Hampi was a long time plan for me but it always got delayed for some or the other reasons. One day I was browsing through the news articles, where I happen to see the "52 Places to Go in 2019 - New York Times" and Hampi was on 2nd position. And that was it, the nearest upcoming holiday was 26th of January and I started hunt for the hotels and tickets. Finally the plan was set and I had my bookings done.
I left Bangalore on 25th night by private bus service (Cost: ₹750).