October 9-11 (BA -Study Tour of Hampi )- a project by third year BA History students to study correlation between History and Tourism.
This week end, the final year BA History students went on a Study tour of Hampi.
WHY HAMPI ?
Hampi located in the Northern part of Karnataka formed an integral part of the ruins of Vijaynagara (the once capital of the Vijaynagara Empire). Owing to such historical and religious significance, it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The most important attraction is the Virupaksha Temple (a temple dedicated to Lord Virupaksha, who is considered to be the deity of the Vijaynagara rulers). Hampi is considered to be the largest open monument and lost city of Asia with its palaces, temples, fort walls, civil buildings, tanks, irrigation channels, etc. spread over an area of 25 sq km. This place reflects the power and prosperity of the Vijaynagara Empire.
Currently, Hampi is one of the favourite tourist spots of India visited by people from across the world. In simple terms Hampi is a must-visit destination when one is travelling in India especially South India. Thousands of people visit the ruins of Hampi every year for the purpose of sightseeing, study or research. This reinforces the cause of tourism in this region. It helps the government in two major ways, first of all having so many tourists every year boosts their economy, and tourism helps in several ways to protect this beautiful site from negligence and destruction.
For the third year students, this study tour made history real – the various views and interactions at the sight gave true personal insight and a depth to their learning.