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Visit The Ruins of Hampi, Karnataka, India


Hampi is one of the most impressive sites to visit in India. Inscribed as UNESCO Heritage site (quote from unesco.org): "The austere, grandiose site of Hampi was the last capital of the last great Hindu Kingdom of Vijayanagar. Its fabulously rich princes built Dravidian temples and palaces which won the admiration of travelers between the 14th and 16th centuries." Experience the Vijayanagara Royal Style at Kamalapura Palace, Hampi, India - an opulent palace whose stone-paved boulevards, arched hallways and regal chambers mirror the royal lifestyle of a bygone but glorious era. Hampi is the perfect coming together of unhurried modernity and historical enchantment. The cafés and curio stalls melt away as you enter the Vitthala complex’ five-tiered gopuram (gateway). The colonnades, on either side, are intricately carved with images of the women of Hampi decked out in royal finery. The musical pillars of the Sangeetha Mandapam complex are decorated with carvings of female minstrels. Not far from the Vitthala temple is the Mahanavami Dibba where, aeons ago, royal families and their subjects gathered for parades and other socio-cultural performances. The carvings here portray women taming wild horses, spear-wielding female hunter-soldiers, and royal attendants.

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