This was our second visit to Hampi. But this time, we took a guide in the royal enclosure which was basically where the king lived. He walked us through the different places and even showed us an underground chamber. His passion for the lost kingdom was contagious. I loved the story that there was a pipe line bringing water to the area so the royals could play holi..
In one of the walls there were engravings of camels. Also in the main platform, we saw smaller carvings of women going out for a hunt. The guide looked at us and said that equality was there from those days.
The plates of the soldiers were huge and my favorite was the stepped well discovered in the 80s.
I have a strong feeling that there's a path between the underground chamber and the lotus mahal. Perhaps, in an alternate universe, I'm the archaeologist who made the discovery.