Hampi-a lost kingdom

Hampi is a UNESCO heritage site of hundreds of monuments,temples and pavilions situated 353 km from Bangalore.This was the capital of  Vijayanagar empire  that ruled most of South India between  the 14th and 16th centuries.King Krishnadevaraya was the most popular ruler  and he brought about a lot of  reforms and  was a patron of arts and literature.In 1565,it was invaded and looted by the Deccan Muslim Confederacy and  what we see now are  only the ruins of this  great kingdom.

Our first stop was the Zanana enclosure.This was  reserved for the royal ladies and has  three huge watch towers.A characteristic feature  of the structures is the distinct Indo Islamic style of architecture.

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WATCH TOWER

WATCH TOWER

This is the Lotus Mahal.Note the arches   and the domes.We could only admire it from outside as entry is  prohibited inside.Wonder how long it took to make such exquisite  carvings.

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Located near the Zanana enclosure is another impressive structure.This is the  royal elephant stable.This is remarkably well preserved and has  11 domed chambers.Each one can accommodate two elephants  and these are interconnected.

ELEPHANT STABLE

ELEPHANT STABLE

Guards Quarters is next to the elephant stable.This is  another fine example of  indo islamic architecture.Inside the archeology department has displayed the statues and artifacts recovered from the ruins.

GUARDS QUARTERS

GUARDS QUARTERS

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