Hospet is a chaotic and busy city in the Bellary district of Karnataka and is mainly known for its close proximity to Hampi. Numerous monuments and temples throw light on this ancient city’s past. According to legends, this town was built by a Vijayanagara ruler, Krishna Deva Raya, in memory of his mother, Nagambalika. Being situated on the banks of Tungabhadra river, it is the site for the magnificent Tungabhadra Dam. With gardens, fountains, lights and sounds, the dam resembles a Japanese-style park. You can avail a bus service that will take you up the hilltop. From the lighthouse level or the bird’s eye view, the dam looks splendid. If you can make it during sunset, you’ll witness some beautiful panoramas. Hospet also houses the Vijayshree-theme village where rural India comes to life. Based on Rajasthan's culture, the place is enlivened by folk dances and music. There is Rajasthani food, camel and horse rides and even a mehendi counter and astrologers. This beautiful recreation of Rajasthan in the middle of Karnataka brings life to Hospet after sundown and is very enjoyable.
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Tungabhadra Gardens and Dam
From here on out till lunch the day is a little fuzzy as we mostly drove around viewing temples of little architectural beauty with the sun consistently beating down upon us. But it was a fun ride nonetheless as our excitement did not abate. We visited the Durga Temple grounds but could not bring ourselves to undertake another arduous climb. From there we went to the nearby Lakshmi Temple and settled in for a quick photo session of the surroundings. We then returned the moped and set off for lunch. After lunch though we returned to the Bazaar side of the river and prepared to go to the Tungabhadra Dam. The dam is such a remarkable feat of the human mind and the expanse of water so large that one would feel consumed and alone in the world!