Hampi is one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in India located near Hospet town in the Karnataka state .
Hampi is charismatic even in its ruined state, attracting thousands of visitors every year. Vast stretches of boulder-strewn hills make the backdrop of Hampi unique. Dotted around the hills and valleys are 500 plus monuments.
Among them are beautiful temples, ruins of palaces, remains of aquatic structures, ancient market streets, royal pavilions, bastions, royal platforms, treasury buildings... the list is practically endless. Hampi is a backpacker's paradise, the same way a pilgrim's delight.
In Hampi at every turn there is a surprise. Every monument hides more than what they reveal.(Courtsey:Hampi.in)
When ever i used to read about the great history and rich heritage of India in classes i always wanted to experience it from near...Hampi used to be one of the fascinating choices for this... finally last week the moment came, to witness the history ...there is a place called Toranagallu in Bellary district of Karnataka...one of my best friend,Amit works there in JSW...so me n my friend Aditya boarded the train from Bangalore at night and reach Toranagallu by morning... we relaxed at JSW's campus for the day and next morning with one more friend Alok we rode to Hampi which is a 35km drive from Toranagallu...the short journey was majestic in itself...blend of nature and history... finally we reached at the biggest Open Air Museum in the world..whole city was telling its story...with every step history unfolded... i dont want to spoil the excitement u all will have when u ll visit Hampi..so better u urself experience the awesomeness...u can surf on Hampi.in before going so that you can have a before hand information of places u want to visit as per ur choice and schedule because they say it takes 3 months if u want to study Hampi and 3 full days atleast just to see it... The Tunga Bhadra River flows by Hampi's main attraction Virupaksha Temple...if u get tired U can relax(as we did) by spending some quality time at Israeli Village ,which is on the other side of the river...By the evening we bid adieu to Hampi with a promise to come back asap with lot of time in our schedule... we followed the way to near by town Hospet to witness another Eye Catching Beauty-the Tungabhadra Dam..what an amazing site it was... finally with treasure of memories we rode back ..the day was tiring but was worth it