Hampi is a very soul touching place for me! I went there to escape from non-stop rain of Mumbai and what a gem I discovered! For those of you who haven't got opportunity to experience this place, #Hampi is a #UNESCO world heritage site in the south Indian state of Karnataka. It has numerous ruined temples and flea markets where trading of precious jewels used to take place in 14th century. There are multiple hills offering breathtaking and picturesque views during sunrise and sunset. This historical village is a religious centre and very interesting site for archaeologists.
For the history enthusiasts, below is some information about Hampi :
Chronicles left by Persian and European travellers, particularly the Portuguese, state Hampi was a prosperous, wealthy and grand city near the Tungabhadra River, with numerous temples, farms and trading markets. By 1500 CE, Hampi-Vijayanagara was the world's second-largest medieval-era city after Beijing, and probably India's richest at that time, attracting traders from Persia and Portugal. The Vijayanagara Empire was defeated by a coalition of Muslim sultanates; its capital was conquered, pillaged and destroyed by sultanate armies in 1565, after which Hampi remained in ruins.
I recommend you to go through the full post and then decide if this place is for you or not. I have had multiple conversation with few of my friends and fellow travellers who did not like this place. Well it is not a place with any night or city life, planned adventure activities or swimming activities! You have to let loose in this place. Explore the boulders, climb hill tops every morning, sit besides Tungabhadra river and watch every day activities of pandits, elephant owners, ferry riders and people just passing by. I loved climbing hills every morning and do my #yoga. Oh what a sight!
When to visit?
Best time to visit #Hampi is from October to March when weather is cooler and monsoon has given strength to #Tungabhadra River. August and September are good months to escape from Mumbai monsoon, however climbing hills gets a bit challenging due to slippery rocks.
Never make plan to visit this place in scorching heat of summer. May to mid July should be avoided at all cost.
How to reach Hampi?
The closest town to Hampi with road and rail connectivity is Hospet. Depending on where you are traveling from you can find your pick. We took an overnight sleeper bus from Mumbai. The midways were quite pathetic so make sure you carry stuff to eat.
After reaching Hospet simply take a tuk tuk to your hotel. It costs around two hundred rupees to reach the village.
We liked our tuk tuk guy. He was a humble soul, so we decided to stick with him. He was a great guide too!
Where to stay?
I would recommend you to spend some money on stay in Hampi. This is the make or break situation. I think one of the reasons we loved Hampi so much was that we found this amazing hotel that has build the whole place in total acceptance with nature. Check out the website for Hampi Boulders resort http://www.hampisboulders.com/ . It is a three star resort but what a personalised touch to the rooms, service, food, travel assistance, evening bonfires and tours to the caves which are a must see!
Apart from this resort there is one luxury EVOLVE BACK KAMALAPURA PALACE, HAMPI . Beautiful place with all 5 star luxury that you wish to have. I wish to check out this place next time I visit Hampi.
I hope you are motivated now to check this beautiful and soulful place. In my next post I have written about the places that we visited in Hampi and uploaded the video from our trip. Too many actually so one blog post can't do the justice.
Happy reading and travelling!