Welcome to dagsvstheworld’s definitive guide to Hampi! (well some of it anyway…)

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The Virupaksha Temple in the centre of the ancient town of Hampi

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Riding into Hampi was an incredible experience. Huge mountains consisting of enormous red boulders, juxtaposed by the seemingly endless green shade of rice paddies and coconut palms, was just absolutely enthralling. Compared to the frenetic pace of other areas of India, this place has definitely changed down a couple of gears and life just cruises on by. Once one of the largest cities in the world and dates back to 300BC, Hampi has some of the most intricate stone carved temples, monuments, artwork and history in all of India.

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The stone ‘Chariot’ shrine inside the Vitthala Temple at Hampi. The wheels actually work! circa 15th Century AD

You definitely need to spend at least a week here to chill out and explore at a laid back pace, or else you may miss the great ‘feel’ of the place.

I stayed at ‘Mowgli Guest House’, which is over the river from Hampi town, which is a very cool place. The rooms are clean and the restaurant has great food, both Indian and western. There is a great comfy place to hand and eat, drink and chill and the wi-fi is fairly decent too. The staff are incredibly helpful, polite and friendly and I felt very welcome. There is also a shop across the road for all your needs, it has all good quality products such as shampoo, creams, mosquito repellent and ice creams. Fucking awesome.

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You will find random temples and ruins all over Hampi. Stray off the beaten track and you will be amazed at what you may find!

The bridge was washed away in recent floods so there are numerous small ferries that will take you over for 10 rupees (your motorbike will cost 20 rupees extra) this takes about 2 mins, so it’s very quick trip. Failing that, stay in Hampi town which is busy, noisy and touristy, but a lot of fun if you are an aimless moto-backpacking weirdo such as myself. Instead of taking the ferry you can ride around the long way through Gangawati and Kampli (about 20km or 1 hour ride) which will take you through small villages with no tourists at all. In fact they will be happy to see you and you will most definitely get mobbed again and again! I did this every day and it was a lot of fun.

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