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The road to Hassan

Adrenaline still filled the comfy traveler van despite the searing mid-afternoon sun. This time, we went back to Hiriyur and turn right to a fork that leads to the interiors of Karnataka until we reached Hassan district, which, unlike Chitradurga is a bit more progressive. We would have taken the road from Bangalore to Hassan if it were not for a needed jaunt at Hiriyur and Chitradurga.

My hands were still glued to my cameras. In between droopy eyes that was inevitable on a hot day my index still finger managed to click every now and then as we pass through interesting spots along the way. Thanks to the bumpy road and a close call in one intersection that roused my senses and be on guard since I was in the front seat.

I thought I have seen enough of India, but not. The road to Hassan, I guess, was the worst of our roundabout road trip in India. The trip to Kattehole Village was just a "free taste" of what we saw and gone through in this stretch. Like the ride to Kattehole, everything was dry and dusty. Save for the closed and air-conditioned traveler van that sheltered us from heat and dust. The long drive seemed to be very boring that I would ask my myself, "Are we there yet?"

Be that as it may, this road trip, no matter how dragging and dangerous it was, gave me a glimpse of India's rural economy, a slice of life, and a preview of the beautiful and colorful culture.

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Goat shepherds

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Rocky mountains outside Chitradurga

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A row of banyan trees. One of the beautiful spots on the way to Hassan.

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Are we there yet?

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Spell DRY.

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Women fetching water from a communal water source.

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In the olden days, arches like this was a marker for travelers that a village is already near. This also symbolized
the temple inside the village.

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Stopping by a town where fruits are sold. These fruits are locally grown in Northern India.
They DO NOT import apples and oranges from China. The apples and seedless grapes are sweet and c-h-e-a-p.

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The folks at the fruit stand.

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Schoolboys were excited to see a traveler (a.k.a. Tourist Bus) going to their town. They thought I was Chinese. They asked me to take their photo.

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Women waiting for a ride.

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Two men HHWW Before Sunset. Finally arrived in Hassan!

For more photos, see On the road | Chitradurga to Hassan in Flickr.


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Aside from my day job, I love photography and storytelling. Going places--be it a cliche destination or the far side of the road--stoke and free my soul. I dig deeper into the people’s psyche, culture and ethnicity, and heritage. I love to observe how they thrive and build social institutions, preserve their culture and traditions.

4 comments :

Aleah | SolitaryWanderer.com said...

Lovely pics! I never had the chance to take pics on the way to a place because I always took the trains. I saw a lot of men HHWWPSSP in different cities though. It's fascinating, isn't it.

Juan Carlo Dela Cruz said...

I envy you with all these amazing pictures and stories. keep it up!

DingF | The Pinoy Explorer said...

Thanks, Aleah! I wish to come back and try the trains too! hehe. Smiling a lot with the HHWWPSSP! Cheers!

DingF | The Pinoy Explorer said...

Thanks Juan carlo!

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