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Hampi India Guide to Hampi India Tourism, Festival Travel

Guide to Hampi India Tourism, Festival Travel

Originally the capital of India’s largest empire, Hampi has endured a lot with its destruction by the hands of Mughal invaders. The invasion was one of savage means which left the city in ruins. Today, while still full of ruins, is on its way to becoming a centre for international travellers.

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The ruins themselves are a great tourist attraction, largely found along the road from Kamalapura toward Hampi. 2011 should see the start of ‘Hampi by Night’, where they will illuminate the ruins in an evening show of sorts for tourists and plan to add sound and music to the project. It will be a five hour journey for tourists, touring through Hampi on a 4km long track to check out the World Heritage site while illuminated.

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Other places to add to your Hampi travel include the Malyavanta Raghunathaswamy, the Virupaksha Temple, the Vithala Temple Complex and the Queen’s Bath.

Malyavanta Raghunathaswamy
This is a somewhat strange Dravidian styled attraction with some interesting marine carvings covering walls.

Virupaksha Temple
Some consider the Virupaksha Temple as one of the most sacred pilgrimage centres. It is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is a complex of temples, the main of which has a tower approximately 36m tall at the east entrance which towers over the temples. These are often said to be some of the most marvellous monuments in Hampi.

The Queen’s Bath
The pool at the Queen’s Bath is surrounded by incredible arched corridors and displays a fountain that back in its day spouted water that was perfumed.

With these wonderful historical sites you will have plenty to see, but if you happen to be around in the time of a Hampi Festival, they are excellent cultural experiences. One of the best is the three day Hampi Festival usually lasting from November 3rd to the 5th.