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Zanana Enclosure, Hampi

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Part of World Heritage-listed Hampi architecture, Zanana Enclosure served as a place of rest and leisure for the queen and her royal entourage. Designed in a distinctive Indo-Islamic style, this fortified area included sprawling grounds surrounded by tall walls and towers, guarded exclusively by eunuchs placed there to prevent males from entering. A highlight of this part of the complex, the two-story, lotus-shaped building resisted destruction by Mughal invaders and subsequent centuries of weather damage. Near this structure you can also see the remains of a royal palace, most likely one of the grandest buildings within the Hampi complex. To visit Zanana Enclosure on your trip to Hampi, use our Hampi vacation route planner.
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  • Always in the magic of the place, where getting lost is inevitable. Magical festive atmosphere, a few families, visitors from all over the world.
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  • This complex is a must visit in Hampi. It has the elephant stabes, as well as the lotus mahal. A great place to spend a couple of hours.  more »
  • There are many things to see here. This is the area where Vijayanagara empires Ranies (queens) once lived. Don't miss to see Lotus mahal which is in perfect condition. Water pavilion and the palace ba...  more »
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  • Zanana Enclosure has many historical places like Lotus Mahal, basement of queens palace, watch tower, elephant stable, guards house and Shiva temple. You need have entrance ticket for this place. This place is very well maintained. Worth spending time here.
  • The zanana enclosure was for the royal ladies. The enclosures used to be protected by enuchs. It is believed that even the king had to take special permission to enter the place.
  • Summer palace (kamal mahal ) is an engineering marvel, With some kind of tubing,water flows through and keep interiors cool.Im told by my guide that even the King himself need to get prior permission from Royal women to enter the enclosure. The one structure with only foundation was a Wooden Palace similar to Kamal Mahal burnt by Badamis.The carvings on it includes mythology birds animals, Zodiac etc. Dont miss a close look, Also be aware of the temperature
  • Good place in Hampi, you need to pay entrance ticket which can also be used at Vittala Temple
  • You can try yourself for a great piece of photography

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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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