Hampi Bazaar

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Hampi Bazaar


The Hampi Bazaar is located in front of the Virupaksha temple. Also known as Virupaksha Bazaar, It is said that these structures would have once constituted a thriving market and residences for the nobility.

Both a historic and a religious site in India, Hampi was originally the capital of the Hindu empire, Vijayanagara, which ruled the south India during 14th to 16th century AD. The ruins of this once majestic place cover an area of more than 25 square kilometres. The place has plethora of temples, palaces, market streets and ancient monuments.

Registered in the list of UNESCO’s World Heritage sites, the location is a religious place and the Hampi Bazaar is studded with temples galore! Vittala Temple, Virupaksha Temple, Hazara Rama Temple, Krishna Temple, Pattabhirama Temple and Achyuta Raya’s Temple are some to be named.

The street consists of shops displaying numerous products, which one can pick up from jewels prepared by the Lambani nomads to embroidered textiles to shawls, skirts and bags, antique coins, etc.

There is a huge Nandi bull statue located at the east end of the Hampi Bazaar street and adjacent to it is a two-storied pavilion which displays a photo galleryof the Hampi sites taken by Alexander Greenlaw in 1856. Photography enthusiasts may check out this place for free.

Also, this heritage site has architectural marvels belonging to the royal family like the Queen’s bath, Royal Enclosure. The Royal enclosure contains the ruins of many stately structures, Lotus Mahal, the Riverside trek Path, etc. Innumerable shrines, carved artefacts, etc are found all along this path. Various godly figures too are seen all over the place.

Visiting the Hampi Bazaar is a all about exploring rich history, architecture, remnants and the unseen!

Best time to visit

October to February is the popular tourist season.


The Hampi Bazaar in olden days was famous as a place where the merchants from all over the world collected to show off their wares. The market boasted everything from gold to diamonds and silver from horses to cows.


Tourists are allowed all days of the week.

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