Those who came in late and have not yet browsed our earlier stories on Hampi a World Heritage Site, here are the quick links:
- Hyderabad to Hampi- Where Ghumakkad got lost in time
- Vitthala Temple and Royal Chariot
- Hiking in Hampi
- Confusion at Hampi- Ugra or Lakshmi Narasimha
- Coracles not for the weak hearted
- The Lotus Mahal
- Charm of a Sunset at Hampi
Besides portraying the women warriors, Ghumakkad also takes you to the following 15th century monuments in Hampi:
- Queen's Bath
- Royal Enclosure including a video clip
- Mahanavami Dibba
- Cabinet Room
- Public Bath including a short video
- Troops Barracks
- Queen's Dance Hall
The menace of defacing historical monuments, public places, escalators and even tree barks persists across the globe. But in India, they take their time to scratch and dig their names into walls like in Hampi. As if the defacers will become immortal!
These pictures were taken in Feb-17 when four of us visited Hampi.
Credit goes to Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) for making the whole Hampi site 'disabled-friendly'. See the braille signage below and a ramp for wheel-chair bound tourists few pictures later.
Mahanavami Dibba- Ceremonial Platform for the King
See the sheer size of the royal platform! A man on top of the platform dwarfs in comparion.
Here is a short 20-second video showing the carvings. Granite unlike sandstone and marble, is not easy to carve!
A woman warrior riding a battle horse! More sculptures of women warriors to come.
Pushkarni- Step well and water reservoir for inmates of royal enclosure
Feel the size of this 500-year old swimming pool with diving boards too, in this short 20-seconds video. Please ignore the howling wind in the background.
Giant sized dinner plates in stone. Imagine the appetite and built of the diners of that era!
More Women Warriors...
Queen's Dance Hall
- Harsh-the-Ghumakkad with Neeta Bhargava/ 27th July 2017