Hampi: A Day's Trip

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28th Sep 2018

There is a sense of nostalgia whenever I think of Hampi. Reminiscing my school days back when my Kannada teacher first taught us about The Stone Chariot and King Krishnadevaraya of the Vijayanagara Empire. It has become my dream place ever since.

Last year, when I traveled to Hampi, I was awestruck by its magnificence. Even within the bus, I couldn't help but capture the ruins on my camera only to realize later on that, it was of no use as the auto driver was taking me to all those places. And now, once again I find myself coming back to this beautiful place. It just never gets old or boring. There is something in those ruins which makes me fall in love with it.

But this time around I set off with a very low budget from my hometown. I reach Hubballi the previous day to meet my friends who were going to join me on this trip.

We reached Hospet Junction at around 9:30am, walked a kilometer and a half to the Hospete bus stand ignoring all the auto drivers who claimed to guide us through the trip. Hampi and Hospet are separated by a distance of 14km, and the bus is the most economical mode of transport which cost us only Rs.13 per person. We reached Hampi Bazaar in half an hour.

As we were here only for a day, we hired an auto driver, his name Honur, to be our guide plus driver for this trip. He charged Rs 1000/- for the three of us that day, which I feel could've been negotiated a bit more. He showed us the following places in the order, I've posted my pictures for better understanding.

1. The Underground Shiva Temple

The Underground Shiva temple

Photo of Hospet, Karnataka, India by Glan Stalin D'souza

2. Dannayaka Enclosure

A Mosque in the Dannayaka Enclosure

Photo of Hampi: A Day's Trip by Glan Stalin D'souza

3. Lotus Mahal

The Lotus Mahal

Photo of Hampi: A Day's Trip by Glan Stalin D'souza

4. The Elephant Stables

The Elephant Stables

Photo of Hampi: A Day's Trip by Glan Stalin D'souza

5. Mahanavami Dibba

The Mahanavami Dibba

Photo of Hampi: A Day's Trip by Glan Stalin D'souza

6. Stepped tank

The Stepped tank

Photo of Hampi: A Day's Trip by Glan Stalin D'souza

7. Sister Rocks

The Sister Rocks

Photo of Hampi: A Day's Trip by Glan Stalin D'souza

8. The Museum

Statues in the Museum

Photo of Hampi: A Day's Trip by Glan Stalin D'souza

9. Queen's Bath

The Queen's Bath

Photo of Hampi: A Day's Trip by Glan Stalin D'souza

10. The Vittala Temple

The Vittala Temple

Photo of Hampi: A Day's Trip by Glan Stalin D'souza

11. The Stone Chariot

The Stone Chariot

Photo of Hampi: A Day's Trip by Glan Stalin D'souza

12. The Musical Pillars

The Musical Pillars

Photo of Hampi: A Day's Trip by Glan Stalin D'souza

13. Ugra Narasimha

Ugra Narasimha

Photo of Hampi: A Day's Trip by Glan Stalin D'souza

14. Badavi Linga

Badavi Linga

Photo of Hampi: A Day's Trip by Glan Stalin D'souza

15. The Krishna Temple

The Krishna Temple

Photo of Hampi: A Day's Trip by Glan Stalin D'souza

16. The Diamond Market

The Diamond Market

Photo of Hampi: A Day's Trip by Glan Stalin D'souza

17. Sasivekallu Ganesha

Sasivekallu Ganesha

Photo of Hampi: A Day's Trip by Glan Stalin D'souza

18. Kadalekallu Ganesha

Kadalekallu Ganesha

Photo of Hampi: A Day's Trip by Glan Stalin D'souza

19. The Virupaksha Temple

Inside the Virupaksha Temple

Photo of Hampi: A Day's Trip by Glan Stalin D'souza

Hubbali Airport is the nearest airport which is about 150 km away from Hampi, then you can board a train to Hospete Junction, the nearest Railway Station to Hampi, from where you can travel the next 13 km by bus, auto or taxi. Both Government and private buses ply to Hospete daily.

Meanwhile, you can contact Honur (auto driver) at his mobile number (+91) - 9481002655 if you're planning to spend a day or two in Hampi. He'll guide you throughout the trip. DO NEGOTIATE!

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Cheers!

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