Now this truly is a wonderful architectural thing – the step tank at Hampi. Yet another reason it’s a Unesco heritage site – I really have no idea why it’s not as well known as Anchor Watt.

There are a few impressive step tanks of this sort of ilk scattered over India, but this is the only one I’ve seen myself. It’s basically just a big contained pool with steps in a geometric pattern down to the water. Forgive me if that’s obvious, but I’ve so often shown pictures of this to people and they’ve been utterly stumped as to what it is

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This is part of the 1 minute holiday series – a new one every Friday. Take another 1 minute holiday here:

Video: 1 minute holiday: The river at Hampi
Video: 1 minute holiday: A taste of village life in Southern India
Video: 1 minute holiday: Rickshaw ride at Hampi Bazaar

Or check the even newer and shinier 1 minute holiday page for the whole series. Oooh!

Do let me know what you think of this new one and all the others as they unfold in the comments below.