Now, this is something special for you this week. Mind you, it’s also only 30 seconds long, so I’m doing you out of the whole 1 minute glory. And, it was before I upgraded to my new fancy camera, so it’s not terribly high res.

But despite all that, I think you’ll be blown away by these Hoysala carvings at the Hoysaleswara temple at Halebid. If that isn’t reason enough to come to India and wallow in the amazing cultural heritage here, without so much as a whiff of the Taj Mahal, then really nothing is going to get your off your sofa and into the world.

This is an empire, I’d not even heard of before I moved to Bangalore – and look at their amazing wealthy of beauty and power. I took this video, long before I’d hatched my plan to make endless 1 minute holidays – this was just from joy at what I was looking at.

As you know I work so I can travel and over the weekends we spent in Belur, Halebid, and the plainer but even more beautiful temple at Somanathapura, I wallowed in the joys of why I live away from home. We spent hours at the three main towns that had been the centre of the Hoysala empire, checking out these gorgeously deep devotional sculptures. Hope you enjoy your, ahem, 30 seconds with them… sorry about that.

Note: Halebid is sometimes written Halebidu or even Halebeedu depending on how the local language is translated. And Hoysala is sometimes Hoysler

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

Take another 1 minute holiday here:

Kovalam, where I used to live in Kerala
Hawah Beach in Kerala, Southern India
Om Beach. The most beautiful beach in India?

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.