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Hampi: Perceive How Beauty Can Even Be Laid In the Bygone Ruins

India is a land of rich history topped-up with ages-old culture, customs and traditions that leave indelible marks on the heart and soul of visitors who got an opportunity to embrace them. Such is the city of bygone ruins and temples – Hampi.

You may not have ever thought that even the ruins can mesmerize you. You might not have ever thought that even the rocky landscape can bewitched you. But all these happen in the mystical city of Hampi. It never fails to thrill tourists.

Situated on the bank of river Tungabhadra, Hampi is a small town in the Bellary district of south-Indian state of Karnataka. The city is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site (listed as the Group of Monuments at Hampi) that falls within the ruins of Vijayanagara – the capital of the Vijayanagara Empire between 1343 AD to 1565 AD. Considered as one of the richest cities, Hampi was the 2nd largest in the world during the period. However the city has only ruins left behind, it has wrapped-up many stories. Even the demolished walls and statues have a story to narrate, listening which tourists may fall in love with this historic city.

The city of Hampi is dotted with innumerable fascinating manmade wonders that include ancient temples that portrait the Dravidian style of architecture, and several statues throughout that would definitely enthrall you. Centuries-old Virupaksha Temple – dedicated to Lord Shiva – is one of the main attractions of pilgrims. The temple is situated in the main market and considered as the most sacred shrine.

The famous Vittala Temple is situated in the Hampi Bazaar. Apart, you would be bemused staring at the ages-old alluring palaces and statues. You can find an elegantly carved statue of Ugra Narashimha, the Sasivekalu Ganesha, the Monolith Bull, along with Jain and Krishna temples in the market. Other things to explore in Hampi that would leave everlasting impression on you are – the awesome Elephant Stables, Lotus Mahal, and The Mahanavami Dibba.

This is a blessed place. Despite being devastated, you can find an eternal peace here. With scenic beauty, the amicable hospitality of the locals, and the finger-licking cuisines, all can make you fall in love with this city.

Keeping in view the tourist attractions of the city, the Maharajas’ Express has included Hampi in both of its south India itineraries – The Southern Sojourn and The Southern Jewels – slated to begin their odysseys in September this year. However, you can savor their monsoon special tours to be departed on 24th June, 2017 (Saturday) and 01st July, 2017 (Saturday) respectively.

Have you been to Hampi? If not, visit once in your life time to experience the beauty of bygone ruins and rich cultural history of Neolithic age.

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