The train rolled into Hospet Junction about 10:30 on Tuesday morning and we disembarked. 2nd class air con isn’t too bad if you can get off to sleep, which we both had managed to thankfully. The tuk-tuk driver wanted us to go to his favourite hotel, so we lied and said we had a reservation at the one we actually wanted to go to – luckily a nice room had just come free with a view of one of the main temples (across a sea of rubble, but no matter !) – so we took it.
We wandered into the village and hired a moped – “Just ride to the end of the street and back and make sure its working” said the man – translation – “so I can see if you can actually ride a moped” 🙂
Passport for a deposit and no hassle – about 2 quid a day plus fuel! Feeling pretty refreshed we set off to see the large temple nearest to our hotel – Virupaksha temple – amazing structure and carvings as well as a very happy looking temple elephant.
Then we went up the stone hill just behind the hotel for sunset and lots more little temples and cheeky monkeys.
That evening found us at “Chill Out Bar” enjoying delicious food sitting on the floor – a bit of Backpackistan – but very relaxing and friendly.
What day is it? It must be Wednesday – is it India or Hampi or just being off work? Doesn’t matter 🙂 Up nice and early before the sun gets too hot and off to see Vitalla temple – strolled past some sort of model wearing unfeasibly large heels who had been purched on a ledge for a photo shoot!
The temple is in a beautiful setting near the river – we skipped the ride in a coracle this time – and endless rows of columns. Hampi was once a major city of 500,000 people – now probably nearer 500 permanent residents – and there are temples everywhere.#
Its also “Holi” today – a festival which seems to be about making friends with everyone and demonstrating that friendship by spraying them with multicoloured, mostly permanent, dye. All in good spirits though – but we have seen quite a few travellers still pink and blue several days later, we were lucky and escaped getting covered and watched from a safe distance!
Bite of lunch at a little place next to the hotel and siesta time. We met some other travellers and compared stories and experiences. Once it cooled down a bit we went mopeding off in the other direction to see the Elephant stables and a host of other wonderful structures. They seem endless.
Our previous night’s dinner place was shut, so we found another with a similar approach and settled there.