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India: Hampi

Wandering the truly unique landscape scattered with stunning ancient ruins; with a friendly interesting town.

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Hampi

Journey to Hampi

Took the 7.5 hour train from Margao to Hospet.
I sat with a group of Goan pharmacists who were on their way to a conference in Kolkatta.
Of course they were interested in my home country, but particularly cost of living, wages (asking one's income is not a taboo question, and should not cause offence in India), and getting a visa.
We had a nice lunch - food on the train is safe and fresh when ordered in advance... the lunch wallah took our order in the morning, and it was served at about 1pm (though my friends were not impressed with the serving sizes... "not sufficient!".... they all chorused. I had to laugh)

From Hospet train station, it was a 1km (hot, smelly and dusty) walk to the bus station. If you go to Hampi via train, don't be fooled by the rickshaw drivers at Hospet train station. They will try to tell you it's 14kms!
On the bus I met a nice couple from London who travelled overland from Europe to SE Asia. A really inspiring story!

Exploring Hampi

This is probably the friendliest town I've visited so far.
The locals are so relaxed, cheerful and helpful, and there are no pushy touts!
The town itself is really interesting with many restaurants (food was great where I went) overlooking the ancient ruins - Mango Tree is super special!

The surrounding landscape is really unique, with massive boulders and rocky hills everywhere. The temples and sites are either interspersed or built into the terrain (kind of like Cappadocia, Turkey)
One thing I also noted was the similarity between the Hampi ruins and those in Ankor, Cambodia - almost confirming the direct influence of the Bengals..

Main St, Hampi
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Met many other travellers whilst visiting the ruins, and at New Shanthi (recommend this place - food, atmosphere and service are awesome).
Hampi seems very conducive to making friends - both local and visitors

My hotel had a resident tuk-tuk driver who took me on a set tour of the surrounding ruins and sites.

Amongst the thousands of ruins:
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The most impressive for me was the elephant stables within the ancient palace:
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...and this beauty:
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The river:
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I also did a very interesting guided tour of Virupaksha temple, where a wedding was also taking place

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I also made some new friends...
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Kids seem to really love having their photo taken and seeing themselves in the camera playtback!

Hampi has definitely been a highlight so far!!

It's getting hot now, and I mean really hot - 37 degrees mid afternoon, but gloriously clear!

You can see all my photos from gorgeous, amazing Hampi here

Posted by SkinnyFists 07:17 Archived in India Tagged ruins hampi kartanaka

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