Elephant Stables

#0 of 21 things to do in Hampi

Elephant stable of Hampi, one of the least destructed structures here stands as impressive testimony to the Vijayanagara Empire. It was built as a structure to shelter the elephants of the Royal family. The structure itself is a sight to behold that is characterized by a series of domed chambers. The elaborate structure indicates the importance that was attributed to the royal elephants of the Vijayanagara Empire. Even today, it stands and one of the few but finest examples of Indo-Islamic architecture that persists in India. The massive domes are interconnected by the arches that span the large gateway for the elephants to enter. You will notice small hooks embedded within the ceiling that was probably used to tie the elephants. Though there are no explicitly visible doorways, you may notice small opening in the rear that is believed to be for the mahouts to enter the elephant compartments. 

The uniqueness to the domes is mainly attributed to the central dome, which is the largest as well as the most decorated one among the 11 domes. Such architectural features are what attracts tourists to come and admire them in spite of the unpleasing state of the structure in some parts. This structure has stood the test of time for the past 600 years and still remains proof of the era that was!

Timing: 8.30 am to 5.30 pm every day

Entry fee: INR 10 for Indians and INR 250 for foreigners

 

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Elephant Stables  tourism
Elephant Stables  tourism
Elephant Stables  tourism
Elephant Stables  tourism
Elephant Stables  tourism
Elephant Stables  tourism