Ok so here it goes my 1st ever Travel blog...and what best than starting with a world heritage site. Yes I am talking about Hampi the UNESCO world heritage site in India situated in Karnataka on the river banks of Tugabhadra river.
I will not take much of reader's time in explaining much about Hampi because if you are reading this then you already know about it or you are planning a trip to Hampi.
Many of my fellow travelers have mentioned their experience and when it comes to Hampi they all are true. So I'll directly get on about my experience in Hampi n few Do's n Don'ts.
So it started with my group of travelling friends having "The Idea" to explore Hampi, its Heritage and its History. We started planning approximately 2-3 months before.
We were so excited that we were 9 people and we had 7 cameras so you can imagine how excited and eager we were to have few memorable shots of this beautiful piece of history.
Travel Tip 1 - Stay - Try to book the accommodation 1st.
As it is a world heritage site and people from all over the world visit this place so it's tough to get accommodation. If you are planning this trip then you must be aware that there are two sides of this city. One is the side with all the sites, temples and ruins and the other is on the other side of riverbank full with cafes and shacks and Hippies. Hence you must try to book accommodation as soon as you make the plan because it will help you to reduce the travel time which you can use more efficiently to explore.
Tip 2- Decide on which side of river you want to be
We decide to stay on the side of river where the temples and ruins were situated (we got an amazing deal of finding a stay near Virupaksha Temple 😉 )
This decision will make or break your plans of exploring Hampi. As there are limited number of ferries at there are fixed timings to cross the river so it might ruin your plans of watching amazing sunset or sunrise or taking night shots in Hampi.
Tip 3- Travel - Very important thing but Don't worry!! You can get train to Hosapete which is the nearest train station for Hampi and if not direct train then you can go via changing trains at Major junctions enroute, also KSRTC bus transport is quite good. And if nothing works out you can always take a Road Trip !! 😉
N don't worry about how to reach to Hampi from Hosapete you'll get Buses running from Hosapete to Hampi or else you can hire an auto from station (and don't forget to bargain!)
Tip 4 - Itinerary - Once the stay and transport is sorted you can work out your itinerary. I won't mention here what to see or what not to see coz it will totally depend upon your agenda of the visit whether it is to study the architecture or history or just to take amazing photos of this beautiful place. Your itinerary will depend on your agenda of visit.
Sharing an image below of a route map in Hampi which we found on Google and it helped us a lot while deciding our itinerary, along with the few shots which I got to click on my visit.