Hampi took my breath away. Yes, I expected lots of ruins, but not such expansive ones, each one with a character of its own. The hillsides surrounding Hampi are mounds upon mounds of rocks, studded with abandoned mantaps that look like they might topple anytime. It was surreal.
The ruins in the southern part of the Tungabhadra are divided into two major regions - Sacred Center and Royal Center. North of the river lies Anegundi. Walking around these ruins, it was easy to imagine myself living here 500 years ago. On one trail I was a princess sashaying down a pathway filled with adoring subjects, at another I was a peasant selling my wares at the morning market in the shadow of the Krishna Temple. Oh, the possibilities were endless!
This setting was an excellent opportunity for great photos that catch the morning and evening light. It takes a little bit of hard work, but the rewards are three-fold. One, you get great photos in great light. Two, you escape the heat of the day. Three, you get people-less photos of these magnificent ruins. Here is our photo essay, dedicated to the beauty that is Hampi!
Courtesy for all photos: My significant other @bsridharan