Halebidu was, it seems, one of the capitals of the Hoysala Empire of South India, some 1,000 years ago. Halebidu Temple represents some of the most fantastic temple carvings of the Hoysalas.
I went there some 22 years ago, when I was doing my MBA. This was one of those weekend trips we used to make. We'd get into a hired vehicle, and move. Those were the times when the world was young and at our feet.
Halebidu was fantastic. My first sight of the temple simply took my breath away. If I had a week there, it would be too short. Too short to do it justice. The master artisans of the time created something majestic and timeless.