Trip Start Nov 07, 2004
Trip End May 20, 2005

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Friday, January 7, 2005

After New Year, the exodus from Goa began and we weren't the only ones to make the 10- hour bus trip inland to Hampi. People flock here to see the ruined city of Vijayanagar, an amazing site with a vast collection of Hindu temples and palaces hewn from the local granite. These were built around 600 years ago, but were destroyed around 200 years later by angry Muslim invaders. The resulting scenery is quite surreal, especially as the natural landscape is littered with huge boulders, which perch incongrously above and around the ruins (think of the Flintstone's Bedrock and you might get close). The excavations of the ruins began around 100 years ago, and a small museum shows the progress of the archaelogists since then, with before and after photographs (some rubble has been cleared away, but the most striking difference was the introduction of colour photography!)

Hampi itself is a 'no-frills' travellers town, and, as it is a holy site, meat and alcohol are illegal. It didn't prove too difficult to get hold of a cold Kingfisher though, and we were offered much more dubious sustances on many more occasions (even the local goatherd had a more profitable sideline). With only 2 weeks left in India we didnt have time to linger here, although in this relaxed setting it's easy to see why some travellers stay much longer.

Caroline & Mark
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