Imperial Grandeur of Hampi - Vijayanagara, the City of Victory

 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. 

We will travel to sites of incredible historical importance guided by Dr Madhusudhanan Kalaichelvan, one of the most well informed and scholarly subject matter experts. Madhusudhanan is the Chief Curator for Swarajya Heritage. He is an architect, conservationist, painter, epigraphist and has been conducting guided heritage tours through Road Access to Temples Heritage And Monuments (RATHAM). 

Bangalore - Hospet

We begin the journey late in the evening from Bengaluru. We will meet at the departure point and travel by overnight bus to reach Hospet early in the morning the next day.

Let Hampi Amaze You

After checkin and breakfast, we leave for Hampi. We will make the short trip from Hospet to Hampi and meet our local guide for Hampi. As we hear the many stories of Hampi from our expert and guide, we will visit the amazing sights that Hampi offers. 

Over the day, we will visit many monuments. Among them will be, the two different statues of Lord Ganesha - Kadlekalu Ganesha & Sasivekalu Ganesha, the splendid ‘living’ temple in Hampi - Virupaksha Temple, the Krishna Temple & Bazaar, the recently discovered underground Shiva temple, Prasanna Virupaksha Temple, the magnificent statue of Ugra Narasimha and the Badavi Linga. We will end in the evening at the temples on Hemakuta Hill and weather helping, watching one of Hampi’s famous sunsets.

Meals for the day: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. 

Experience the Glory Of Hampi

 After an early breakfast, we leave for Hampi such that we are one of the first to enter the Vijaya Vittala temple complex before the crowds come in. We will need the time and space to enjoy the famous Stone Chariot, the musical pillars and dance halls of Vijaya Vittala. 

After Vijaya Vittala, we will go see the Kings Balance and then take a walk along the Tungabhadra river banks from Vijaya Vittala to Virupaksha Temple. During the walk we will see the Purandaradasa Mantapa, Sugreeva Cave, Narasimha Temple opposite Sugreeva Cave (with stories of Ramayana). Those willing for a little adventure can jump over a few rocks on the bank to see the Kotilinga - 108 Shivalingas carved on a rock. We will also spend a little while on the serene banks of the Tungabhadra taking in the rocky terrain and see why this may very well be the Kishkindha of Ramayana. At the end of the walk we will see the monolithic bull, Yeduru Basavanna opposite Virupaksha temple at the other end of Virupaksha Bazaar

We will end the day by watching one of the sunsets that Hampi is so famous for from either up on Matanga Hill or from the Raghunatha temple on Malyavanta Hill.

Meals for the day: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. 

So much more at Hampi

After breakfast, we leave for Hampi. On the way in to Hampi, we will stop at Ranganatha Temple, which is a hidden gem and not everyone coming to Hampi would frequent. We then visit the Pattabhirama Temple and the Hampi Museum maintained by Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), before going on to see the royal side of Hampi where we will visit, among others, the Zenana Enclosure, Lotus Mahal, Queen's Bath, Elephant stables, Mahanavami Dibba, Pushkarani (stepwell).We will then return to the hotel in Hospet.

After freshening up, we will have dinner and then checkout and leave Hospet for our return journey to Bengaluru.

Meals for the day: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Arrive Bangalore

We reach Bangalore early in the Morning.