Hampi Festival Karnataka
When : 9th to 11th January, 2017
Location : Hampi village vijayanagar Karnataka
The ruins, which date back to the 14th century comprise of more than 500 monuments. The most striking monument is the Vittala Temple, dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Hampi is India's answer to its culture-crammed Chilean equivalent, Machu Picchu. The stark landscape of rambling ruins, gravity-defying rocks and boulders all interspersed with verdant banana plantations. To see the overwhelming splendour of the city and its richness, one should attend the Hampi Utsav (festival) in their lifetime. Every year in January, this laid back village comes alive with festivity. The event is aimed at promoting tourism and also to increase the awareness about Hampi. Special events including sports, dance and music concerts by prominent musicians of India are held at various monumental sites in Hampi
The festival includes Dance, Drama, Music, fireworks, puppet shows, spectacular processions, etc. Artists from various fields and from every corner of India gather here to enjoy the beautiful splendour of the festival. All the events are held in open spaces, so the people enjoy the open air environment of the celebrations. The calm and quiet Hampi city enjoys the vibrant and soothing classical music and enjoys the presence of artists during these days. While you are visiting some must-sees include the still functional Virupaksha Temple with its pillared halls and giant entrance towers; this holy site is believed to be the oldest temple in Hampi. Walk through the Hampi Bazaar, once a thriving market and that's till today lined with old two storied pavilions. Another interesting visit is the Vithala Temple to view India's iconic stone chariot and musical pillars. Catch a glimpse of royal splendour at the Queen's Bath and the Zenana Enclosure renowned for its spectacular architecture at both the Lotus Mahal and Elephant Stables. Marvel at the Hazara Rama Temple.
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