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HAMPI a city in ruins

Hampi is a village close to the city of Hospet to the north of Bangalore.

HAMPI  In an antique land

HAMPI In an antique land

Until it was destroyed by Muslim invaders during the 16th century, the city of VIJANAGARA rivalled ancient Rome (at its zenith) in size, wealth, and splendour.

Today, the extensive ruins of this enormous metropolis may be visited and viewed. they are ranged around the village of Hampi.

When I first visited Hampi in early 1996, accompanied by our 9 month old daughter, it was relatively unvisited and unregulated. One could wander wherever without encountering barriers or having to pay entry fees. During later visits, we discovered that walls and fences had been erected to separate off several of the more significant ruined edifices, and also entry fees had to be paid to see these. In addition, many of the mouments, notably the Vitthara (musical) Temple, had been vandalised or allowed to deteriorate badly. Shoddy repair work has also detracted from the beauty of some of these monuments.

NEVERTHELESS, Hampi remains one of the most remarkable archaeological sites (and sights) in southern India. It is well-worth a visit despite my comments.

Hampi is particularly interesting because the ruins pre-Moslem era buildings mingle with those of buildings displaying Islamic architectural styles.

The state-run KSTDC Mayura Hotel is well located for visiting the ruins, but suffered from poor management when we last visited it several years ago.

Here are a few photos that I have taken at Hampi during several visits to it made over several years.

HAMPI Islamic remains

HAMPI Islamic remains

HAMPI  Stepped tank

HAMPI Stepped tank

HAMPI is a World Heritage Site

HAMPI is a World Heritage Site

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HAMPI  A 'tank' on the road to Hospet

HAMPI A 'tank' on the road to Hospet

HAMPI Typical scenery

HAMPI Typical scenery

HAMPI  Sunset at Krishna Temple

HAMPI Sunset at Krishna Temple

HAMPI  Coconuts near the Elephant Stables

HAMPI Coconuts near the Elephant Stables

HAMPI  Saddhu in a cave near the Tungabadra River

HAMPI Saddhu in a cave near the Tungabadra River

HAMPI Collapsed bridge over the River Tungabadra. Notice the upturned coracles resting near the water

HAMPI Collapsed bridge over the River Tungabadra. Notice the upturned coracles resting near the water

MAYRA HOTEL, Hampi - an interesting padlock

MAYRA HOTEL, Hampi - an interesting padlock

Near HAMPI: KISKINDA Cycle repair shop

Near HAMPI: KISKINDA Cycle repair shop

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Posted by ADAMYAMEY 14:28 Archived in India Tagged ruins archaeology karnataka hampi vijaynagara Comments (0)

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