Off the beach
Trip Start Jan 21, 2007
67Trip End ??? ??, 2008
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Hampi is a weird place, it's an old ruined city but has a landscape of hills of massive boulders. It's very hard to describe, best way is to pinch someone else's words and say that it's like the Flintstones. Hopefully the photos (if I ever manage to upload them) will show it well enough.
Arrived here on Sunday. First time on an Indian train, it was ok actually. Went sleeper class which has 3 tiers of bunks in sections of 8 (for my sister's benefit - who will point out that that is not possible - one of the bunks is only 2 tier!) I had the top bunk which is the best
Found a nice guest house to stay in for 200Rs a night with bathroom, although it was also my first own private Indian hole in the ground toilet! You get kind of used to them after a while. The guest house is across the river from the main town of Hampi where it's quieter, but you need to get a motor boat across the river and the boat closes at 6pm so no big nights out to be had here. Not that kind of place anyway. All the guest houses show movies every night so that's the best way to spend a night.
Managed to pass 6 days here doing not a lot! A bit of sightseeing, but not too much, one temple looks very much like another temple to me, and same with ruins. On my last day went to the Hanuman Temple (aka the monkey temple) which just about killed me! We took a long walk there over massive boulders, fields, streams etc then when we got there had to walk up 600 steps to the actual temple
Heading for Goa now, going to spend a few days in Baga/Calangute area before heading south again. Tried to get the train back to Goa but yet again its's full for weeks. Don't know how that is because going to Hampi there were plenty of tickets. So have to get the sleeper bus. It costs about 3 times the price and is 3 times as unpleasant.