One of my favourite places on earth, Hampi is situated on the banks of the Tungabhadra river in the Indian state of Karnataka. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and was part of the capital of the Vijayanagara Empire. The Vijayanagar Empire flourished between the 14th and 16th centuries. Conquered by the Deccan Muslim confederacy in 1565, the city was pillaged over a period of six months before being abandoned. Hampi has some of the finest examples of Dravidian architecture. ¬†These images are from my visit to Hampi in August 2012. I went back after 20yrs. Hampi has changed a lot. It’s more touristy now and a number of restaurants have mushroomed along the banks of the river. But the ruins are as spectacular as ever. As the saying goes, Hampi is poetry in stone.

River CrossingHampi LocalVirupaksha TempleLakshminarasimha MonolithRock formationsA local barberVisitorsBanks of TungabhadraA shepherd in the historic Krishna MarketA local shepherd