Heard all good and catchy stories about Hampi from my photographer and traveller friends so I have added Hampi in my travel bucket list long back. I was just waiting for right time. Shifted Mumbai to Hyderabad for studies and got opportunity to plan my Hampi trip. I was planning to go solo but that turned out to be a college trip hahaha 3 girls and 3 boys (P.S- no no no do not think that, none of us were couple.)
So finally we have decided to visit Hampi during Christmas. We (girls) were going from Hyderabad and guys were coming from Mumbai.
Twist # 1:
I have booked tickets for wrong date. I know I know you must be thinking being a so called traveller how she can book wrong ticket!! Dude galti insaan se hi hoti hai aur ye toh genuine hai. 22nd night 12 o’clock means 23rd ka 00:05 but this excitement no I tell you! Instead of booking 23rd ka tickets, I have booked 22nd ka. Which means now we will reach Hampi one day before guys comes which means freeeeeeeeeeedom from don’t go there, it’s not safe etc etc.
Twist # 2:
Govt has shut down all the guesthouses and accommodation for tourists in the main Hampi Bazar or Hampi Village so you can cross the river and stay at Hippie Island.
So here is the tragedy, Accommodation was not sort yet. One cottage guy told us on phone “arey aap aajao mai arrangements kr dunga” and yes wohi hua jo aap soch rahe ho. He ditched us last moment saying “sorry bhailog sab full hai”
Somehow we managed our accommodation with the help of Mr. Yogi (the auto guy) who charged us extra and planned our accommodation in bits and pieces. 1 day in hotel and other 3 days in different hotel. That too not in Hippie Island. Oh did I tell you about Geographical condition of Hampi? No na. Okay so to clear the confusion, read the next twist.
Twist # 3:
I wanted this trip to be complete unplanned so I did not do my homework before going there like a mischievous child so of course I did know nothing about the place.
For those who don’t know anything about Hampi, let me give you some basic information. Hampi is is divided in 2 parts. One is Hampi Village. It is all about monuments and temples. Second part is Hippie Island. It is what Hampi is famous for in teenagers. As name suggests, The Hippie Island is full of hippies from all over the world. You will find people smoking weed in day and night openly. I have seen cottage staff also smoking with people. Though I don’t drink or smoke, I enjoyed my 4 days stay in Hampi.
So after all twists and turns here is the day wise itinerary of my Hampi trip.