Hampi is a historical town in the Indian state of Karnataka that is internationally renowned to house the ruins of the famous Vijayanagara Empire. Vijaynagara Empire was one of the most powerful empires in the southern part of India that stretched from the Arabian Sea to the Indian Ocean. Hampi was the was the capital of the Vijaynagara empire. It was the religious, cultural and the commercial hub of the empire during the 1500 AD and it continuous to play that part to this day. Today the Hampi ruins and the village temples are listed among the UNESCO World Heritage Sites and boast some stunning architecture, magnificent religious buildings, Civil buildings and military buildings, gigantic stone statues, ancient temples, stables, watch towers, public restrooms, thousands of artefacts and literature in local languages that provides crucial information about its history.
One of the best ways to get a true experience of the ancient ruins is to indulge in some of the best Hampi tours which include sights like irupaksha Temple, Hampi Bazaar, Monolith Bull, Lakshmi Narasimha temple, Hemakuta Hill temples, Big Shivlinga, Vithala Temple, Queen's Bath, Elephant Stables, Virupaksha Temple, Mahanavmi Dibba, the Stepped Bath and the Matanga Hill. One can visit various historical sites across the river in the old capital of Anegundi.
Tours in Hampi city also offers various activities one can indulge in, including Ayurveda massage and treatments or participate in rockclimbing. Hampi is home to a vast variety of flora and fauna, and it is recommended to visit Daroji bear sanctuary near Hampi. One can even come across crocodiles, bears, leopards and different species of birds while exploring the ruins. Visiting Hampi is a ride back in time, where you get to relive the glory of one of the most powerful Hindu Empires in the country.