Today we arrived back in Hyderabad after a two day visit to Hampi, about 500km southwest of Hyderabad in Karnataka. We took overnight trains (AC/2 class) in both directions; this is a great way to travel! I'll try to do a more thorough write-up eventually, but for now, a selection of the photos can be found in this album:
|Hampi - October 2007|
We made a list of phrases/places/events to help us remember the trip; here they are, in no particular order.
- seeing an Enfield Bullet 350 up close
- the Mango Tree restaurant: Raju, lassi (banana and lemon/ginger), the swing, birds (parrots, kingfishers, egrets), "omelets" for breakfast
- the banana woman
- walking back from Vittala Temple along the river and seeing the "child stones" in the trees, a huge herd of goats, and a gorgeous sunset
- meandering in the back streets after dark
- being blessed by the priest at Virapaksha Temple: holy water, banana goo, and the pinhole camera image
- the puppy at the Hospet train station
- the scary first breakfast in Hampi - idli, dosa, chai and flies
- the nice rickshaw driver who gave us the ride into Hampi and then hunted us down as we waited for the train back to Hyderabad to return our camera battery - a tout, but decent.
- the crazy rickshaw driver who took us from Hampi back to Hospet - a scary ride if ever there was one
- monkeys humping in the enclosure of Virapaksha Temple
- seeing the same trainman on the return train as on the train down - and him smiling as he recognized us on the platform
- "come this way" - being led behind Virapaksha temple to look at the small tank, the cave temple, and more monkeys
- Rama Guest House - overpriced (Rs. 350/night), noisy (bad fan and much street noise), but clean, with a decent owner. (Try Shanthi instead...)
- a bath for the temple elephant, and her blessing
- cycles being ferried on a coracle
- Ganesha everywhere, but especially the monolithic Ganesha and the one carved into the rock
- "Indian clothing - very good!"
We got a lot of approving comments on Katy's salwar Kemeez and my kurta.
- scootering about - an interlude of sanctioned cuddling
- Bhima's gate
- a call from Srinivas while waiting for the train in Hospet
- having my beard trimmed
- the snake
- the wicked-yet-kind bell merchant, and his birthyear coin gifts. (His birthyear is 1952.)
- fish-covered walls and the afternoon around them: monkeys playing, other monkeys bounding over the rocks, views of rice paddy and banana plantation, and the blessing from the crippled priest
- "You want smoke?"
- Seeing the temple ruins behind the monolithic Nandi statue and beginning to realize just how big this place is
- children playing by the water with a scarf
- "chai tea!"
- the "Disney characters" in orange
- "Are we in India?" no dosa for lunch, strange "tourist" clothes