After days of leisure and rest it was Gareth our South African friend who planted the seed to go and visit the old city of Hampi, only a day’s trip away from Agonda. We were interested in a new ascapade and this Unesco World Heritage Site looked like a magic trip into India’s history. Of course we took the train!
Hampi was the capital of the Vijayanagara Empire in the 14th century, rich and a grand city with many tempels, farms and trading markets. By 1500 AD Hampi was the second largest city after Beijing and probably India’s richest, attracting traders from Persia and Portugal. It was conquered, destroyed and left in ruins by sultanate armies in 1565.