Photographs, courtesy LensDynamic.
An overnight drive from Bangalore, Hampi is a heritage town in Karnataka, India. About 600 years ago, it among the richest places in world, ruled by the powerful Vijayanagara Empire. This city is situated on the southern bank of the Tungabhadra River. It is identified with Pampa, a princess who performed tapasya for Lord Shiva. Pleased, he married her and took the name Pampapati. The Vijayanagara Empire was built around the Shiva temple, Virupaksha.
My first glimpse was of a granite boulder-strewn landscape, in shades of grey, pink, ochre, and light blue. All around were ridges and hills (huge rock piles) dotted with ancient monuments.
We stayed at the Mayura Bhuvaneswari hotel, this visit, its sprawling garden an easy attraction. The restaurant has a dak bungalow feel with laid-back waiters. While away from the buzzing Virupaksha Temple market, it’s a 10 minute walk to the Saraswati Temple, Queen’s Bath, Bhima’s Gate, and other ruins.