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BIZARRE KINGDOM

Hampi is a bit troublesome when it comes to location. Far from any major urban hub it requires time and effort to reach… but it’s worth it. If you can’t go on a long trip South from Mumbai this is an option of only 4 days cut out from you busy schedule. Those four days are enough to feel like going back in time! That austere, grandiose site was the last capital of the last great Hindu Kindgom of Vijayanagar and is listed as a UNESCO Heritage Site.


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Have your sunglasses and a hat packed to protect yourself from heat in Hampi
Rent one of the small bikes to drive around Hampi
Be friendly to local people and share the happiness!

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Visiting Hampi – the Flintstone’s lookalike world, a World Heritage Site
trekking through massive boulders to points with stunning views

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Hampi is a bit troublesome when it comes to location. Far from any major urban hub it requires time and effort to reach… but it’s worth it. If you can’t go on a long trip South from Mumbai this is an option of only 4 days cut out from you busy schedule. Those four days are enough to feel like going back in time! That austere, grandiose site was the last capital of the last great Hindu Kindgom of Vijayanagar and is listed as a UNESCO Heritage Site.

Today your flight will be almost like a time machine! You will reach a very unusual place that used to be one of the world’s largest and powerful ancient kingdoms. Set in a harsh environment, Hampi is basically a land of rocks where nature has fashioned a unique landscape with astonishing remains of glorious past scattered on vast land. You won’t be walking through polished corridors of perfect, royal palaces or gold plastered temples here. Hampi is a complex of proud Vijayanagar ruins set amidst rather weird natural arrangements of stone and boulders resembling the Flintstones’ home a bit. At a time of its glory Hampi was a cosmopolitan capital populated by ethnic mix, with great amount of trade passing through. After a period of over 300 years of success it got defeated in 1564-65 and it is said that Hampi’s wealth was so big that it took hundreds of elephants more than six months to carry the loot out of it! After taking a flight from Mumbai and a few hour car drive you will check into your hotel just across the Tugabhadra river.

The best way to discover mysterious area of Hampi and catch the best views is trekking through some really outstanding paths. From early morning prepare comfortable shoes and start a trek to Matanga Hill. Carry water, small snacks and have your camera ready! The view from the top is something you don’t want to forget…

After the trek there are still impressive sites waiting for you to discover in the Sacred Centre. In the afternoon the area gets quite hot so you might consider renting a simple bicycle to go around or hiring a rickshaw. Along the river there are complexes of temples with distinctive architectonic beauty such as Virupaksha Temple, Rama Temple, Vittala Temple, Krishna Temple and others.

After breakfast your car will take you to a nearby hamlet of Anegundi. Again remember about comfortable shoes as there are around 650 steps to climb for the Anjanadri Hill believed to be the legendary birthplace of Hanuman, the monkey god from the Ramayana. Hanuman the mighty ape that aided Lord Rama in his expedition against evil forces is an avatar of Lord Shiva and is one of the most popular Hindu deities. He is considered a Superman of Hindu pantheon, with powers like flying in the air without any technical aid, unbeatable strength, transforming himself into a bigger image like Hulk etc. The top of the hill affords you a gorgeous panoramic view of Hampi ruins and the Tungabhadra river. After this detour you are still going to visit Hampi’s ruins located in the Royal Centre. Admire glorious remains of powerful kingdom starting from a two storied Lotus Palace, huge Elephant Stables, Queen’s Bath and temples. Overnight in hotel.

Leave the bizarre landscape of gigantic boulders and proud ruins and head back to Mumbai. It takes a car drive again and a flight to reach civilization.

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