Situated in Karnataka, on the banks of Tungabhadra River, Hampi is a must-visit destination for every history buff. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it was once a thriving city and the capital of the Vijayanagar Empire. Today, however, what is left of Hampi are ruins of royal structures that remind us of Hampi’s glorious past. The city is visited by tourists from all over the country and is the primary source of income of its people who act as tour guides or sell trinkets near the sightseeing attractions. These ruins are also a photographer’s delight and make for an interesting backdrop. iTripTo reader Abhijit Kar Gupta took a trip to Karnataka and came back with a camera full of photos of Hampi and Badami Caves. He shares his amazing clicks with us. Take a look at his work and get a sneak peek into the beauty of these places.

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1. The boulders that dot the city of Hampi



2. A lone boulder and the silhouette of a man



3. A typical Hampi site



4. A ruin of a structure from the Vijaynagar Empire



5. The Tungabhadra River runs along Hampi



6. Another great shot of the river



7. We can’t get over the boulders in Hampi



8. These boulders have a brownish-reddish tone



9. The stone wall of a structure



10. That’s how it looks from the inside



11. That’s how the entrance is to many of the monuments in Hampi



12. Badami is a town in Karnataka in the Bagalkot district



13. It is home to the Badami Cave Temples that has Hindu, Jain and Buddhist temples



14. A silhouette of one of the temples in Badami



15. A panoramic view of the town of Badami


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