Trip made on 23rd Jan 2020. My 1st solo trip to Bijapur aka Vijayapura in Karnataka. I always wanted to explore solo. I did not particularly choose Bijapur, I had further connecting destinations. My final destination was Hampi. At the same time, it was an unplanned trip. No return ticket booked. No hotels booked. I was feeling really scared to go solo. It was not only freedom but being self-aware, calm, and most importantly responsible.
Started from Dadar, Mumbai by Gadag Express. 9.30 pm. I met 2 aunties on the train. They shared a bit know how about Bijapur as to where to stay, places to visit, food, etc. Once reached Bijapur railway station, they asked me to join them for breakfast at their residence. It was pretty much unexpected, of course. I was honored. It was not just the breakfast; I received a gift too.
I chose to stay at a Jain Dharamshala. Cost-cutting. Rs. 400/- a night. It is a Jain temple 'Shri 1008 Parshwanath Digambar Jain mandir'' and they provide lodging facilities. Basic facilities a bed, fan, light, and bathroom with a mirror. Nothing more nothing less. Hired an auto for a day which did cost me Rs. 700/- including sightseeing.