Morning post breakfast we checked out and went on to the mainland! Which was quite a divine place! Being a pilgrim place! The town was totally veg but displayed a variety of cusines too! Here also the possible staying options was in the form of homestays! We checkedin into one! Hired a local auto rickshaw for the sightseeing here as the availability of moped was quite limited! And the places were quite at a distance! A walk around Hampi’s main town will leave you awestruck. Every turn has a monument and every single one of them has a story to tell. Heard of the Hindu epic Ramayana? Well, Hampi is believed to be the setting for various parts of it. The ruins are a UNESCO world heritage site. Hampi was the ancient capital of Vijayanagara, also known as “A Forgotten Empire”. It was one of the richest and largest cities in the world during its prime. What’s more, the first historical settlement in Hampi dates back to 1 CE!You’ll see the Queen’s baths, Narasimha statue which is my favorite all carved from one stone, the chariot of the Vijaya Vittala temple, and, just a short walk up, the giant Hanuman statue.
In the center of town is the impressive 49-meter tall Virupaksha temple, the only temple to have its own elephant! You’re never done on the Hampi Bazaar and Kamalapuram (two entry points) side of the river, where all the boulders, temples, markets, and other city life exsist!