Exploring Hampi: Day 1
Being a budget traveler, I chose to travel by auto, which was considerably cheaper. As the auto entered through the huge gate, the Stonehenge welcomed me. I was trying to imagine how the place would have looked like, back in the 15th Century.
The entire complex comprises of several magnificent temples with intricate work of architecture, of which the Virupaksha Temple and the Vittala Temple are the most famous.
(It is advisable to opt for a guide, because no matter how much information you gather from books and Google, the guides always have a more spicy version of the tales.)
The work of art, and the way life has been portrayed in the walls, can never fail to leave anyone speechless. You might be an atheist, agnostic or a believer - but the Virupaksha Temple will definitely soothe your senses cross passing the way you look towards God.
Coming out of the temple complex, as I walked towards to the Tungabhadra river, I could see the little wicker-basket boats floating on the water. Known as Coracle, it took us to the other side of the river, where the Vittala Temple stood.
The Vittala Temple complex has several ‘mantapas’ and the massive Stone Chariot. As I gazed at the huge stone Chariot, I realized how small things appear to us when we see them in the virtual world. I've seen the same for several times in the pages of my school books, and also in Google Images - but I always failed to realize its aura that portrays the taste of its makers. Apart from the iconic stone Chariot, the temple houses the magical musical pillars.
Our next destination was the Zenana Enclosure, where the main attraction was the Lotus Mahal.
The Queen’s Bath, the Narasimha Vigraha, the Pan-Supari Bazaar, and the Shiva Temple immersed in water are a few other sites of attraction.
The sunset at the Tungabhadra River seemed to be a perfect end to the day’s venture.