Travellers in India might know Hampi as a hotspot for solo travelling, hippi culture and just relaxing in the backdrop of the ruins of Vijayanagara Empire.
Took the train "Hampi Express" from Bengaluru Cantonment, friday evening to Hospet. Its nearly 402km in distance. My two flatmates accompanied me. It was a budget travel (I always try to do that!!). Reached the station at about 7am, then we had an option either to stay in Hospet or stay in Hampi. Ofcourse we had to stay in main Hampi and we didn't have any prior guest house booking. As much common in India, autodrivers will literally surround you at the train station/ bus stand to jostle to commute you.We asked our auto-driver to take us to a cheap hotel, and he took us to a simple, nice guest house.
The guest house was really cheap, and the owners had the option to serve coffee/ breakfast if we desired.
After a nice shower and breakfast, we started our day of sight-seeing. We booked the auto-driver for the day who dropped us from the train station, to show us the places around.
We started with the Virupaksha temple complex. It was very near to where we stayed, just5/6 minutes' walk. It is the oldest shrine of the Vijayanagar empire and is still a very active Hindu worship place.
Going around the palace complex you will come across a stepped structure like this. Excavation works were being going on along with some restorations.
One can also see the ruins of Krishna temple, just about 1km from Virupaksha temple. There is also a monolithic Shivalinga and a Yoga-Narasimha avatar. During my second visit to Hampi