In the southern Indian state of Karnataka, Hampi was once the seat of a mighty empire. Learn more about what travelers will find there.
(CNN) — It’s a view that renders speech impossible.
We’re standing atop Matanga Parvata, or Matanga Hill, after a 30-minute climb that began in pre-dawn darkness up a barely there path laid out hundreds of years ago for worshippers.
The rising sun, diffused behind the curtain of a cloudy sky, begins to bathe the valley below with soft light, revealing a spectacular boulder-strewn landscape of formidable hills, lush vegetation and skeletons of once mighty temples and watchtowers.
The misty appearance befits this sacred land of gods, kings and ruins — India’s historic city of Hampi.