Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Warangal Part 2

After a bit of driving about, we finally found our way to Warangal Fort.  While the structures that are still standing are spectacular, what is particularly amazing is the massive amounts of carvings that are just littering the grounds.

Here's N with a headless bird.  Notice the bits of broken sculptures all over the ground behind her.

We had to pose with Ganesh, because it was the weekend of his big holiday, Ganesh Chaturthi.

Elephants guard the entrance to the old fort.
While the fort itself is fenced off, once you pay a small entrance fee you are free to roam about the entire complex.  There is very little signage and no one telling you where you can't go.  Total freedom for our kids who seem to enjoy exploring and imagining a place outside the bounds of more organized tourist locations. 
I wish we could have lugged this home with us.  No one would have noticed it missing.
12th century rangoli.  We see these same patterns created in colorful chalk and rice powder on our neighbors driveways. 

We have an enormous number of photos of elephant carvings.  It's hard to edit.
We scrambled over rocks, hills and walls to make our way to this tiny ancient temple. 
It was getting to be a pretty hot day, so we enjoyed the cool shade provided by the temple.  It's kind of hard to see in this photo, but the floors were covered in beautiful curling script.  We wondered if uncle Ian could read it.
And just look at that blue door!

H & N like to wear hats when we go out exploring.  It detracts from the blond hair -- a little bit. 

Then, it was back into the city of Warangal, for one last temple visit.  Stay tuned for Part 3!

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