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Asia » India » Karnataka » Hampi January 31st 2016

Que c’est bon de sortir de Bangalore ! Que c’est bon de sortir de cette folie meurtrière qui ne dort jamais ! Plus on s’éloignait, plus les bruits de klaxons se faisaient rares et plus les gens roulaient à peu près normalement. Je pense qu’a un certain point, Dilip, notre chauffeur, en tant que bon Citadin de Bangalore était le seul à klaxonner et a conduit dangereusement. Toujours ce bon vieux réflexe du mec presse et impatient qui contrastait parfaitement avec l’attitude « Shanti », c’est-à-dire tranquille et paisible des personnes habitant la campagne. Arrive aux alentours des premiers villages environnant Hampi, On commence à sentir l’histoire qui entoure la région avec des villages complets reconstruits sur des ruines encore apparentes. Certaines rues sont définies par un axe de destruction des murs des maisons. Comme si ... read more
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Rive Sud
Rive Sud - temple

Asia » India » Karnataka » Hampi December 25th 2015

How lucky we were that we got train tickets to go to Hampi before christmas. This was nearly impossible and I still have to thank this wonderful and patient travel agent in Agonda who booked us the tickets 2 weeks in advance. As it was a day train and only a 7,5 hours trip from Madgaon to Hampi, we did not care about a general class ticket. The journey was great and the landscape especially in the beginning around the Dandeli Wildlife Parc really beautiful. In Hubli a horde of army guys came onto the train. But they were very kind and respectful. The train was packed but the journey still pleasant. Arriving in Hospet we were immediately attacked by the rickshaw drivers who wanted to take us to Hampi. No thank you - the local ... read more
in a coracle over the river
Hampi impressions
indian tourist with her son

Asia » India » Karnataka » Hampi September 4th 2015

Hampi; described as one of the most bewitching and spell-bounding landscapes with sandy temples and ruins dotted across some of the most spectacular scenery. Now a world heritage site, but in its prime it is believed Hampi was once one of the richest and largest kingdoms in the world. Take that you other built up ugly capital cities. In other words Hampi is generally described as a place not to be missed on a trip to southern India. Furthermore it was off the tourist trail of Rajasthan. Saying all of this, before we arrived we could not get ourselves excited for Hampi as we enjoyed our few days of relaxation in Goa and had seen enough palaces and temples to last a lifetime by now. Did we really want to see another one, two or even ... read more
These children loved having their picture taken
Stone ruins amongst the stones
Braving the intense heat for some sightseeing

Asia » India » Karnataka » Hampi February 22nd 2015

One of the UNESCO world heritage sites, HAMPI is a small village in the northern part ofKarnatakaStateinIndia. We left for Hampi from Chitradurga afternoon on the last week of December. It took three hours to reach the place. Hampi is situated on the banks of theTungabhadraRiver. Like Mahabalipuram in Tamilnadu this place also represents the sculptural arts of earlier centuries of the southern parts of the country. The site remains as the ruins of Vijayanagara Empire. It was part of the capital of this empire in the 14th century. The major attractions here inter alia include the centuries oldVirupakshaTemple,AchutharayaTemple,HazaraRamaTemple,KrishnaTemple,VittalaTemple, the sacred Tank nearKrishnaTemple, Ganesha Mandapa,UndergroundSivaTemple,AnjaneyaTemple, Elephant Stables, Lotus Mahal, Monolithic Nandi Bull, Tall carved pillars, canals, Aqued... read more
Ruined Fort
Sunset - Hampi
Stepped Tank near underground Temple

Asia » India » Karnataka » Hampi January 24th 2015

Hampi, the ancient capital of the Vijayanagara empire is in ruins in North Karnataka. My cousin, her daughter and I decided it is a must see and jumped into the train headed north from Bangalore. I had booked air-conditioned railway seats but whole night I was wondering if I did indeed because it never worked. I observed my cousin wrapped up in blanket. It was all in anticipation of coming cool air :) We arrived at Hampi in early hours. A co passenger kindly offered us a lift to the main town centre. We booked into a budget hotel, freshened up and ventured to see the ruins. It was very hot. We drank water like fish but it was not enough. Apparently all government approved guides were taken. We looked around into the carvings, temples and ... read more
Hampi ruins
Pillars at Temple
Narasimha Statue

Asia » India » Karnataka » Hampi November 17th 2014

The journey to Hampi entailed my first bus ride in India. The bus is none A/C so it's hot as fuck! The beds are pretty uncomfy and it's pretty hard to sleep because the bus is rocking everywhere, turning corners, stopping etc! Definitely need to stick to the train in future. When I first get on the bus, I find my bed, and it's like the size of a normal single, but I'm meant to be sharing it with someone, turns out to be some European chick. Her and her friend have been separated and her friend's got a full bed to herself...So of course, I do the chivalrous thing and offer to swap with her friend, so as to avoid the awkward situation of having to sleep next to a randomer, fuck that! and to ... read more

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
View from the top
River Tungbhadra
lotus mahal

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
getting water
lemonade seller
roof top restaurant

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
Vitthal Temple
Pushkarini




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