The magnificent ruins of Hampi dot an unearthly landscape that has captivated travellers for centuries. Heaps of giant boulders perch precariously over kilometres of undulating terrain, their rusty hues offset by jade-green palm groves, banana plantations and paddy fields. While it’s possible to see this World Heritage Site in a day or two, plan on lingering for a while. The raw essence of this place will take your heart away.
After travelling for 8 hours We finally reached Hampi in the mid day and it was quiet sunny. The first thing that we did was have some nice South Indian breakfast . Then we went on to buy some goggles from a nearby stall although they were not that good quality but were very useful in Hampi's hot journey . Soon after having breakfast we went on to roam around the local markets and streets . The streets were filled with the guides and the autowalas who were pouncing at every tourist asking them to take their taxi. But as we knew that they were charging very high cost we decided not to take any autos . We were already exhausted by the travel and also because of the temperature of Hampi we decided to go to the hotel and just relax for some time . As our hotel was in the hippie side of the village we crossed the Tungabhadra river and reached on the other side - the most famous among foreigners the hippie island . Luckily we found the hotel guy just after we crossed the river . He dropped us to our destination on his scooter . It was quiet a funny ride though . The hotel was a bit far from the market place but was good that too with our budget there was nothing we could ask more.We took rest for sometime in the hotel and then got ready to explore the little village . We walked around a few kms where we met this guy named Hanumantha who had a coracle. We soon jumped into the coracle and soon we were into waters . It was a very good experience . In between the ride hanumantha shared some of his views about the city and how he makes his living . After that we found the rental bikes store where we rented a scooter which costed aroundRs 400/- for one day (till 6pm ). From there we directly went to the Hanuman temple . The place where Lord Hanuman was born (Kishkindha). It is situated on the top of a mountain . We had to climb about 760 stairs to reach on top of the mountain where a small temple is placed . It was really exhausting to climb those stairs and we had to take a few breaks in between to recharge ourselves. It was a beautiful view from the mountain where you can see the entire city surrounded by the river and the rocks . After that we roamed around the places visiting different temples and on the way we could see the paddy fields . It was a bliss to watch the lush green fields . After that we went around 5-6 kms to search for some drinks as there were no shops around the market . Finally we found one in anegundi . We packed some of the drinks for the night and returned to the city . We then went to a cafe which had this beautiful setup of ambient lighting and cushion and beds placed all over the place to sit down and relax . Most of the customers in that cafe were mostly foreigners and we were the only indian customers. We ordered some food and smoked some cigarettes (although I am not a regular smoker I had a few puffs )and relaxed ourselves. After spending some time there we returned our bike and soon took an auto to the hotel room as it was already 7.30pm.Now it was our time to pop up the drinks and have a chill time . We managed to buy some snacks on the way which we had along with the drinks . After a few drinks we suddenly decided to visit Goa so we booked the tickets for the next day . It was already too late so we slept as the next day was also going to be too long . That was the end of Day 1 . Although we haven't covered much places we had fun travelling through the village and the local streets .
Extensive Travel Through Hampi...
Hampi, over the last few years has gained a lot of popularity among travellers keen on exploring the religious and cultural ruins of the once magnificent capital of the Vijayanagara Empire. If you have, however, missed out on visiting this captivating landscape till now, then IRCTC is giving you the perfect opportunity to make this your next destination.Over the last year, IRCTC has come up with a lot of exciting packages for domestic as well as international destinations through its tourism arm, IRCTC Tourism. Taking this initiative forward, it has now launched an exciting package for those looking to explore the UNESCO heritage site of Hampi in Karnataka.This three-night four-day package starts at a modest tariff of just Rs 11,300 per person (triple occupancy) as per the official announcement on their Twitter page. Known as the Heritage Hampi plan, the tour will commence from Hyderabad and will be visiting the nearby destinations of Badami, Pattaddakkal and Aihole as well.Tour detailsThe tour package starts from August 9th, from Hyderabad. Passengers will be flown in a TruJet flight from Hyderabad to Vidyanagar (Bellary) at 1.00 pm. Post their arrival at Vidyanagar Bellary Airport, passengers will be transferred to Hotel Malligi in Hospet. The tour price includes breakfast and dinner.All other expenses for sightseeing are included in the cost of the tour package including tour guide’s fee at Hampi and Badami, travel insurance and IRCTC’s services during the tour. Only personal expenses such as laundry, mineral water and snacks are excluded. An air-conditioned tempo traveller will be used for sightseeing during the tour.ItineraryDay 1: Visit to Tungabadra Dam in the evening post arrival.Day 2: Local Day Tour from Hospet to Hampi.Day 3: Sightseeing tour to see the monuments of Aihole and Pattadakkal and Badami Caves.Day 4: Return flight to Hyderabad from Bellary Vidyanagar Airport.Tariff detailsFor single occupancy, the tariff starts at Rs 13,530 per person while for double occupancy you will be charged Rs 11,770 per person and Rs 11,300 for triple occupancy. Children between the ages of 5 and 11 years will be charged a Rs 11,290 with bed additionally and Rs 10,040 without a bed.For further details, click here!What do you think of this initiative? Share your views with the travel community on Tripoto.Check out videos and more on Tripoto's YouTube page!
I had climbed the unrelenting hills in Hampi everyday of the week I spent there, to truly apprehend the meaning of tough climbs and worthy views. The boulder-strewn landscape here is incredible, one of a kind and undeniably strange. Geologists claim that it is one of the oldest exposed terrains on earth. And I, (just like every traveller who set foot in this straight-outta-Ramayana land) was awestruck and baffled how those boulders managed to balance themselves at unbelievable angles and monstrous heights.
Take a bus/Auto Rickshaw from Hospet, the nearest town to Hampi. You would be deprived of any other conveyance options other than a Bus/Auto Rickshaw which actually offers you with a perfectly phased transition into the Life of the ancient Hampi.