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. By using our Hampi visit planner , you can arrange your visit to Zanana Enclosure and other attractions in Hampi.
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  • Size is small so not sure how many queens lived here. The base of court is also nearby. Architecture is nice. Surrounded by trees. One can sit on benches near by and look. Elephant stable of the 11 st...  more »
  • An important visit in Hampi. It gives a picture of how ostentatiously the royals of Vijaynagar lived. The boundary wall is what I found most interesting. The pyramidal structure and how it's designed ...  more »
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  • Beautiful place. Well maintained. Has an entry fee of 40 rupees for Indians and 600 for foreigners.
  • Be prepared to carry a lots of water. One gets easily dehydrated walking around. This is a well guarded place surrounded by thick walls and 2 watch towers. This residence of the ladies was guarded by eunuchs, the feminine bodies with the strengths of a man.
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