Group of Monuments at Hampi
The austere, grandiose World Heritage Site in India of Hampi, surrounded by verdant banana plantations, was the last capital of the last great Hindu kingdom of Vijayanagar. Archaeologists estimate the city was home to about 250,000 people, which would have made it the largest city in the world. Besides the magnificent Virupaksha Temple, there are several fascinating structures, including the Lotus Mahal, the geometrically intricate Stepped Tank, and the iconic stone chariot, pulled by little stone elephants.
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