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Asia » India » Karnataka » Hampi May 24th 2014

We set out for Hampi with a lot of expectations as we had heard so much about it and seen such wonderful pictures. The sheer vastness, complexity and craftsmanship of the place left us awestruck and we were left wondering as to how something like this was built and sustained so many centuries ago. The pictures have been taken at various locations like Vittala, Virupaksha and Krishna temple complexes....and we were not in the least bit disappointed.... read more
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River Tungbhadra
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Asia » India » Karnataka » Hampi April 4th 2014

This is my first travel blog anywhere and would love to hear your feedback. I will start with a brief introduction about Hampi. Hampi is a village in northern Karnataka state, India. It is located within the ruins of Vijayanagara, the former capital of the Vijayanagara Empire. Predating the city of Vijayanagara, it continues to be an important religious centre, housing the Virupaksha Temple, as well as several other monuments belonging to the old city. The ruins are a UNESCO World Heritage Site, listed as the Group of Monuments at Hampi. My fr... read more
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Asia » India » Karnataka » Hampi January 28th 2014

Oh all we ever seem to do is catch a train. I am sure by now you guys are all trained out. I really like train travel and its all so comfortable and well organized. We met a couple in our compartment the husband lectures in tool and dye cutting and she is a professor of engineering/ they had recently been to South Africa so we had lots to talk about. Every youngster we speak to is studying engineering of some sort there is a glut of engineers here and so they in the end take on crappy jobs just to get a job often not even in their own field. And we have the problem in South Africa that we only have one place in Durban where they teach Tool and Dye cutting and that ... read more
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lemonade seller
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Asia » India » Karnataka » Hampi January 10th 2014

Hampi, is a very beautiful place which I had been waiting to explore since quite sometime now which finally we (me and my husband) managed to plan it in December 2013 from 21st to 25th. To start with what hampi is all about, Hampi is the former capital of Vijaynagar Empire where you can see beautiful Virupaksja temple, Vitthala temple, Lakshmi Narasimha and many more. The ruins of Hampi are a UNESCO world heritage site. Along with the beautiful Hampi ruins, you will find boulders all around which makes climbing on them an amazing experience. We started off from Pune via VRL bus on 20th Dec. around 10:30PM and reached Hospet at 8:30 AM. It takes abt 9 hours to reach Hospet. Hampi is abt 30 minutes from Hospet... You can reach Hampi from Hospet via ... read more

Asia » India » Karnataka » Hampi October 11th 2013

Distance: Hyderabad 361 km 7h, 50m Bangalore 372 km 7h, 10m Pune 537 km 11h, 20m Chennai 578 km 12h, 20m Mumbai 696 km 14h, 50m Best time to visit: October-March Road Conditions: Very Good/some patch of village road (Mostly Toll Roads) Fooding/Lodging: Yes Days needed to see : average 3 full days. The historical town of Hampi, is one of the most important tourist destination on the Indian as well as international map. Located in the state of Karnataka, the town is popular for its intricately carved temples and stone sculptures. Some of the most popular temple structures here include Shri Virupaksha Temple, Balakrishna Temple, Shri Vijaya Vitthala Temple and Sasivekalu Ganesh Temple. Few must see are : the Stone Chariot at Vitthala Temple and Ugra Narsimha statue at Lakshmi Narasimha Temple. For history lovers ... read more
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Asia » India » Karnataka » Hampi July 27th 2013

Geology Rocks! - Ross Gellar, NY Stepping off yet another overnight sleeper train with the standard array of snorers, starers and people that think it’s acceptable to hock the nastiest sounding loogies from way up in their sinuses and flob them out the window, we arrived in Hospet. From Hospet, we would need to take a 30 minute or so Tuk tuk to Hampi for which we were already dreading the obligatory haggling with the local drivers. ‘Fortunately’ for us, there was a guy on our train who had a tuk tuk parked outside (how this was possible, I don’t know) who followed us down the platform asking if we needed a ride into town. Having had this kind of hassle many times before, we decided to sit on the platform with a cup of unbelievably ... read more
Streets of the Bazaar
Woman visiting Ganesh
Lakshmi the blessing elephant

Asia » India » Karnataka » Hampi May 19th 2013

'Hampi' explores one of the most beautiful and evocative of all historical sites in south India. Austere and grandiose, Hampi was the seat of the Vijayanagara Empire in the mid-14th century, when art and architecture flourished. Contemporary chroniclers from Arabia, Italy, Portugal and Russia, visited the empire leaving behind glowing accounts of a city that was conquered by Muslim invaders in AD 1565, pillaged for 6 months and abandoned. Hampi Vijayanagara by John Fritz and George Michell Hampi, Archaeological Survey of India... read more
Stone chariot, Vitthala Temple
Mahanavami platform, Royal enclosure
Entrance gopura at sunset

Asia » India » Karnataka » Hampi March 22nd 2013

25/2/13 Paisagem de grande beleza: arrozais, agua em abundancia por entre blocos redondos de granito avermelhado. Bananais, coqueirais, caminhos de terra, muitas ruinas de um enorme imperio hindu dizimado pelos muculmanos e templos bonitos, alguns ainda vivios. Gente a lavar-se, a lavar roupa, beber, brincar no rio pela manha. Se fecharmos os olhos a certas coisas (muito turistico) Tour das ruinas em bicicleta com um grupo porreiro, sob calor torrido a horas improprias. Lavei uma 'elefanta', Laxmi, que trabalha no templo. Grande paquiderme , pele aspera e enrugadinha e pelos como arame, a tromba brincalhona e rosada na ponta bufa feliz enquanto a esfregavamos. Grandes patas, solidos troncos, como ossos! E um lindo olhar molhado me olhava da grande cabeca. Toquei pela primeira vez nos bagos leitosos (ainda nao polinizados, um agricultor explicou-me como 'funcionava'..... read more
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Asia » India » Karnataka » Hampi February 18th 2013

Though it saddens me to begin this post on a negative note, I must say that the process of getting from Gokarna to Hampi was nothing less than a nightmare. After about a 45 minute ride, we arrived at the bus stop in Ankola around 8:00 p.m. via a public bus from Gokarna. Just to be on the safe side, we’d gotten there quite early (3 hours early, to be exact), so we had some time to kill. We read our books and eventually got some dinner, but as 11:00 p.m. rolled around, our bus was nowhere to be found. The staff working at the bus stop withheld whatever information they had about our bus’s whereabouts, but occasionally we overheard talk about either an accident or a breakdown… In any case, we waited for a total ... read more
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Asia » India » Karnataka » Hampi February 14th 2013

Nous sommes partis en train de Bengalore vers Hospet, la ville la plus proche de Hampi. Premier voyage en train en Inde pour Huguette. Introduction agréable car nous avons des billets 2e classe dans un compartiment avec lits (même si nous voyageons 8 heures de jour, car il n'y avait pas de billets pour le train de nuit), et nous sommes d'ailleurs les seuls passagers dans le compartiment. Seul bémol: nous avons vu un souris et 2-3 rats courants au long des murs. Brrrrr! Le paysage laissait présager celui de Hampi: des grandes roches avec des formes incroyables parsemées sur la plaine (apparemment il y a eu une forte activité volcanique quelques millions d'années auparavant). Hampi est au coeur de l'Inde du sud. Il y a 2-3 petites rues très touristiques perdues dans le paysage général ... read more
Hampi - au concert
Hampi - basin d'ablution
Hampi - frise de temple




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