Just as we parked the car in the Hampi Parking Lot and got ourselves freshened up, this sight welcomed us to the much awaited trip to Hampi.
Starting our trip late in the previous evening from
it took us over 10 hours to reach the destination. Hyderabad Entry way The Statue of Ganesha is pretty big and is carved out of a single stone. Amazing! Adjacent to Laksmi Narasimha Swamy Temple is this monolithic Shiva Ling and is called Badavilinga Temple Called the Lotus Mahal, The Queens residence, which had an air-conditioning system that used water to flow into the roof and walls using some suction technology back in those times. I still wonder how! Not that far away from the Lotus Mahal is the stable for Elephants This bunch is one funny lot to travel with
The architects were indeed genius, without any computers or advanced machinery, to have used technology where ever applicable with such nonchalance that even today we are made to keep wondering about it. In fact, in India, there are many other such establishments even before this period.
This is one such establishment of water flow system in to the wells and baths These carvings are on the base of a palace and this is called as the Mahanavami Dibba This is Mahanavami Dibba. The palace, as it is known was destroyed by the Delhi Sultanate, but if it was still standing, the scale of beauty, architecture and appearance is only left to our imagination people. Even the Doors were carved out of single stones. No compromise. A local school probably organised a tour. Obedient little ones there in the lawn outside the Queens Bath. Need to hire an electric van to go to Vijaya Vitthala Temple where the well known Stone Chariot resides en route to Vijaya Vitthala Temple and as you can see here is the market street heading towards the temple entrance gate, seen distantly. Stalls for the market where all the trading was done. Trading horses was one of them. This is the entrance gate of Vijaya Vitthala Temple where my friend, Prem, is standing exactly at its base, and admiring its beauty. Voila! The Stone Chariot! One cannot pass by without admiring its grandeur. I was dumb enough to try and move it. HAHA! This structure was on the left of the temple. Probably used during occasions and festivals Landscape of the temple premises You could get, if interested, some souvenirs or collectables
There are a lot more places around the area to visit that are significant like the
Virupaksha Temple and few other places that are spread out where people can visit if they have enough time to explore. But otherwise, 2 days is what is required, in my opinion, to cover most of the major points of interest. View from atop on our way back to hyderabad
I do not recollect to which side of Hampi this dam was. I don't even have any record of it. If anyone who sees this and knows about it, then kindly pass it on to me and I shall update it. Thank you.