Surreal, calm, stark and stunning; you run out of adjectives to describe. Who would have thought 15th century was just an overnight train journey away from the chaos of the Indian silicon valley?
A place like no other, where the grandeur of the Vijayanagara empire and the vision of its most famous king, Krishnadevaraya, stands unfazed and unaffected by time.
Waking up in the wee hours to capture the brand new day, ambling down the ruins amongst the backdrop of a rocky landscape, marvelling at the ingenuity of old Indian architecture, watching the lazy temple elephant being scrubbed clean by tourists in the waters of Tungabhadra river, I was amazed by the numerous facets this fascinating place offers.
Here is Hampi, as seen by me, over 48 hours. For more pictures, click here – https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.612797225400553.1073741825.309642302382715&type=1
A special thanks to our guide, Mr. Nagaraj Jola (call him at 9480510871 if you need a guide in Hampi), without whose local insights and fervour, the place would not have been as amazing an experience. He deserves a separate story, more on that later!
If you are a traveller and do not mind basic accommodation, stay in Hampi. If you prefer comfort, stay in nearby Hospet, there are fancier places across Tungbhadra river too.
Wake up early! Catch the sunrise, not to forget that it gets quite hot in the day especially in the summers!