To read on my previous Day’s adventure at Hampi please click the link .
Day 2- We started on a high note and with the hangover from yesterday’s late night party . Still writhing like a Anaconda snake on my bed I peeped out of my duvet .The Sun’s rays were piercing through the hotel room’s curtains and on to my face . Time must have been around 7am .
And then ,suddenly “We have to detoxify ,man !!!!” yelled out Shudi from his side of his bed . This totally destroyed my peaceful sleep ,half awake I yelled back back “and how are we going to do that,buddy ?”
Shudi , my friend has always been the lazy ass in our group but he has a bestowed talent for having his wittiest answers ready for every question asked to him .He jumped to my bed and rolled down my duvet and said “By getting our undies soaked in the cold waters of river Tungabhadra . Lets go for a swim ,man and then we will continue on our Hampi adventures !!”
We went to the bathing ghats of the river . Undressed ourselves down to our undies and we took a plunge into the river .Man it was cold !!!
We also saw the Temple Elephant Lakhmi with her Mahout taking bath on the river banks .
After a refreshing time swimming across the river ,we completed our first task of the day .My head surprisingly seemed to have got a little lighter after the bath i.e no more hangover .LOL !!!
After the bath we headed straight to our usual hanging ground , the Orange restaurant . Surprised to see the restaurant door’s were closed with board hanging -‘Only Lunch and Dinner available here’ .
We got to find another food joint nearby which was serving Idli with sambhar and some other items like dosa and Vadda . I had my eye fixed on my Idli wada sambhar plate that I ordered from the food counter . After the satisfying breakfast ,gobbling up 6 Idlis and Sambhar the cardamom tea was like the morning elixir which charged up our dead synapses of our brain .
The cycle shop was the next stop . We hired two cycles , went back to our hotel packed our bags and off we went on the streets of Hampi for our 2nd day of Hampi tour. We took the upclimb road from the Virupaksha Temple and then took the left road towards the Urga Narashimha Statue .
Urga Narashimha Statue
The freshness of morning air was still hanging ,even if the Sun has reached to the 60degree height w.r.t to ground level .We were leisurely pedaling our bicycles .The road was flanked on both sides with banana orchard .
Then suddenly there came these two Israeli Ladies who broke the calmness of the place .They just zapped passed us with their bicycles .Silly gals ,they do not know how bad we Indian Boys feel if someone overtakes us on road .The gush of Adrenaline triples if it’s a gals .It becomes our challenge to show them – who’s the boss of the road .I looked towards Shudi and Shudi seemed to have sensed this too .Man , this is an open challenge and we were being invited for a bicycle race .Our man’s ego swelled and the latent biker spirit got awakened .We yelled on and for a moment we forgot that we were touring .
Even if we were on bicycles, our biker spirit’s ego was getting challenged .Instantly we cranked up our cycle’s gear . Changed to 2nd gear ,then to 3rd and then to 6th gear . Man, we were blazing the road .Only thing that mattered was we were going to win the Cycle race . By then those Israeli Ladies may have also sensed the racing spirit .They too acknowledged our challenge . They were double paddling and we were just barely few feets ahead of us .
Sometimes we were in their front and sometimes they . It was a cut to cut competition .But most of the time we deliberately slowed down after crossing them . The temporary pain to my overworking calf and thigh muscles was all worthful just to see one of the lady among them who’s eyes were hazel colored .Our eyes got locked many times and she was smiling each time.The tingy red blush on her face was quite visible .The race seemed to have got romantic ,LOL !!! Then a M#$%@%@$ steep uphill abruptly disrupted our pace and those slim ladies veered past us ,laughing and showing us a thumbs down .The Hazel eyed lady waved me a bye. Shudi elbowed me with his trademark crooked smile on his face .The Hazel Eyed- story ended there .
We could have kept the pace ,but maybe we have got too old for these cycle racing stuff , we let them take the lead and saw them vanish behind the uphill road. The road became too steep for us to continue pedaling .And finally we got down from our cycle with both of us panting heavily .
After few minutes of pedaling our cycles we reached the sign board showing the way towards the statue of Urga Narashimha .Parked our cycles and walked half an kilometer on the unpaved road .
The statue seemed huge and was very artistic . Most of the statues’s parts have been destroyed through the forces of nature and man made causes ,the snake hood and the protruding eye of the Urga (meaning angry) Narashimha deva are the main highlights.
There also a Huge Monolith Shiva Lingam named Badavilinga .This is the largest Lingam in Hampi and is located next to the Narashimha statue . A water channel goes straight into the sanctum area and so the lower side of the lingum is always submerged in water .
Badalinga of Hampi
We hopped on our bicycle again and must have gone by some 10 minutes or so came across another temple complex . By its name it is named as Prasanna Virupaksha or Underground Shiva Temple .The ASI plaque outside says it is one of the oldest temple of Hampi .I said why not .Located a few metres below the ground level with the temple roof being at par with the present ground level.Lack of maintenance and water flooding the inner sanctum area makes it less accessible.Moreover its dark inside made it suitable habitat for the bats .
A Tablet with scriptures ,Probably old
The unpaved road further took us to the Mohameddans watch towers and Quarters . It was a pleasant experience and all fun Cycleling under the morning Sun .
Next stop was Hazara Rama Temple.This temple is dedicated to Lord Rama, a Hindu deity .Not sure how and why this temple was so oddly named.Probably hazara means here Thousand (not sure) .But it was a wonderful temple with its walls depicting the story of the epic Ramayana. The present day temple has a sprawling lawn around its courtyard. Two huge gateways gives access to the temple complex. The interior of the temple has very ornately intrinsically sculpted columns.
The walls of the Temple depicting scenes from Ramayana
The Minute level of Carving can be seen here
The Sun was now straight over our heads and the climate got humid . Shudi called out for a break and so after coming out of the temple we sat for few minutes under the canopy of a Banyan tree . A Icecream seller was nearby and those few minutes of our rest were spent on savouring the strawberry flavored ice candy.Quite refreshing .
We hopped to our next place called the Zenana enclosure which have a lovely Lotus Mahal inside. ASI charges Rs 25 as entry fee to this protected place . The enclosure used to be the royal treasury house for the kings and the many watch towers along the high walls stands testimony . It was the highest security area during those time and its importance and safety was elaborate as the complex also contained the Queen’s living quarters namely Lotus Mahal .
The enclosure also has elephant stable to its rear and a small museum to its right .
Our fascination kept on increasing even if we have gone hungry as it was already 1pm in the afternoon . Still we thought of moving ahead to Pushkarini ,Royal Enclosure and Bhima Gateway .The road ahead seems unending like our enthusiasm .
That’s all folks !!!
How To Reach Hampi from Bangalore
By air Bangalore Int Airport is the nearest and 350kms .
By train one can reach Hampi by reaching Hosapete station and then taking a shuttle bus to reach Hampi .
Google Distance map of Hampi from Pune : 565 kms
Where to stay at Hampi
Reach Hampi and you will find many budget hotels/homestay . If high on budget and craves for a luxurious breakaway then there are many 3 and 5 star hotel available at Hosapete like the Orchid group of hotels and The Hyatt palace to name a few .
Best Time to Visit Hampi
Anytime of the year . But avoid the summers days (Apr-July) are harsh in those land and rainy season (Jul-Sep) makes roaming around a quite difficult task.