The city of Hampi was capital of the Hindu kingdom of Vijayanagar, which reigned between the 14th and 16th centuries, and was noted for its extraordinary temples and palaces that made Hampi one of the most beautiful cities of the medieval world with a population of half a million people. Buildings of note include the temples of Ramachandra and Hazara Rama, the elephant stables, Queen's Bath and Lotus Mahal, as well as the stone chariot pulled by two small elephants which is found in the courtyards of the temple of Vitthala. After the Battle of Talikota in 1565, Hampi was conquered by the Deccan Muslim confederacy, pillaged and abandoned.
Travel to Hampi
Organised group tours: Click here to see 21 tours to South India which may include Hampi.