Tourism is an incredible way to showcase India's rich and magnificent history, culture and diversity and simultaneously employ millions
The road north from Bengaluru towards Hyderabad slopes gently downwards from the top of the Deccan plateau. Lush green grape vines in the Nandi Hills area give way to the arid brush of Anantapur district in Andhra Pradesh. A little off the highway, about 2 hours north of the airport, lies the town of Lepakshi, with the largest monolithic stone Nandi (bull) in India. The bull and the nearby Veerabhadra temple were built in the early 16th century during the Vijayanagara empire. The temple is stunning because it is built both by adding stone (sculpture) and subtracting stone (in-situ carving) and sits atop a “tortoise-mound" hillock. The natural dye paintings on the ceiling and the columnar patterns on the pillars have inspired weavers from the surrounding areas of Hindupur and Dharmavaram to incorporate them in the design of their woven cotton and silk saris.