Hampi Karnataka – City of Fascinating Ruins

Hampi Karnataka - City of Fascinating Ruins

Hampi is a city of interesting ruins from the 15th-century Vijyanagar Empire. The city has more than 500 historical monuments scattered around the hills and valleys of this place. This is one of the richest Karnataka cities in terms of heritage tourism. Carvings based on intricate themes from each monument this place has its own story to tell. This is a paradise for art patronage and an institution for art students. Amidst giant boulders and vegetation ruins of Hampi lies scattered in about 26 sq. km area. The remains of palaces, gateways and temples are examples of human imaginations that are crafted in stones. The majestic beauty, supreme sculpture and crafted legacies ranked these scattered ruins in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Site. Some of the well known historic attractions of this place are:

AchyutaRaya Temple:

It is among the supreme example of Vijaynagara Style architectures. It was built around 1534 AD to honor Lord Tiruvengalanatha, the incarnation of Lord Shiva. This temple is known for its beautiful tall attachments known as ‘Prakaras’. External and internal prakaras are known for their carved monumental towers known as the Gopurams. The large pillars inside the prakaras are famous for their stone carvings based on various themes. The sanctum sanctorum temple is located between two rectangular courtyards. The architectural supremacy of this page captivates the attention of visitors. The majesty of statues, stone carvings, intricate designs of this temple attracts many visitors to this place throughout the year.

Shri Vijaya Vittala Temple:

It is the most extravagant and grandiose structure of Hampi. This is the prime attraction of this place which is known for its sculptured beauty, intricate carving, carved design of floral motifs, dancing girls, horses, elephants, soldiers and many more. The main attraction is Maha-Mantapa which is superbly carved out …

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Great Places to Visit in Maine

Great Places to Visit in Maine

There are many great places to visit in Maine and with comfortable temperatures it is a wonderful destination for a summer vacation. No matter what your interests are you will definitely find something that you can enjoy. Here are just a few of the fun vacation spots in Maine that you won’t want to miss.

Bar Harbor

Whether you are traveling solo or with your family, one of the best places for a Maine visit is Bar Harbor. This area is where the Acadia National Park is located, and has wonderful things to do. There are scenic boat cruises, fine dining, and dozens of shops and galleries to enjoy. In the mountains of Acadia National Park, and along its rocky coastline, are miles of hiking, biking and extraordinary sightseeing.

Portland

The largest city in the state of Maine is the waterfront city of Portland. It is easily accessible from many other areas in Maine, making it a great day trip. With cobblestone streets, The Old Port District is home to numerous shops and galleries, dozens of award-winning restaurants and cafes, and the famous DiMillo’s Restaurant, which floats in Portland’s harbor. Kids won’t want to miss the popular Portland Children’s Museum, and adults can be entertained well into the evening at the many Portland nightclubs.

Aroostook State Park

Located in Presque Isle, Aroostook State Park is an exciting place to visit in Maine. It includes Echo Lake, as well as Quaggy Jo Mountain. It is a great location to begin a visit to the Allagash Wilderness Waterway and the North Maine Woods. Open year-round, the park offers boating, fishing, hiking and camping during the summer months and is a great place for winter fun with its groomed cross-country ski trails and snowmobile trails, as well as winter camping.

Old Orchard Beach

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