Last day in India. We packed some food and headed out to Hampi.
Typical roadside (above and below): coconut trees. Cows. Huge ancient trees. Lots of greens everywhere. And hardworking farmers.
Beautiful stone and temples everywhere.
This ‘tree’ is a flowering plant. But this was special. Its the tallest i have seen. And oldest. And it traditionally has a smooth trunk. This tree developed its own character from living so long.
This stone. Bellary region has amazing stone. People use this beautiful stone to make menial constructions like walls for the house. And hence this city has the prettiest walls. We could see stone littering the courtyards of the temple.
These columns are supposed to be musical. They are all hollow and of different widths that make different notes when struck. But we the tourists took it too far and did too much striking, its currently shut off for reinforcement and restoration.
This no roof top part of the temple adjoins the innermost chamber. Ofcourse, they stole all the statues that existed originally in this room. Its rumored to all be in some museum in London, but i highly doubt it.
Did i tell you i love the stone?
But the day is dedicated to my super awsome mom.
These kids were running through dark dungeons …..
and dancing aka posing in the ruins …
and looking for imaginary stuff in the sculptures that existed in their childhood.
and then, she goes and makes her own sugarcane juice.
Other animals in the temple include: elephants and rowdy monkeys.
A suckling baby monkey and her overly protective parents.
All this is cute until one of them comes and tries to snatch my camera. I found the snatching funny until it happened to me. The male monkey stole the bananas we got to feed the elephant. And a fellow tourist got her handbag stolen and all its contents sprayed from the top of the temple. The minute they came for my camera, i was super angry and managed to ward them off.
Today, grandma showed incredible stamina by letting us drag her along to whatever caught our whim.
The real adventure started when i spotted these:
I refused to leave until i got a ride on this. And they obliged.
A happy mom == a happy daughter.
Apparently, this board at the entrance of the temple says ‘dont eat non vegetarian food’. Weird.
A rangoli contest happening outside the temple. This entry is our combined favorite. We the people in Karnataka love our beloved ex-king, Krishnadevaraya.
A selfie with the temple. No one seems to take pictures of me, i had to do it. And seing me photograph this mirror, people gathered around and started taking photographs of it. Only in India !
The streets lining the temple entrance had these antique stores. I found a pair of Indian rolling dice made of brass. ( Click on the picture to see the beautiful details of all these items. )
Lunch on the roadside before we head home. Thank you King Krishnadevaraya for planting all these trees for the shade. Much appreciated after a long day.
We got a ride with Indian police. They were super friendly. The men got in first. When the women police got in, they diligently got up offering their seats. When the elderly got in, the women got up and offered their seats. When i got up and offered my seat to a lady cop, she made me sit back exclaiming i had a big camera to carry. The whole ritual was so beautiful to watch. I dont see this sort of chivalry anymore…. (picture stolen/taken without their knowledge. Didnt want to make a big deal by asking them for one.)
Bye bye India. Traveling you has been incredible.
and oh, i forgot. A picture of the temple.