Hampi, a day's car ride to the north from Bangalore, was the most fabulous place we have ever seen in India. It is sheer magic. Its rocks and ruins of old temples from a long past empire, named after its capital city of Vijayanagara (1336 - 1646) are a wonderland. The best-known group of ruins from that empire are found in and around Hampi, a small town that is right in the midst of the old ruins and the amazing rock formations. The temples often look as if they had grown out of the rocks. Amazing scenery and a lot of walking.