The New York Times’ list of 52 places to visit in 2019 featured Hampi at the second spot for its rich architectural legacy.
Researching your next destination? We suggest Hampi. Not only is it a world heritage site recognised by the UNESCO in 1986, it also features on the second spot in New York Times' must-visit list for 2019.
The ancient village in Karnataka's Bellary region is the only Indian destination on the list; first place went to Puerto Rico. Others on the NYT list include Calgary, Panama, Iran, Uzbekistan, New York City and Munich.
On the historic city, The New York Times said, “Hampi thrived as one of the largest and richest cities in the world. Its architectural legacy lives on in the southwestern state of Karnataka with over 1,000 well-preserved stone monuments, including Hindu temples, forts, and palaces.”
Home of the 16th Century Vijayanagar Empire, Hampi's historic temples and Dravidian-style architecture have been a major tourist draw for years. As per an estimate, Hampi saw over 5.35 lakh tourists, including 38,000 foreigners, in 2016-17, reported Story Pick.
The NY Times said,
Our annual list combines destinations that are aspirational, newly intriguing, and perhaps threatened.
Hampi is home to 1,600 monuments in total. It houses well-preserved stone temples, monoliths, and artworks depicting Hindu deities. In addition, it also has six Jain temples and monuments, and a Muslim mosque and tomb.
According to the UNESCO, “Hampi’s spectacular setting is dominated by the river Tungabhadra, craggy hill ranges, and open plains, with widespread physical remains. The sophistication of the varied urban, royal, and sacred systems is evident from the more than 1,600 surviving remains that include forts, riverside features, royal and sacred complexes, temples, shrines, pillared halls, mandapas, memorial structures, gateways, defence check posts, stables, water structures, etc.”