked hill and scores of banana plantations.

-Hampi 095It’s a UNESCO heritage site but most of Hampi’s monuments appear a lot older than their four or five hundred years. Yet the serene riverside setting and air of magic that lingers over the site, sacred for centuries before a city was founded here, make it extraordinary.

I can spend weeks here chilling out, wandering to whitewashed hilltop temples and gazing at the spectacular sunsets. But wait for the fun part to begin..the rocks!!..coming up next…

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