Back in something like the 1st Century, King Kasyapa chose this site in Sri Lanka as his capital. His palace was built on the top of this rock, Sigiriya and he had constructed a gateway in the form of a large lion about half way up. We spent the day hiking up....and up....and up and were awarded with an incredible view of the Central region of Sri Lanka.
If I were King Kasyapa's queen, this would have been the site of my bedroom window! :)
Ancient paintings still preserved in a tunnel on the way up to the top.
The gateway to the palace at the base of the Lion's feet.
Just starting our ascent. The grounds below were the site of many pools where the maidens would bathe.
Of course, our reward at the end was a well-earned Lion Lager!