January was the last month of our internship at Niraj International School. I spent really nice time there, but I was eager to go out of Hyderabad as soon as possible and to explore other parts of India.
An auto rickshaw driver, which took us to the train station, instead of farewell said „Thank you for visiting my country“. That was probably the nicest thing I have ever heard from drivers in Hyderabad. He didn‘t know that our journey has just begun.
Arriving to Hampi
We drag two big luggages with us and it‘s not very comfortable to travel with them. Unfortunately, as we lived in one place for a few months we had to come to India with a lot of stuff. I put my luggage on the berth in a train and it took almost one third of it, so I had to lay with my legs bent. Indians are loud people – that didn‘t help to sleep, but this is the price you have to pay for a cheap journey.
Next morning we arrived to Hospet and then took an auto to Hampi. As we find out later driver charged us at least double price. One thing I will never bear in India are those lying and cheating drivers.
Hampi is the city with hundreds of temples and a lot spectacular boulders. It was devastated by muslims in XVI century, but it still has a lot of nice heritage. There are a lot of monkeys in all city area, just hanging on the trees, jumping on the roofs or chilling near the temples. Love them!
We spent a lot of time on the roof top restaurant in our guest house. Food was cheap and delicious, while the atmosphere very relaxing with mattresses on the floor and chill out music. First day we took a walk next to a nice river with thousands of huge stones everywhere you look around. I saw some rocks with incused images of gods and other symbols. Maybe they were a part of a few little demolished temples not far from them.
Bicycle ride and temple jumping
Next day we took a guided bicycle tour around the main temples. A guide was a local Indian with a big smile. Unfortunately, a bike was too small for me and didn‘t have any gears. There were about eight other foreigners with us in a ride. It was really nice to know more about India‘s history and mythology. A guide told us many stories about the Hindu gods and it was easy to visualize them as they were incused on the walls and pillars in the temples. Bike ride cost 500 rupees. Most of the temples are free, except few, but you can get one ticket for 250 rupees to enter all of them. A ticket valid only for that day. As we purchased a ticket during our bicycle ride to enter one of those paid temples, in the afternoon we walked to another temple – Vittala, which was really impressive.
In the evening we climbed a big hill to watch a sunset and the views there were truly amazing: palm trees, temples, boulders everywhere you look around. Nature in Hampi is really something. On the top of the hill we met one Indian, who is learning Russian in order to be a tour guide. Ganga just wanders around the area and waits for Russian tourists just to have a conversation with them, to improve his skills. He told that he didn’t like them, because they are rude and all they do is drinking and fighting, but business is business.
Last day we just chilled in the city, visited some temples and packed our stuff to leave. We didn’t know much about Hampi before coming, so that’s why we decided to spend here only three days and booked a ticket to our next destination. It was a bit pity to leave so soon, I could have stayed here for a week and just to flow with a slow life of this little city. But instead of that we took another night train…