Exploring Historical Hampi – A Photo Essay

A view over the the main Hampi bazaar

Hampi is simply beautiful. Boasting a mysterious landscape, huge Hindu religious significance and high on every backpackers ‘must see’ cultural destinations list in India.

It’s easy to let the days fly by walking around the main bazaar or relaxing in the tranquil backpacker hangout on the other side of the river.

But the real scenery and adventure is dotted around Hampi, accessible by scooter, bicycle or guided rickshaws.

There are countless temples and landmarks to see around Hampi. Old fortifications and ancient crumbling city walls can all be explored, many without charge. We hadn’t seen architecture on this scale since we went to Siem Reap, Cambodia!

Hampi is in the Indian state of Karnataka, east of the ever popular Goa, making visits and side excursions to Hampi easy by train or sleeper bus.

Here’s a collection of some of our photography taken during our time in Hampi. Enjoy!

An old guard post situated on wall fortifications

Stunning views over the ancient rock formations

More bizarre rock formations

A dirt track en route to another temple

Squirrel or Chipmunk? Either way, he wanted my chai!

Not to be defeated, we attempted a wall jump technique!

Pillar detail inside a temple

Amazing local 'Thali' with our friend Sophie, traditionally served on a banana leaf!

Just after sunrise in Hampi, the water buffalo waiting for a dip

The Ghats by the river

A Grey Langur monkey taking a breather

Some cheeky kids desperate for their photo to be taken!

We found this cow hiding inside a temple!

Strange carvings in the granite

An ancient aqueduct

Sunset at the Monkey Temple, high on Anjenaya Hill

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