The World famous Hampe ruins in Karnataka in India are worth a visit to everyone . It is a small village at present but was the rich capital of the powerful King Krishnadevaraya about 500 odd years ago. Visitors from the east(China) and the west who came to Krishnadevaraya's court have praised his rule, the immense wealth of his kingdom and the beautiful temples.
The European invaders were slightly better....they too destroyed but not as much. (They destroyed parts of the sun temple in the north)They took away many beautiful and rich idols(idols made of gold and covered with precious stones such as diamonds, emeralds and rubies) In Srilanka for example there is a huge statue of Buddha which the British tried to transport but abandoned the wonderful statue half-way as it was too heavy! The dint have the decency to put it back...and it also was broken in their attempt to lug it...imagine thier utter callousness toward what is holy and sacred to the people of Sri Lanka!
The above photos are muslim architectural style---later muslim rulers buildings. The above is the place where elephants were housed.
These temples are empty meaning the idols are all missing. Unfortunaltey they are so ill maintained and I blame the bloody humans who have the shamelessness to defecate in them!
I found several such carved rocks in the river where no one goes to worship. Only tourists seem interested in them!