Hampi, a place one can fall for, known for its ruins, culture and is a heaven for backpackers. Almost on the border of Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh, it's one of the safest places in India for women. This was a planned trip with one of my German friends who I met in Belfast, Northern Ireland while backpacking in UK, who flew down for the first time to India. I was keen on taking her to Hampi and she was equally curious to be there, that's how we landed up in Hampi. Though we were already sorted with our accommodation there, once we reached Hospet, a town which is around 45 minutes far from Hampi we got to know that the place that we had booked to stay was actually way too far from Hampi & thus it made no sense to stay there. And thus, the search for accommodation began. Hopping on and off the auto for almost an hour & half, we finally got a place to stay. Thus, we checked in a guesthouse, kept our baggage and left to explore the ruins. Hampi can be easily explored by hitchhiking, renting a bicycle or by an auto. Our day one went on by hitchhiking to the top of mountain to seek the blessings at Hanuman Temple. Day two went by exploring all the places of interest in Hampi like Elephant Stables, Virupaksha Temple, Stepped Tank, Vithala Temple , Achyutraya Temple, Lotus Palace, Zanana Enclosure and so on. Day three was surprisingly the best, starting with an early morning hike on Matanga Hill following by a lunch with a new Danish friend and shopping at the Hampi Bazaar, and then by evening we left for Mumbai.
Hampi was undoubtedly the best of the place to be around. Amazingly beautiful.