Bengaluru – Heritage Resort, Hampi
We arrive with the morning flight and drive to Hampi approx 5.5hrs. Spend the day at leisure with an orientation in the evening. Have an early dinner as we start tomorrow very early. (High Tea & D)
We start with a very early b’fast & step out to catch the morning light to visit the Queen’s Bath & Lotus Mahal. Also seeing other little structures along the way. The morning light will work really well for these areas. Return for a little rest, lunch & then step out again to catch the late afternoon light on the elephants area along with the Ram temple with its phenomenal intricate carvings of the Ramayana. We will also see the Step well that is an engineering marvel. For the one’s who want to push on, we can do an evening on the Hemkutta Hills. Soak in the landscape & capture the first impressions. We will be coming here again for the morning light as well. Return back to out resort, catch up to share our experiences from the day. (BLD)
Every morning will be an early start with b’fast. Today we head to the famous Vithal Temple catching it in the morning light. Spend time shooting this gorgeous architecture & then for the adventurous ones we could walk over the huge boulders to see & photograph the 1008 shivlings which dot the landscape in a surreal arrangement. Return to the resort for lunch & a little rest before we head out, this time for a small trek over the Matanga Hill to see the stunning Achyataraya temple & the courtesans ally. This landscape is totally mesmerizing & will be a joy to photograph. Return to the resort in the evening for our drinks & much needed cooling down. (BLD)
We start our day with the Krishna temple. Followed by a small walk over to the Hemkutta hills & spend the rest of the morning finding stunning compositions of the temples & the landscape all around us. We return for lunch & rest. This afternoon you are free to choose any area of this vast complex that caught your eye & you feel you’d like to explore more of. We can divide into groups & head to different parts of the complex taking some great images in the evening light. (BLD)
We have 2 options. 1 wake up slightly easy with normal time b’fast OR if you feel you’d like to catch the morning light on any of the structures you may have missed or need more time with, you could head there . Return, pack & we bid our farewell to this amazing era with some really rich images. We make our long journey back to B’lore airport for our return flights. (B)
Dr. Dalal, our history Mentor, philosopher & guide for this Photosafari
Dr. Kurush F Dalal has a BA in Ancient Indian History and History from the University of Mumbai), an MA in Archaeology as well as a PhD on the early Iron Age in Rajasthan, both from Deccan College, Pune University. Subsequently he shifted focus to the Early Medieval Period predominantly on the West Coast of India and excavated the sites of Sanjan, Chandore and Mandad. These excavations and the data recovered have had a strong impact on scholarship in the region. The recent Mandad excavations have revealed a brand new hitherto unknown Indo-Roman Port site with antecedents going back even further.
Dr Dalal also actively works on Memorial Stones and Ass-curse Stones in India and dabbles in Numismatics, Defence Archaeology, Architecture, Ethnoarchaeology and allied disciplines. He is the Co-Director of the Salcette Explorations Project, a massive Urban Archaeology Project documenting the Archaeology of Mumbai since 2015, thus extending his interest from the Medieval into the Colonial Period.
He has published over 35 papers and has read many more at National and International Seminars. He is a visiting lecturer at various Universities, Colleges, Schools and Government Institutions. He taught archaeology and allied subjects at the University of Mumbai for 10 years. Since October 2019 he is Consulting Editor with Live History India and continues to research Archaeology and Culinary Anthropology. As of August 2020, he is the Director of the INSTUCEN School of Archaeology.
Who better to guide us on this incredible historic pilgrimage than this giant of a man!
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