Hampi – Photo essay on a nomadic life

We met a few nomads in Hampi and the women folk shyly spoke to us. They are mainly from  Belgaum, but they hardly have a destination called home. They move from villages to villages, often working as shepherds or rear cattle and live in temporary settlements. Their belongings are usually their horses and a few vessels which they carry along with their bundle of clothes.

They work in and around the villages in Hampi until the monsoons are over and then they begin their journey towards their home again. However, when you ask them whether they are headed home , they just smile and say no..When pressed for an answer as to where they are headed, they simply say – ” To the next village.”


  1. Anu 14 October, 2010 at 11:34 Reply

    Nice pics, Lakshmi! It must be a hard life for them, living as they do, with no home to speak of… but then again, I remember reading somewhere about gypsies, that they are born nomads and would not really be happy if given amenities and asked to settle down! I wonder… are these nomads by choice or because they have no other choice??

  2. P.N. Subramanian 14 October, 2010 at 21:34 Reply

    You are perfectly correct. They are nomads by choice. They will not settle down at one place even if given all facilities. They would, however, take the benefits of all that comes by and will continue to move on.

  3. Rosadimaggio63 15 October, 2010 at 17:09 Reply

    Hi Lak 🙂
    le donne indiane sono meravigliose … e soprattutto forti in questo mondo di uomini !
    Grande spaccato di un mondo mistico e fragile !
    Grazie della visita 🙂
    Buona giornata.

  4. Jeevan 16 October, 2010 at 20:30 Reply

    Wonderful post and series of pictures. The nomads life are tough, but sometime i feel i would be a nomad to own anything than simple belong to the earth.

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