Hampi, India

I’ve spent a really pleasant few days in Hampi, alternating energetic bursts of sightseeing by bicycle with a reasonable amount of lazing around by the banana plantations and the river.

Banana plantation

Riverside view at Hampi

Hampi is a World Heritage Site covered with ruins from the 15th and 16th centuries, when it was a large metropolitan centre. The ruins (which are scattered over a weird, boulder-strewn landscape a bit like Jurassic Park) include temples, palaces and elephant stables.

Virupaksha Temple

Hampi ruins

Elephant stables

The Hindu festival of Dussehra has been taking place this week, and I’ve bumped into some excitable parades while I’ve been here, involving drumming, dancing, Hindu gods and two extremely glamorous elephants!

Dussehra drumming

Dussehra dancing


Beautiful elephant

Dressed up elephant


2 thoughts on “Hampi, India

  1. This looks absolutely amazing! The architecture is wonderful and the atmosphere and community feel from the festival and ceremonies must be out of this world! So glad you’re having such a wonderful time xxx

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