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What better place to celebrate the arrival of the New Year, than the glorious heritage city of Hampi, under the open skies dancing to the tunes of the local musicians as you get transported to a different era altogether. Awaken the hippie in you and simply live for the moment as we welcome a new era. Because as they say, ‘Don’t worry, be Hampi!’
The Lonely Planet describes Hampi as – “A fantasy world of rocks and ruins”. Well, it’s more real than fantasy, a world that was once covered with richness and grandeur, now lies as a devastated beauty.
Hampi is one of the World Heritage Sites that has been declared by UNESCO and is located on the banks of the Tungabhadra River. This city has a very rich history as it was one of the largest cities back in its day. It was even the capital of the Vijayanagar Empire.
Currently, the city is divided into halves: the hippie island and the heritage sites. So, if you are interested in ancient Indian history and knowing about how the old world worked, this is the place for you to explore.
With places such as Vittala Temple and the Virupaksha Temple, your entire curiosity will be well nurtured. You will be surrounded by beautiful structures of architecture that have so many stories hidden within their stone walls. These sites also prove to be great places for taking pictures – thanks to the sheer beauty of all the structures present there.
To cater the needs of your adventurous soul, we shall guide you to the hippie island that’s on the other side of the river. Riding on your moped, you’ll surely have a thrilling experience while exploring the painted walls and the fancy cafes that will completely blow your taste-buds!
So join us on a visit to this spectacular place that is going to be a blend of culture, history, panoramic views and a lot of fun!
DAY 0 (30th Dec): Leave from Bangalore at 8:00 PM
DAY 1 (31st Dec):
DAY 2 (1st Jan):
Day 0 (30th Dec): Depart for Hampi
We will be leaving from Bangalore by 10:00 PM and making the 364 kilometre bus journey all the way to Hampi.
Day 1 (31st Dec): Explore Hampi on Mopeds
Today we hop on our trusty mopeds and ride across Hampi like the villains of old towards the starting point of our trek. From here a 20 minute walk takes us back to an ancient era as we explore the less explored side of Hampi, home to some very interesting pre-historic rock paintings.
We will replenish our energy by having lunch on the way and head back to our campsite where an exciting evening awaits us. The latter half of the day can be spent exploring the hippie side of Hampi. Try the local cuisines, interact with the locals, feel the Hampi vibe, whats a trip with Plan The Unaplanned without some unplanned adventures of your own!
But be sure to reach back to the campsite by evening as we get ready to celebrate new years eve the way its meant to be celebrated- under the starry skies, around a campfire, surrounded by good people and amazing music! Awaken the hippie in you as we groove to the tunes of the local musicians and get transported to a different world altogether dancing around a campfire under the open skies.
Day 2 (1st Jan): Explore Heritage side of Hampi on Bicycles
We will rise and shine early in the morning to watch the spectacular sunrise that just cannot be missed. You will observe the gorgeous blend of yellow, orange and blue from the top of the Hemakunta hills. These hills are home to a number of temples dedicated to Lord Shiva.
All the history and culture buffs, get ready because your time is here. We will take an early morning ferry to the heritage side of Hampi, and you guys are in for a treat!
Hop on to your bicycles and we shall first head to the Virupaksha temple which has three stunning entrance towers to it. This temple is dedicated to Shiva, Pampa and Bhuvaneshwari and also has a very serene pavilion situated within the structure. We will then head to the Vitthala temple via Mathanga hills. This temple is house to the legendary Stone Chariot which is the symbol of Karnataka tourism.
After a morning filled with absorbing information about the rich culture of this wonderful city, it’s time to board our buses back to Bangalore. Bid farewell to this ancient city and take back some good memories as you get ready for that long bus journey back home.
We expect to be back at Bangalore by 11 PM.