Hampi is one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in India located near Hospet town in the Karnataka state .
Hampi is charismatic even in its ruined state, attracting thousands of visitors every year. Vast stretches of boulder-strewn hills make the backdrop of Hampi unique. Dotted around the hills and valleys are 500 plus monuments.
Among them are beautiful temples, ruins of palaces, remains of aquatic structures, ancient market streets, royal pavilions, bastions, royal platforms, treasury buildings... the list is practically endless. Hampi is a backpacker's paradise, the same way a pilgrim's delight.
In Hampi at every turn there is a surprise. Every monument hides more than what they reveal.
As an open museum, Hampi has numerous popular (100 plus!) locations visitors throng.
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It's a shrine meant for Garuda, the mount of Lord Vishnu. It may appear to you (and sometimes even referred to) as a monolithic structure. In reality this stone shrine was built with many giant granite blocks. The joints are smartly hidden in the carvings and other decorative features that adorn the Stone Chariot.