Hampi Island: A Paradise Lost?

The sun setting over Hampi’s boulders after a hard and perfect day of climbing. (Photo: Trixie Pacis)

If the name Hampi rings a bell, chances are you’re a climber or a history buff. Hampi is a UNESCO World Heritage Site tucked away in east-central Karnataka, India. Once the capital of the great14th-century Vijayanagara Empire, many ornately carved temples and treasures remain. The ruins of over 1600 temples are scattered about an area of 4,187 hectares, some belonging to lavish complexes and others enduring in solitude.