I spent a few days at Hampi during my recent India visit. The impression left by those days are intensely visual, not just due to the nature of the place itself but also because I had very few interactions with people – locals and tourists – during the trip. So it is appropriate that I record this destination through photographs.

I start with a series on Tungabhadra. The river usually does not occupy much space in typical itineraries of Hampi, but we had to cross it at least twice each day, to and from our guest house on the bank across Hampi. Each boat ride was a little adventure, especially for my parents who had to hop along a dozen sandbags to reach the alighting point, and then haul themselves onto the rocking boat. All around there was more rock than river (it was well past the monsoon season) and it was frightening to imagine the river in spate with all those rocks submerged.

Enough words. Here are the pictures: Photo Essay – Tungabhadra

7 thoughts on “Tungabhadra

  1. i love the seamless interaction of the past and present there in Hampi. I loved the Virupaksh Temple – used to sit there for hours. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Hi, I’ve never commented before but have been following your blog for some time now thanks to Kahini/Rash. This post, however, called for a comment as I worked in Hampi for 3 years on different archaeology projects. Least to say that your pix reminded me of the fabulous years I spent there!


  3. Dave: Thank you. It means a lot, coming from a photographer like you.

    bips: “Used to sit there for hours” – does that mean you lived in or near Hampi?

    Subs: I envy you for the work you do – archeology, from an outsider’s simplistic viewpoint, seems like an exotic profession. Hampi seemed to be the kind of place that deserved three years to explore (we were there three days) – what was the nature of your exploration, I wonder.

  4. I mainly concentrated on the Indo-Islamic architecture so that includes the Zenana area and some other bits in the Royal enclosure. But I’ve moved on from being an archaeologist to being a Corporate now ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. no…when i visited hampi. day or evening i liked to spend a few hours sitting there thinking of myself as a temple dancer. i also envy subs for her work especially when its one of the rare few sites which feels still ‘alive’.

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