Hampi

Hampi is a small village, which is located in the ruins of the former royal city of Vijayanagar.

Vijayanagar, the city of victory

„A place like Bidjanagar has never been seen by the eye and no human ear has ever heard of it. The bazar is unbelievably long and wide... Roses as far as the eye can see. These people couldn’t live without their roses and they give them the same importance as food...Men of every profession and social standing have shops, one next to the other; the jeweler sells his pearls, rubies, emeralds and diamonds at the market. Such a peaceful place, even from King’s palace you can see the countless flowing streams and canals, that were hewn from stone, polished and smooth...The population of this realm is so big, that it would be impossible to imagine the amount of people living here without becoming overwhelmed.“

Abdu`r-Razzaq, Persian ambassador 1443

Between the 14th and 16th century, Vijayanagar served as the most powerful Hindu capital city. The magic that the Persian ambassador 1443 described can still be felt today as one is walking through the old ruins. The palaces with their fine stone rubbings are so impressive, that one can feel themselves being transported back into this described world.

Travelers from this time reported of markets that were overflowing with precious stones and silk, beautifully decorated palaces and buzzing parties.
The glory days of the city were during the reign of King Krishna Deva Raya (1509-29), when it served as a monopoly of the lucrative trade of Arabian horses and Indian spices, which were transacted on the coasts of the harbors.

In 1565 the ruler, Rama Raya, deserted the city after he mixed himself into the affairs of the Muslim empire. Among the Hindu forces there were more than 10,000 Muslims, after the desertion of two generals the army fell into chaos. King Rama Raya was murdered and some managed to escape from Vijayanagar with all of its riches. The city was besieged by the Muslims and eventually plundered.

Hampi encompasses a grand history, breathtaking nature and the humble atmosphere of a village.

Activities in Hampi

Hampi is an area with great historical meaning. Firstly it was the capital city of the powerful Vijayanagara Empire, which existed from 1336 to 1646. The remaining temple and ruins are an UNESCO world heritage site.

Temple and Ruins

The ruins in Hampi and the surroundings are countless; a motorcycle and scooter tour would be a great opportunity to get to know the area. An excursion with a rented bicycle outside of the village should be considered. Generally the bikes have no gears and the streets are bumpy.

The temples in Hampi and the immediate surroundings can also easily be reached by foot during the day. Most of the ruins and temples are free of admission.

Climbing / Bouldering

Hampi is the perfect place for climbing, due to its unusual rock formations. The number of bouldering opportunities is endless- it doesn’t go without reason that climbers from all around the world come here to climb.

Animals

Despite a partially barren and rocky landscape many animals have settled here. Next to domestic animals, one can also find smaller crocodiles in the neighboring rivers of Hampi and with some luck and skill even a scorpion between the grasses. The apes however are very easy to find and have settled in the main temple in Hampi Bazaar- on the other side of the river of Hanuman-Temple, also known as the Monkey Temple.