Rocks and some more temples

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Friday, November 30, 2007

We continued our adventure north to Hampi.

Hampi, "the city of ruins" is a UNESCO world heritage site. It was a former capital of an empire of India, and is situated on the banks of a very pretty river. Most of the temples are in ruins, but there is a large temple in the market which is very popular.

We had actually watched a documentary in our hotel room on Hampi, and that is the main reason we took the trip out there - it was definitely worth it. It wasn't just the temples and ruins, it was the dramatic natural landscape too that was truely magical.

Hampi has become a bit of a backpacker hangout, with the guide book saying many people stay for weeks....just hanging out and cruising around the temples. Apparently, after everyone parties at Goa for Christmas, they all head to Hampi, so the place fills up. The man we rented our room from said he could charge 3 times the amount that we were paying in just a few weeks, and that often people struggled even to get a room.

We spent the first day exploring on foot, a day chilling and then took a rickshaw around to see a few sights a bit further from the main ones. We also got to be a part of an ATM inaguration....we definitely amused the locals as we drew out our money from this (the only one in town) new fancy machine. Matt also got some clothes made.

While we were out looking at temples, we heard music and drumming, we followed our ears and came across some cool performers, who were very entertaining.And of course, it wouldn't be India without a dressed up elephant. Turns out there was an Ashram (guru) having a conference thing for a festival. There were also bus loads of kids, taht basically mobbed us to have a chat.

One afternoon we decided to hike up a hill to see the sunset - of course we didn't use the regular path...too easy. Matt spotted a young girl with a water buffalo half way up a huge mound of rocks, where we wanted to go, so we figured if they could do it so could we.

We stared climbing up, it was fairly steep, then we noticed all the monkies. I still have no idea what type of monkies they were, but I have developed a bit of a fear of them. Matt almost crapped himself when one went flying over his head as he walked between 2 rocks, it literally had taken a running jump to clear the rocks, and I thought it was attacking Matt, but it was just trying to get to the other side! Insane...definitely got the heart rates up.We did in fact make it to the hill and sunset was very pretty.

All in all Hampi, while a little touristy, is a very nice hang out spot. While I wouldn't stay weeks, it was definitely worh a couple of days.
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