Taushik Mandal

Taushik Mandal

I am a Photographer from Bangalore, India. I love to travel and have explored quite a bit of my motherland ever since I turned an adult and started earning my own bread. I have interests in motorcycle touring and harbour ambitions of putting India on the international motorcycling touring map. To facilitate this, I have held the office of Head of Motor cycling tour (non profit) at a touring and travel start up. By choosing to become a Triip creator, I would want to showcase the new and emerging face of India for the world to appreciate. This country's beauty lies in its diversity.

Hampi - History's Homeland

The historic city of Hampi was the capital of the erstwhile Vijayanagar Kingdom, the last of the great Hindu kingdoms that ruled the south of India. The ruins of the historic city are today recognized as a UNESCO world heritage site. The landscape around Hampi is decorated with boulders that are a huge attraction for the athletes of the sport - bouldering, from all around the world. The ancient river Tungabhadra cuts through the landscape and forms an island which the tourists have fondly named as Hampi Island; Virupapur Gadde being its original name. One can experience true hippy life even now on this island, the kind that made the beaches of Goa famous in the 60's and 70's. One can hire cycle from this island and reach Hanuman Hill or Anegondi for a magnificent sunset view. Hampi is deeply rooted in India's mythological stories and a visit to this place is a must for anyone setting foot in India.  

Tour Information

Location
Duration
4 Days
Departure
Price per Participant
150,000.00 TIIM
Languages
Group size
5 - 10 people
Transportation
Motorbike
Bus
Train
Taxi
Bicycle
Walking
Boat
Includes
1. All Transportation costs in Hampi including Pick up and Drop to Hospet Railway Station or Bus stand. 2. 4 days, 3 nights accommodation in 5 star hotel on twin sharing basis. 3. Breakfast on all days. 4. Entry to all sites. 5. Guide fees. 6. Photography Workshop fees.
Excludes
1. Airfare to India. 2. Travel cost to Hampi and back to departing airport. 3. Lunch, Dinner and Alcohol. 4. Miscellaneous.
Cancellation
Stand to lose 50% of fee paid if cancelled 15 days before trip. Stand to lose 85% of fee paid if cancelled within 15 days of trip.

About the creator
Taushik Mandal

Taushik Mandal

The historic city of Hampi was the capital of the erstwhile Vijayanagar Kingdom, the last of the great Hindu kingdoms that ruled the south of India. The ruins of the historic city are today recognized as a UNESCO world heritage site. The landscape around Hampi is decorated with boulders that are a huge attraction for the athletes of the sport - bouldering, from all around the world. The ancient river Tungabhadra cuts through the landscape and forms an island which the tourists have fondly named as Hampi Island; Virupapur Gadde being its original name. One can experience true hippy life even now on this island, the kind that made the beaches of Goa famous in the 60's and 70's. One can hire cycle from this island and reach Hanuman Hill or Anegondi for a magnificent sunset view. Hampi is deeply rooted in India's mythological stories and a visit to this place is a must for anyone setting foot in India.  

Hampi Ruins

A week is not enough to explore all the ruins around Hampi. But some of the key sites like Lotus Mahal, Elephant Stables, Musical Pillars temple and Virupaksha Temple can be explored on either foot or by hiring a bicycle or a moped or a cab.

Virupapur Gadde

Take the boat from the bathing ghats located adjacent to Virupaksha temple to get to the party side of Hampi i.e. Hampi Island. Boat services run between 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. One can experience Hindus taking a holy dip in the waters of Tungabhadra to perform rituals at the temple. On some days, the temple elephant is also given a bath here and this is a good photo opportunity.

Anegondi

Anegondi or Hanuman Hill is believed to be the birth place of monkey king Hanuman, who fought in the army of King Rama from Ramayana against Ravana of Lanka. A climb of almost 260 steps takes one to the temple on top that marks as his birthplace and the sunset view from here is just spectacular. Enroute to Anegondi, some other major sites are Pampa Sarovar and Bukka's Aqueduct.

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