Happy, Healthy, and HOT in Hampi

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Happy, Healthy, and HOT in Hampi

Hampi is famous for its ancient ruins and boulder-strewn landscape.  It was once the capital of the Vijayanagara Empire in the 15th century and was home to half a million inhabitants and 1500 elephants.  It’s currently population is less than 3000 and there’s only one elephant.  It is divided into a Royal Center, where the Vijayanagara King and Queen lived, and a Sacred Center, which is where most of the temples are located.  Most of it is free to explore, but you can also hire guides and do various types of tours.  Aside from being fascinating and gorgeous, it is also hotter than hell in Hampi.

This post is mostly a photo story.  Enjoy!
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Just a typical vista in Hampi

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Just a typical vista in Hampi

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Why, what long horns you have, Mr. Ox

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Virupaksha Temple, built in the 7th century to honor the Hindu god Shiva. A UNESCO World Heritage site.

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A marathon was held in Hampi while we were there. Cost to run the marathon? $2 USD

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Some of many ruins in Hampi

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A shrine to the goddess Mahalaxmi

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A super friendly local child

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She wanted to play, play, play

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Our favorite Hampi restaurant, The Mango Tree

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Thali at the Mango Tree

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Typical sight in Hampi: threshold decorated elaborately with chalk, sandals outside, motorbike

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The Tungabhadra River that flows through Hampi

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The Tungabhadra River that flows through Hampi

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This artifact is probably about 300 years old and it’s just chillin’ in the river… WHAT?!

 

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Woman bathing, fully clothed, in the river. This is very common all over India.

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Coconut meat

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Thought this was funny for a few reasons

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Lakshimi Narasmiha sculpture

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Holy cows and holy temples

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Sunsets in Hampi are breathtaking

 

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We did a half day bike tour of the ruins and it was so stinking’ hot

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Monolithic sculpture of Ganesha, the elephant-headed god, dated back to 1500 AD

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Banana vendor

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I wanted a photo of these little girls because I loved their brightly colored dresses. They were happy to oblige, and then…

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…their entire family also wanted to be in the photo.

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Sugar cane juice in the making. It’s damn good.

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Nandi the bull, Hindu god Shiva’s ride

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An ancient stepped tank

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Ruins from 1500 AD.  They obviously utilized elephants, camels, and horses back then.

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Banoffee pie, a strange but tasty dessert made with coconut, cashews, sugar, and milk

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Indian women climbing the hill

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A pillar showing the 10 incarnations of Shiva

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Hampi

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Saris laid out to dry after being washed in the river

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Jubilation

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Climbing the 610 steps to the Hanuman/Monkey Temple

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View from the top of the Hanuman/Monkey Temple

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View from the top of the Hanuman/Monkey Temple

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View from the top of the Hanuman/Monkey Temple

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View from the top of the Hanuman/Monkey Temple

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View from the top of the Hanuman/Monkey Temple

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View from the top of the Hanuman/Monkey Temple

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Staircase leading to the top of the Hanuman/Monkey Temple

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We were in Hampi during India’s Independence Day. Apparently there was a parade in the morning while we were asleep, but nothing else happened to commemorate the holiday.

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Rice fields

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Sanapur Lake on the “other side of the river”

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Sanapur Lake on the “other side of the river”

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Sanapur Lake on the “other side of the river”

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More ride fields

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Getting a motorcycle across the river by boat

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Part of the Royal Center, the Lotus Mahal was apparently the Vijayanagara Queen’s mansion

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Lotus Mahal

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Lotus Mahal in the Royal Center

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The Ladies’ Quarters in the Royal Center

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The elephant stables in the Royal Center

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The elephant stables in the Royal Center

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We met Dev a few days earlier on the bus and then we ran into him again on the street, so he and his friend joined us for our ruins tour

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The Vittala Temple complex, built in the 15th century

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The Vittala Temple complex, built in the 15th century

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The Stone Chariot in the Vittala Temple complex

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Musical pillars that sound like different instruments when tapped

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Our rickshaw driver and new friend, Tiger

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Tiger gifted me this beautiful flower bouquet

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Tiger also let me drive his rickshaw. It was fun but terrifying!

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“Driving” a rickshaw, a reenactment

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Saying goodbye to our friend Tiger. He gave Maren this teddy bear.

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Indians don’t usually show their teeth in photos, so they always look sad. We forced Tiger to give the biggest smile he could muster for this photo.

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Street cooking set up

 

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