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Ria Dutta Oct 15 2015

A Tryst with Time at Hampi!

Etti Bali Oct 15 2015
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Get ready to make a trip to Hampi! Dubbed as the largest lost city of Asia, this open monument complex is a haunting, yet enchanting reminder of the glorious days of the Vijayanagara Empire. Being the centre of power, the earliest traces of civilisation in Hampi date back to 1 CE. Hampi presents a beauty in desolation, and a rhythm in the immovable boulders which somehow works at soothing the senses.

Hampi used to be the religious capital of the Vijayanagara kings. The Virupaksha Temple, dedicated to Lord Virupaksha, was the centre of religious activity during their reign. Hampi is also believed to have played a significant role in the epic tale of Ramayana, when it was the kingdom of Sugriv--the monkey king.

The Monkey Temple, believed to be the birthplace of Lord Hanuman, is perched atop the Anjanadri Hill. Also known as Hampi Temple, monkeys are a major attraction here, roaming boundless in their kingdom! There is an Underground Shiva Temple which is the oldest one in Hampi.

Literally meaning “champion”, Hampi was one of the richest and most flourishing cities in south India during its prime. Situated on the banks of River Tungabhadra and engulfed by rugged hills, Hampi--now in ruins--paints a melancholic picture.

Hampi’s strategic geographic location makes it as interesting a place as the ruins make it fascinating. Explore the riverside ruins of Shiva Lingas and mandalas on a coracle ride on Tungabhadra River.

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Hampi is a much-favoured destination with locals and foreigners alike. You can bathe an elephant here, go for a holy dip in the river, or simply sit back on the steps and watch the sun go down behind the rugged hills.

The famous Hampi Bazaar is a cluster of small shops, mud huts and hole-in-the-wall eateries. Experience the warmth and generosity of the people as you match pace with lazy cattle and make your way through the serpentine alleys of the village!

As the sun comes down on the lost kingdom of Hampi, it is swathed in all possible hues of the rainbow, with jade palm groves, mellow orange sunlight and the slate grey river. Try and make a trip to Hampi in the off-season to get the real sense of the eerie lullaby the passages of the ruins sing to you.

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