Weekend trip to Hampi from Bangalore, India
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June 30th, 2007 – by: ashishrb
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.
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.
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)
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