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Hampi Tour in Karnataka

 

If you have a taste for history and seek a glimpse of India’s glorious past, do include Hampi in your itinerary. Set amidst a barren, rocky landscape dotted by giant boulders, Hampi was once the capital of the powerful Vijayanagara dynasty of South India Tour. It is replete with ancient temples, monuments and ruins of buildings used by the royal family. Take a guided tour conducted by the Tourist department, or make your way leisurely (by bike if you can) around the royal sites!

The largest complex of royal ruins includes the King’s palace, Darbar (audience) hall, mint, water works, underground chamber and other important buildings, as well as a water tank. As you stand at the center of this raised complex and look around, you cannot help but feel the echoes of the past. All that remains of the grand Durbar hall is a high platform with a flight of steps; this is the largest structure standing today. Nearby is a monolithic stone water trough for visitors’ horses. You can descend to an underground chamber, walk around an aqueduct, marvel at the stone “plates” for the soldiers, and sit by the royal tank-Pushkarini. This tank was used by the royal family for ceremonial occasions and religious purposes, and has five tiers of steps made of polished black stone set in a symmetrical pattern. Notice marks and numbers on each block; these show the direction, row and location of the steps which were assembled according to a plan. The markings also ensured that all the steps were cleaned at regular intervals! places to visit in india

Another imposing structure is the Mahanavami Dibba, also known as the Dasara platform. It was used by the king to view the celebrations during the famous Dasara festival, as well as other festivals like Holi. Built to commemorate a victory, the structure has square cut holes on the outer walls, indicating that there were provisions for lighting. Notice the elaborate carvings on the walls: elephants, camels, dancing figures, hunting scenes, festive celebrations, and some figures suggestive of foreign visitors.

A short drive away is a royal bath: the Queen’s bath, another synthesis of Hindu-Muslim architectural styles. The first view may fail to impress, but you will certainly be impressed by the arrangements inside: a pond in the middle, and outlets for water to flow out.

To the north of the King’s palace lies the “Zenana” (ladies) enclosure, surrounded by high walls and three watch towers; it consists of the palace, ladies’ apartments, water pavilion and the Lotus Mahal (palace). Though only the basement remains of the palace, it will give you an idea of the once imposing structure. On the other side is the water pavilion, and nearby, the pretty Lotus Mahal. This is a good mixture of two types of architecture which have dominated Indian art at different times and regions-the Hindu and Islamic. Notice the pillars, windows and beautiful arches which are typically Islamic in origin, while the spires represent the Hindu style. The two-storey building is made of mortar, and the guide will point out the arrangements for water to flow down from the top floor. Hampi can get very hot in the summer, so it was essential to cool the building!

An arched gateway leads out of the Zenana enclosure to another interesting complex-the Elephants’ stables (where the king’s elephants were housed) and guards’ quarters. Like the Lotus Mahal, the former displays Indo-Islamic architecture: domes of different shapes represent the two styles. Walk through interconnecting doors between the eleven rooms, which are airy and well maintained. Look up at the ceiling and notice the iron hooks from which chains were hung to tie the elephants. On the other side is another long building with a veranda in front-this is where the guards lived. The façade has eleven arches, and the rooms are built around an open courtyard.

A tour of the royal ruins is sure to whet your appetite for the rest of the splendors of Hampi, deservedly a world heritage site with south india tour packages.

Taste of Mysore Attractions

Mysore is the second largest city in the Southern Indian state of Karnataka. Its distance 130 km from the state capital Benglore.It is situated at the base of Chamundi Hills. Dussehra celebrations famous festival during which a large number of tourists visit the city.This festival is celebrated for a period of 10 days and it was started by King Raja Wodeyar I in the year 1610.This city has an ancient charm with a modern flavor known for its silk sarees and sandalwood oil.Today it has developed into a modern city.But this city has not lost touch with its rich historical and cultural legacy. Mysore city is a favourite tourist destination in Karnataka. Mysore, a city of palaces, gardens and temples is visited by tourists from all over the world.

Famous attractions of mysore:
Chamundi Hills:Chamundi hills popular destination and the temple on top of the hills.The Brindavan Gardens is situated at a distance of 19 kilometers from the center of the city.

Mysore Palace:The Mysore Palace is one of the chief Mysore tourists attractions and is a living exponent of the Indo Saracenic style of architecture. The palace was constructed in the year 1912 for the twenty fourth king of the Wodeyar dynasty. Designed by the British architect, Henry Irwin, the palace of Mysore is one of the biggest palaces of the country.

Brindavan Gardens:Brindavan Gardens Located about 19kms from the heart of Mysore these beautiful gardens are laid out below the Krishnaraja Sagar dam built across the river Cauvery. These gardens are famous for the illuminated dancing fountains.

Mysore Zoo:Mysore Zoo was established in the year of 1892 by Sri Chamarajendra Wodeyar. The various animals that are exhibited in the zoological gardens of Mysore are provided with large, spacious and open enclosures.

St. Philomena’s Church:The St. Philomena’s Church in Mysore is one of the oldest churches in India. It is over 200 years old. Initially over 250 years ago there was a small church in its place.

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