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Weekend trip to Hampi from Bangalore, India

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Place of Lord Rama's meditation, near the river.
The trip started and ended in Bangalore city railway station. We took Hampi Express to reach Hospet on Saturday morning. And a peaceful 30min or so rickshaw ride later we were at Hampi. Initially took some time to look around and find a place to settle in and freshen up. It was off-season and you can find decent rooms in the range of Rs. 150-300 for a two-bed room. Ours was quite close to the river (Tungabhadra river).

What followed was 2 days of utter jobless relaxation :-), roaming around (almost aimlessly) in rented mopeds to cover most of the sites documented in tourist guides, and eating and drinking at every decent chance of it. One can also rent bicycles to move around, but most sites are accessible to foot if you're willing to walk enough.
Ride on the river in the "Dongi" boat.


Took a guided tour for the two major places : The main Vishnu temple complex, and the Virupaksha temple. Most of the information was interesting and likely true, but some was downright ridiculous pretense haha.... these guides sure as hell like to spice things up with their imagination at times.

The best part is the windy hills and river side - the wind is too strong sometimes and it becomes tricky to walk on the rocks along the river or climb some of the vertical rocks.

Food is mostly not expensive, but buying "touristy" handicraft/art stuff can be very tricky. The shops will mostly take you for a ride about prices, which are usually quoted at 2-3 times for metalwork/glasswork/stonework/etc... dont purchase too much unless you know its true worth and are willing to bargain/haggle a lot.
Inside the large Vishnu temple complex, with a view of the Stone Chariot.


The first day started off with a hearty breakfast at one of the restaurants in Hampi. We rented mopeds and headed towards the river first. Took a boat ride down the river and  stepped off on the rocky river bed to checkout the carvings there and the place where Lord Rama had stayed and meditated. Nice very windy place and tricky to walk. Next we went to  the Krishna temple just on the hill outside Hampi. By the time we were done there, the pack from Pune had arrived. So returned for lunch, and next up we went to the area with the main palace complex and the surrounding complexes. Worth mentions are the Lotus mahal, the watch towers, Elephant stable in the Zanana area. Then the huge bath and the base of the main court in the palace area. The Hazara Ram temple has exquisite carving. We finished off by covering the main Vishnu temple complex - its a beautifully carved complex on a hill by the river. Good weather was with us, and by sunset we reached back and just relaxed by the temples on the hill next to the Virupaksha temple.

No booze sold in Hampi since its a holy city of temples. So had to get the vodka from the next town Kamlapur, also where petrol is available. Anyway night was mainly dinner and drinks... followed by singing on the lodge roof with the rest of the group.

Next day - part 2.. continued in the next entry :)

-- Ashish Bhambhani (3 Sep 07)
teslablye says:
Great pics, I think I'll add Hampi to my wish list
Posted on: Apr 22, 2008
Cappuccino says:
Still informative, and the pics are great!
Posted on: Sep 02, 2007
martinikitty13 says:
Great pictures & very informative blog! Thanks!
Posted on: Aug 30, 2007
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Place of Lord Ramas meditation, n…
Place of Lord Rama's meditation, …
Ride on the river in the Dongi b…
Ride on the river in the "Dongi" …
Inside the large Vishnu temple com…
Inside the large Vishnu temple co…
Giant statue of Lord Narasimha (La…
Giant statue of Lord Narasimha (L…
The Lotus mahal.
The Lotus "mahal".
Elephant stable.
Elephant stable.
A bath in the main Palace complex.
A bath in the main Palace complex.
Outside wall of the Hazaara Ram te…
Outside wall of the Hazaara Ram t…
Shivalingams.
Shivalingams.
The giant Shivalingam next to the …
The giant Shivalingam next to the…
The Krishna temple.
The Krishna temple.
Musical pillars, at the Vishnu tem…
Musical pillars, at the Vishnu te…
One of the decoration motifs in th…
One of the decoration motifs in t…
Big yummy glasses of chai (india…
Big yummy glasses of "chai" (indi…
Closeup of the Lotus mahal
Closeup of the "Lotus mahal"
Details on the Krishna temple exte…
Details on the Krishna temple ext…
The base of the ruins of main hall…
The base of the ruins of main hal…
Details of the Vishnu temple.
Details of the Vishnu temple.
The famous stone chariot of Hampi
The famous stone chariot of Hampi
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