Sunset in Hampi
The sun is setting over the village of Hampi and hundreds of tiny figures can be seen going about their daily lives. Many are cooking food, bathing in the river or simply sitting at home enjoying the day away. As sunset approaches, the temperature begins to drop, but everyone continues with whatever it is that they are doing that evening. Some are visiting neighbours, others are praying in churches or mosques, and all seem to thoroughly enjoy being part of this community.
It's sunset time in Hampi.
The sun is setting over the craggy rocks, casting an orange glow across the landscape. You can hear the locals cheering and shouting as they get ready for their evening meal. It's like a scene from a movie set in India—only this one is real!
As you walk around town, locals are friendly and enthusiastic to share their history of this place. They tell you about how it was built and about the many kings who lived here, long before your own time. They speak of how they fought wars against neighbouring kingdoms and how they welcomed foreign travellers from all over the world. They tell you stories about how beautiful it was at one point in time, but now it is mostly just ruins that have been covered up by time and nature.
It's hard not to feel inspired by all of these people who still live here day after day despite everything that happened hundreds of years ago when this place was first created by the gods themselves!
Sunset in Hampi will leave you spellbound.
The colours of the sun as it begins to set are simply breathtaking. The foreground is filled with the orange-red of the setting sun, while the background is filled with a rainbow of colours that shift and change as the air turns cooler and cooler until there's nothing but a dark blue sky above us.
It's hard to describe what it feels like when you're standing there watching this happen—but trust us when you get there, you'll know what we mean.
Hampi is a world heritage site, but you hear little about it. If you're ever in India during the summer months and get to see the Sun setting on the Tungabhadra River, try to find a boatman who will row you out for an hour or so. It's a beautiful way to see an important, mystical part of the country.
Turning to the river, I saw the orange sun drop behind the palm trees on the other side. "It is time," I thought to myself. "The journey has come to an end; all we need to do now is embrace it."