I had a frisson of excitement when I started off my journey to Hampi from Bangalore, a backpack and my earplugs and I was all set for my 1st solo trip to one of UNESCO's World Heritage site in India.
This excursion was all about exploring my inquisitive nature. I had always wondered how people used to live and lead their lives back in around 14-15th century. I needed to do it solo because I wanted to distance myself from people for sometime which actually helped me realize a lot of things in my life when they began getting reflected when I was without anyone else's input in a city unknown to me , but known to my curiosity, my desires, my solace.
Hampi was the capital of the Vijayanagara Empire from 1343 to 1565, when it was beleaguered by the Deccan Sultanate.As per Wikipedia,”Hampi — traditionally known as Pampa-kshetra, Kishkindha-kshetra or Bhaskara-kshetra — is derived from Pampa, the old name of the Tungabhadra River (Pampa was Lord Brahma's daughter, who was later married to Lord Shiva) on whose southern banks the city is built.”It is believed that Lord Rama and his brother visited this historical place(supposed to be the Land of Monkeys) to search for Sita.
I started off from Bangalore via Bus,which was an overnight journey.The Bus dropped me at Hospet in the morning from where I took an auto for Hampi,which halted close to the Tungabhadra river-the temple side,from where I took a coracle ride (coracles are small bamboo made tokri boats) for the Hippie Island (the place where you should stay)-on the other side of the river.
As soon as I got off the boat and entered into the alley of the Hippie Island , paddy plantations on my right and several small scale cafes and homestays on my left accompanied me till I found my homestay ‘Sri Laxmi Golden Beach Resort’ which was on the same road.
Quickly I got ready and was headed out to explore the fantasy world of captivating ruins , boulders and demolished temples that stood the test of time.On the way to the temple side I booked an auto-driver cum guide for the entire day.
So my day somewhat looked like :