Hospet, with the ancient ruins and magnificent structures strewn about its landscape, brings back to life the historic era of mighty Vijayanagar Empire that once flourished here. Moving along its dusty paths, passing through its quiet old neighborhoods and the buzzing local markets, the city enchants you with the nostalgic charm that engulfs it
The emperor Krishna Dev Raya established the city in the 16th century in the memory of his mother, naming it Nagalapura. The name Hospet, however, was derived from the local term for the city ‘Hosa Pete’ meaning ‘the new city’.Situated on the banks of the river Tungabhadra, it is endowed with a rich store of natural resources, making it a major mining hub in Karnataka. Hospet with its many attractions lures travelers into a historical world.The ancient Vijayanagar Empire, which once ruled Hospet has endowed the city with marvelous reminders of its glory and splendor. One of the major attractions is the Queen’s Bath, known for its creative and appealing architectural design. It is popularly known as the ‘stepped bath’ due to the beautiful arrangement of steps leading into the bath. Another important monument is the Lotus Mahal, which was used as the pleasure palace of the royal family women, known for the intricate lotus bud carvings on its domesHarihara is a site of religious importance located near the river Tungabhadra, housing some exquisite temples dedicated to Lord Vishnu. The Hazara Rama Temple is renowned for its artistic structure adorned with sculptures depicting mythological scenes.The local markets are a treasure trove of folk arts and handicrafts, such as beads, pendants, caskets and perfumed wood crafts made from sandalwood. You can also shop for the Lambani jewelry and fine handloom fabrics from Bijapur and Guledgudda.The best way of traveling in Hospet is by hiring a private taxi or renting a car. There are a number of car rentals in the city that provide services at reasonable fares. If you wish to experience the local lifestyle, you can travel by the city buses that ply on major routes within the city. Auto-rickshaws are also available on the streets and are a convenient way of getting around the city.Summers in Hospet tend to be very hot and can be uncomfortable for travelers.It is important to guard your belongings when in crowded public places like bus stops and markets
Hospet is not well connected to other major cities of the country via regular flights. The nearest airport is in Hubli at a distance of 142kms.
Airports: Hubli Airport
You can easily get regular trains to Hospet from other major cities of the country..
Railway Station(s): Hospet Jn