Relaxing on a river in the rocky hills of Hampi

Trip Start Jan 20, 2005
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Trip End Dec 27, 2005


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Sunday, April 3, 2005

We had received two reccomendations from people that we should stop in Hampi and we were glad we backtracked taking a bus, then two trains and then a bus again to get there. It took us over 24 hours of continuous traveling to get to this dusty town.

Hampi is one of our favorite places in India so far. It is an amazing little town in a beautiful valley surrounded by the remains of an ancient empire including palaces and Hindu temples. The town itself has a huge Temple that was built in the 15th centry I belive. Running through the town is a nice river that keeps the valley lush green.

We spent our mornings and evenings exploring the ancient ruins around the town and the hottest part of the day in the early afternoon relaxing in our guesthouse or restaurants. It got hot that's for sure and the grownd and hills were all sand and stone and they got so hot you could cook on them.

The sunsets were amazing as the setting sun light up the red rock hills and lush green rice fields and banana plantations in the valley. This was an amazing place to be relax.

We even rented a motorbike one day, well, it was actually a moped. A guy wanted to rent me a nice new 150cc bike and even let me test drive it. He wanted 5 bucks a day, but he also had an ancient pedal start moped that he was offering for 2.50. We all know which one I chose. Virginie didn't mind that she had to walk up the hills because this baby didn't appreciate my robust profile and showed its displeasure by refusing to carry us both up any extended incline. It didn't bother me much, but V got a little sick of having to play catch up. I tried to explain that we were saving $2.50, but at the time, under the extreme heat of the midday sun, she had trouble appreciating my budgetmindful reasoning. I waited in the shade for her though and even offered to let her drive, but she wanted to live too and just accepted her fate.

The highlight of our stay there was playing the musical pillars in one of the ancient Temples. These temples had amazing carvings and pillars that played different tones when you struck them with your fingers. I tried to think of a good song to play - Beathoven, Mozart, even something more contemporary like Yanni, but unfortunately, my musical talent lies more in criticism (meaning the educated, cultured type not the general, complaining type) than creation. I'll let you all be the judge in my video.

From Hampi, we took a night train North to Hyderabad to visit friends.
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