In this 2 day tour, we experience Hampi the world heritage site with the ruins of the great Vijayanagara Empire. Even though the once proud city of victory lies in ruins today, it has a sense of timelessness. Over the 2 days we will go back in time and relive life in the 15th century when this empire was at its zentih. We will explore magnificent temples with musical pillars, gigantic works of art carved out of stone, royal quarters, palaces and cave paintings that go back to the Iron Age. You can call this UNESCO world heritage site as one of the world’s largest open air museums.
ItineraryDay 1: Arriving in HampiStop At: Group of Monuments at Hampi, Hampi, Bellary District, Karnataka6AM- Hotel pick up We drive 350 KMs to reach the Hampi, the ancient capital of Vijayanagara Empire. 2PM- Arrive in Hampi We start our tour at the biggest idol of Hampi. Ugra Narasimha is 22 feet in height and was carved by a Brahmin during Krishnadevaraya’s time. There is a serpent with open hood at the back of the headWe will next visit Badavi Linga is the biggest of all lingas in Hampi. It is made of black stone and rises 12 feet in height. A canal passes through it and hence it’s always in water.Balakrishna temple was built by the King Krishnadevaraya) in 1513 AD to celebrate the conquest of the eastern kingdom of Udayagiri. Its a temple of Lord Krishna during his infancy and has spectacular carvings of mythical beasts.Hemakunta hill is our next destination. It has many ancient temples provides scenic views of the entire town. It is also a great place to watch the Sun set.Duration: 5 hoursStop At: Virupaksha Temple, Hampi, Bellary District, KarnatakaWe end the day at the magnificent Virupaksha temple. It is from the Hoysala period and is the oldest temple in Hampi. The temple tower has eleven storeys and goes up 165 ft in height. The river Tungabhadra flows inside.Duration: 1 hourNo meals included on this day.Accommodation included: Overnight in hotel in HampiDay 2: Stone Chariot and other wonders of HampiStop At: Royal Enclosures, Bellary, Bellary District, KarnatakaToday begins at Vijaya Vittala temple is probably the grandest masterpiece around. It is constructed on a polyhedron foundation. Right at the front is the world renowned stone chariot made of rough quartz. You will spot figures of soldiers, hunters and even foreign visitors like Portuguese and Arabs etched on the chariot. The musical pillars of the temple is one of the greatest work of art by mankind.King’s Balance is the next destination. This is a huge stone frame east of Purandara Mantapa. A stone beam is placed on two pillars of stone. Legend has it that the generous Kings of Vijayanagara used to weigh them with gold and gems and distribute it among the poor.We will visit the Royal enclosures. Some of the memorable structures here are the Elephant stables, Queen’s bath and the Lotus Mahal. The Zanana enclosure , which was the place for the royal women is another fascinating site.Duration: 5 hoursStop At: Anegundi Fort, Hampi, Bellary District, KarnatakaThe Hampi experience ends at the ancient Anegundi caves. The paintings here date back to the Iron Age around 1500 BC.Duration: 1 hourMeals included: • BreakfastNo accommodation included on this day.