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baba!

I felt like I was leaving a little family in Mysore and I was sad to leave, but onwards it was to Hampi.  I had picked up a new, rarring travel buddy Ryan (the one from ChicAAGo). We had both heard nothing but amazing things about the place and - it really did not disappoint.  Woooow, what a place, nothing can quite describe the feeling you get when to turn that corner down in to Hampi bizarre, the view is incredible and like nothing else I 've ever seen - jungle, Temples that look like they've been plucked from Indian Jones, thousands of ruins, caves, boulders - huge, alien, boulders that size of houses, and sooo many monkeys.

  I instantly feel in love with it, there is a really magically feel to the place (in the least hippy sense you understand), it is one of the sacred spiritual centres of India and it's no wonder. 

Ryan had done a great job in finding a beautiful bamboo hut on the river at the end of a very quiet street (the fact that it was through a field of actually cow sh*t and rubbish inhabited by a hundred goats, will be overlooked right now), it's was bliss - falling asleep to the sound of running water... ahh.  Perfect spot.  We got on the sight seeing straight away, heading to the north side of the river (a wee 15 rupees 'boat' ride away) we hired a scooter and Hampi was ours for the day.  We just rode around, stopping to admire the sights, stare in awe at the incredible and weird landscape, and visit villages out of reach from the beaten track.

  We met dear Canadian Zach (a tree planter and general world-saver pioneer) and hung out, swimming in the resevoir and eating the best chapattis and powder-oil mixes you can imagine.  The day ended at a view point on a hill top temple, watching the sunset to the sound of chimes, drums and chanting - the most amazing view, it was totally awful as you can imagine. Sadly someone thought it funny to let the air out of our tyres, so we had to wheel the bikes / put them in a rickshaw to the nearest shop to pump them up... whilst we waited, we drank chai and got eaten alive my a wild swarm of mosquitos that semed to follow us around.  But alas, a beer and bureka later and we had forgotten all that and spent the evening marvelling at the day.

The next day followed in a similar vain, except now I could ride a scooter too! (yes, sorry Mum, I was VERY careful), we were free to roam out to the outer plains of paddy fields, dirt tracks and palm tree lined 'roads'.

  Another digustingly gorgeous sunset, I loved this place.  The rest of the trip was a bit of a blur of fun and amazingness...and lassies ;)

And then it was time to move on - so sad, but we were off to Mumbai on a mammoth journey via Hubli.  I'll be honest, the day didn't start too well, I wasn't feeling too great, but we pressed on.  There's one thing that I think every traveller should do at least once in their time away - and that's to be sick, on their foot whilst hanging onto a moving bus. I don't know about most people - but I have done that.  That's ticked off that list.  Hubli train station, I only remember, smelt of poop and had alot of flies - on account of the poop I suppose.

ryan at the reservoir
I felt terrible AND dropped my iPod out of a moving rickshaw - I could've cried. (its still works though, fear not).  It wasn't the best of days for us, but we eventually made it to Mumbai in the early hours.

Having checked into our hotel and scrubbing ourselves to within an inch of our lives, we were off into the big city.  I was expecting chaos - Chennai times ten, dirt, slums, noise and mayhem. What I got was a beautiful city with amazing architecture (some parts are like London), civilised roads, parks, festivals and general greatness.  I loved it from the off - we walked from Fort to Kala Ghoda, Colaba to the Gateway to India, drank cocktails in the infamous Taj Hotel, walked the promenade from the Jazz bar to Chowpatty Beach, to watch the sunset.  A great day.

  The next day took an entirely different feel, we headed north to the bizarre and market  district.  It swiftly reminded us that we were actually in India.  It was chaotic, bustly, busy, noisy and brilliant - market selling everything from puppies to toilet roll, spices and clothes.  And there are some streets that just sell one thing - a road that sells rope, a road that sells candles,a road that sells car parts - anything and everything, it was great. On our way home, we stopped by the police head quarters to investigate a festival celebration (for Shiva) that was being set up earlier in the day... well, what an evening that turned out to be... we were guests of honour, were invited to join in prayer, eat (great food) with them, dance like crazy and generally be photographed all evening! It was chaotic and so much fun, in the end we just had to surrender to it and join in - Ryan particularlly took to the dancing well, who'd've thought he could move like an Indian so well.
yes - that's a bike in there too
.. what a night, we were buzzing til the early hours from it.

And so, that was our time in Mumbai over, I said farewell to Ryan as he headed to the Ellora Caves, I went to the Oval Maiden park to watch cricket and awaited my train journey (another 20 hours) onto Pushkar - the next chapter begins...

navi418 says:
nice pics
Posted on: Dec 26, 2013
navi418 says:
thanks for visiting hampi
Posted on: Dec 26, 2013
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baba!
baba!
ryan at the reservoir
ryan at the reservoir
yes - thats a bike in there too
yes - that's a bike in there too
zack on a moped
zack on a moped
awful sunet i know...
awful sunet i know...
elephant stables
elephant stables
dodgy baba...
dodgy baba...
hampi bazaar from atop a big rock
hampi bazaar from atop a big rock
gateway to india
gateway to india
hmmmn, cocktails at the taj!
hmmmn, cocktails at the taj!
yummo
yummo
marine drive
marine drive
chowpatty beach
chowpatty beach
victoria station
victoria station
the most beautiful jain temple iv…
the most beautiful jain temple i'…
celebration time!
celebration time!
do we fit in?
do we fit in?
how hasnt read Shantaram yet?!
how hasn't read Shantaram yet?!
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