Ancient City of Vijayanagar Kingdom
My name is Rachana. I am a South Indian. I grew up in the region where there are many World Heritage sites. The stone architecture is very famous in South Indian temples. Today, I will be writing about the capital city of Vijayanagar dynasty, Hampi. The city attracts millions of travellers to explore the monument “Stone Chariot.” In recent time, Hampi, also known for bio-diversity and craftsmanship in Kishkindha.
Stone Chariot, the monument is also known as “Kallina Ratha.” It is located in the northern regions of Karnataka state and the regional language is Kannada. Hence the name ‘Kallina’ means stone and ‘Ratha’ means Chariot. It is one among the three famous chariots in India. The stones are engraved with stories of epics of Ramayan.The monument was built by Krishnadevaraya, the Vijayanagar emperor in the 16th century.
Hampi was the capital city of Vijayanagar Dynasty. There were platforms build for International trade known as Hampi Bazaar in the premises of Vitthala temple.
The Karnataka Tourism Board recently conducted an event “Hampi Bird Festival 2017” in the month of January. The event included heritage walks, bird watching and visit to Daroji Bear Sanctuary. The ancient city interests all kinds of travellers.
The town of Kishkindha, the monkey kingdom of Ramayan, is located near Hampi, on the banks of the river Tungabhadra. It is the home for artesian who make organic products with natural fibers such as water hyacinth. There was a stall from the local community of artists displaying their local artwork.
The bear sanctuary is a home for many rescued dancing bears and wildlife of India.The organization,Wildlife SoS, has taken an initiative to rescue the dancing bears,temple elephants,snake and charmers,and smuggled turtles of India and provide them a natural habitat in many parts of India such as Daroji-Hampi and Bannerghatta National Park-Bangalore in Karnataka.The facilities provided to the bears are the rescue center with veterinary doctors to care for the animals,a kitchen for preparing a meal for the animals and play area with hemlock and drum rolls for honey.
The archaeological department of India maintains the heritage sites and provide kiosks to the visitors for detailed information about the monuments. The local tour guides speak fluent English and various languages to make the experience memorable for the tourists. HAMPI-World Heritage Site
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