Month: January 2013

Hampi–Man behind the lens



For the Hampi trip posts, I used many of his clicks. Thanks for letting me steal those pics for my blog. Thanks hubby dear.


Hampi Diaries V – Hampi


Hampi ruins are a UNESCO World Heritage site. The ruins of VijayaNagara, capital of Vijayanagara Empire is located on the banks of Tungabhadra River.


Bridge on the way to Hampi @ Hampigadda across Tungabhadra. This might have been quite a beauty in its original form.


First we went to see the ruins of Kadalekalu Ganapathi temple. There was a stone with some texts inscribed on it. Somehow I was curious about the content. (After effect of seeing so many ancient aliens episodes in youtube.  But it turned out to be the story of the king who built the temple.



Etchings on the pillars of the temple.



This temple structure looks similar to the ancient roman structures. See the pics on this link

This one and this one looks so similar.

Isn’t it similar? Well kind of. But this is the first thing which came to my mind when I saw the temple. Coincidence?


This pic has nothing to do with Hampi. Just a random shot while waiting to get on to the bus to Vittala Temple.



This is the ruins of old Hampi market. Its known as Sule Market. The word Sule means prostitute as per the tour guide. But this market was for exclusively for selling precious stones. I am just trying to imagine those days when people sit in these stalls with piles of rubies, pearls, sapphire and all sort of colorful stones in front of them, calling out for buyers. Pretty sight it would be.


Entrance to Vittala temple.


The world famous stone chariot. And damn I was lucky to get a clear shot without people directly in front of it.


The temple on top of the chariot.


Musical Mandap in front of the stone chariot. Its each pillar is supposed to make sounds of different music instruments when tapped. When the dancer performs on the Mandap, musicians tap on the pillars and that sound echo in the ceiling of the Mandap amplifying the effect.



The intricate carvings on the pillars are quite exquisite. Its closed for renovation now. We could not enter the building.



Queens Bath – Our royal lady used to take bath in this Royal pool. The small windows you see on the sides, Maids stay there while Queen is taking the bath and pour spices and rose petals into the pool so that the water remains aromatic. hmm.


I me myself.


Garden in front of Queens bath.


Another pool with black stones. Its design is so unique. To think about it, there are a couple of interesting pools around the kingdom.


Water was brought to these pools using this long structure.


Hazarama Temple – It has the whole Remayana etched on its walls. It’s a magnificent structure.


One carving on the pillars of Hazarama Temple. Mostly the person riding the horse is Rama. Not sure.


Lotus Mahal – Aww initially we thought its Queens adobe for recreation activities from it feminine kind of name. But it turns out that it’s the place where King meets foreign delegates or someone of great importance. 




Lotus Mahal is a symmetrical  structure except for the additional room in the back whish is added later.


Elephant Stables – King has eleven elephants and he kept those royal elephants in these stables. The middle one is reserved for the mightiest among the eleven. This is one of the least ruined places of Hampi. But why the number eleven? as in a football team?

Vijayanagara Eleven Vs Nizam’s Eleven. LOL not bad.

Nizams were the Rulers of Hyderabad and surrounding places that time and they eventually brought down the Vijayanagara empire. After the win, they looted the city and it took them almost 6 months to shift the loot to their place. Vijayanagara was that rich.


Underground Shiva temple. It has a lone isolated passage around the inner sanctum. Its really awe inspiring to go around that passage and think that its actually under the ground level. The temple was excavated only twenty years back.


Virupaksha Temple also known as Pampavathi Temple.

After seeing the lost glory of Vijayanagara empire, I really wonder what this city would have looked in it its most glory? No wonder lot many 15-16 Century travelogues have mentions of this mighty city.

Hampi Diaries IV – Morning Walks



We woke up to see a charismatic nature dipped in morning dew.


A man walking towards paddy fields.



I am not a morning person. Still I would never want to miss a such beauty. Paddy fields @ morning time is an experience.


Two small streams near the hut.


And the awesomeness of a small waterfall under my feet.


A birds nest.


These birdies were busy having their breakfast when we disturbed them. Poor things, could not even finish of the breakfast. Apologies and I am giving them a little blog  space as a gesture of peace.


How the hell, the coconut trees bend into this shape. Around four or five trees had the same bend near the stream.

Hampi Diaries III – Hut life and Beyond



We stayed in Gowri Guest house during our Hampi trip. A small paradise, which has all the innocence and essence of a village life. Its not a make built village experience but a real one which has the potential to touch your soul.


I never thought I would ever stay in a hut like this for two days without complaining. The scenery around you is so natural and touching that you feel so close to nature. The hut is facing acres of paddy fields and is on the feet of the reservoir.


This is a view of the hut from the paddy fields.


A tamarind tree inside the Guest House. I have not seen one in a long time.

Hampi Diaries II – Sanapur Lake


Near to the place where we stayed in Hampi, there is a lake. ‘Sanapur’ lake. We went for a evening walk there the day we reahced Hampi.

The mythical kingdom of Kishkindha from Ramayana– where Vanara(Monkey) King Sugriva ruled lies around this area. We met some descendants of the the great King as well on tree tops.


Sanapur lake reservoir @Humpi. The calmness around the lake is deadly contagious. The flora and fauna around the lake is an added bonanza.


Slight breeze, sun set, and the calmness of the lake make you wonder, What am I doing in Hyderabad? It’s an experience which should not be missed.




Apart from the slight ripples created by the breeze, the lake is silent like an elegant lady.


Reflections. I think without the wind I would have got a better reflection.


Just a click of a rock formation. But when you turn it, Doesn’t it look like the shadow of a joker? Err… Isn’t it?


Well, the walk was awesome and the tiredness of the 12 hour journey was just  evaporated my the magical touch of nature.

The rise of Nine Review

The rise of nine by pittacus lore, finished reading on 24 January 2013

NEW RISE OF NINE YA I got this one few months back, right after its release,  Third one from the The Lorien Legacies series. I chewed up the first I am number four and second The power of six in a matter of weeks. But this unlucky one was lying on my TBR list for quite some time. 

Once you start reading and get a hang of it, The rise of nine is just like its predecessors, a gripping mix of superpowers and mysteries.

For who have not read the first two books may skip the below and before you go let me tell you. It’s a must read series for all mystery\alien\Super power lovers.

Now read on.

In the book, our hero of the first book, the potential hero of the over all series – ‘Number Four’  lands up with an ever jeering Number Nine. Despite the bitter start they eventually strike a balance while on their journey to find others. On the other side of the world, Number Six, Seven, Eight and Ten finally get together and start the search for the remaining members of the Garde.

Unlike the first two, this book has narratives of more than two members of the Garde – The alien survivors group. Number Four, Number Six, and Number sever – All the narratives are interesting. I found the stint India a little dragging with a lot of cliché scenes. Well Number Six still stays as my favorite.

All in all – a quick good read. Looking forward to the next one in the series.