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World Heritage Site of Hampi in Karnataka provides glimpses of second biggest ancient medieval-era city with numerous temple ruins
Late last month my children working in Hyderabad, visited Hampi in Karnataka dotted with numerous ruined temple complexes on the south bank of river Tungabhadra that has the 7th-century Hindu Virupaksha Temple which is in good shape and a bazaar around it which attracts both Indian and foreign tourist, they tell.

Also, a carved stone chariot stands in front of the huge Vittala Temple site. For those who love nature and adventure, there is Daroji Bear Sanctuary  which is worth visiting while in Hampy. In the temple complexes, one can see a lot on monkeys which at times can become nuisance. However, most tourists accept and feed them and many others take their photographs. My children, Lara and Rahul, have sent me photograph of the most prominent temple, Nandi and the monkeys. They have recommended that next time around, I should also visit the place.

The group of monuments at Hampi has been chosen as a UNESCO World Heritage Site with its numerous ancient temples and trading complexes makes the site world's second biggest medieval-era city after Beijing of China.

Hampi's ruins are spread over 16 square miles area  which UNESCO calls the 'austere, grandiose site' with ruins of, over 1600 forts, riverside features, royal and sacred complexes, temples, shrines, pillared halls, mandapas, memorial structures, water structures and others, they gathered

One gets wonder struck by the stone carving of the temples with relief work and other public infrastructure such as tanks and markets indicating that place had a highly evolved multi-ethnic society even in the ancient times.

Hampi village, situated inside the extensive and rich monumental ruins,  provides a delightful change in  a place having a vast region of  unspoilt, rocky, green terrain with ancient monuments in several kms  to be visited by walking  around if possible. Otherwise, one can hire cycles, rickshaw, cars, motorcycles, etc. While, some sights on the Anegondi side of the river require crossing it  by ferry , they conclude.

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