View of countryside around Hampi
Another panoramic shot of the lovely scenery around Hampi
View within Virupaksha temple complex
Adorable Nandi statues
View of a portion of the highly decorated ceiling.
Detail view of some carvings up high.
More elaborate columns
View from Matanga Hill back towards "central" Hampi and the Virapaksha temple
Another view, this time descending towards the old marketplace.
The sprawling Achutaraya Temple
One of the buildings within Achutaraya
Another large structure - still within Achutaraya
And still more.
On such a hot afternoon, the shady temples provided a cool spot for napping.
The huge monolithic Sasivekalu Ganesha statue.
I'm sure this one has a name...
From this point on it's all a blur. What follows are a load of temples...
Detail of previous.
Same temple, different view.
Large monkey god.
Small herd of cows being grazed outside of one of the less popular temples.
Closer view of arches in Lotus Mahal...
...and detail over arches.
The Elephant Stableshad a series of doorways joining the stalls together that just screamed "photo op".
Another building nearby.
Closer view of some carving on temple exterior.
Another detail shot of... some temple.
Water stepwell near temples.
Interior of bath
View of some of the ornate carving in bath
Entrance to Vittala Temple
Interior of Vittala temple complex
One of the many school groups filing through the complex
Stone Chariot within temple complex
View towards ornate carvings on columns and roof
For a small fee these guards would bang on the hollow "musical" pillars to make various sounds.
Another building near Vittala temple.
I took a trip in this woven boat to visit a few temples along the river. And by "boat", I mean "basket".
One of the temples along the river, with rough steps carved into the rocks.
The narrow paths crisscrossing Hampi Bazaar were lined with shops and restaurants and guesthouses, which made for a very tourist-friendly spot.
Some of the vendor stands along Hampi bazaar
...and temple monkeys enjoying a reflective moment.
I imagine most tourists take photos of these two flamboyantly dressed gentlemen. I mean, just look at them - how could anyone resist?
Women doing laundry in the river outside Hampi.
Colourful Mysore side street
Random view through an archway. I liked the monkey.
View across palace grounds towards entryway
Inside the palace - a ballroom perhaps?
Shiny floors and incredible ceilings in another room.
Inside the palace grounds. A perfect spot for a camel or elephant ride :-).
Jaganmohan Palace, now home to the Jayachamarajendra Art Gallery.
Outside the busy Devaraja Market...
...which on the inside is even busier. And wildly colourful.
Bowls mounded with pigments, just waiting to be photographed. I mean purchased.
The much quieter (and less neon) "old market".
Vegetables lined up outside the almost deserted market stalls.
Although less flashy than the larger market, these veggies were just as inviting :-)
Street in older Paharganj area...
Outside Red Fort (Lal Qila)
Tourist shops lining the Chatta Chowk
Inside the fort walls
Backside of Naubat Khana. I think.
Rang Mahal... or maybe Khas Mahal?
View through elaborate screened section of this Mahal. This was a very popular spot for photos.
This guy was sitting here for a long time, waiting patiently for the tourists to clear out so that he could take the perfect photo.
By this point I was part of the problem...
View towards lovely arched ceilings of Moti Masjid