Trip to Hampi

7th Mar 2019

As my parents always says, "The true purpose of our existence is continuously working to be the best version of ourselves" Hampi, one of the best places I have traveled so far. Being renowned as the World Heritage Place,Hampi gives you the insight as to how beautiful Indian culture we have. When it comes to the important world heritage sites in India, the ruins of Hampi hold the top position in the prestigious list. Hampi is basically a village located in the Northern part of Karnataka, which forms an integral part of the ruins of Vijaynagara (the once capital of the Vijaynagara Empire). I was always fascinated about our Indian Maharaja and their Kingdom stories and had wished to experience it once. Based in Karnatka, people are more convenient in speaking kannad or English. One can get down in Hospete and catch a local bus to Hampi barely at the cost of 10/-. Once you reach Hampi, you will experience the beauty of rich Indian heritage in it's surrounding.

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Virupaksha Temple will be the first one to Catch your Eye with its big and beautiful architecture. It's a temple of 7th Century. Its gigantic.

I had decided with my friend to explore 1st Hippie island on day 1 and then Hampi on Day-2. Hence we immediately went towards to Bank of Tungabhadra river wherein you will get a boat to cross the river at the charge of 50/-. Once you reach it's better to get a bike for yourselves which is the most convenient way of exploring places. Bike can cost 300-400/ day depending on its model and gear/non-gear type. If you wish to travel by cycle, you can book one that too. We checked-in in Hema Cottages at a price of 600/day. Not wasting more time, we started our journey of exploring Hippie Island. It's better to have a proper plan of action so that you can Utilize the time and energy.

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We started with first Sanapur Lake. It's lake with clean water and mesmerizing beauty. The silence spread across the environment takes you close to your inner self. When in Hampi, you absolutely have to get hold of a coracle and ride in one.
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It is one of the few places in the country where you can get such an experience and we gurantee that it is going to be a lot of fun. You can rent a coracle at really economic rates and cross the rates in the ferry that look
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Our Man who took us through the ride of Sanapur Lake. They charge you 150 -200 per person for a ride. Once should definitely take it you Visit Sanapur Lake. The ambiance and the beauty of lake takes you to your inner self and touches your soul with peace.
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This one I took when we were travelling to Durga Temple. Its a beautiful mixture of Rocks (ruins) and greenery (farms). One must wait here for a min to catch it in your eyes.
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Its rightly said, "The journey makes it beautiful not the destination"
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Ek photo toh banta hai with this background :)

Following with it we went to Explore Vitthal Temple, Pampa Sarovara, Anegondi Fort, Durga Temple and Matanga Hill. The roads towards this destination are so beautiful that it completely rejuvenates your soul. One will get local food at home stay or dhaba's at every 1 mile which will pleasure your taste. Lemon rice is a must try food out of all

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The tank is very picturesque and serene. I loved the Pampadevi temple here. It's said that the water is considered to be holy water whrein if you take a dip in it, it clears all your bad deeds. It has a beautiful statue of goddess Parvati.
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This is Maa Durga Temple in Anegundi, Hampi is a beautiful eye-catching site with colourful clothes hanging from the trees tied by people for blessings. Once needs to take a climb of 10 mins to reach at the top of temple. Vijayanagara kings used to worship in the temple before every battle.
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It was 4pm until we reach the base of Monkey Temple. This Hampi Temple is located 4 to 5 kms from Hampi and is believed to be the birth place of Lord Hanuman. As you reach the main site, a flight of granite 575 steps lead you inside the temple.
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Beside the Hanuman Mandir, there is a Sunset point which one must not miss. Its a beautifull view to witness wherein you can see entire Hampi in front of you and cool breeze flowing around.
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A view to remember, one of the best sunset witnessed so far !

Enjoying Sunset on the top of hill of Mandir is the best way to relax and feel the nature. Soon after enjoying it we climbed down the stairs. We were heading towards our bike and we got to know from another Visitor that there is a beautiful Devi Temple who is considered to be the Awatar of Parvati mata at a distance of 16kms from Hanuman Temple.

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As the Mandir gets closed by 8:30pm, we soon realized that we had no much time to waste and immediately started heading towards to final destination. The temple was built in 11th Century wherein every year.
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Mandir is beautiful carved and attracts you the moment you see it. We sat there for around 30mins to experience its divinity and ended our day with peace.

Our Day 2 began with the beautiful old Bollywood songs played at our the Cottages. We woke up got ready and checked-out from our Hotel as we had to explore now the other and main side of Hampi. We had to travel back by boat to reach to other side of the Hampi. Once you reach there its feasible to hire a rickshaw as they are the one's who will take you to all main tourist destinations of Hampi and also will let you know the history surrounding it. We hired one immediately whose name was "Pampa". He was not only kind but was also very good at English.

Day 2

A relaxed Morning, until breakfast is Seved.

Photo of Hampi, Karnataka, India by Rugved Gavandi

He took us first to the "Mango Tree" hotel to have a breakfast. It's one of the most loved one restaurants of the tourist as you get a healthy and mouth-watering breakfast. We ordered Pan cakes, toast butter and Fruit salad and trust me it was amazing in taste.

Photo of Hampi, Karnataka, India by Rugved Gavandi
Photo of Hampi, Karnataka, India by Rugved Gavandi

This temple as its name suggests is dedicated to Lord Vittala who was one of the incarnations of Lord Vishnu. Lord Vittala is believed to be like an ordinary person and is worshiped by the cattle herds.

Photo of Hampi, Karnataka, India by Rugved Gavandi
Photo of Hampi, Karnataka, India by Rugved Gavandi

Our 2nd destination was Queen's bath. If you enter the Hampi complex from the South-West corner, then the Queen’s Bath is the first of the ruins that you would visit. From outside this building appears to be a plain rectangular complex encircled by a big water channel that one might need to cross

Photo of Hampi, Karnataka, India by Rugved Gavandi
Photo of Hampi, Karnataka, India by Rugved Gavandi
Photo of Hampi, Karnataka, India by Rugved Gavandi

Behind me are Elephant Stable. This stables are an imposing structure in an immense open space at Hampi, the capital of the Vijayanagara Empire. True to its identity, every single fragment of the structure is colossal, like the Jumbo elephant itself.

Photo of Hampi, Karnataka, India by Rugved Gavandi
Photo of Hampi, Karnataka, India by Rugved Gavandi
Photo of Hampi, Karnataka, India by Rugved Gavandi
Photo of Hampi, Karnataka, India by Rugved Gavandi
Photo of Hampi, Karnataka, India by Rugved Gavandi
Photo of Hampi, Karnataka, India by Rugved Gavandi

As it was 1 pm, we were hungry enough to look for a local restaurant. But our rickshaw guide knew it all, he took us to a good restaurant where we could enjoy delicious food and kill the hunger. Taking an hour rest in the hotel itself, we freshen-up ourselves and started towards Lakshmi Narsimha Statue. This is the largest statue in Hampi. Narasimha is sitting on the coil of a giant seven-headed snake called Sesha. The heads of the snake acts as the hood above his head. The god sits in a cross-legged Yoga position with a belt supporting the knees.

Lion face of Lakshmi Narasimha also sometimes called as Unganarasimha (the ferocious Narasimha) Somehow this single statue alone can demonstrate at the same time how creative and destructive the human mind can be.

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Beside it there is a big Shiva linga temple to workship. This linga is almost 10 feet in height. During Mahashivratri, this place is populated by all local people for worshiping lord shiva.

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After that we experienced the beauty of Underground Temple, Hemakuta Hill temple, Sasivekalu Ganesha Temple. This all architecture takes you back in the history wherein you can relate yourself and feel proud as to how rich is Indian culture and it's tradition. We ended our trip and day by taking the darshan of Lord Vishnu at Virupaksha Temple. Though didn't want to leave Hampi but had to do it as the next destination awaits us !

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