I would say , the charm of "Namma Karnataka"
Capital of the Vijayanagara Empire created by the "Sangam" Maharajas, specially the people of that time.
As I told you in my previous article, that my decision to visit Goa made ways for many trips. "Hampi" and "Amritsar" are one of those such trips.
I was introduced to "Hampi" by an uncle in our neighborhood who traveled a lot.
I still remember those Sunday nights and evening after a hectic day, sitting under the banyan tree listening to him singing the glory of "Hampi" and "Vijayanagara": The Victorious City.
The city stood the tide and the tyrant Islamic invaders from time to time, just like many of our ancient cities.
The tyrant could not stand the beauty of the city, its wealth which were mainly its people who built such magnificent structure. Envious about geniuses and the openness of the people, they invaded. Envious about the female statues which majorly constitute the city high rises and buildings, they invaded. But could not do much.
I still remember , Uncle used the word "Painting" to describe "Hampi". I still remember, when he told us, that the city is untouched by the pollution created by the mining activities and industries around the city. (The danger of pollution to these sites were known then, and also now). But, I say you must visit "Hampi". The pollution hasn't touched it.
"Landscape Painting" ... He described it every time we spoke about it. But, I never felt bored nor monotonous.
"Painting" it is. One side created by the people. Other side painting done by Mother Nature...
In fact, the excitement and the curiosity to visit "Hampi" grew each time we heard him.
I completed this trip with two friends. Like me, they grew up listening about Hampi.
The city is not as ancient compared to cities like Varanasi and Pataliputra.
But it has the essence of Dharma in each and every stone carving. With the "Holy Tungabhadra" river adding to its beauty.
This is what "Maa Ganga" does to cities like Rishikesh, Haridwar, Varanasi and so on.
As a Sanathani, one should visit "Hampi" in their lifetime. and witness the might of the people then.
Hence, I call it as a Pilgrimage.
I took the "Hubbali Express" and reached "Hubbali" early morning. From there, I got in to the "Hubbali - Tirupati Passenger trains and got down at "Hospet". A nearest city near "Hampi".
"Hampi" is 10KM from "Hospet". I found "Hospet" to be the best place for accommodation. As the room options at Hampi are bit costly. Yes, you will find rooms at a decent price which are managed by the locals near "Virupaksha Temple". But I found "Hospet" to be a better option to stay. We got a room for Rs.500 per night.
The first day we had planned to visit "Hospet" Dam or "Tungabhadra Dam". This dam was built after Independence. The dam is huge.
You can take a local bus from the Hospet bus station to TB dam.