"Wading neck deep in a swamp, your revolver is neither use nor ornament until you have had time to clean it" Mary H. Kingsley (1897)

Among The Temple Ruins


Hampi is such a vast archaeological complex that exploring it requires transport, a sense of purpose
And several bottles of water.

Otherwise even the hardiest tourist tends to wilt.


The site consists of a truly remarkable array of beautiful temples and palace ruins, built between the 14th and 17th centuries.

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Sic transit gloria mundi..


4 responses

  1. I like the “temples are also for naps” photo. And the slide show is cool.

    May 21, 2011 at 5:36 pm

    • The big Indian temples sometimes remind me of busy railway stations or airport terminals. Whilst the most sacred areas are kept only for blessings and darshan, the temple complex will include areas where whole families will sit together, talking, eating and resting.
      Maybe modern Christian customs are very different to how pilgrimages would have have been experienced in past centuries. Now where’s my Chaucer?!

      May 21, 2011 at 6:04 pm

  2. Toffeeapple

    What amazing architecture. I am sure that I would not be able to relax on three rocks and a bicycle.

    May 22, 2011 at 12:24 am

    • I can relax in the car – providing I don’t look at the rest of the traffic. Travelling pillion on a motorbike brings me excited happiness rather than quiet relaxation. Three rocks and a bicycle? I’m still working on it!

      May 22, 2011 at 6:32 am

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