Hampi, Karnataka

The ruins of Hampi with 83 monuments scattered over 26 sqkms; tourists are well known to cover this in one day!

My second visit to this great UN World Heritage site, I strolled around in my own pace. It seemed to me as if each corner beckoned me to have a good look. I roamed around in the ruins, one page at a time, devouring the details of the sculpted stones. Sipping tender coconut water I walked towards the western end of the site.

The Sun never pauses along its path, yet like a snail I moved on through the busy market lanes. Darkness waiting to takeover and at that final moment of the day I managed to capture the setting sun between the pillars. The fake sense of victory pleased me.

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39 Responses

  1. Hilary says:

    Oh my.. what a stunning image. Beautifully done, Indrani!

  2. Regina says:

    Wow fantastic angle!
    Thank you for sharing
    Happy SWF weekend.

    Skywatch Friday"

  3. Joop Zand says:

    Wow…this is great Indrani.

    greetings, Joop

  4. Anya says:

    Its sooooo beautiful 🙂

  5. Kim, USA says:

    Amazing sight! Happy Friday!
    Sky Watch

  6. What a great photo. What timing. What a moment. Thanks.

  7. Sylvia K says:

    Perfect timing indeed and what a breathtaking moment it had to be! Your photo is superb as always. Such stunning colors! Have a lovely day and a great weekend!


  8. chubskulit says:


    My Sky shots, have a great weekend!

  9. You must have the patience of a saint to wait for the exact moment to take this image. Impressive!
    Joyce M

  10. alicesg says:

    Lovely photo of the sun setting. Have a nice weekend.

  11. Indrani, your post makes me feel jealous! Ever since my teen-age years I've wished to visit Hampi during the winter festival and till date it has lived within me as a dream unfulfilled.

    While I write this comment I know there are artists at Humpi who are getting ready to perform and stun the audience tonight…But yet again I wish I was there…

    Your picture prompts me to make a promise to myself that I shall be a part of the mersmerised audience at humpi next winter… 🙂

  12. Jidhu Jose says:

    awesome shot

    happy SWF

  13. wow, perfect timing! i love it!

  14. Aarti says:

    Just made my 1st trip to Hampi and was blown away by the beauty of all structures and monuments…

    love the shot!!

  15. Superb sunset at Hampi! You mentioned Hampi when we met. Ok, I'll keep this wonderful place in mind when I'm in Karnataka next:)

  16. Nice photo. I think you maybe captured the essence of the place.

  17. Extra ordinary snap. The setting Sun seen through the pillars is really amazing. I believe to do justice to this place one needs atleast three days. Thanks.

  18. Really beautiful! The monument makes it look magical.

  19. George says:

    I don't think I would call this beautiful photo a 'fake' victory. It's a marvelous capture. It looks as if the past is about to come alive with the setting of the sun.

  20. Pietro says:

    Oh, what a wonderful sunset through the pillars! Very nice!

  21. Nessa says:

    The sun peeking between the columns is so stunning and thinking about sipping coconut water sounds so exotic and romantic.

  22. Karen says:

    What a poetic shot, it's gorgeous.

  23. Arundhati says:

    Short and sweet post!!! Thanks for reminding me of my wish to re-visit the place as an adult 🙂

  24. Carver says:

    This is a wonderful and magical photograph. I love it!

  25. A very real sense of victory, because you captured this wonderful photo. Good work, Indrani!
    — K

    Kay, Alberta, Canada
    An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

  26. Love the sunset lighting!!! Great pic of a great place!!!
    Mohanur Temple Tour – Part 2

  27. It's a nice composition, though i don't know anything abt photography to use these heavy words!

    and why fake sense of victory? Our victories may be minute, but that doesn't make them fake, no?

  28. YOSEE says:

    Stunning composition……….i feel any picture clicked in glorious Hampi comes out great !!! 🙂

  29. Perfect shot. What a great capture.

    Darryl and Ruth : )

  30. Merisi says:

    Great capture!

    Congratulations on Hilary's Post of the Week Award!

  31. Gorgeous! Congrats on POTW!

  32. Friko says:

    a wonderful photo.

    Happy to meet you through Hillary.

  33. MaggieGem says:

    Your victory was far from fake, gorgeous capture! Congrats on the POTW mention.

  34. Beautiful! The words, as well as the pic.

  35. Viola says:

    Gorgeous!! I would like to sit there, to watch the sunset, to philosophize…. 🙂

  36. Anu says:

    Beautiful image!! have yet to write about my hampi trip:(

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