Monday, February 29, 2016

North Karnataka - The Rome of India - Part 4

In my previous post, I narrated what fun it was to see the beautiful caves of Badami, Pattadakal and Aihole.  In this post we will experience, how mesmerising it was to visit the crown jewel of all these places -- Hampi!

Day - 4 - Hampi

As usual, we started early and we decided start our day by visiting the Stone Chariot at Vittala Temple Campus.  Boy, was it amazing to see this temple!  We took the services of a professional guide and struck a deal with him to show us all major monuments at Hampi during the day (highly recommended).

The architecture and history behind the Vittala Temple is magnificent.  Even after so many years, so many part of the temple are intact!

Stone Chariot @ Hampi
We also saw the musical pillars in the complex and the guide actually played music using only the stone pillars!

Musical Pillars @ Hampi
Next we went to Virupaksha Temple

Virupaksha Temple @ Hampi
Some of the sculptures still had their natural colors intact!

Natural Colors on sculptures @ Hampi
Close by is the Statue of Ugra Narsimha.

Ugra Narsimha @ Hampi
Next, we saw the beautiful Lotus Palace

Lotus Palace @ Hampi
and Elephant Stable

Elephant Stable @ Hampi
We saw many other places, what I have presented here are not even the highlights.  The history and monuments of Hampi have a lot to offer for everyone.

The rich history of Hampi and the sheer fact that there are so many ancient monuments (in great shape) at Hampi, makes it the Rome of India!  This whole trip filled our hearts with happiness and unforgettable memories of these fantastic places.  Next day, although very reluctantly, we had to go back to Bangalore and continue with our boring lives!

I hope you have enjoyed seeing the glimpse of these places as much as I have enjoyed visiting them! Here are the links (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3) to my previous posts that cover the entire series of North Karnataka - The Rome of India.

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