Things to Know
Monuments and historical places
30 - 45 Min
Hampi Bazaar is also known as the Virupaksha Bazaar is the largest of the many bazaars of Vijayanagara. Each major Temple complex had its own bazaar around which a township developed. This is the only bazaar around which a township of a sort still exists. Located in the front of the Virupaksha Temple, the Hampi Bazaar is a well-known market region that spreads for multiple kilometers. The Hampi Bazaar is a place where one can enjoy the local shopping experience. Bustling with local and imported goods, the bazaar can be considered as one of the ancient malls in Indian architecture history that provides organized retail space. It used to be a thriving market of the Vijayanagar Empire too. From gold, diamonds, ornaments, horses, and cows, the market had a variety of items which impressed visitors, especially from foreign shores! The bazaar also supported cultural events like fairs, festivals, and music. Its remains are being carefully excavated and maintained at this World Heritage Site to showcase to visitors for an inspiring and thought-provoking experience. Today the marketplace is an area that sells a variety of local items like traditional dresses.