Holiday Hotspot – Hampi India
In the state of Karnataka, in Southern India, lies the sacred village of Hampi, a hidden gem of ancient India. Hampi is home to many prehistoric Hindu temples that were discovered around 1800. Although Hampi is not as well known as other famous archaeological sites, its ruins make it the biggest open air archaeological museum in the world and it has been classed as a UNESCO world heritage site since 2008.
Hampi Temples India
Each temple tells its own story through its majestic architecture and delicate rock carvings which enthrall tourists who come here from several parts of the world. Some temples are greater and more historically recognised than others, but don’t disregard the smaller and less outwardly decorated ones. If you enter the complex from the South-West corner, then the Queen’s Bath is the first of the ruins that you would visit. Hazra Rama Temple complex is known for its frescoes from the Hindu religion. It has over a thousand carvings and inscriptions depicting the story of Ramayana while Virupaksha Temple contains shrines of Bhuvaneshwari and Pampa.
Gagan Mahal or the old palace is a place of great importance soaked in legends and history. This yellow coloured palace consists of beautifully decorated windows and four spectacular towers. Instead of staying in Hampi itself, it's a much better idea to get a room in Sandur, an hour’s drive away, where you’ll find Shivavilas Palace.
Shivavilas Palace Hampi
The former seat of the local Royal family is a pretty spectacular building. The native structure was thoughtfully reinstated in 1941 without causing any harm to the old architecture. It then started operating as a WelcomHeritage Hotel in 2012. The hotel has twelve air-conditioned rooms, of which the Maharani Suite is perhaps the pick of the bunch, closely followed by the Maharaja Suite, though the 10 deluxe rooms are all comfortable complete with huge bathrooms and dressing rooms. At the end of either sides of the entrance of the palace, lie temples of Lord Subramanya and Malahari Marthanda. Every morning and evening, the royal musicians call for prayers as the priest starts the longstanding tradition of daily invocation. Despite the grandeur of property, including the dining room, the food is truly authentic focusessing on simple, quality cooking. In the billiard room you’ll find a full-size billiards table whilst outside you’ll struggle to resist the lovely swimming pool.
The best time to visit Hampi is from August to March. The weather during this time stays pleasant and makes it easy for the travelers to explore Hampi. British Airways operate an award winning daily service from London Heathrow to Bangalore via Belfast or Dublin.