STONED AMIDST THE STONES

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Photo of STONED AMIDST THE STONES by Sharmila Singhal

I had a frisson of excitement when I started off my journey to Hampi from Bangalore, a backpack and my earplugs and I was all set for my 1st solo trip to one of UNESCO's World Heritage site in India.

This excursion was all about exploring my inquisitive nature. I had always wondered how people used to live and lead their lives back in around 14-15th century. I needed to do it solo because I wanted to distance myself from people for sometime which actually helped me realize a lot of things in my life when they began getting reflected when I was without anyone else's input in a city unknown to me , but known to my curiosity, my desires, my solace.

Hampi was the capital of the Vijayanagara Empire from 1343 to 1565, when it was beleaguered by the Deccan Sultanate.As per Wikipedia,”Hampi — traditionally known as Pampa-kshetra, Kishkindha-kshetra or Bhaskara-kshetra — is derived from Pampa, the old name of the Tungabhadra River (Pampa was Lord Brahma's daughter, who was later married to Lord Shiva) on whose southern banks the city is built.”It is believed that Lord Rama and his brother visited this historical place(supposed to be the Land of Monkeys) to search for Sita.

I started off from Bangalore via Bus,which was an overnight journey.The Bus dropped me at Hospet in the morning from where I took an auto for Hampi,which halted close to the Tungabhadra river-the temple side,from where I took a coracle ride (coracles are small bamboo made tokri boats) for the Hippie Island (the place where you should stay)-on the other side of the river.

As soon as I got off the boat and entered into the alley of the Hippie Island , paddy plantations on my right and several small scale cafes and homestays on my left accompanied me till I found my homestay ‘Sri Laxmi Golden Beach Resort’ which was on the same road.

Quickly I got ready and was headed out to explore the fantasy world of captivating ruins , boulders and demolished temples that stood the test of time.On the way to the temple side I booked an auto-driver cum guide for the entire day.

So my day somewhat looked like :

Photo of Hospet, Karnataka, India by Sharmila Singhal
Day 1

Paddy Field

Photo of STONED AMIDST THE STONES by Sharmila Singhal

In Coracle On the Way to the hippie island

Photo of STONED AMIDST THE STONES by Sharmila Singhal

The Krishna Temple (On the way to the Royal Empire)

Photo of Krishna Temple Market Road, Hampi, Karnataka, India by Sharmila Singhal

Roaming in Hampi is like roaming in a Carnival of Carvings

Photo of Krishna Temple Market Road, Hampi, Karnataka, India by Sharmila Singhal

Ice-Cream to the kiddo who was selling Maps [I Already had one] !! After all a generous gesture costs nothing :)

Photo of Krishna Temple Market Road, Hampi, Karnataka, India by Sharmila Singhal

Lakshmi Narasimha Temple.

Photo of Laxmi Narasimha Temple, Kammasandra, Karnataka, India by Sharmila Singhal

Badavilinga Temple

Photo of Badavilinga Temple, Hampi, Karnataka, India by Sharmila Singhal

~guide bhaiaya ne achi photos khichi~

Photo of Badavilinga Temple, Hampi, Karnataka, India by Sharmila Singhal

Figuring out where to go next

Photo of Badavilinga Temple, Hampi, Karnataka, India by Sharmila Singhal

The Lotus Mahal

Photo of Lotus Mahal Hampi, Hampi, Karnataka, India by Sharmila Singhal

Entrance to the Elephant stable

Photo of Lotus Mahal Hampi, Hampi, Karnataka, India by Sharmila Singhal

Naariyal Pani to the Rescue in such a hottay weather

Photo of Elephant Stable, Hampi, Karnataka, India by Sharmila Singhal

Ranga Temple

Photo of Elephant Stable, Hampi, Karnataka, India by Sharmila Singhal

Temple's aisle

Photo of Elephant Stable, Hampi, Karnataka, India by Sharmila Singhal

Ruins inside the temple

Photo of Elephant Stable, Hampi, Karnataka, India by Sharmila Singhal

B&W

Photo of Elephant Stable, Hampi, Karnataka, India by Sharmila Singhal

Just playing with my camera

Photo of Elephant Stable, Hampi, Karnataka, India by Sharmila Singhal

You call this sophistication?

Photo of Elephant Stable, Hampi, Karnataka, India by Sharmila Singhal

Never miss the details

Photo of Elephant Stable, Hampi, Karnataka, India by Sharmila Singhal

The remnants of Pan Supari Baazar : The entry point of Royal Enclosure

Photo of Pan Supari Bazaar, Karnataka, India by Sharmila Singhal

Inside Hazararama Temple - Dedicated to Vishnu in his aspect as Lord Rama , this temple is known for its sculpted friezes depicting the Ramayana.

Photo of Hazara Rama Temple, Karnataka, India by Sharmila Singhal

The Outside look

Photo of Hazara Rama Temple, Karnataka, India by Sharmila Singhal

Entrance to the Royal Enclosure

Photo of Hazara Rama Temple, Karnataka, India by Sharmila Singhal

Stepwell , well step well..

Photo of Hazara Rama Temple, Karnataka, India by Sharmila Singhal

The Queen's Bath

Photo of Hazara Rama Temple, Karnataka, India by Sharmila Singhal

Stopped by Tamarind Tree Cafe to have lunch with this beauty

Photo of Hazara Rama Temple, Karnataka, India by Sharmila Singhal

& these too

Photo of Hazara Rama Temple, Karnataka, India by Sharmila Singhal

On the way to Vitthala Temple *Look at those majestic ruins*

Photo of Hazara Rama Temple, Karnataka, India by Sharmila Singhal

Auntiji having Tarbooz under the scrorching sun

Photo of Hazara Rama Temple, Karnataka, India by Sharmila Singhal

Vitthala Temple :The Highest Watermark of the Vijayanagara Architecture

Photo of Vitthala Temple, Hampi, Karnataka, India by Sharmila Singhal

Mesmerised by the intricasies

Photo of Vitthala Temple, Hampi, Karnataka, India by Sharmila Singhal

I so wanted a Photoshoot alongisde this tree!

Photo of Vitthala Temple, Hampi, Karnataka, India by Sharmila Singhal

Roaming in Hampi Market

Photo of Hampi Bazaar Street, Hampi, Karnataka, India by Sharmila Singhal

THERE IS ONLY ONE RULE IN HAMPI

Photo of Hampi Bazaar Street, Hampi, Karnataka, India by Sharmila Singhal

Janhit me Jaari

Photo of Hampi Bazaar Street, Hampi, Karnataka, India by Sharmila Singhal

In Hampi you can find cafes with musical night happening and the details regarding the timings would be hung simply outside.

After a nice pleasant evening in ‘The laughing Buddha’ Cafe , I rested back at my homestay.

Day 2 was not about exploration now , It was my time to backpedal , but before that I went by the Famous Virupaksha Temple (as it was just near the Bus Stand) - The temple which is still standing strong and people go to worship Lord Shiva : known here as Virupaksha.

Day 2

At the Virupaksha Temple

Photo of Virupaksha Temple, Pattadakal, Karnataka, India by Sharmila Singhal

Never leave Hampi without seeking blessing from the elephant in the Temple.

Photo of Virupaksha Temple, Pattadakal, Karnataka, India by Sharmila Singhal

And my favorite shot from the trip!

Photo of Virupaksha Temple, Pattadakal, Karnataka, India by Sharmila Singhal

This place has been quite trippy for me.

I learned a lot from my Hampi trip, experiences and beauty apart , I learnt and picked up the certainty of driving my life all by myself.

So all the young ladies out there who are hunting down motivation to live and in particular to depend upon,pack your bags and go for a solo one.

As for me Solo tripping is about unleashing the inner goddess in yourself and Hampi is just the right place ! ^_^

‘Don’t Worry , Be Hampi’

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Amazing place, nice photography.
Sat 05 26 18, 01:20 · Reply · Report
Amazing! Well summarized! Photos were picturesque!
Fri 05 25 18, 22:15 · Reply · Report