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    • Day 11

      Hampi time!

      February 20 in India ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C

      5 am wake up call - time for the train to Hampi!😍
      An old Indian city that used to be the 2nd largest city in the world, capital of the Vijayanagara Empire in the 14th century. The ruins that are left are known as the Hampi group of monuments which are under the UNESCOs world heritage protection.

      It was an interesting experience taking an Indian train for the first time. The journey took about 8-9 hours. At first we didn’t realize how we were supposed to sit because some seats were turned into beds and others were normal “sitting” seats. This was also the first time we really regretted taking all this luggage with us… we have 4 suitcases between the 2 of us and it wasn’t the most thought through decision so to say….
      The ride was okay, a bit uncomfortable but a vibe for sure. Unfortunately we missed the Dudhsagar waterfalls that we were looking forward to. Guess we fell asleep.
      We managed to sleep a bit on the top bunk, and I tried to do some work as well. We met a cute retired French couple that are on their 5th week in India. Soon the wife is going alone to Vietnam for cooking workshops. They were so cute. Life inspo. ✨🥰
      There was also this nice Mexican-Italian young couple who have already been here for a month and don’t know when they will be leaving. All of them had much less luggage than either one of us. 🫠

      Arrived to a very hot Hospet in the afternoon and took the first tuk tuk ride to the hotel🛺The hotel is very fancy for our standards and we’re enjoying it haha. For some reason they upgraded us for a better room without cost. Not complaining.😋

      Then we headed to see the sunset in Hampi (20-30 min away from Hospet) but Dora hurt her leg while climbing into the tuk tuk and we ended up driving around trying to find doctors instead. She needed a tetanus shot which she got in the end in Hampi and now it’s all fine. The doctor said we should pay however much we want? Also, it we went to 3 places where the doctors were on a break and I guess there are no emergency rooms here?
      We were late for the sunset but it was still beautiful nevertheless. The driver was humble and felt sorry that it happened in his tuk tuk. He still took us to see some of the Hampi monuments where we saw monkeys and en elephant (!!) but the rest we will explore tomorrow.

      Fun fact about this area. Everyone is obviously staring at us and a few people have asked for a picture. Guess the tourists are not that common here. Even the doctor’s grandson, a 6 year old boy, wanted to see us so we talked with him for a bit. He likes languages and wanted to exchange a few words in English. Cutie.

      Ended the day with a nice dinner at the hotel restaurant. Had another pineapple juice ofc😍
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    • Day 18

      Hampi , last day

      December 29, 2019 in India ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

      Last day in Hampi. We pretty much saw all important temples, so after breakfast our tuktuk guy came and took us to see Queen's bath, Water steps and Rama temple. It was such a hot day. Without any more ideas and tired of sand and heatwe headed back to Hospet to eat and having beers while waiting for evening sleeper bus to Goa!
      Surprisingly bed was big enough for me. Ride was okay but bumpy because of Indian roads. Even highways are far from Deutsche Autobahn 🤣
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    • Day 10

      Hanuman, roi d’Hampi

      January 22, 2023 in India ⋅ 🌙 23 °C

      Selon les livres sacrés de l’hindouisme, le Dieu singe Hanuman régnait sur Hampi, royaume dont les sujets étaient des macaques.

      Alors que Shiva et Parvati jouaient dans la forêt sous la forme de singe, Parvati tomba enceinte. Le foetus fut donné à Vayu, le dieu du vent, qui le confia à Anjana qui cherchait à avoir un enfant. Ainsi Kunjara, le roi des singe, et Anjana donnèrent naissance à Hanuman

      Hampi est une étape du Ramayana, l’épopée mythologique de Rama, un avatar de Vishnu, pour retrouver sa femme Sita, enlevée par le démon Ravana, roi du Sri Lanka. La forêt de Hampi est peuplée de singes et serait le lieu de naissance du dieu Hanuman. C’est donc là que Rama et Hanuman se rencontrèrent et qu’ils passèrent alliance pour retrouver Sita.

      Les pèlerins les plus nombreux du temple Yantrodharaka sont des adeptes de Rama et des adorateurs d’Hanuman
      Il est l’une des divinités hindoues les plus populaires ; il est le patron des lutteurs et des acrobates, des arts martiaux mais aussi dieu de la sagesse et de la méditation. Il est souvent représenté avec une massue.
      Il représente le contrôle intérieur, la foi et la dévotion complète à une cause.

      Les singes sont donc, de manière générale, choyés par les hommes pour cette position auprès d’Hanuman. Ils reçoivent des offrandes, bien souvent des noix de coco et des bananes, de la part des dévots.
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    • Day 15

      Kampa Bhupa Marga

      November 15, 2022 in India ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

      KAMPABHUT pathway

      In Hampi, the capital of the Vijayanagara Empire, the rulers built many ancient paths. One of the most important of these ancient routes is the Kampabhupa Pathway A broad stone pathway along the banks of the Tungabhadra. It is said to have been laid on the orders of Kampabhupa, the son of Vira Harihara Raya (1377 1404 CE). It connects the Virupaksha Bazaar Street to Chakratirtha and beyond.
      This pathway, starting at the eastern agdo end of the Virupaksha bazaar passes through a narrow passage between a group of boulders, also called the 'Onake Kindi' (view through a window). A bas relief sculpture of a standing male figure with folded hands in Anjali mudra is thought to be Kampabhupa, who ordered the construction of the pathway. When the water in the river rises this pathway is completely submerged.
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    • Day 15

      Sunset on the Hemakuta Hill

      November 15, 2022 in India ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

      TEMPLES ON THE HEMAKUTA HILL

      THE GRANITE SOPE OF THE SACRED HEMAKUTA HILL IS DOTTED WITH SHRINES. THE HILL IS ENCIRCLED ON ITS THREE SIDES BY MASSIVE FORTIFICATION. TO THE NORTH IS THE ENCLOSURE WALL OF VIRUPAKSHA TEMPLE. THE COMPLEX HAS THREE GATEWAYS. MORE THAN THIRTY SHRINES STAND ON THIS HILL. THESE VARY FROM ELABORATE STRUCTURES WITH MULTIPLE SANCTUMS TO RUDIMENTRIES, SINGLE CELLED CONSTRUCTION. MOST OF THESE TEMPLES HAVE STEPPED PYRAMIDAL TYPE OF SUPERSTRUCTURE.

      TWO OF THE TEMPLES HAVE INSCRIPTIONS. THE TRIPLE SHIVA TEMPLE ON THE EAST HAS AN INSCRIPTION RECORDING THAT VIRA KAMPILADEVA, SON OF MUMMADI SINGEYA NAYAKA, BUILT THE SIVALAYA AND INSTALLED IN IT THREE LINGAS. TWO INSCRIPTIONS ON THE ROCK NEAR PRASANNA ANJANEYA TEMPLE DATED 1938 AD. MENTION THAT VIRUPAKSHA PANDITA AND HIS BROTHER CONSTRUCTED A TEMPLE OF VIRUPAKSHA AND DUG A TANK. ANOTHER INSCRIPTION ON A ROCK BASE RECORDS THE SETTING OF A LAMP PILLAR IN THE TEMPLE OF JADEYA SANKARADEVA BY BUKKAYAVE, THE QUEEN OF HARIHARA II IN THE YEAR 1397 AD. THE GROUP OF TEMPLES ON THE HEMAKUTA HILLS FORM ONE OF THE EARLIEST GROUP OF STRUCTURES AT HAMPI AND APPEAR TO DATE FROM ABOUT 9TH TO EARLY 14TH CENTURY AD. AND ALL OF THEM ARE CLEARLY OF SAIVA ORIGIN.
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    • Day 27

      Anegundi

      September 8, 2019 in India ⋅ ☁️ 25 °C

      Ceniamo ancora dal nostro amico, una sera la cena è a lume di candela, perche' con qualche goccia di pioggia il sistema elettrico di Hampi Bazar salta e i negozi, i ristoranti rimangono illuminati solo da lampadine caricate a batteria, Gigiotto non ha neppure quelle quindi rimaniamo tutta la sera a lume di candela . In entrambe le sera ci viene a trovare un'amica la sacra mucca indiana che si affaccia con il suo testone dentro il locale aspettando rispettosa di ricevere un cetriolo e una volta soddisfatta indietreggia con eleganza e si allontana con garbo. Il giorno seguente Giggiotto si è addormentato e per colazione ci tocca andare al Old Chilly Out, per noi troppo turistico, Partiamo con i motorini per Anegundi a 30 km di distanza , il paesaggio colorato di terrazzamenti di risaie e' bellissimo, dopo un trekking un po' forzato sopra le rocce chiediamo un lunch un po' tardi al resort e ci accolgono a braccia aperte, lasciandoci di stucco per l'ottimo cibo vegetariano, riso, melanzane, lenticchie, yogurt, noccioline con chilly. alla fine come sempre nei nostri viaggi la parte culinaria è fondamentale, scegliere il posto giusto , che sia piu casalingo che turistico, assaggiare gusti nuovi , condividere tra di noi piatti diversi ci piace tantissimo. Raggiungiamo Hubli con il treno prenotiamo la terza classe con a/c, subito rimaniamo un po disorientati perché gli scompartimenti sono tutte cuccette, dove alcune persone sono ancora sdraiate poi con il nostro arrivo scombussoliamo un po la quiete e vengono ricomposti i vari sedili, alla fine nella da invidiare ai fantastici treni italiani. Ci facciamo accompagnare nel ristorante solo vegetariano dove già avevamo mangiato con Shekar e oziamo nella piscina dell'albergo aspettando il volo per Mumbay alle 7,20 di mattina.Read more

    • Day 12

      Hampi exploring!

      February 21 in India ⋅ ☀️ 34 °C

      Today it was time for Hampi exploring. Our driver drove us there and then set us up with a guide. They cooperate so the second we got to the ruins the guide knew who were were and who our driver was 😅
      Thankfully we met an American guy from the train there and could split the cost of the guide with him. The tour was nice, it lasted all day and our new friend was super cool. He lives in LA, works for an evil consulting company, likes India a lot (it’s his 7th time here) and he went to Coachella dressed only a towel.🎊
      In the middle of the tour we had a very nice lunch, thali!😋

      We learned that some of the stone pillars in the temples were used to play music. Depending on how they were cut, shaped and which dimensions they had, they made sounds of different instruments (see the video).

      We went to all the most important temples (will look up the names later), saw a lot of monkeys along the way and enjoyed the most beautiful sunset in the evening. The views are incredible in Hampi. We were exhausted by 7pm, had dinner at the hotel and called it a night.

      Enjoy the pictures!
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    • Day 13

      Ich wünsch mir ein Rikscha

      February 29, 2020 in India ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

      Nachdem Mr. Paul uns von Hampi mit dem Rikscha nach Hospet zum Busbahnhof gefahren hat mussten wir dort knackige 4 Stunden auf den Bus warten. Vermießt haben uns die Wartezeit unzählige Moskitos, dafür haben wir uns noch mit einige Engländern unterhalten (einer kam aus Brighton und kannte sogar den Pub in dem ich letztes Jahr gearbeitet hatte :)), ein Inder hat uns Zaubertricks gezeigt und wir haben Doppelkopf gespielt.
      Amüsant war auch die Schreibweise meines Namens in den Nachrichten vom Busunternehmen.
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    • Day 142

      Calling planet earth !!!

      March 24, 2017 in India ⋅ ⛅ 12 °C

      We awoke from our night bus with young men jumping threw our windows and pushing leaflets o our faces and shouting TUK TUK. I responded in the only way I could, "don't mess with me face" and we defiantly walked off in the hot humid morning to find our guest-house . With all the hullabaloo you would forgive me for not noticing that Tammy and I had been transported to another planet. For every way I looked I could see boulders on another scale peppered with Temples. We had arrived in Hampi.

      We found our guesthouse which was situated in the bazar, a rabbit warren of home stays, antique shops and sit on the floor restaurants. We relaxed and washed off the night bus scum and set off for our first explore of this unknown land. Now it was HOT like bloody HOT like the HOTTEST I've ever been HOT so we didn't get far in the middle of the day. But we managed to see Virupaksha temple that was basically in our back garden. The overwhelming heat and smell of sewage did not dampen my enthusiasm at awe inspiring structure that was built in the 11th century in homage to the gods.

      As the heat was intense and we realised were not made for 39degrees. We decided to split our days in two. Morning and evening, with a well earned siesta from 1 until 5. We explored the landscape and visited the ancient Hindu empire ruins. You could definitely see why they decided to build an empire there, as the boulders that had been there for billions of years acted as a natural fortress.

      One of my favourite moments in Hampi, was watching the poker red sun, setting over the Mars like land, whilst me and tam lay on one of the impressive boulders.
      An incredible place.
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