Nestled within an otherworldly boulder-strewn landscape in southern India, the rusty-hued ruins of Hampi tell that tale of a grand medieval city that once stood here. Wander around the sacred centre to admire the many shrines and temples and, on a guided tour, learn about this ancient Vijayanagar kingdom which brought the Hindu style to its epoch in the 14th century. Hampi holidays mean getting up early, when the light is clear and the air is fresh. It is during this time, in the blush-pink light of dawn, that you can truly appreciate this UNESCO World Heritage Site at its best.

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