Ancient Vijayanagar, now known as the village of Hampi was the capital of the greatest and one of the most famed Hindu Kingdom of Vijaynagar.
It is located in the northern part of the state of Karnataka in South India.
Hampi is situated on the southern bank of the river Tungabhadra.
This land was on my mind for a long time and finally I made up my mind to take the plunge and experience this another world and now I couldn't stop thanking myself for making this effort. This was not my first solo trip but the best of all. Though I made this trip a bit late in the month of February(fag end of the season)
Recommended time to visit- November to January. Do not visit in summers as it is very hot out there.
How I reached Hampi from Pune- Took a semi-sleeper bus in the night and reached Hospet in the morning. From Hospet, one can take a local bus to Hampi for a 16-17 km journey.
How I explored Hampi- Hired a bicycle, which I think is the ultimate way to explore (however, it is not easy). Although scooties and autos are also available.