Happy in Hampi
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Our final destination in India was Hampi. We got the overnight train from Bangalore, paid off the trannies to stop harrasing us and it was all good from then on! We got a rickshaw from the nearby town of Hospet through a stunning landscape littered with huge coffee coloured boulders and meandering brown rivers.
We decided to treat ourselves by staying at a pretty nice place across the river, we both traveled on a coracle for the first time ever to get there, was wicked and felt a bit of an adventure just getting to our guesthouse, whilst we were waiting for the coracle to cross the river we saw a family of otters swim by and made our first travel buddy!
It was pretty damn hot, and we just relaxed untill it cooled down.
The guesthouse we stayed at was located next to some rice fields. As soon as the sun went down the frogs chorus began and it was bloody deafening, I couldnt resist a quick frog fix so I went out to explore much to the dismay of the guys working at the guesthouse who were petrified of snakes.
The next day we headed of early to explore the ancient ruins Hampi is known for. The first temple we saw was a bit kinky with erotic sculptures of vagina spreading (to put it politely) which was a bit of an eye opener, the temple was covered in monkeys, and a huge Langur scared the crap out of us by jumping over our heads. The next sites were some huge statues of Ganesh and Shiva which were spectacular. The civilization here was pretty special with huge ornately carved temples, well organised market places, dining area for the poor, public and royal baths, elephant stables the ruins of which were all there to see and in pretty good condition.
The laid back atmosphere was revitalising after the hustle and bustle of the past few weeks and so we recharged our batteries before the overnight coach journey to Bangalore (we had our own double bed on the coach - luxury!). Our time in India was up and we took our flight to Mumbai, we stayed in the nastiest hotel imaginable and had quite an argument over the bill (f******G rip off merchants) and me and Suzan had to physically barge our way out, not the happiest ending but we got to the airport in one piece. Next stop Bangkok!