Trip Start Sep 30, 2009
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Gone from Goa! Took us 28 days to get away but we did....I must admit to enjoying the lounging, reading, beach yoga etc. but am glad to be doing something new! Off we go to atmospheric, boulder strewn, crumbling ruined temples of Hampi....with 20 000 other local tourists....normally it's a quiet little place but we arrive for the light festival. Our tuk tuk was in a traffic jam and we found prices of guesthouses tripled... had to pay up.
We went off to see the end of a parade and ended up in a mob of rioting tourists. We were pushed back into some camels and Mike had to physically pull me out of the mob...probably a good thing as police were soon there whacking the crowd back with sticks. We didn't really see much of that parade.
Mike was exhausted so I decided to go out and see the dancing and tabla singing (plus all the temples were lit up) on my own. I soon had to pull a head scarf over my blond hair as groups of men tried snapping my picture, staring or calling out to me...not that much fun.
Mike and I did have a great next day scrambling among the boulders and taking in the palm trees and rice fields, incredible landscape and old ruins, some covered with beautiful scultures.
We decided to switch to a cheaper guesthouse across the river. We got on the boat to cross and the boatman (boy) tried to charge us double the price of the Indian tourists getting on. I guess I was feeling a bit frustrated because we had a great big fight with the boatboy and refused to get off when he ordered us off and he refused to take the lesser amount of money I was offering to pay. I ended up paying what he wanted because we needed to get back later that day.
The other side of the river was so relaxing...views of boulders in the distance, palm trees and freshly planted rice fields. Cool!