A night drive in a sleeper comfortable train will be almost like using a time machine! You will reach a very unusual place that used to be one of the world’s largest and powerful ancient kingdoms. Set in a harsh environment, Hampi is basically a land of rocks where nature has fashioned a unique landscape with astonishing remains of glorious past scattered on vast land. You won’t be walking through polished corridors of perfect, royal palaces or gold plastered temples here. Hampi is a complex of proud Vijayanagar ruins set amidst rather weird natural arrangements of stone and boulders resembling the Flintstones’ home a bit. At a time of its glory Hampi was a cosmopolitan capital populated by ethnic mix, with great amount of trade passing through. After a period of over 300 years of success it got defeated in 1564-65 and it is said that Hampi’s wealth was so big that it took hundreds of elephants more than six months to carry the loot out of it!
After arrival check into your hotel, get refreshed and start discovering the ancient ruins. Car will take you to a nearby hamlet of Anegundi. remember about comfortable shoes as there are around 650 steps to climb for the Anjanadri Hill believed to be the legendary birthplace of Hanuman, the monkey god from the Ramayana. Hanuman the mighty ape that aided Lord Rama in his expedition against evil forces is an avatar of Lord Shiva and is one of the most popular Hindu deities. He is considered a Superman of Hindu pantheon, with powers like flying in the air without any technical aid, unbeatable strength, transforming himself into a bigger image like Hulk etc. The top of the hill affords you a gorgeous panoramic view of Hampi ruins and the Tungabhadra river. After this detour you are still going to visit Hampi’s ruins located in the Royal Centre. Admire glorious remains of powerful kingdom starting from a two storied Lotus Palace, huge Elephant Stables, Queen’s Bath and temples. Overnight in hotel.