Hampi, the lost city in India
Hampi, a lost city that got left behind in the course of time, and then was discovered in the 1800s by the engineer and the antiquarian, Colonel Colin Mackenzie, who was the employee of East India Company.
According to records he first conducted the research based on the facts and stories told by the priests of Virupaksha temple. Nevertheless, today Hampi is one of the most glittering tourist attractions in India. The place, that is the lost city falls today in the state of Karnataka. The nearest city to the historical site is Hospet situated at 13 km distance. Additionally, Hubli(150 km), Bangalore(350 km), Hyderabad (360 km), and Mumbai (800 km) are the other major cities that can be considered located close to Hampi.
The good thing is that there are several buses and trains running between these cities and Hampi. There are overnight trains running multiple times in a week from Goa, Bangalore, and Hyderabad. If one chooses to take flights, the Hubli airport is the nearest airport from the heritage site. Taking other routes to other airports simply means making the trip time-consuming and expensive.
Hampi is perhaps the first destination in the itineraries of the tourists who are travelling to southern India destinations and those who are the enthusiasts of history. Brimming with the interesting remnants of the past of utter importance, good hospitality at the luxury replete 4 Star hotels in Hampi, and tourists destinations located at a distance of a day's excursion, Hampi is a popular tourist site. In the 14th century, the heritage site was the imperial capital of the Vijayanagar kingdom. Before the fall of the kingdom, which also lead to the fall of the city, Hampi was a glittering prosperous city, which was an attraction hard to resist. There are several evidences testifying that diamonds and other precious stones and gems were sold openly in the streets of the city. The Pan Supaari Street being the major place of diamond trades.
However, today only the ruins are left. Still, they are simply priceless and are great attractions to the tourists. These are the ruins that tell more about the Indian architectural perfection of 14th century and have been declared as the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The ruins of the lost city are spread across 26km and the place is replete of ancient boulders, monuments, collapsing residencies, temples, palaces, royal platforms, and bastions. Lush greenery and rocky outcrops surrounds the ruins, and the river Tungabhadra still flows in the vicinity.
While exploring the crumbling ruins of Hampi, the must-visit spots are Hampi Bazaar the very spot where held the lively market in 14th century, Lakshmi Narasimha temple, Virupaksha Temple, Hemakuta Hill temples, Vithala Temple, Hazara Rama Temple, Zanana Enclosure, Statue of Lakshmi Narasimha, Queens Bath, Mahanavmi Dibba, Achyut Raya temple, Monolith Bull, and the Stepped Bath.