February 26, 2010 Leave a comment
With my trip to malaysia done, I returned to India on the 13th feb. However while I was in KL, I was having having a discussions with my friend, on a trip after coming back !!!. I was granted leave on 19th and with my friend also taking leave, the only thing pending was the place. Having checked team-bhp we still couldnt figure out the places.
I had told my friend we could go by car , however that wasnt the case, as my dad refused to give the car . This however turned out to be a blessing in disguise. We booked the north karnataka heritage package tour conducted by KSTDC. The schedule was ideal for us as the tour dates was fri-sat-sun.
I met my friends srikanth and subbu krishna on thur night at badami house at 9.30. We boarded the bus at 10 and headed to hampi. After a brief stop in between we reached the ksrtc’s hotel mayura around 6.30. We were allotted rooms and after freshing up, we headed back to the bus, to begin our journey to hampi. We were introduced to the guide who did a wonderful job of explaining the facts and history of hampi.
The first stop was at sasuvekal ganesha or mustard ganesha which we saw from the bus. After that we proceeded to see kadlekal ganesha or groundnut ganesha. Historical records indicate that a merchant had earned a lot of money by selling mustard and groundnuts. Since he intended to build a temple dedicate to ganesha, he donted a large part of his earning to the king, hence the name has stuck.
After seeing the ganesha we procedded to hemakuta which was located a short distance from hemakuta. The place contains some old temples. Since the place provided a ideal place to take some good shots, a small photoshoot was conducted there and then we proceeded to virupakshaw temple. To use camera one has to pay Rs 25. Since there was nothing interesting to take snaps, hence we just had a look at the diety. The guide also explained that the from 6 am to 6 pm one can see the inverted image of the temple gopura. No one is still able to explain how this occurs.
By the time we finished came out of virupakshaw temple it was already 11 and the sun was beating down hard on us. Our next stop was the famous lakshmi narasimha statue and the badavilinga statue.
Lakshmi Narasimha Statue
After seeing both these , we headed for lunch which took approx an hour to complete. After lunch we were on our final leg of hampi tour, we visited the lotus mahal, elephant stable and few other important places such as stepped tank, sister stones.
Lotus Mahal, Elephant Stable, Stepped Tank
We then approached the main attraction of hampi, the stone chariot and vijaya vittala temple. There are musical pillars in the temple, however we are not allowed to touch it. The guide showed us the location of the musical pillars.
We took a few pics of the stone chariot and we bid adieu to hampi and boarded the bus to go back to the hotel.
Tungabhadra Dam is very close to the hotel and me, srikanth and subbu krishna went there in the evening as we wanted to see the sunset. The bus ride to the top takes around 10 min and charges are Rs 20. Since we reached the top early, we spent some time roaming around waiting for the sun to go down. The actual sunset began aroung 6.15. With the sun going down slowly, the sky was illuminated with various colors. We were busy capturing the sunset with our cameras.
Sunset @ TB Dam
After seeing the sunset we headed back to the base of the dam and to the musical fountain. Spending some time in the garden we got back to the hotel and after having dinner we hit the sack as we had to get up early the next day
We proceeded from hampi at 5.30 in the morning to the caves temples of badami. Stopping for a short while for breakfast, we reached badami.
The cave temples of badami are all carved of the mountain. The temples are dedicated to shiva, vishnu and mahavira. As per the guide the all statues are made of sandstone. We spent some time there before moving to pattadakal where the kings coronation cermany used to take place.
Carvings in Badami
pattadakal has some impressive temples which were built by the chalukyas between 3rd and 6th centuries. As per the guide the lower the temple is on the ground the more ancient it is. We spent an hour in pattadakal listening to the guide as he explained the history of the various temples. Pattadakal was an expiremenation area used the sculptures. The temples are a mix of north and south indian architecture.
Temples in Pattadakal
We moved to aihole which is also called the birth place of south indian architecture, and this would be our last place we would visit for the day. The guide explained there are more than 150 temples around aihole, however many of them have collapsed. Only very few temples are standing till today.
We saw the architectural marvals in aihole and shot plenty of snaps. The tour operator announced that we lodging would be at bijapur which was 3 hrs from aihole. With a short break for cuppa, we headed to bijapur and reached there at 8 at night. After having lunch in kamat we retired for the day
With only bijapur sightseeing and a visit to kudalasangama scheduled for the day, we woke up leisurely and headed to gol gumbaz.
Those interested to use the camera inside the gombaz had to pay the fees which me and srikanth did. We were explained the architectural style of the perisans and the arch pillar method of archtitecture developed by the persians. Inside the gombaz one can find the tombs of adil shah and his family.
The guide showed us the various sounds that could be generated inside the gombaz. We were also showed the place where we could get some good shots of the gombaz, which wes used well. We then moved to ibrahim roza. The roza is a mouseleum built by Adil Shah II in memory of his wife. Unfortunately the king died before his wife, and he was buried here, hence the name.
The tomb is a mix of Indo-Persian architecture and is a source of inspiration for building the Taj Mahal. A tour inside and we were off to big canyon located inside the bijapur fort.
The canyon is one the largest canyon ever constructed and it was built by hand. The guide told us the canyon had the capacity to destory a city in those days. Also beneath the canon , one can find the carvings of half and full moon, indicating that both hindus and muslims served in the army.
The canyon marked the end of the bijapur trip. We headed to koodlasangama, the place which was chosen by basavanna. We saw the dhayana mantapa. Apart from the dhanyanamantapa and the river there is nothing much to see here. Those who were intersted in taking group snaps, were allowed to take, and the rest took a break from the sun, and had a few cool drinks.
We saw a couple more places enroute and then headed back to hospet for dinner and then back to bangalore.
Snaps can be foundhere