This is as laid back a vacation as it can get, at least for someone like me who can’t sit still even on a beach with a beach umbrella and a drink. I am one of those irritating people who always need to be on the move somehow, or always need to be, DOING something.
So then Hampi happened over the weekend. A place that I loved the first time I went there I think 6 or 7 years back, where there was no N and not even Appa ( well, he was there in my life, but was out of the country at that time). And that I fell in love with again – this time with N and Appa along. We walked and walked, and when we didn’t walk we lazed and lazed – sipping – not wine, but Lassi. Plain lassi , papaya lassi, banana lassi, mixed fruit lassi – you name it and they had it!
Hampi is as beautiful as ever. Not changed much, in fact, not changed at all. Beautiful ruins set among rocks that change colors depending on the time of the day, greenery of the fields and greenery of the banana plantations , and the playful Tungabhadra river with its little coracle boats.
So whats new in Hampi? I noticed much more hippie crowd – floating down the coast from Goa and Gokarna, and heading somewhere towards salvation ( or so they hope). So we mingled with the crowd, stayed in youth hostels for backpackers ( it was really nice actually, and very clean too), met interesting people, and ate at.. of course. the Mango tree – the only restaurant in the world that has good staff, good lassi and good view ( I challenge you to find another)!
N cooperated and walked a fair bit for a kid of her age. But the heat did get to her, and there was some amount of carrying we had to do. THis was different from carrying her in Rome, she was a mere 1.5 year old baby then, now she is going to be 3! And carrying her and walking is an entirely different story. Not to forget that our bones and musles are older too.
But we all loved Hampi. Why? Here’s why..
We got to explore the lovely ruins of the old Vijayanagar kingdom.
We got to watch Lakhsmi the temple elephant having a nice bath in the river.
The Goan corner is a restaurant in Hampi. Yes. ANd here’s how you get to it.
The icing on the cake? The flaming sunsets ..
Please notice my new header – its my best sunset photo from Hampi! And I’m quite proud of it.