Zenana Enclosure

#14 of 21 things to do in Hampi

The Zenana enclosure was a fortified haven for the womenfolk of the Vijayanagara Empire. The enclosure is dotted with many highlights with the Lotus Mahal being the extraordinaire element among them. The Queen's Palace was also housed within this enclosure, whose traces were found through the basement structure that exists which in itself exemplifies the importance that it held. Across this palace base, you will find the remains of an exquisite water pavilion that is basically a shallow pool with a decorated platform. The enclosure is marked with watchtowers meant to overlook for security and to keep an eye on trespassers. If you are lucky enough to climb up the watchtower, it is a must go to place as it offers a splendid vantage point. 

However, there exists a belief among quite a few archeologists that the Zenana Enclosure may not be a spot for the women, rather it was a place for that housed the councils and chief commanders. This was backed by the proximity of this marvelous destination to other prominent landmarks that includes elephant stables and guards quarters. 

The various school of thoughts to support the existence of Zenana Enclosure only adds to the intrigue that this destination awakens in people who come to visit here. It offers you a peek into the lives back then and the sprawling structure stands as a proof to the grief of time.

Timing: 8 am to 6 pm on all days

Ticket: INR 10 for Indians and INR 250 for foreigners

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