All I knew for several years about my country’s history was Mughals and British, as that is what our education system wanted to teach us.
But after I started reading about the true history of our country to explain to my kids, I started realizing that our country has SO much to be proud of! We have stories of 10,000+ years being said in our Puranas but – and these are not just mere stories, but actual events that happened in this very country!
I have been traveling the last 3 years to just heritage sites and can feel the aura of these places – one such gorgeous place is the pride of ancient India – Hampi – earlier Vijayanagar (the land of victory)!
Fact! New York times has rated Hampi second on the list of top 52 travel destinations across the world!
My husband and I took the super comfortable sleeper bus from Bangalore (6 hours night journey) and reached Hospet, Hampi at 4.45am.
We had booked a home stay just next to Hampi center near the Virupaksha temple (which was a 30 min auto ride from the bus stop). There were no free rooms at that time (5.30am) as the check-in time was 9.30am and hence our host (thankfully) asked us if we would like to climb Mathanga hill to see the sunrise. The hill was just 500m away and was a moderate 20-minute climb. Once you get your way through the rocks of Mathanga hill, you reach the top with a spectacular view of the entire Hampi city. Magnificent Boulders thrown all over the city with the Virupaksha temple at the center and the Tungabadra river flowing by its side on the West side of the hill and the Beautiful sunrise with the rays shining on all the rocks of Hampi on the East side. After a calm and quiet sunrise, we got down from another easier path with steps instead of rocks and head to our home-stay for some awesome breakfast.