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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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  • Every dome on the building is different and a marvel to see. Don't miss this site, it is a must on your trip.  more »
  • The Lotus Mahal in this enclosure is worth seeing. The monuments inside this are in great condition and are a treat to watch or just take in the views.  more »
  • This enclosure is located to the north east of Hazara Ramchandra temple. A few secular structures are found within the high raised wall. Zanana means women in Urdu. The residential quarters for the wo...  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.
  • 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
  • Timing: 8:30 AM toSunseton all days of the week Entry Fee: Rs 30 per person Photography: Allowed Video camera: Allowed Visit Duration: About 3 hours Best time to visit: From November to February
  • The Zenana Enclosure is Situated in Hampi. It was a fortified and secluded area reserved for the royal ladies of the Vijayanagara Empire. The Zenana Enclosure is located in the area approaching the Royal Enclosure and near the Ranga Temple.The enclosure is a sprawling compound that had tall walls surrounding it on all sides and watch towers to keep guard against any trespassers. It was constructed during the days of the Vijayanagara Empire. The highlight of the Zenana Enclosure is the Lotus Mahal or Kamal Mahal, one of the most remarkable structures in Hampi.