Hampi Travel, Karnataka
Why Hampi travel?
Hampi village is situated inside the extensive, monumental ruins of the capital city of the Vijayanagara empire which controlled much of southern India from 1336 to 1646.
This is a little-visited UNESCO World Heritage Site, a delightful change from most of the historical India tourism, a place where wandering in calm contemplation is actually possible (apart, perhaps, from affluent begging kids! ).
Try that in Agra, Jaipur, or Varanasi!
The village does have two busy festival occasions when crowds will appear: every February there is a chariot (temple cars carrying idols of Hindu gods) festival and in December betrothal/marriage celebrations.
– Fly, the nearest airport is Bellary.
– Train, the nearest railway station is 13kms away at Hospet Junction, with frequent, comfortable night trains from Bangalore, Hyderbad and Goa.
– Bus, daily to Hospet from Bangalore, Mysore and Gokama, then take a local bus to Hampi.
– Rent a car, and drive with great care from Bangalore and Hyderbad – 360kms away (225 miles), or Mumbai which is a hefty 800 kms (500 miles).