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One of the World Heritage Sites

One of the World Heritage Sites
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Copyright: Akshay harith (S_Akshay) (4)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-12-29
Categories: Ruins
Camera: Nikon D200 DSLR, 18-70mm AF-S DX 3.5 - 4.5 Nikkor
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-01-03 8:08
Viewed: 6360
Points: 4
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hello folks,

This is my first picture in Trek Earth.This picture was photographed at ONE OF THE WORLD HERITAGE SITE i.e HAMPI.More info is here.

Hampi (Kannada: ಹಂಪೆ) is a village in northern Karnataka state, India. Hampi is located within the ruins of Vijayanagara, the former capital of the Vijayanagara empire. Possibly predating the city of Vijayanagara, this village continues to be an important religious centre, housing the Virupaksha Temple. The village of Hampi contains several other monuments belonging to the old city. It extends into some of the old ceremonial streets of Vijayanagara. As the village is at the original centre of Vijayanagara, it is sometimes confused with this ruined city. The Vijayanagara ruins are listed as the Group of Monuments at Hampi as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The name is derived from Pampa, which is the old name of the Tungabhadra River on whose banks the city is built. The name "Hampi" is an anglicized version of the Kannada Hampe (derived from Pampa). Over the years, it has also been referred to as Vijayanagara and Virupakshapura (from Virupaksha, the patron deity of the Vijayanagara rulers.

Hampi is situated on the banks of the Tungabhadra river. It is 353 km from Bangalore, 254 km from Bijapur and 74 km away from Bellary. Hosapete, 13 km away, is the nearest taluka headquarters. The chief languages spoken are Kannada and Telugu. The principal industries of the village are agriculture, the support of the Virupaksha temple and some other local holy places in the vicinity, and tourism. The annual Vijayanagar Festival is organized by the Government of Karnataka in November. Due to the presence of several mineral deposits in this region (iron-ore, manganese), mining of these minerals has been going on for many years now. But a recent boom for the supply of iron-ore in the international market has led to excessive mining in this district. The World Heritage Site at Hampi as well as the Tungabhadra Dam are now under threat.

The city has been given limited connectivity to preserve the character with no scarcity in electricity, GSM network coverages and amenities. In October of 2007, it became a popular tourist destination.

there is a temple here.Its pillars when tapped gently produces musical notes,but nowadays its not allowed.

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Good start here at TrekEarth - high quality photo with extensive description.
It's good that human can be seen behind the sculptures, that gives good reference of their true size.


This is the spirit of TE
to learn about world through photography!
Welcome back and thanks to share with us pictures like this together with intelligent notes
Also the quality of this shot is great

All the best

Welcome to TE
Very good start, as photo and note

Thanks for sharing

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