Kuldhara - Abandoned Village, near Jaisalmer

Kuldhara village is considered as one of the most haunted and cursed place. Residents of this village abandoned this place one night to never return back.

Land of Bishnois

Peaceful co-existence is not that difficult if we learn to be happy within our means. Bishnoi people are happy in whatever they have. What makes them different is the pride in their culture and legacy which promotes harmony between humans, animals and nature.


...is older than history, older than tradition, older even than legend, and looks twice as old as all of them put together.....By Mark Twain.


One of the most haunted place on the planet. Staying after sunset and going before sunrise is STRICTLY prohited by law.

Musical Pillars of Hampi

Musical notes from the Pillars has bought people from around the world to this place.


The Ancient Temple which inspired the design of Indian Parliament House.

October 2, 2015

Amazing Travel Tips You Should Know For Every Type Of Trip

The life of a frequent traveler seems to be quite simple, but it’s not. It requires a great deal of patience to check hundreds of flight deals, dozens of countries, a large number of travel advices and more. Sometimes, figuring out where to book travel tickets could be a tedious task, whether to book from Air India, Paytm or Redbus and more. To put in more simple words, traveling well is an art and not everyone who travels can master this art. Well, at the same time it’s not rocket science either. With some little secrets and right list making, you can enjoy this art of traveling to its core.

Always Pack Like a Pro
Know what to pack and what to leave at home before you travel to some place. Here I tried to put down some packing dilemmas experienced by most travelers. Based on the type of trip, what clothes, shoes, accessories you need to pack. Although, this is something most people underrate. This is an essential skill you shouldn’t be ignoring. Try to carry just enough, without going over - this could save you time, money and not to mention helps in enjoying a hassle-free journey. The following are different types of trips and their essentials.

Beach Trip:
Essentials: Swimsuit, sunscreen lotions, lip balm, sunglasses, hat, flipflops, protective covers for your smart gadgets, towels, plastic bags, disposable wipes.
What not to pack: If you’re staying in a hotel, see their online website, if towels, beach essentials and other amenities are included in their package or not. Avoid bringing clothes that are too baggy or stuffy. Also avoid bringing camp chairs, beds or grills; because most of the vacation-rental provides them. For a wide rang of choices and styles in duffle bags, do visit Paytm, Snapdeal or Jabong offers available at GrabOn.

Adventure Trip

Essentials: Hat, a pair of polarizing sunglasses, shorts, long pants, windbreaker, hiking boots, flashlight, a pair of binoculars, a small kit of bandages, medications, sanitizers.
What not to pack: Avoid bright color clothes like a plain white shirt. Forget formal clothes. Always go with loose layers preferably in light hues. No wheeled suitcases please instead carry a side bag or soft-sided duffle.

City Site-Seeing Trip:

Essentials: Think of sophisticated yet simple look. A pair of good dress shoes that are comfortable to walk will do. The black color will never go wrong. A pair of skinny denims, stretchable black bottoms, thick-shoulder strap bag or preferably a messenger bag for women. A pair of loafers, easy-to-carry travel blazer for men.
What not to carry: Avoid expensive jewelry, showiest watches, pricey accessories, unless if think you’re still okay if you lose them.

Active Trip: 

Essentials: While blue denim seems to be perfect outdoor outfit, but they can get heavy and water easily during your active trip. Get a paid of water-proof or wind-proof pants. Go for a pair of tights, long T-shirts, breathable hoodies and long-sleeved shirts. For rafting or kayaking trips, always take durable water shoes, rain gear along with you.

What not to pack: Remember, this type of trips doesn’t need kitten heels or any fashionable footwear. Don’t carry unnecessary smart gadgets; just a smartphone and camera should be fine.

Author Bio
Sravanthi works at GrabOn.in. She is good at list making, writing and surfing the web. She believes that there’s really no such thing that is IMPOSSIBLE! You can find her writings on GrabOn blog and various other blogs and website.

September 28, 2015

Enchanting Golden City of Jaisalmer

This is a place whose skyline is crafted in Gold, has been a travellers’ delight since long. Located in the heart of scorching and arid Thar Desert the Golden Yellow colour becomes a delight to eyes even much before the majestic “Jaisalmer” actually begins.
Boarding an early morning train (Delhi-Jaisalmer Express) from Blue City of Jodhpur, we comfortably arrived in “Golden City” at 11:15 AM with second half still with us to explore. The mighty and impregnable fortification of “SONAR Qila” rising like a mirage from the ground, which is also the largest living fort on this earth is the landmark and defines the skyline of this city.

Jaisalmer has so many spots that rest should be the last thing on your mind. It is very important to stick to the timelines strictly here; else you might end up missing some of the attractions. As soon as you arrive here, just start moving. Probable itinerary can be...

Day1, 2nd Half: Have your lunch and head towards Sam Sand Dunes. All good things should start with prayers to GODs, the road to adventures start with praying at Amar Sagar Jain Temple, which is just at exit of Jaisalmer.
Time Required: 15 minutes
Though simple in appearance, every stone has been carved with utmost perfection. After praying we started for Sand Dunes. 
It took us around 30 minutes to reach SAM SAND DUNES.
Time Required: Till Night... Night stay can also be done in the tents.
The uber dazzling sands of the desert will surely appeal to your vibrant self. It is the time to be a child again, you can run on the sand, jump, slide, glide and whatever you feel like leaving all the worries behind.
Enjoying the sunset on a camel ride will be a memory to cherish forever:

Many local artists are also here to entertain the visitors with traditional Rajasthan folk songs. Please fix the charges beforehand.
Best way to enjoy this phenomenal place is hiring an open top Geep, which are easily available here and enjoy the adrenaline rushing drive.
Once you have had enough of dunes bashing, you can shift the action to a night carnival amidst the desert sands. Sit comfortably and relax for the spell binding session of folk songs and musical instruments duets. But the occasion is not complete without the universally acclaimed “Kalbeliya Dance”, energy filled fire dances and group dances performed with exquisite craft. You can take pleasure in enjoying the carnival along with a cup of tea and snacks. 
Have a look at the program:
 By the time the cultural extravaganza is coming to end, a compelling aroma of the freshly prepared food will start pulling you for the dinner. Dinner is all about local delicacies like Kair Sangree, Besan ki Curry, Gatte ki Subzee and Dal-Bati-Churma. The heavenly taste and the over worked adventure filled day will ensure “EAT till you DROP”. The best thing about the food is that it is not too spicy, even small kids can enjoy the dinner.

Day 2, Morning 09:00 AM: Day 1 was amazing; Day 2 was going to be much better. Start early and head straight to grand Jaisalmer Fort.
Time required: 1.5 - 2 hours
Around 5,000 people reside inside the walls of this fort and also numerous tourists who prefer to feel the royalty from within the fort. Fort is a self contained unit with markets, temples and eateries well inside its walls.
Fort also houses a huge collection of antiques. All the collection of antiques, paintings and artefacts have been preserved remarkably well.

Some weapons too. Weapons have been intricate part of the Rajasthani folklore...

Other then the fort there are beautifully carved out Jain temples with numerous sculptures of Lord Buddha. Check out the beautiful sculptures...

Take my words, this is only one of the intricate sculptures, Jain temples are full of much more statues which will keep you spellbind.

10 minutes walk from the fort will take you to “Salim Singh ki Haveli”, a noted prime mister of Jaisalmer.

By 11:00 AM you can start for other attractions, Patwaon Ki Haveli (big residential house), 15 minute distance from the Fort.
Time Required: 30 minutes
Patwas used to be the traders, and their residence is in no way less ornamental than the Fort itself. It will
By 11:45 AM, one can start for Tazia Tower, a 5 storey minaret.
Time Required: 15 minutes
Also adjacent to it is "Badal Mahal", which has been now converted in to a hotel.
There are lot of good eateries nearby and shopping options, as Tazia Tower is amidst to the local markets. 
Last spot of the itinerary of the 1st half was Lake Gadisar.
Time required: 15-20 minutes. Though we came there in the afternoon, this is an excellent spot for a leisurely and romantic evening walk.
By 1:00 PM it was the time to provide some respite to the hungry stomachs.
Be ready by 2:30 PM, it is time to get set to Bada Bagh. It takes about 30 minutes to reach Bada Bagh, the cenotaphs of erstwhile rulers of Jaisalmer.
Time Required: 15 minutes.
Sunlight sparkles the structures into an array of Golden spectacular panorama.
By 3:00 PM start to Kuldhara, one of themost cursed and haunted place in India. The community which vanished one night. cursed the place that it will be never inhabited.
Though it will be difficult to stick to the timeline in Kuldhara, try to reach Khaba fort by 5:30 PM to witness the amazing sunset.
By 7:00 PM we were back at our hotel and day was still not over yet. At a walking distance from our hotel, Desert Cultural Centre and Museum; Museum hosts Puppet shows for the visitors from 7:30 PM. Rs. 30 is the entry fees, and that is all it takes to enjoy a number of puppet shows and one can also buy local handicrafts/ puppets, which are sold by the artists and are reasonably priced too.

Click to Check out the Puppet Show...
Last but not the least an amazing dinner and a good night sleep for the next day.
Day 3 Morning, 09:00 AM: We had our train in the evening, so first half was still with us. On the list was “Akal Wood Fossil Park”. Akal Wood Fossil Park takes you to pre Jurassic era. 180 million years back, here once stood a forest. Then the area got submerged in to a sea and tree trunks got preserved as fossils.
Read more about Akal Wood Fossil Park.

By 11:00 AM we were out of this Park and it was the time for shopping. Adjoining fort is the area for shopping and cherishing local eateries.
To try here: Makhaniya Lassi, Sweet called Ghotua, Dal Baati Churma, Pyaz Kachori, Tea prepared out of camel milk and whatever preferred in this region. Do not forget to take Jaisalmer caps/ Pagdi for a royal look.

If you have one day more in Jaisalmer, one can also visit to Border Tanot Mata Temple, 125 kms. from Jaisalmer. This temple is located close to Pakistan border and has remained untouched despite heavy shelling during 1971 India-Pakistan war. Outcome of Longewala battle is also credited heavily to this temple. Keep at least 6 hours for to and fro journey.

Area wise Jaisalmer is the largest district in state of Rajasthan and is a World Heritage Site. However share of population is the least.
Jaisalmer is 300 Km. from Jodhpur, journey by road takes around 4.5 hours. To summarize, enchanting Jaisalmer has taken a bit sheen off Jodhpur, but that is the beauty and charm of exploring the land called India. 

Keep travelling Guys...

September 2, 2015

"Istanbul"...Melting Pot of Civilisations

There is something in History which keeps us spellbound and engaged. No matter how modern our new cities have become, the charm of the ancient places is still incomparable.

One of such Places in "Istanbul", "Constantinople" of in ancient times. Being one of the oldest cities on this earth, History is spread everywhere in Istanbul. Istanbul is the largest city in Turkey and had been the capital of Ottoman Empire from 1452 - 1923.

Most of the locales do not know English, mainly due to the fact that TURKEY never got colonized under British rule. Even without knowing English, locales are very helpful. So if you are struck somewhere, do not hesitate to take the help of locales. As I always say "Good Travelers do not think themselves to be Foreigners".

I was going to "Pierre Loti Hill" but lost the track somewhere, I am very thankful to the person who came with me all the way to Pierre Loti Hill, just to ensure that I should reach the right place. The hospitality here is amazing. This is one of the more traditional and conservative areas of the city. You have the option of taking a cable car to walk to the top of the hill. Walking will be a better option, as you will be able to explore more. You will be walking amidst the cemetry with graves on both sides. Graveyard holds the tombs of many famous Pashas, Sultans and authors. Check out the graves, while moving...


It has thus become a very spiritual and romantic place with magnificent view of the city. Check out...

Sultan Ahmet Mosque popularly known as the Blue Mosque was built around 1610 AD and is a historical mosque in Istanbul. Mosque with Six minarets, It has been also credited as "the most photogenic building in Istanbul".

With lots of gardens, the surrounding area is a happening place with lot of foreigners and local people assembling in the evenings and offering prayers too.

Blue Mosque is decorated with blue ceramic tiles, that's why the name "Blue Mosque".

Area adjoining Blue Mosque is full of eateriea and restaurants.
Nearby to Blue Mosque is the heart of modern Istanbul, lanes to Taksim Square. It is a huge market with lot of shops, restaurants and is a popular spot for foreigners as well as locales in the evening. One can enjoy delicious yet reasonable food here.
The most outstanding here are the floating boat restaurants. Enjoy your evening snacks on the seas. 

Lanes of Istanbul and Taksim Square are perfect for hanging out for a cup of coffee and special Turkish tea with friends. Ambience here will be a great compliment for leisurely walk around this place.

Hagia Sophia was a Christian patriarchal basilica (537 - 1453 AD), later turned into an imperial mosque (1453 - 1931 AD), but now it serving as a museum showcasing the historical times, it has been a witness to. Pictures and relics of Lord Christ and mother Mary were removed or plastered when it was converted into a mosque.  Finally it was secularized and opened as a museum in 1935. This Mosiac reappeared when the plaster was removed while restoration.

Topkapi Palace: 
It is one a very large palace which served as residence of Ottoman rulers for almost 400 years. Now a museum too, which is open every day except Tuesdays. Topkapi Palace is also considered as one of the oldest and largest palace to survive till day.

Galata Tower:
One of the city's most striking landmarks, it is a high, cone-capped cylinder that dominates the skyline and offers a panoramic vista of Istanbul.
Its original conical roof got destroyed by a storm in 1875. The current conical roof was built during 1965 and 1967.
One can enjoy a magnificent view of Istanbul and Bosphorus from the restaurant and café on its upper floors. There is also a night club which hosts a Turkish show on the upper floors. To reach the upper floors, there are two operating elevators.

Turkish people are also well admired for their food habits. Markets here are full of food shops/ restaurants. Try authentic Shawrama and Turkish Pizza. Turkish cuisine is very rich in deserts. Some of the desserts to cherish an take back home: Baklva, Lokum, Puddingly Pizza (Neither Pudding nor Pizza but a mix of bot, extremely smooth and melts in mouth), dried figs and whatever you wish for, there is no dearth of choices here in Istanbul.

Istanbul is the only city on this earth which is on 2 continents, Asia and Europe. Divided by seas, at this place we can witness "West" meeting "East". As we move from Asian side to European side we can easily visualize the changes in buildings and topography. One can enjoy the streets of New Delhi to roads of Germany, all in one city. One can correlate this with the changing landscapes too; Istanbul can be perfectly called as melting pot of civilizations.

Even the locales like to associate themselves as "from Asian side" and "European side". Very thin line separating inferiority/ superiority complex, tread with caution.
Nonetheless keep travelling Guys...

(This article also has inputs from Chirag Bhagat)

August 2, 2015

Bishnois of Jodhpur

Visit to Jodhpur has been an amazing one, but somehow internal pleasure was not there. The joy of learning new culture, meeting different people was still to be attained on this trip. It was then came to know about visiting Bishnoi region, located at edge of Thar Desert; a distance of 22 km. from Jodhpur city.
Why? What is so special about this village. Special...Special is the custom here, special is the living philosophy and above all special is the practice of preservation of tress and wild life.
This is the place where 363 people sacrificed their life to preserve trees. In 1763 Mehrangarh fort was being constructed, gypsum was required in huge quantity to cement the rock. Gypsum was prepared in those days by heating the rocks, to heat the rocks wood was the only known source. So then king of Jodhpur asked his soldiers to cut the Khejri trees which are abundant in the region around Jodhpur. As the solders reached the region to cut the trees, Bishnois obviously tried to persuade the soldiers from not cutting trees. When soldiers used force to remove Bishnois, these Bishnois simply offered them to be killed before cutting the trees by raising slogans of:
" सिर साटै रुंख रहे तो भी सस्तो जाँण
सिर के बदले  भी अगर वृक्ष बच जाए तो उस बलिदान को  सस्ता ही समझना 
“Even one head chopped in saving a tree is worth and has not gone waste”
It was only when 363 bishnois were killed, the news reached the king. The king then ordered not to cut any tree from then. Picture kept at existing temple of Guru Jambheshwar is self explanatory in this regard: 

A memorial has been built as a remembrance to that act and on the place where the remains of those people who sacrificed themselves have been buried. Bishnois also do not burn the dead bodies of the gone, but bury directly in order to preserve wood, as it comes from trees only. Every year on the anniversary day of that sacrifice, people gather here in huge numbers to pay homage to ones who taught to this world the value of preservation of natural resources. 

There are around 20,000 Bishnois in this area. Bishnoi sect was started by Guru Jambeshwar in 1458 AD. Bishnoi sect is based on 29 principles (Bish – 20, Noi- 9: the name Bishnoi) which emphasize on love, peace and harmony among humans, animals and most important nature. They love fellow human beings and preserve Khejri trees (source of Kair Sangri) and worship Black Bucks. Their dedication to these principles can be seen by this: even if black bucks enter into the field of standing crop, they do not scare or try to move the herd out of the fields. There is also a temple dedicated to guru Jambheshwar. New temple is also being constructed.
In the campus there are lot of peacocks here in the temple roam around freely. Peacock is the only bird which reproduces when the female (peahen) swallows the tear of mail species. Tear come out after peacock get tired dancing in the rains/ monsoons. Till the time tear comes out, peahen calmly stands by the side of peacock.

Let’s go close to the life style of a Bishnois. They still live in traditionally house built with the cow dung and mud, no need to use fan as the interiors are very cold in the peak scorching summers too. They also have their traditionally built refrigerators out of husk, cow dung in which they keep and store food items. Food is cooked on chulhas, only the dried branched of trees, which have fallen to the ground by themselves are collected for cooking. You can see tea being prepared on a Chulha. Bishnoi Ladies are very hard working; they get up early do household work and help man in fields also. 

I got a chance to have tea made on chulha (earthen furnace). Bishnois welcome the visitors with opium tea. Though opium is banned, but bishnois have permission to cultivate for their religion and customs associated to it. Here is the apparatus for preparing opium tea. Opium is put into the long tube and tea is distilled slowly through the opium. 

Such is the harmony here that ladies can afford to roam around in forests without any fear. This is a place where animals and birds can live without fear. One can find a lot of Siberian cranes here in the local water bodies. Local water bodies are not encroached by any means by the locales and are reserved only to serve birds and animals.

Living on the edge of desert is not easy, but Bishnois have created a wonderful self sustained ecosystem and are not dependent on external means for their daily requirements. We in cities might not value water so much, but the importance of water preservation is exemplified by these simple people. Hats off. Khejri tree is a prominent plantation in this region. A tree which grows/ survives/ flourishes by only rain water. No extra water is required. Sangree is obtained from this tree, which is one of the most consumed vegetable here.

While moving around on narrow but well built roads, we were often coming across freely roaming chinkaras, black busks and other animals. Amazed by the culture, we moved ahead to see the craftsmanship of these people, check out:

  • Pottery work; beautiful toys, images of Gods/ Goddesses, piggy banks, lanterns and utensils are much sought after. Crocodile visible in the back is also hand made by potters here. Prepare one crocodile is very time consuming and generally takes 2-3 months to make one.

  • Block Printing: Bed sheets with a rich mix of colors is prepared by traditional methods. these bed sheet go with number of steps and then finely a beautiful bed sheet form. You are free to buy bed sheets, good thing that they will show you bed sheets as many as you want to see, but will not insist slightly even to purchase even one. 

  • Bishnoi family was kind enough to show us the Dari weaving facility and told us the intricacies involved in the process. This is a community co-operative where most of the community members take part in Dari weaving. It ensures livelihood for all of the families in this village

By this time we were very hungry and excited as it was the time to have our lunch with a bishnoi family. Menu was Bajre ki roti, kair sangree ki sabzii, Yellow Dal and Besan ki Kadhi. Every dish was yummy and much tastier then exotic meal in any restaurant or hotel. 

For explorers there is also an option of staying with the Bishnoi family, in their houses:

The Safari time of 5-6 hours passed like a second. But the take back experience of this place was awesome and worth for every moment. Take one day for Bishnoi safari and continue your journey to Jaisalmer or Bikaner...

For Information: This was the place where actor Salman Khan had killed the Black Buck, the act which was condemned widely. The case is still sub-judice in the courts. Black bucks are worshiped here as re-incarnation of their Guru Jambheshwar. As told by locales, had the vehicle been stopped by them, matter would have been very serious, justice might have been done there itself.

These days we keep hearing about people fighting all over the world for more resources. But after coming here, I firmly believe that peaceful co-existence is not that difficult if we learn to be happy within our means. People here are happy in whatever they have, but what makes them different is the pride in their culture and legacy. At this moment, Colossal Palaces and Forts do not look so great as compared to a Bishnoi house.
Remember: Needs can be fulfilled, but GREED can not be. There are sufficient resources for everyone on this earth. 

Keep exploring Guys...

July 12, 2015

Hampi...Land of temples

Continued from where we left at Hampi, Hemkuta Hill:

As further described by Abdur Razzek: Vijaynagar is built in such a manner that seven citadels and the same number of walls enclose each other. Around the first citadel are stones of the height of a man, one half of which is sunk in the ground while the other half rises above it. These are fixed one beside the other in such a manner that no horse or foot soldier could boldly or with ease approach the citadel." 

Razzaq describes the outer citadel as a "fortress of round shape, built on the summit of a mountain, and constructed of stones and lime. It has very solid gates, the guards of which are constantly at their post, and examine everything with severe inspection." Seventh fortress is the innermost of all and most protected as it used to serve as King’s residence."
"The space which separates the first fortress from the second, and up to the third fortress, is filled with cultivated fields and with houses and gardens. In the space from the third to the seventh one meets a numberless crowd of people, many shops, and a bazaar. By the king's palace are four bazaars, placed opposite each other. Above each bazaar is a lofty arcade with a magnificent gallery, but the audience-hall of the king's palace is elevated above all the rest. The bazaars are extremely long and broad." 

Thinking and deliberating on the magnificence of this place, we were now on the legendary Hemkuta Hill, it was the time to see and experience the large number of temples, archways and pavilions. The whole hill was fortified with tall wide stonewalls, the ruined remains of which can be seen till today. Hemkuta hill with reasonably flat expanse is one of the ideal places in Hampi to cherish the sunrise and sunset. 
According to the prevailing myth, once Lord Shiva was so impressed by the dedication of a local girl "Pampa" for him that he agreed to marry her. The occasion was celebrated by the Gods and it rained gold on this hill, which gave the present name to this hill (Hema in Sanskrit language means Gold). Hence majority of temples here are dedicated to Lord Shiva, the major one being the "Virupaksha temple", located at north of this hill. This hilltop and its slopes offer a splendid view of the sprawling ruins site.
Virupaksha temple surrounded by small temples.
ruins siteVirupaksha temple is the principal temple in Hampi and an important pilgrimage centre for the worshipers of lord Shiva. The annual festivals attract huge crowds, Virupaksha temple is equally sought after by the tourists and pilgrims. It believed that this is the oldest functioning temple in India, as this temple has been functioning continuously ever since its inception in the 7th century AD. Virupaksha temple has been beautifully carved with numerous images of Gods and Goddesses.

One can reach the main entrance of temple through the chariot street in front of the Hampi Bazaar, just next to where the local bus stand. From the ticket counter close to the main entrance buy the entry ticket (Rs. 5), camera ticket (Rs. 50) and video camera fee (Rs 500). What an amazing piece of architecture? 

Virupaksha temple from inside: 

From the inner sanctum:
There is a long market outside Virupaksha temple and a number of bouldered structures, all in stones. Looks like once it has been a double story market.

This huge structure of monuments is located opposite to Virupaksha temple. I do not know what it was, but the sheer colossal size is amazing:

Next destination is the temple which even Lord Vishnu found too grand to his use and returned to live in his own home. yes we are talking of the most grand monument in Hampi, Vittala temple. the present look of the temple is attributed of Krishna Devaraya, the most acclaimed ruler of Vijayanagara dynasty. Temple complex is so big that it has shrines, pavilions and many halls located inside it. The famous "Stone Chariot", face of Karnataka tourism belongs to this temple.
Intricately carved Pillars                                                                                        Musical Pillars
The major attraction of this temple are the 56 musical pillars of Ranga Mantapa, one main pillar surrounded by a set of minor pillars. Pillars are called as "SAREGAMA" pillars courtesy to the musical notes emitted by them. Every main pillar is surrounded by 7 minor pillars. These 7 pillars emit 7 different musical notes of representative musical instruments. Sound quality depends on the type of instrument, whether wind, string or percussion type of musical instrument. These musical notes coming from the pillars has been a mystery to the people around the world. Even the 2 pillars were cut by then british rulers of India to solve this musical mystery. However nothing was found inside the pillars and the secret is still unknown. The 2 cut pillars can still be seen in the temple. These pillars are a true testimony to the technological acumen of those times. 

Rightly said the brilliance of this era will never be seen again ever. The aura of this place can not be described in words, lets hear the story from the stunning structures: 

Not only the huge structures, even the roofs are also delicately carved. Now the floodlights illuminate the Vittala temple complex and offers a majestic view of the complex. Purandaradasa Festival held annually in the month of February Attracts visitors from far off places. Hampi is a place where you can wander tirelessly for days, you will surely fall in love with the rocks. I was left spell bound.

Though in ruins now, but the aura is still intact for these monuments.

The Lotus Palace:

All of these were gradually reduced to ruins as the Empire fell to the invaders of North India in 1565 after the Battle of Talikota and the victors mercilessly plundered this beautiful region. Indeed one of the biggest losses to the civilizations, “Lost was a city, a region the brilliance of which will never be seen again in future”. Hampi has been declared as a World Heritage site by UNESCO. Ruins still held their esteem and provide glimpses into the prosperity this place has seen. 

To reach Hampi:
Nearest railhead is Hospet, 13 km away and Toranagallu station, 25 Kms. There are about 10 daily trains and about 5 special trains to the station, which ply once or twice a week. From Bangalore, Hampi Express is the best option.
Nearest Airport is Bangalore, around 350 Km. from Hampi
Hampi is well connected by roads to almost every nearby city.

Keep travelling Guys...