One of the most magnificent landscapes we have ever seen on earth is in the center of India. Hampi, in the province of Karnatika is spectacular.
Driving up to the ancient ruins surrounded by giant boulders in our rickshaw from Hospet is spellbinding. We have witnessed many ruins in our travels, but for some reason, this place feels special. And it is special. Hampi (pronounced humpy) is one of the few World Heritage Sites that still functions as it has for centuries. People live and work among the ruins. Stores and business are a part of the complex. Guest houses are set right in the bazaar. Palm groves spring up around ruins and children bathe at the bottom of its steps.
Most of the ruins are free and accessible and tourist can walk and shop in the bazaar easily imagining what it was like half a millennium ago.
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