Hampi in a day – Part 3

Our next stop was Queen’s Bath. A little away from the Royal Enclosure (which will come later) this place has its own moat, balconies (for what I wonder!?), changing rooms etc and obviously the bath area. You can see the structure that provides fresh water. I guess the river must have been full in those times to provide so much water. You should see how deep the bathing area is.

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The entrance of Queen’s Bath
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The bathing area surrounded by changing rooms and balconies

This is the first structure which we saw which has Islamic influence in its architecture. I remembered that this area used to be surrounded with a beautiful garden, but they have all been weeded out and is made ready for the upcoming spring (not any time sooner). Hopefully by the 2nd half of the year, this will be surrounded again by beautiful flowers.

Now that we were to one end of the Royal Enclosure, our next stop was to that particular area. It was already 12.25 pm when we reached the place. And we were starving for some cold drinks and food. The heat and the non stop walking took out all the energy out of us. We decided to complete the Royal Enclosure and go for our lunch break.

As soon as you enter the Royal Enclosure, you will see the Mahanavami Dibba, which is the ceremonial platform where all the functions were conducted. You have to climb those steep steps (which are very less in number, but since there was nothing to hold on to, I was getting a little fidgety about climbing it though) to reach the top. But you can see the whole enclosure from there. So it is worth the climb (a quick tip: If you are afraid of climbing these steep steps, you can go around the platform and there are less steep and wide and closed steps on the back. Totally safe and convenient to climb from there) 1-IMG_1953.JPG

All sides of this platform is full of sculptures which are very beautiful and tells you tales of the people’s occupation in those times.

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View of the whole enclosure from the top
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Sculptures on the sides

After going through that, we had to walk a long way again to see the water ducts, the King’s audience hall etc. They were all wide spread and takes a long time to visit and see them. Since we were dehydrated by then and were quite hungry we decided to skip them. This place by itself will take an hour or two to go through each of the ruins. So you might want to plan it accordingly in case you want to cover them all. Will not be feasible during a one day trip.

After this, our driver took us to Virupaksha temple’s parking area, which is the center of the city. There is a famous restaurant there called Mango Tree (you might want to sincerely follow the signs, because we thought the sign meant for us to go straight in the main roads and not in the small road that it pointed to and ended up walking in circles until we could find the restaurant). This restaurant mainly caters to the international visitors with all kinds of cuisines. They also had their menu printed in Arabic or Hebrew language, wasn’t sure what it was. We took our time relishing the cool breeze of the fan in that bamboo covered restaurant and had our lunch (which included some mango Lassi and lime ginger juice). Since we had decided to cover only as much as we want to not all of the places, we were OK to relax for a while and catch our breath.

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