Solo Tripping - Hampi Diaries - Part 1

Tripoto
17th Aug 2016

Like most of the people who started their job-lives in the near past i managed to reach my "i need a break" moment pretty soon.

I could manage to take a few trips here n there but i figured the key was to completely breakaway from all known ties around me.

Hampi seemed to be the perfect getaway on the strategically occurring Rakhi long weekend.I had no clue about the place. There was no plan. It seemed perfect.

I reached Hospet bus stand in the morning after a 9 hour long journey from Pune. The spot seemed pretty functional for its size. I immediately bargained my way to a quick auto ride to Hampi town . I was gazing at the running view which slowly transformed into rocks and boulders laying around like Legos of Gulliver. That's when it hit me.

..Flintstones. Meet the Flintstones..

Photo of Hospet, Karnataka, India by Vinayak Shanker Sharma

I reached the Tungabhadra river crossing the Hampi Bazaar. It seemed like a close-knit town from the previous century.

Photo of Hampi, Karnataka, India by Vinayak Shanker Sharma

The river divides the heritage sites (mainland) from the Goa-like eyot (island) .

Photo of Solo Tripping - Hampi Diaries - Part 1 by Vinayak Shanker Sharma

I found a pretty decent accomodation on the other side. Rs.200 a day is all it cost me to live in a hut (thanks to off-season).

Gopi Guest House

Photo of Solo Tripping - Hampi Diaries - Part 1 by Vinayak Shanker Sharma

Places i visited on the island

1. Sanapura Lake

Photo of Solo Tripping - Hampi Diaries - Part 1 by Vinayak Shanker Sharma

The road moves along the boundary of the lake and then crosses over like a bridge dividing it into two.

Photo of Solo Tripping - Hampi Diaries - Part 1 by Vinayak Shanker Sharma

The waters though ripply are clean. I totally disobeyed the prohibition signs around and dived in from a high spot i found. Sheer bliss!!

2. Sunset Hill (Jam Point)

Not the hill, the view

Photo of Solo Tripping - Hampi Diaries - Part 1 by Vinayak Shanker Sharma

The name is totally justified as i met a few people with there guitars , djembes and other wind/percussion instruments. We did jam yes.

3. Kishkinda/Anjani Parbat

Birth place of Hanuman.

Kishkinda

Photo of Solo Tripping - Hampi Diaries - Part 1 by Vinayak Shanker Sharma

The Anjani parvat has a temple marking the birthplace of Hanuman where the Ramcharit Manas is being recited endlessly since 2011.

Photo of Solo Tripping - Hampi Diaries - Part 1 by Vinayak Shanker Sharma

About 500 odd stairs take you to the top.

Stairway to heaven

Photo of Solo Tripping - Hampi Diaries - Part 1 by Vinayak Shanker Sharma

The Temple.

Photo of Solo Tripping - Hampi Diaries - Part 1 by Vinayak Shanker Sharma
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Wow man! Thanks for reminding the trip.
Mon 01 30 17, 05:02 · Reply · Report
Can you share any contact details for budget places to stay, overall precise post
Sun 10 09 16, 22:01 · Reply (1) · Report
Ya you can stay at White Elephant Resort on the other side of the river and the guys over there are pretty friendly.
Mon 01 30 17, 05:01 · Report