Among the streets of a small neighborhood of New Hampi, when I passed through there was a great enthusiasm and also surprise by the local (especially children). They are not very used to see foreigners around here... tourists normally spend their time only in the old town where all the ruins are.
Until eight years ago the ancient ruins of Hampi were inhabited as normal homes by locals. The past eight years, the Indian government has been trying to preserve these ancient site ... and are literally driving out of their "homes" these people.
When you roam around the numerous ruins of Hampi, sometimes is better take a rest from the blazing sun... otherwise you will end up literally cooked.
During another hot day in Hampi, I went to one of the main temples of the ruins of the city. Once there I found a huge crowd of people who seemed to wait for something.. I thought some kind of religious ceremony. After half roaming around and seek refuge from the blazing sun, have begun to get other people all dressed up.
Photo taken at the Golden Temple during the prayer of the monks. There was a large hall where about fifty monks recited prayers like songs; another group of monks in a small hall at about ten meters, instead playing a rhythmic and almost hypnotic music, very beautiful. It was like a concert by two different rooms.
Bylakuppe is a small town two hours from Mysore, reserved for Tibetan refugees. These people fled China during the invasion of Tibet in 1959. Here live 10,000 Tibetans and more than 3000 are monks. The photo was taken near the Golden Temple, at the apartments of these monks.
Through the alleys of the old city, some children are intent on buying (????) some snacks in a small shop.
These symbols you see are called Ranguli. They are connected to the Hindu belief and every early morning are drawn with white chalk (or colored) in front of the front door. They are used as a daily good luck...