On this engaging Hampi tour we will explore the rich history of Vijayanagara empire, learn about unique architecture of various monuments, hear stories of victories and defeat. This is a tour for all history lovers. If you are looking for a well researched tour of Hampi that covers all the important monuments then this one is highly recommended.
Hampi today is a protected UNESCO world heritage site, whose core zone is spread over an area of 42 square kilometers encompassing ancient temples, basements of palaces, remains of aquatic structures, ancient market streets, royal pavilions, bastions, royal platforms, treasury buildings and more. Within the core zone of the site there are several clusters of monuments, the most important amongst them are the Sacred Center, Urban Core, Islamic quarters, Kamlapura and Anegundi. On this Hampi Tour we will attempt to cover all the important monuments in the Sacred and Urban core areas. In the morning we will first cover the Sacred Center. Sacred Center as the name suggests is the religion center of Hampi, a number of ancient temples and structures are in this area. After lunch break we continue our exploration with the Urban Core area. This area was the Citadel of the Vijayanagara kings, it encompasses courtly and military structures of the core zone.
Dodda Basava, fondly known as "Hampi Basava", is the backbone of Explore Hampi. For three generations his family has called Hampi thier home, living amongst the ruins of Hampi. He spent his childhood exploring every corner of Hampi with world renowned Archeologists, Epigraphists and Photographers who came to Hampi, assisting them and learning from them. All of this gave him the impetues and desire to pursue an education in History & Tourism.
You will observe as you walk around in Hampi the respect and love locals show him. He cares deeply for his community, just as he cares about preserving the Heritage of Hampi. This has made him a worthy role model for the youngsters of his community.
During the morning half of the day we will be exploring the riverside monuments of the Sacred Area. The lifeline of Hampi is the mighty river Tungabhadra. She is the basis and origin of everything in Hampi. She has witnessed the boulders hills form over millions of years, she has seen early humans settle on her banks, she has seen many a sages and mystics, she has seen the rise and fall of one of the greatest empires in India. On this tour get a glimpse into thousands of years of History as it unfolded on banks of this mighty river. Hear stories from mythology & local folklore. Learn about the rituals, festivals celebrated along the river. Learn about the birth of carnatic music and Haridasa movement. Visit the most beautiful and intricate of all temples in Hampi – Vijaya Vittala Temple & Stone Chariot.
Here are the places we will cover during the first half
We then take an auto rickshaw to a restaurant where you can have lunch on you own.
During the second half of the day our focus will be the Urban Core of the medieval city. Here we have basements of palaces, administrative buildings, underground chambers, aqueducts, military structures etc. We will learn about social lives of people in the city through art, we will learn about festivals celebrated, irrigation and sanitation plans of the city.
Important monuments covered during the second half
At the end of the tour we will arrange the autorickshaw to drop you to Kamalapur or Hampi Bazaar.
This is an optional add-on to your Heritage Tour. This is a great way to spend more time in Hampi - Witness a beautiful sunset and enjoy dinner with a local family.
Detailed list of inclusions based on the Booking option chosen are detailed in the above section.
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