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Travel Blogs from Hospet
... and push! :P but we finally made it to the top laughing as the auto’s tiny little engine cut out, exhausted at the top of the hill.
Our first stop on the loop was a giant field lined on both sides by these bizarre little bazaars. This site was supposedly one of the bazaars where the ancient locals would come to setup shop and sell fresh produce they had grown. There were hundreds of little stalls that extended for ...
... than a fort for a change. With our audio guides in hand we toured the Mysore Palace for over an hour looking at all the grand halls decorated for celebrations, weddings and the many proceedings and meetings. The stain glass windows and dome ceilings were intricate and the decor very ornate. As a result of the original palace burning down it was reconstructed with very little wood and has since withstood the test of time. Paintings and expensive furnishings still adorn the ...
huge boulders with many temples and ruins of past civilisations;
completely different to any other part of India we had seen and
understandably part of UNESCO! The whole area was quite mysterious
with much of it's history unknown. There are clearly old temples,
market areas and old pathways with plate templates carved into the
rocks for soldiers to eat from. Some of the remains show what look to
be a high tech civilisation with large public baths ...
... survey maps are! Surely there must be an iPhone app with detailed OS style maps of India and gps? As we arrived back into Hampi after a day of sightseeing more temples that we could count, we remembered what awaiting us at the end of our ride; a river crossing. To cross the river, we would have to cram into a tiny motored dingy with twenty other people, our bikes and at least three motorbikes. The total weight of all this cargo lowered the boat in the water to such an ...
Although this is not my last post from India, it is my last post from placement. As such, I would like to share some of the cultural eccentricities that I have come across over the past 5 weeks.
First of all, I have mainly been addressed as Madame. This is not an old lady thing; I believe it is a caste thing and their way of showing respect. It can get a bit confusing with 6 Madames running around and it often gets somewhat clarified my using "Madame" ...
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