Hampi: Beyond The Poetry in Stone
There is more to Hampi than the temples, carvings, monuments and boulders.
Beyond the timeless frozen architecture, Hampi is alive with farms, plantations, Tungabhadra river, animals and flowers.
You will find cows, ox and buffalos roaming the street, besides goats and sheep!
And where there are cattle, there will be cowdung! Made into cakes and drying on walls ready to be used as fuel.
There were horses, camels ( at Vijashree Folk village for rides) and even monkeys.
Luckily there were no real life crocodiles!
There were usual tropical fruits, bananas, pineapples and even watermelons.
Little birds on trees and power lines
Gypsy folks tending to the animals and sitting in the sun outside their houses, watching the tourists cars and auto rickshaws go by and catching up on the village gossip.
Busloads of school kids add to the constant bustle in Hampi.
Last but not least, there is even a little Arts and Crafts shop with copper and brass figures, idols, décor items ( hanging bells, lamps etc) , old coins and puja items which make perfect souvenirs of this wonderful place. A awesome note to end the trip on!