Trip Start Jan 19, 2006
70Trip End May 01, 2007
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By the time we reached Hospet we were covered in dust from head to toe ( oh yeah I forgot to mention some parts of the road were so dusty that the plants and trees had turned from a healthy green to a dusty red colour). The bus driver was killing himself laughing asking did we enjoy the trip but he was decent enough to show us where to catch our connecting bus to Hampi and we were in luck we made the connection . We were in Hampi for 9.30pm and we found a place to stay - Hotel Shabhnu . We grabbed some food and then it was to bed to relax our poor bodies .
We were up next morning and headed out to see what Hampi was all about as everyone we had been speaking to in Kerala raved on about it . They were right Hampi is a fab place to go if you are into ruins and taking it extremely slow .. The bible called it Boulder watching . We started off by visiting Virupakasla temple and then onto Hemlauta hill to wander around the ruins of this once mighty hindu city . You could walk for hours just looking around the ruins amongst the boulder strewn hills how they built these temples out of the stone is a mystery. That afternoon we walked up to the other side of Hampi Bazaar to Bull mount and across into Achyutaraga temple this must have been magnificent back in the day but has fallen into ruin . However the positive side was that the archeologists were there doing some excavating.We finished the day off chilling in the Tibetan resturant just off the main street and having desert for the first time since we arrived was called Hello to the queen and it was bloody good .
The next morning we were up and away again this time we walked the 2km to see the Vittala temple although it was well preserved it was as catching as some of the other places but it was amazing to see it for one reason in the middle of the court stood an ornate stone chariot containing an image of one of the gods seemingly it's wheels were once capable of turning . After the hottest part of the day had gone we did the 3km walk out towards the royal gardens which contained Indo- Islamic ruins which includes the Lotus temple , Elephant stables and the underground Virusphuna temple . You know you are defintely in India 100% when you are visiting elephant stables !!! Hampi is truly a fab place to visit and we enjoyed our short stay there but after all our travelling for the last 4 weeks it was time to go to Palolem in Goa and spend some time chilling