So, this place had always been in my bucketlist and just when I thought of putting it up on priority, we were welcomed with a long weekend. So the journey began on 30.09.2015, when we (me and my all-time traveller, Ankit) after fighting a long queue of problems, left from Chennai at 1700 HRS via Kacheguda Express, which took us to Gooty and from there we had to board a passenger train at 0200 HRS in morning to Hospet. Hospet is the nearest railway station (12 kms). Day 1 (01.10.2015) We reached Gooty at 0100 HRS and we had to wait for the next passenger train to Hospet which will depart at 0215 HRS. While waiting we met few tragedies, where the notorious companion of mine broke the chain of my bag and obviously, got me in problem (as always!), but to our rescue came the station manager, he was super helpful. He arranged few threads to repair my bag and even gave us idea about how to reach hospet and from there to hampi. To our disappointment, the only option we had was a train at 0200 hrs. We had idli, sambar vada at the only outlet open at that time, for which we paid 90 rupees for 2 plates each with cold drink and two cups of tea. After clicking few photographs at station, (rather call it the serene station, as being from north, and being a constant visitor to stations like New Delhi, u hardly get to see silent stations, with only few people roaming around: p), we got general class tickets to hospet for 120 rupees and boarded the train to this beautiful destination at 0215 hrs. We arrived at hospet station at 0530 hrs in morning and from there we had to shed 150 bucks (Auto Ride!) to go to Hampi as we had not informed our guest house owner about the pickup and drop facilities. (Take a note people, do ask for the pickup and drop facilities if you have already booked the guest house!). On the way to Hampi, one thing we had realized that this was going to be journey to the golden era of architecture, a time when technology wasn’t the main concern of people (p.s. NO PHONE SIGNALS! I guess only Idea works... So GET IDEA before you hop on to this journey!) The whole place looked like designed in sepia shade with patches of greenery around. The coconut trees, banana leaves gave the total authentic look to this place, making it look more beautiful than ever. Gopi Guest House: We stayed at “Gopi Guest House” which was 14 kms from the station. As we entered the area, it gave us a glimpse of a modernised village. We reached in half an hour at 7AM. The auto rickshaw driver was very friendly and during the whole ride, he told us about the places to visit in Hampi. Though we were very much excited about the CORACLE aka bamboo boat ride, he told us about the motor boat ride to get across the Tungabhadra river, that divided Hampi into two parts, in just 5 Rs. So, followed by this was getting freshen up and leaving for the day. We got bicycles for 100 rupees/day just below our stay. P.S. they did work well, till the end. Except for ankit’s cycle which troubled us at the end of the day, but thanks to the super helping people there, the problem was solved in a jiffy.