Travel to Hampi, the capital of one of the most glorious empires of India, the Vijayanagara empire, back in the sixteenth century. Hampi is supposed to be Kishkindha, the Vanara kingdom from Ramayana. Today, the temple town is a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Hampi was witness to the glory days of the emperors of Vijayanagara, like Krishnadevaraya. It was also home to the witty Tenali Rama, who graced Krishnadevaraya’s court. The town was renowned for its riches as well as the rich culture and played an important role in the history of Southern India for over two centuries. The place fell into despair after the fall of the Vijayanagara empire at the hands of Deccan sultanates in 1565. Today, Hampi is made up of the ruins from that glorious past. In terms of architecture, it is hard to top the splendor of rock-cut architecture of Hampi.
This tour will be led by not one but two experts - Dr. Raghavendra Rao H. Kulkarni & Madhusudhanan Kalaichelvan. Dr. Kulkarni is a Professor of Art History, College of Fine Arts, Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath and a well-known expert of art history. He has to his credit multiple publications/books and research papers on related topics. Madhusudhanan Kalaichelvan, is one of the most well informed and scholarly subject matter experts. An architect, conservationist, painter, epigraphist, he has been conducting guided heritage tours through Road Access to Temples Heritage And Monuments (RATHAM).