Hampi was on my wish-list since a long time, long before it managed to grab the 2nd spot on ‘The New York Times Must-See Global Destinations of 2019’ list. However, I will not deny the fact that the ‘NY Times’ declaration definitely reminded me that I should check this destination off my list before it gets swarmed by tourists. Thus, one of my friends and I decided to visit this historical marvel over a weekend.
Hampi is a quaint little village on the banks of the Tungabhadra and consists of the ruins of the once-glorious Vijayanagara empire. While we were excited to explore this ancient jewel of India, we were equally excited to include the Hippie Island on our list of to-dos in Hampi. Situated on the other side of the Tungabhadra, lies the Hippie Island, or the Virupapur Gadde, which is the sin city of Hampi, replete with Israeli hippies, quirky decor, and an elemental ambience.
Our journey began from Bangalore. We boarded an AC bus to Hospet (since there aren’t any direct buses to Hampi) and reached at 6, the next morning.
We checked into a homestay in New Hampi and were pleasantly surprised by the swanky interiors (though decked in tacky colours).