BEAUTY FOR ASHES.
Once again, the Obvious Choice not only brings you beauty for ashes, but happiness and highlights from the recent Holi Festival in Hampi, India.
Hampi, once ruined for its beauty, is now an official beautiful ruined city declared as a UNESCO world heritage site. Hampi is situated on the banks of the Tunghabadra river in Karnataka, India.
Locally, Hampi is known as the town of Pampa and its main attractions are the ruined temples, palaces, royal buildings and monuments, once owned by the very wealthy Vijayanagar Emperors.
Hampi was abandoned in 1565 after a combined Muslim army laid siege to the town.
The rest is history.
Hampi took its ashes and turned it into beauty.
Zaritha van Wyngaardt, owner and founder of the Obvious Choice, recently visited Hampi on her latest journey through India. Here she shares some happiness highlights from the Holi Festival in Hampi. Click here.
WHAT IS HOLI FESTIVAL ALL ABOUT?
Holi is the annual Hindu Festival of colour and love that celebrates the end of winter and the arrival of spring. This joyous event represents the triumph of good over evil.
Holi is celebrated all over the world.
The festival begins the night before with a bonfire, singing and dancing. The next day people take to the colourful streets and smear (bless) each other with bright powders and paints. Water sprinklers, water balloons and water guns are also very popular on this day. The beauty of Holi is that no one is defined by status or religion on this day.
The colours are symbolic to Lord Vishnu’s reincarnation as Lord Krishna. He used to play jokes on children by squirting them with water and colours.
Although Holi is a Hindu Festival, many westerners travel to various parts of India to participate in the festival of colours. Holi is also celebrated in many countries all over the world.
The Holi Festival also inspired the uniqueness of the very popular COLOR RUN event. The Color Run was designed to create a healthy running environment to promote and inspire health and happiness. Athletes and participants can see smiling faces along the course whose main goal is to douse participants with coloured powders – all in the name of fun, happiness and health.
AWESOME PLACES TO VISIT IN HAMPI:
- Elephant’s Stable
- Virupaksha Temple
- Lotus Temple
- Bheema’s Gate
- Ganesha Temple
- Vijaya Vitala Temple
- Noblemen’s Quarters
- Stone Chariot
- Tungabhadara Dam
- Krishna Temple
- Daroji Bear Sanctuary
AWESOME THINGS TO DO IN HAMPI:
- Matanga Hill Trekking
- Shopping at Hampi Bazaar
- Coricle ride in Hampi (A bowl-shaped boat)
At the Obvious Choice we are passionate about people and travelling. We believe that travelling is a very personal experience and that great experiences differ from individual to individual. Like in the case of Hampi, we believe in the beauty of ruins. We would like to offer you our new range of travelling opportunities to vibrant and spiritual destinations such as India, Bhutan and Sri Lanka. For more info, click here. We would love for you to join us on our next journey.
ABOUT THE OBVIOUS CHOICE:
Owner and founder of The Obvious Choice, Zaritha van Wyngaardt, is passionate about travelling and offers corporate clients, as well as individuals, the opportunity to travel to vibrant destinations to experience, energise and revitalise.
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