Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Hampi Utsav and Festival Quick Travel Guide – November

Hampi Utsav is organized by the Government of Karnataka every year in November to promote Hampi Tourism. The Hampi festival includes dance, drama, music, fireworks, puppet shows and processions that recreate the grandeur of the bygone era and providing travellers a chance to experience a slice of Hampi’s glorious past. The festivities take you back to a time when the Dasara festivities of the Vijayanagar kings were held with incredible pomp and show. The kings of Vijayanagar used to sit on a grand throne in the House of Victory or Mahanavami Dibba and witness the 9 day Dasara festival.

Utsav or Festival Highlights

  • Heritage Walk - conducted to cover important landmarks such as Virupaksha temple Mahanavami dibba, Gajaalaya, Queen’s bath and Vijaya Vittala Temple

  • Illumination of the Vijaya vittala Temple which houses the stone chariot and musical pillars and other important Monuments for night viewing

  • Eminent artistes to perform at Hampi Utsav to create a Mega cultural extravaganza of dance, drama and music (1,400 artistes would be performing on six stages simultaneously)

  • Sound and light programme would focus on Karnataka Vaibhava.

  • Cycle race, water sports and treasure hunt.

Sightseeing Highlights (Location Map for Sights)
  • Vithala temple complex with its 56 musical pillars.

  • Near the Vithala temple is the ‘Purandara Dasara Mandapa.

  • Virupaksha temple and close by at the western end of the famous Hampi bazaar.

  • Near to the Virupaksha temple is the giant ruin in the form of Ugra Narasimha which is a 6.7 m and sculpted from a single boulder during the reign of Krishnadevaraya.

  • Mahanavami Dibba or the House of Victory which was built by Krishnadevaraya after his victorious expedition to Orissa.

  • Hazara Ramaswami temple and its two ruined gates.

  • Lotus Mahal an air-conditioned summer palace of the queen and close by elephant stable
Food Tip: Do not miss to taste of the local favorite cuisine jolada rotti and yennegai

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Satya said...

I didn't know where to put this info in. It tells you how to get to Brahmagiri, a pre-historic site of Karnataka, somewhat near Hampi.


Abhilasha said...

You can visit tourism-karnataka.com for more details on tourist spots in Karnataka. This website has pretty good information on all travel and holiday spots in Karnataka.
Yet another site is Lalbagh.org

sasi said...

very informative

Explore planet said...

Thanks for a great writeup on Hampi

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Tanmay said...
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Tanmay said...

Hampi is certainly impressive. I've visited it twice and no words can describe the awe of the experience.

I recently wrote about my 2500km North Karnataka road trip where I also visited Hampi among other places. Pls do read and give your feedback.

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Hampi was part of my road trip and was definitely memorable.

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