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Hampi was in its glory 700 years ago. It was the capital of the famous Vijayanagara empire. The city is in absolute ruins now. But during the time when it was alive, it was known for its splendor, grandeur, and fabulous wealth far beyond the shores of India.

Hampi was destroyed by Mughal invaders in 1565.

Hampi is located in the northern part of Karnataka state of India, on the banks of the Tungabhadra river, and is about 343 kilometers from Bangalore. The ruins of Hampi is scattered over a 26 square kilometer area amidst boulders and vegetation.

The following quotation from the Karnataka Government Tourism Department's web site (http://www.karnataka.com/tourism/hampi/) summarizes Hampi:

"The splendid remains of palaces and gateways of the broken city tells a tale of men infinite talent and power of creativity together with his capacity for senseless destruction.

Strewn over a large area (about nine square miles) the ruins at Hampi offers to the tourist a remainder of the greatest land in the whole world. Every rock, every path and every monument at Hampi speak the same language; a language of glory and beauty."

Hampi has been declared by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. After long neglect, in March 2002, the Government of India has announced that Hampi would be developed as an international tourists destination centre.

The following Indian postage stamp shows a chariot carved from rock found in Hampi.

Hampi Chariot
Hampi Chariot.
Click on the stamp.

The ruined city of Hampi comes alive during the Hampi Festival. If you plan to visit Hampi, try to time your visit during the Hampi Festival. You will be doubly rewarded.

The following sites will give readers more information about Hampi - its exact location, history, and tourism related information. I particularly recommend that you visit the sites that shows you the pictures of Hampi.

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