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Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Hampi - A Dream I Always Cherished...

After spending three amazing days at Hampi, I am back… And what an amazing experience it was!



These three days were like a dream for me.. A dream I always cherished.. to be a backpacker.. To be my master at an unknown place.. To roam without time limits.. To do what comes in my heart…
And I have done so many things in last three days! I saw a village getting up at 5am.. Drove a motorbike for three days in 38 - 39 degrees of heat… Visited more than 50 ruins and temples of 13th-15th century… Hugged old pillars to feel the history… Traveled on lush green and empty village roads.. Sometimes traveled just because I enjoyed the road even without knowing where it’s going…stopped bike on the road just to realize that except sound of my bike, the entire world was silent…Felt that sweet and soothing silence..



I climbed a hill which had 500 year old steps.. had a near close encounter with monkeys.. Climbed another hill and slept on the highest point to watch sunset..



I made friends… During the trip and also during the train journey… I met people from Estonia [while watching sunset and came to know from them that they have sun only for 2 weeks in entire year!], Austria [a lady, who had a question that why we always eat same thali every single day? Why the vegetables seen in market are never appearing in a thali?], Portugal, Spain [a 65 year old lady, who was the only one to go inside the water to look at the Shiva ling at an underground temple.. we rolled our shorts and went inside the water and trust me, that was an awesome experience], Norway, Sweden and US

I walked in scorching heat at peak noon hours… I saw some of the most beautiful architectural marvels… Amazing carvings... And temples which were as cool as air conditioner though it was burning hot outside.. I slept inside an empty temple and felt for the first time, what “silence” and “peace” means..



I sat at riverside and shared meal offered by villagers.. Jumped stones and went inside the Tungabhadra river and slept on a stone… Came out of the river and saw the board "BEWARE OF CROCODILE"



Tied my handkerchief to a wish tree… Took photographs with children who were always excited to talk to a tourist.. Waved at passing by villagers while driving motorbike... Shared so many smiles I can't keep a count of..

Visited spots which are part of the most famous Indian mythological stories of Ramayan… Went to a riverside restaurant carved out of stone and set right under a giant mango tree, the best I have ever been to.. Talked to villagers in my broken Kannada and their broken Hindi.. Talked to an elderly tourist from Andhra Pradesh in Telugu and broken Hindi while enjoying a swing tied to a giant tree on the bank of Tungabhadra…



Saw a statue of Bhagwan Ram, which was supposed to be established by Sugreev...Took a ride in coracle... Climbed a hill, where Hanuman met Ram for the first time... This list goes on and on.

Backpacking is an addiction! I came to know about this as soon as I landed in Hyderabad and now I can't wait for my next backpacking trip! This time, it will be a longer one and covering multiple places... Let this summer pass by and by late June or July, I will be packing for the next trip!

Here is my recipe for enjoying a trip to Hampi [and for all such heritage places] :
  • During most of the time, switch off the part of your brain, which is responsible for "logic". You won't need that.
  • Switch on your heart!
  • Don't "see" a place.... Smell the place...Feel the place...Touch it...Hug it and imagine how it would have been hindered of years back... And after your imagination has fully explored the place, feel the place once again...it will appear as a different place!
We all have dreams and most of us wait for the right time to come. We always delay thinking about other worldly tasks which keeps us occupied. After reading "The Alchemist", all I can say is : There is only one time to realize your dream - NOW!

If you have a dream, go for it! Nothing is more fulfilling then fulfilling a dream!
If you want to see Hampi through my eyes, check this out :
http://www.orkut.co.in/Main#Album.aspx?uid=1931894862546586576&aid=1236331403


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12 comments:

Anonymous said...

For a first timer...good flow of words. Keep writing.

Riya said...

mihir u hav made me live n feel the whole place (HAMPI) here itself..enjoyed it throughly :-) keep going ..so am waiting for ur next trip to happen sooooooooon now...cheers..!!!

manya said...

very impressive mihir...tats a very detailed description u've given...... :) keep it up....and do write more....ur gud at this.... :)....and yeah....hampi is that magical.....!!! looking at de pics made me go back in time....:) love de place.....

indianjourneys said...

For the record, Hampi's sculptural treasures do not match the marvels of Belur and Halebid. It is only when you see the latter, you realize this difference.
Hampi's real charm is its location in a rock-strewn open landscape.

Real Scenes of HampiThese Perfect Ruins, Hampi

Mihir said...

Every time I look at pics of Hampi (be it taken by me or someone else), I feel strong urge to rush back to this place! I am pretty sure I will be visiting this place once again and many more times in future...

Anonymous said...

" If dreams were made out of stone, it would be Hampi"

Hey, this place is very much near to both of us... & u sleeping on the rock as sky is u r roof to spread u r imagination ...u look so natural...i like u in this snap( hope u know why? )

Scarlett O'Hara said...

This is a good post, very well written.

Mihir said...

I am having this strong desire to visit Hampi once again. If you immerse yourself with nature and history, then you can hear the "calling".

Let's see when I can plan the next trip.

shubhra said...

to re-live history is any time a wonderful experience and especially keeping Alchemist in your heart, your vision and perception changes drastically... the feel of the time is extra-ordinary experience and can be felt by the one's who are sensitive enough to allow to be touched by the facets of past... gud work, keep going and growing!!! Shubhra

Jayanti said...

Hi Mihir, was surfing for tips on hampi and came across ur write-up...nice flow of words...couldn't access the orkut album tho'....

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