Travel Sketching at Hampi

Tripoto
20th Jul 2016

Travel Sketching in Hampi

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Hampi has been on my travel list for ages. And, after all this time, exploring the city was simply exhilarating.

Colorful map of Hampi monuments, all auto drivers, shops, and tour guides have one of these. Its really all you need to navigate the city.

Photo of Hampi, Karnataka, India by LonelyCanopy
Photo of Hampi, Karnataka, India by LonelyCanopy

I lived my history books ... chapters of "Discovery of India" came alive as I walked through the royal enclosure.

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Photo of Hampi Bazaar Street, Hampi, Karnataka, India by LonelyCanopy

Have you ever read the monuments on this ticket, and check marked which ones you have seen? Share your views with me!

Photo of Hampi Bazaar Street, Hampi, Karnataka, India by LonelyCanopy

Stories on stones ... Rama, Ravana, Hanumana, and Sita; the Pandavas and Kauravas; gods and goddesses; or mere mortals with very human emotions - all brought alive on stone hundreds of years ago.

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Photo of Ugra Narasimha Temple, Hampi, Karnataka, India by LonelyCanopy

The Virupaksha temple, for Lord Shiva, is the only temple with active worship. This temple is not as well maintained as the Vittala temple. Its just as beautiful with murals on it roof that still retain some of the original colors.

Photo of Virupaksha Temple East Gopura, Hampi, Karnataka, India by LonelyCanopy

The landscape is rocky, with stone structures every few furlongs.

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Crossed the Tungabhadra river in the afternoon in a coracle. Rocks with Nandi statues caught my attention. The old stone bridge across the river is now just a small fragment of its original glory ... I imagine bullock carts and soldiers on horses crossing this river some 600 years ago.

You are never more aware of the transient nature of life, than among these ruins.

Photo of Tungabhadra River, Bellary, Karnataka, India by LonelyCanopy

A guard at the Saraswati temple. Her bright orange lunch box pops out. Does she find these ruins as fascinating as I do? Or has it become commonplace for her?

Photo of Sarasvati Temple, Hampi, Karnataka, India by LonelyCanopy

Lots of wells, Pushkarinis, especially near the temples.

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Photo of Underground Siva Temple, Hampi, Karnataka, India by LonelyCanopy

This Pushkarini has an amazing geometry, with the water breaking the stark lines of the structure. The jet black stones, got all the way from Andhra Pradesh, had slokas inscribed on them.

Photo of Hampi Palaces, Bellary, Karnataka, India by LonelyCanopy

Sketching in the famous Mango Tree Restaurant.

Photo of Travel Sketching at Hampi by LonelyCanopy

This restaurant is always brimming with travelers, relaxing after a trek, planning a new one, buzzed out or just lazing around. There's lots of yummy stuff on the menu, with delicious stuffed tomato curry and rotis for an Indian palate, pastas and pancake, Hummus, pita bread, and chips, and hearty breakfast platters.

Photo of Mango Tree Restaurant, Hampi, Karnataka, India by LonelyCanopy

Sketching behind Vitthala Temple

Photo of Mango Tree Restaurant, Hampi, Karnataka, India by LonelyCanopy

Just this one monument has so much to offer ... While making this tiny sketch, I promised myself that whenever I revisit Hampi, I'll walk till the Vitthala temple (instead of taking the govt open bus), sketch the temple and chariots, hike till the river bed, and give this place the time it deserves.

Originally published here.

Sketching, taking sketch-notes, and doodling is one of the best ways to travel. These scraps of information and drawings engage you with the environment, make you really observe details, and create a special link with a place.

Keep an art journal this trip and let me know how you felt :)

What you need to Travel Sketch

Watercolors

Pencils, sharpener, and eraser

Thin and thick

A small, light-weight journal or a stack of paper clipped together

A brush and a bottle of water or a watercolor pen brush (I use Sakura Koi Portable Water Brush - Medium)

Some patience!!

2 Comment(s)
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Superb. I always wanted to do this travel sketching but failed manyatimes as im a poor artist. All the best
Mon 10 02 17, 21:54 · Reply (1) · Report
Thanks :)
Tue 10 03 17, 09:49 · Report
this is so beautiful♥ keep up!
Sun 10 01 17, 03:00 · Reply (1) · Report
Thanks, Anusha.
Tue 10 03 17, 09:46 · Report