Saturday, August 23, 2008

Hampi - the unwind island

To begin my blog about art and design inspirations, its an absolute excitement for me to start with the mention of the one place I can always count on to relax my senses.

Hampi is located in Karnataka ( a southern state of India ) around 10 hours by train from Bangalore. The serenity begins to engulf you into its magical powers from the moment you enter the village. To reach the island you have to take a bus from hospet ( the closest railway station, 1 hour from hampi ), once you get off the bus it is a 10 minutes walk to the river bank from where you can take a 2 minutes ride on the motor boat.

The coolest thing about hampi is that there is no commercialization till date.There is no network coverage for the usual airtel and hutch connections and its nature in its raw simple form.A pleasant walk around the village, an afternoon shopping at the hampi bazaar, a bike ride to the hanuman temple, its unending fun to be there.
The hampi bazaar ( as it is commonly known as ) has some fabulously comfortable and astonishingly low priced clothes which are totally hippie in their approach.

To stay I have discovered a lovely cottage by the name of Hema Cottage, owned by a very sweet Israeli-Indian couple. If you are a foodie like me and want delicacies wherever your travels may take you then hampi will never disappoint you. With food ranging from french, Israeli, and Indian cuisines, the list is endless and delightful.

But if you are a metro sexual who really can not live without his gadgets and the network connection even for a minute then hampi might not be the place for you...

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