Hampi is one of India’s foremost archaeological treasures and, in turn, also one of Asia’s most compelling ancient settlements. Once the centre of the Vijayanagara Empire, it is commonly accepted that Hampi was established in the 1330s although there is evidence that there were settlements as early as the 4th century AD. Over the following two centuries Hampi flourished under Vijayanagar rule and gained immense wealth through trade in both spices and cotton. In turn, this fortune was reinvested in the city with monumental buildings constructed and important temples raised, making it one of the most important and populous cities in the world at that time. Sacked, destroyed and abandoned by 1565 proof of the city's former greatness is still very much in evidence and despite much of it now largely in ruins Hampi remains an exceptionally impressive site.

Suggested Journeys for Hampi

We are pleased to offer the following selection of suggested itineraries based on our personal experiences. By combining these itineraries with your thoughts and ideas we can tailor any journey to make it special, unique and designed around you.

Karnataka's Hidden Treasures

16 days starting from £3265 per person

Karnataka is India for the aficionado - a land of endless tree-lined roads leading to spectacular historical remains. A microcosm of Indian history, the state is blessed with a mix of influences which this journey aims to capture. Starting in Mysore undertake a specialist heritage walk in the...

Hidden Treasures of the Deccan Plateau

16 days starting from £3340 per person

Standing separate from the regular tourist-trail, the states of Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh are at the centre of a staggeringly diverse region few visit. A heady mix of culture and history, this novel itinerary represents a journey of rediscovery with visits to Mysore, spectacular Hampi and the...