Manisha Agrawal

Joined January 2017
  • Day8

    Hampi Bazaar, Hampi

    January 20, 2017 in India ⋅ ☀️ 1 °C

    After we crossed the Ferry we reached the other side where we have the Virupaksha temple and the ruins of Hampi Bazaar. It is said that not only was there was place for the sellers to sell their wares but the bazaar had homes built for the shopkeepers and stables for their horses.

    On the left of the original Hampi Bazaar is the current market where you an old lady selling embroidered bags which she claims will last for 20 years. She lives 3km from Hampi comes and sets up her shop on a blanket every day.

    Go further down and to your left you will find boards to the Mango Tree Restaurant. A life saver for us for they very cordially agreed to keep our bags safe after we had to check out of the resort. They have excellent tea and coffee which they are more than happy to customize to your taste and helpful staff. We made the acquaintance of Jyothi, a jewellery designer from Hyderabad who had just begun her travel adventure with Hampi.
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    Ferry Point, hampi

    January 13, 2017 in India ⋅ ☁️ 0 °C

    On the way to the Ferry that would take us to the other side to the Hampi ruins,there is stone bridge. Here we met a group of school children who insisted that we click a photo of their entire group as they happily posed for us.

    As we reached closer to the ferry point, we found the road lined with small shops selling all kinds of trinkets, embroidered pieces, clothes all seemingly catering to the foreign clientele alongside quaint little restaurants, yoga and meditation centers, massage parlors and guest houses where most of the foreigners stay.

    Here we found a few places of interest - a couple of music instrument shops selling everything from the dholak of rural India to the Djembe of South Africa and from sitar and guitar to ukele all apparently made by the proprietor of the shop - Samir Khan and his wife, Mumtaz. There was another music shop - Gali's Music place where Gali sang the Hampi song for us along with his son, Durga Prasad, who played the drum and his young friend, Shreyan who is learning to lay the Ukele from Gali during his long weekend.

    We decided to pack some mouth watering carrot cake to snack on during our walk for the day at the German bakery which had a lot of delicious looking items also aimed at our foreign counterparts.
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  • Day1

    Khishkinda heritage resort in Hampi

    January 13, 2017 in India ⋅ ☀️ 0 °C

    Stayed here on our recent trip to Hampi. Beautiful surroundings on the way to the resort, Rooms are designed as individual huts whereas electricity is provided via solar panels (so a bit patchy - comes and goes). Has a nice garden (where we did surya namaskars facing the morning sun) and a pool as well.

    The rooms looked quaint with all cane furniture including the dressing table, the wardrobe door and beds.The room was clean and comfortable.

    Breakfast is sumptuous and delicious with light fluffy idlis and wadas with delicious chutney and sambhar along with poha/upma for savouries with suji ka halwa, cut fruit and bananas for dessert. At dinner, the curries were a bit too spicy for my taste but the paneer paratha we tried was delicious. The restaurant staff was courteous and considerate. They sent us water and bananas on our second day knowing we had walked all the way back from Hampi.

    On the con side, getting hot water requires one to call the reception after which it takes one more reminder and throwing away about two buckets of water before the hot water gets released. The receptionist was not the friendliest; when we booked the accommodation at expedia.com, the booking details stated that checkout time is 12:00 noon but we were forced to check out in the morning itself else would be charged half a day's rent.
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