Day 5 in Hampi:
Woke up early to watch Lakshmi, the temple elephant, take her 7:30 a.m. bath in the Tungabhadra River. Sadly, we then witnessed a local man empty three bags of garbage into the water, watch it float downstream, then jump in for a dip. (One of the bags was all paper materials–he sorts, then pollutes?) Beautiful bathing elephant to our left, dirty floating garbage to our right. This is India.
After a breakfast of milk coffee, masala dosa, and fried eggs, we took a fishing boat across the river, walked through a village called Virupapura Gaddi, and stopped for a lassi break (the heat is like an oven here, making time in the shade a necessary pleasure) on a floor-cushioned patio overlooking a rice paddy field. Lined with palm trees.
One more day and then we’re off on an overnight bus to Gokarna, a temple/beach town on Karnataka‘s west coast. Beach hut time is calling…
New story with pics and our latest video are coming soon! In the meantime, hope you enjoy this peek at some of India’s most awe-inspiring architecture–the castles, temples, and forts of Rajasthan.