Hampi and the Chariot Festival
All we’ve heard traveling through India is that we have got to Hampi – and so we have. And we love it. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the place is dotted with 500-year old ruins of palaces and temples among a spectacular landscape of granite boulders, canals, banana plantations and rice patties.
The main focus of this video is not the inanimate, however, it is the riotous yearly chariot festival. Watch as two temple chariots carrying religious idols are being pulled along Bazaar Street, elephants bless the villagers with a touch of their trunk, people break out in song and dance, all while the frenzied crowd throws one of my favorite offerings at the moving chariots – bananas.