Photographer's Note

Karnataka - Hampi - Virupaksha Temple

Another member of TE has discovered Hampi already years ago.
Luis (adramad) has been there in 2007 and posted this picture of the Virupaksha Temple seen from the Hemakuta hill: https://www.trekearth.com/viewphotos.php?l=7&p=1046491
I dedicate my three photos of today to Luis.


My main picture shows the imposing eastern gateway tower of the Virupaksha Temple which is one of Hampis oldest structures. Its also the only remaining working temple.

The gateway tower was built in 1442. Theres also a smaller inner gateway tower, built in 1510.

In the WS two pictures taken on the Hemakuta hill. On one you can see this smaller tower on the background. On the hill many ruins of older temples are found.

The whole area around Hampi is characterized by countless giant boulders, sometimes alone, sometimes in huge heaps. See my first picture in the WS.

It wasn't a short trip from Mumbai to Hampi: 15 hours by train from Mumbai to Hubbali (Hubli) and another 3 hours by car to Hampi.
Before I left home, I was looking for interesting places not too far from Mumbai.
But once I saw pictures of Hampi, I knew for sure I wanted to go here.
Moreover my berth in the 2nd class AC train was very comfortable.
Malgo mentioned somewhere that in India she travels in the non AC-compartments, even an whole night. Twenty years ago, I did this too. I even think that there were no AC wagons back then.
Now there are and the prices in India for transportation are not high at all.

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