Hampi : the Enthralling, Mystical place Ruled by the Ruins. #Hampipictures #IssSummerBaharNikal

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14th Dec 2018
Photo of Hampi : the Enthralling, Mystical place Ruled by the Ruins. #Hampipictures #IssSummerBaharNikal by nick_2707
Day 1

We started our journey from Pune to Hospet. Reaching Hospet we took an auto to Hampi, from where started our day one in the mystical land of ruins. The ride is beautiful surrounded by paddy farms, coconut trees and as you start nearing Hampi you witness the huge mountains made of boulders which brings the feels of entering into a land of fantasy.

Wondering at the formation of those boulders we reached our cottage that was adjoining the river on the Hampi Bazaar side. We stayed at the Golden Garden Homestay. It is at a walkable distance from the Hampi Bazaar. They charge you anywhere between Rs.700 to Rs. 1000 for one cottage depending on the season. They have a small in-house restaurant that provides real delicious meals. Do not expect five star facilities while visiting Hampi. Most of the stays provide basic facilities with a wide array of delicious food choices.

A view of the cottage where we stayed

Photo of Golden Garden Homestay Hampi, Hosapete, Karnataka, India by nick_2707

The cottage was on the side of the road adjoining the river

Photo of Golden Garden Homestay Hampi, Hosapete, Karnataka, India by nick_2707

Around the cottage

Photo of Golden Garden Homestay Hampi, Hosapete, Karnataka, India by nick_2707

Backpacking to Hampi was not a plan until a friend of mine overheard someone in the office say that December is the best time to visit Hampi. And the ongoing month being December, gave a start to the never ending curiosity of visiting Hampi.

Hampi, known as the land of ruins is a small beautiful village located in the state of Karnataka. The Tungabhadra river flows through, dividing the place into two parts -- namely, the Hampi Bazaar on one side and the Hippie Island on the other side of the river.

To start exploring the place one has many options, you can either hire a bicycle, an auto or a cab, cab being the costliest. Bicycle costs you around Rs.200 and an auto Rs.500. These are available outside the Virupaksha temple.

We started with,
The Laksmi Narsimha temple, where sits the huge Narsimha on the giant coils on a snake known as Adishesha. It's a magnificient monolithic structure.

The grand monolithic structure of Lakshmi Narsimha

Photo of Lakshmi Narasimha, Hampi, Karnataka, India by nick_2707

Followed by the Badavilinga temple, the largest monolithic Shiva linga in Hampi.

The Badavilinga temple

Photo of Badavilinga Temple, Hampi, Karnataka, India by nick_2707

The Prasanna Virupaksha (underground shiva) temple. It's called underground because the roof of the temple is with the present ground level and the temple is in a low lying area.

The entrance of the Prasanna Virupaksha temple

Photo of Prasanna Virupaksha Shiva Temple, Hampi, Karnataka, India by nick_2707
Photo of Prasanna Virupaksha Shiva Temple, Hampi, Karnataka, India by nick_2707
Photo of Prasanna Virupaksha Shiva Temple, Hampi, Karnataka, India by nick_2707

Further we visited The Zanana Enclosure. The Lotus Mahal, Basement of Queen's Palace, Elephant stable, Treasury building, Watch tower, Water Pavillion are all part of this enclosure. It charges an entry fee of Rs. 10. We reached this place in the afternoon and Hampi isn't that cool in the afternoons even in the month of December. So do make sure to hydrate yourself by drinking nariyal paani(say no to straw) at the Zanana enclosure gate. Also carry some snacks in your bag that you can munch on in the afternoon because there are no eateries on the way.

So we move on to see The Lotus Mahal, one of the most beautiful structures in Hampi, that has a lotus like structure.

The Beautiful Lotus Mahal

Photo of Lotus Mahal Hampi, State Highway 131, Hampi, Karnataka, India by nick_2707

Lotus Mahal

Photo of Lotus Mahal Hampi, State Highway 131, Hampi, Karnataka, India by nick_2707
Photo of Lotus Mahal Hampi, State Highway 131, Hampi, Karnataka, India by nick_2707

Basement of Queen's Palace, a ruined structure of Queen's Palace, that has only the basement as it's proof of existence.

Basement of Queen's Palace

Photo of Queen's Palace Basement, Hampi, Karnataka, India by nick_2707

Basement of Queen's Palace

Photo of Queen's Palace Basement, Hampi, Karnataka, India by nick_2707

Elephant Stable, a beautiful building with domed chambers that was used as stables for royal elephants of the Vijayanagar empire. Seeing this makes you wonder what royalty may have been during the Vijayanagar empire.

The beautiful domed chambers of the Elephant Stable

Photo of Elephant Stable .hampi, Hampi, Karnataka, India by nick_2707
Photo of Elephant Stable .hampi, Hampi, Karnataka, India by nick_2707
Photo of Elephant Stable .hampi, Hampi, Karnataka, India by nick_2707

Backside of the Elephants stable

Photo of Elephant Stable .hampi, Hampi, Karnataka, India by nick_2707

Along the path on backside of the Elephants stable

Photo of Elephant Stable .hampi, Hampi, Karnataka, India by nick_2707

After the Zenana enclosure we headed to the The Hazara Rama Temple. Its known for the Ramayan sculpted on its walls.

Hazara Rama temple

Photo of Hazara Rama Temple, Karnataka, Hindistan by nick_2707

Sculpted Pillars inside Hazara Rama temple

Photo of Hazara Rama Temple, Karnataka, Hindistan by nick_2707
Photo of Hazara Rama Temple, Karnataka, Hindistan by nick_2707
Photo of Hazara Rama Temple, Karnataka, Hindistan by nick_2707

Wall depicting Ramayan

Photo of Hazara Rama Temple, Karnataka, Hindistan by nick_2707

And going further we visit the Stepped well, also known as Pushkarani.
It's within the Royal Enclosure and in ancient times these tanks were considered to be sacred by the people of Hampi.

The Stepped well

Photo of Pushkarani, Hampi, Karnataka, India by nick_2707

The Stepped well

Photo of Pushkarani, Hampi, Karnataka, India by nick_2707

Next on the list was the Queen's Bath. These are the ruins of a bathing chamber that were used by the king's and their queens.

Photo of Queen's Bath, Karnataka, India by nick_2707
Photo of Queen's Bath, Karnataka, India by nick_2707
Photo of Queen's Bath, Karnataka, India by nick_2707

While still in awe with these bathing chamber ruins the next place to see was the one that has the most iconic structure of Hampi, yes, the stone chariot, inside the Vittala temple complex.  
There are elaborate carvings on every inch of the Vittala temple's pillars that makes it's beauty just unparalleled.

The Vittala temple

Photo of Vitthala Temple, Hampi, Karnataka, India by nick_2707

Pillars of Vittala temple

Photo of Vitthala Temple, Hampi, Karnataka, India by nick_2707

An artist busy painting

Photo of Vitthala Temple, Hampi, Karnataka, India by nick_2707

The Stone Chariot

Photo of Vitthala Temple, Hampi, Karnataka, India by nick_2707

The Stone Chariot

Photo of Vitthala Temple, Hampi, Karnataka, India by nick_2707

Artists inspired by the stone chariot

Photo of Vitthala Temple, Hampi, Karnataka, India by nick_2707

Lord Krishna eating butter, on one of the Pillars of the Vittala temple

Photo of Vitthala Temple, Hampi, Karnataka, India by nick_2707

Pillars of Vittala temple

Photo of Vitthala Temple, Hampi, Karnataka, India by nick_2707

Vittala temple

Photo of Vitthala Temple, Hampi, Karnataka, India by nick_2707

It was evening by this time and we were hungry and tired. On our way back to the cottage we came across  this small hut where an old lady serves bhajias, farsan, chai and buttermilk. Ate that and spent our evening watching the sunset from this temple dipping our feets into the cold waters of Tungabhadra. It was a wonderful and serene site. (Be careful though and don't hangout here till it's too dark, there are talks of crocodile sightings around the place)

A small hut that serves bhajias, farsan, buttermilk and chai

Photo of Hampi : the Enthralling, Mystical place Ruled by the Ruins. #Hampipictures #IssSummerBaharNikal by nick_2707

Inside the temple

Photo of Hampi : the Enthralling, Mystical place Ruled by the Ruins. #Hampipictures #IssSummerBaharNikal by nick_2707

The temple where we sat dipping our feet into the cold waters of Tungabhadra

Photo of Hampi : the Enthralling, Mystical place Ruled by the Ruins. #Hampipictures #IssSummerBaharNikal by nick_2707

The Tungabhadra river

Photo of Hampi : the Enthralling, Mystical place Ruled by the Ruins. #Hampipictures #IssSummerBaharNikal by nick_2707
Photo of Hampi : the Enthralling, Mystical place Ruled by the Ruins. #Hampipictures #IssSummerBaharNikal by nick_2707

Sunset

Photo of Hampi : the Enthralling, Mystical place Ruled by the Ruins. #Hampipictures #IssSummerBaharNikal by nick_2707

Sunset views

Photo of Hampi : the Enthralling, Mystical place Ruled by the Ruins. #Hampipictures #IssSummerBaharNikal by nick_2707

On our way back to the cottage

Photo of Hampi : the Enthralling, Mystical place Ruled by the Ruins. #Hampipictures #IssSummerBaharNikal by nick_2707

On our way back to the cottage

Photo of Hampi : the Enthralling, Mystical place Ruled by the Ruins. #Hampipictures #IssSummerBaharNikal by nick_2707
Day 2

On the second day we had plans to explore the other side of the river, the Hippie Island. So day 2 morning started with leaving the cottage on Hampi Bazaar side and taking a motorboat ride to the Hippie Island. On reaching there we first looked for a stay and rented two wheelers to explore the place. We stayed at the Ravi Teja Guesthouse. Stays again on this side of river are cheap and would cost you anywhere bet Rs.800-1000. I found stay at this side much better as compared to the Hampi Bazaar side. Hiring a bike may cost you bet Rs.250-300.

We had our breakfast, lip-smaking burger and smoothie, at a place named German bakery.

Breakfast at German Bakery

Photo of German Bakery, Hampi, Karnataka, India by nick_2707

Street of Hippie Island

Photo of German Bakery, Hampi, Karnataka, India by nick_2707

Dream big

Photo of German Bakery, Hampi, Karnataka, India by nick_2707

There on we started towards sanapur lake on our bikes. A friend knowing the road as he had already visited the place we started following him and he missed a turn and we ended up taking a wrong route. Yes we did. We travelled almost 25kms to know we were nowhere near Sanapur lake. Asked some locals and got to know we were near the Tungabhadra dam and we had left Sanapur way far behind. So we decided to visit the Tungabhadra dam. .

Friends chilling at the dam

Photo of Tungabhadra Dam, Munirabad Rural, Karnataka by nick_2707

After Tungabhadra dam we headed on to the Sanapur lake. The narrow road running through the lush green paddy fields all along in contrast to the huge boulders and monkeys hopping on the roof of houses on the way is something to experience for the urban folks.

On the way to Sanapur lake

Photo of Hampi : the Enthralling, Mystical place Ruled by the Ruins. #Hampipictures #IssSummerBaharNikal by nick_2707

On the way to Sanapur lake

Photo of Hampi : the Enthralling, Mystical place Ruled by the Ruins. #Hampipictures #IssSummerBaharNikal by nick_2707

Lush green paddy fields on the way

Photo of Hampi : the Enthralling, Mystical place Ruled by the Ruins. #Hampipictures #IssSummerBaharNikal by nick_2707

Sanapur is a perfect place to chill and relax with friends. A lake surrounded by boulder mountains on all sides providing perfect spots for clicking pictures. You could enjoy a coracle ride here or try bouldering or just sit back enjoying the lake view, wondering how these rocks balance and where did they come from?

Sanapur Lake

Photo of Sanapur Lake, Sanapur, Karnataka, India by nick_2707

Boulders surrounding Sanapur Lake

Photo of Sanapur Lake, Sanapur, Karnataka, India by nick_2707

Doesn't this make you wonder how all these rocks balance?

Photo of Sanapur Lake, Sanapur, Karnataka, India by nick_2707

Sanapur Lake view

Photo of Sanapur Lake, Sanapur, Karnataka, India by nick_2707

A friend bouldered all the way to the top

Photo of Sanapur Lake, Sanapur, Karnataka, India by nick_2707

A perfect spot for insta pics

Photo of Sanapur Lake, Sanapur, Karnataka, India by nick_2707

Hello!! This is me...

Photo of Sanapur Lake, Sanapur, Karnataka, India by nick_2707

After a laid back afternoon we headed back to the Hippie Island to watch the sunset from a place known as the Sunset point. You have to climb a little to get to the top from where you get a view of Hampi. Enjoying the sunset sipping on chai and just being in that moment was a moment to cherish.

The Sunset point

Photo of Sunset point, Hampi Island, Anjanhalli, Karnataka, India by nick_2707

From the top

Photo of Sunset point, Hampi Island, Anjanhalli, Karnataka, India by nick_2707

Beautiful sunset

Photo of Sunset point, Hampi Island, Anjanhalli, Karnataka, India by nick_2707

Chilling

Photo of Sunset point, Hampi Island, Anjanhalli, Karnataka, India by nick_2707

An evening like this

Photo of Sunset point, Hampi Island, Anjanhalli, Karnataka, India by nick_2707

Away from city life

Photo of Sunset point, Hampi Island, Anjanhalli, Karnataka, India by nick_2707

The views

Photo of Sunset point, Hampi Island, Anjanhalli, Karnataka, India by nick_2707

After the sunset, we had awesome dinner and spent late evenings strolling the island and spending some time laid back along the banks of river under the dark blue sky, listening to the flowing river, watching the lit Virupaksha temple.

Virupaksha temple from the other side of the river

Photo of Hampi : the Enthralling, Mystical place Ruled by the Ruins. #Hampipictures #IssSummerBaharNikal by nick_2707
Day 3

Day 3 began crossing the river and going to the Virupaksha temple and visiting Lakshmi, the elephant. Don't forget to visit the underground shiva temple in the Virupaksha premises itself. When we visited there was a group of foreigners doing meditation, chanting 'Om Namaha Shivay'. We joined them and it went on for 10mins. It was so peaceful, calm and relaxing, can't be explained in words, that was the most amazing of all experiences I've had in Hampi.

Photo of Sri Virupaksha Temple, Hampi, Karnataka, India by nick_2707
Photo of Sri Virupaksha Temple, Hampi, Karnataka, India by nick_2707
Photo of Sri Virupaksha Temple, Hampi, Karnataka, India by nick_2707
Photo of Sri Virupaksha Temple, Hampi, Karnataka, India by nick_2707

Rest of the day went by exploring some more ruins, temples and structures. Those vast stretches of ruins gives the feels of being on an entirely different planet. Just sitting amidst those boulders, listening to songs, not having a single thought about what we've left back in our urban lives and just being at peace was a mindful retreat.

There's so much to explore

Photo of Hampi ruins, Hampi, Karnataka, India by nick_2707

We sat here listening to songs

Photo of Hampi ruins, Hampi, Karnataka, India by nick_2707

Oasis in the boulders

Photo of Hampi ruins, Hampi, Karnataka, India by nick_2707
Photo of Hampi ruins, Hampi, Karnataka, India by nick_2707
Photo of Hampi ruins, Hampi, Karnataka, India by nick_2707
Photo of Hampi ruins, Hampi, Karnataka, India by nick_2707
Photo of Hampi ruins, Hampi, Karnataka, India by nick_2707
Photo of Hampi ruins, Hampi, Karnataka, India by nick_2707

The Virupaksha temple from far end

Photo of Hampi ruins, Hampi, Karnataka, India by nick_2707
Photo of Hampi ruins, Hampi, Karnataka, India by nick_2707

Spot the monkeys

Photo of Hampi ruins, Hampi, Karnataka, India by nick_2707

Now, spot the monkeys again :P

Photo of Hampi ruins, Hampi, Karnataka, India by nick_2707
Photo of Hampi ruins, Hampi, Karnataka, India by nick_2707
Photo of Hampi ruins, Hampi, Karnataka, India by nick_2707
Photo of Hampi ruins, Hampi, Karnataka, India by nick_2707
Photo of Hampi ruins, Hampi, Karnataka, India by nick_2707
Photo of Hampi ruins, Hampi, Karnataka, India by nick_2707
Photo of Hampi ruins, Hampi, Karnataka, India by nick_2707

Ruled by the Ruins

Photo of Hampi ruins, Hampi, Karnataka, India by nick_2707
Photo of Hampi ruins, Hampi, Karnataka, India by nick_2707
Photo of Hampi ruins, Hampi, Karnataka, India by nick_2707

It indeed was a Happy Hampi trip that held us by it's charm - the Hampi Bazaar, the Hippie Island, the vast stretches of ruins and the road trips through the paddy fields. We bid adieu to this mystical, wonderful, enthralling place in the evening, just to revisit it again.

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Very well written...i have relived all the memorable moments we spent at Hampi !!
Fri 05 17 19, 14:19 · Reply (1) · Report
thank you Nisha☺️
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