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Stepped Tank, Hampi

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Appreciate the geometric perfection of Stepped Tank--a part of the Hampi World Heritage Site that has never required even the slightest restoration. This giant, drain-free tank fed by an aqueduct boasts elaborate decorations across five tiers, the lowest of which is 7 m (23 ft) deep. Historians believe skilled carvers cut each block of green diorite at another site, before moving and assembling them within the fortified section of the Hampi complex. Adjacent to this unique water structure you can see another tank, which served as a bathing area for the queen and her royal attendants. Plan to visit Stepped Tank and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Hampi attractions using our Hampi trip builder site .
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  • My husband and I both thought that this water tank was the most impressive thing we saw while exploring Hampi. Be sure to check it out :)  more »
  • quite a site to see - the stepped tanks are worth the visit amongst all the other monuments in Hampi.  more »
  • Wonderful historical monument and so glad that we had a guide to tell the full history. Only downside was the man in uniform blowing his whistle at anyone who had the temerity to climb down more than ...  more »
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  • A must visit place in Hampi. A beautiful architecture.
  • Beautifully laid black stones with a small water pond in between. The place was ruined and covered when the Muslim invaders occupied and demolished the city. And as per locals knowledge, it was discovered again, when an archaeologist excavated the site to check where the water from a nearby aqueduct was leading to.
  • Beautifully designed stepped tank in royal enclosure, one of the must watch in Hampi.

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You'll find a number of simple guesthouses and homestays located in Hampi itself, primarily in the Hampi Bazaar district. North and south of the river, they offer comfortable rooms in modest former residential buildings. Further afield, a selection of more upmarket resorts and hotels sit on the banks of the river and the nearby lake to the northwest. Many visitors choose to stay in Hosapete, to the southwest, or the small town of Kamalapur, located just south of Hampi. Both offer a greater range of accommodations than Hampi, including hotels, resorts, and hostels.
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