India: The Ancient Kingdom in the Rocks
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Founded in 1336, Vijayanagar was the capital of an alliance of southern Hindu kingdoms that ruled southern India for hundreds of years and left a sprawling architectural wonderland of magnificent temple ruins set amongst an otherworldly landscape of gigantic sandstone boulders, meandering streams and banana plantation near the village of Hampi in the state of Karnataka. The temples, spread over an area of 25 square kilometers and 58 of its 550 buildings were declared UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 1986. Other than the Taj Mahal, no other monument in India is written about as much as Hampi. But the millions of visitors who visit those other architectural sites have yet to show serious interest in Hampi, which is remote, lacks infrastructure and is hardly publicized.