The Innova dropped me at some fruit market in Markapur town. Pretty much crowed place that was, may be due to the evening time, whatever it was but like any other desi town, crowded, polluted, noisy everywhere. Crossed the road and took a shared auto for railway station, which was 3 kms. away from there.
Unexpectedly, there was a long queue at the counter. After standing about 30 minutes in that queue got general boggy ticket to Hospet for 105 Rs. Train 17225 was schedule to come at 22:20, wait of an hour.
Its never easy to travel in general boggy, packed already. Exhausted, previous night was tough in the bus, then whole day of standing in queue for darshan, scaling Srisailam up n down, and now in general boggy standing! Pretty much horrible, standing by the door side, eyes were closing blink by blink, air was blowing like hell. Finally closed the door, sat down by it and within minutes I was flat sleeping on the floor like anything. Nice experience!!
Reached well in time, morning shower of rain welcomed in Hospet. Damn tired, searched for return train, no luck. Boarded a shared auto to bus stand, missed the only bus to Hyderabad by a minute, bad luck again.
Having no option left, had morning breakfast of idli and rice. There are plenty buses for Hampi, 13 kms. away. Situated on the banks of the Tungabhadra river, the ruins of Vijayanagara (capital of the Vijayanagara Empire) are spread across for about 25 kms. It takes good 2-3 full days exploration to see the legacy. The ruins are a UNESCO World Heritage Site, listed as the Group of Monuments at Hampi. The history goes like this –
It was around the year 1296, when Alla-Udin-Khilji invaded southern India. People started to unite themselves to protect their religion and culture. The kingdom of Vijayanagara was founded and was ruled by four dynasties. The first one was Sangama dynasty founded by Harihara the first. It is said the sangama came from Warangal and some says they were Kannadigas. Sangama has five sons, Harihara, Bukka, Kempanna, Marappa and Muddappa. The first two played a vital role establishing the Vijayanagara Kingdom. Sangama dynasty ruled till 1447, when Narasimharaya established Saluwa dynasty. The next was Tulu dynasty, then came the great, Krishnadevaraya, who not only expanded the kingdom also did welfare of his pupil. He was a genius in many respect, composed so many literature, he himself was ‘’Kannada Rajya Rama Ramana’’
There are so many nice views, stayed there for 4-5 hrs. only. Seeing the Tungabhadra river, lying down on huge stone was an unique experience. Slept there for an hour before heading to the return journey.
Again no bus for Hyderabad, the only train leaves at 17:00 hrs. No energy left now, reaching Hyderabad was the only mission for the day. The bus conductor said Sindhanur is the place for you, there are 3-4 buses to Hyderabad from there. It was some 90 kms. west. It was really a bad day, missed the last bus. Conductor said Raichur is the place for you now, again some 90 kms.
Travelling with local was fun. I was clueless about the local language, Kannada, and they had upper edge due to little Hindi knowledge. A little girl, sitting besides me, wearing flowers (gajra) was cute and very talkative.
From Raichur, got the direct bus to Hyderabad with destination time of 10 pm. And local bus no. 147K dropped me outside my hotel at 12 mid-night.
The first view of Hampi, bus stand and small market place ..
View from the sunset point, two towers; right one is Bistappaya Tower, the VirupakSha Temple and the left one is Raya Tower. The Tungabhadra flows just beside these towers.
VirupakSha Temple… This is the entrance point as well, near bus stand.
A group of temples….
This covers entire Hampi …….
So much greenery, loved the view.
Stone steps to sunset point – Hemakuta Hill.
The Sunset point – Hemakuta Hill. Nice view from here, Slept almost an hour at this point praising & admiring the view.
At last one signature pose!!.
Kharcha – Pani
Travel – 1345/-
Food – 370/-
Miscellaneous – 300/-
Total – Rs. 2015/-