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Why you should plan a visit to Hampi
Hampi with its majestic ruins set amidst a mysterious landscape is a big lure to travelers all over the world. Add to its charm a thriving backpacking scene because of its popularity as a hippie getaway on backpacking India route, and you have got yourself a must visit place in India; a top travel destination in India, if I may say so. Also due to the short distance to major cities (like Pune, Goa, Bangalore, Hyderabad), it is quite popular among travelers getting to Hampi from Bangalore for a weekend.
How to get to Hampi from Bangalore – bus, train
In case you are wondering how to go to Hampi from Bangalore, this travel guide has got you covered. It is very easy to reach from Bangalore to Hampi, you either need to take a train or a bus.
Hampi Express is the most convenient train, though you need to reserve your seat at-least couple of weeks in advance. From Bangalore you can catch the train at the City Railway Station (Majestic). The train starts around 2200 from Bangalore and reaches Hospet at about 7 in the morning.
From Hospet railway station you can easily reach Hampi via a regular govt. bus. Alternatively, you can directly take an auto to Hampi which will cost you about 250-300 INR.
If the train is not available you can take KSRTC (Karnataka govt.) bus, these buses are amazingly comfortable and efficient at the same time. A ticket in sleeper bus will cost you about 600/- INR. There is a direct KSRTC bus service from Bangalore to Hampi, and hence a bit convenient than a train.
Also, there are several buses daily from Bangalore to Hospet, and most of the time you don’t even have to reserve a ticket, just show up at the bus Majestic bus stand and you are good to go.
How to get from Hospet to Hampi – bus, auto
If you are coming to Hampi by train chances are you will be getting down at Hospet as it is the nearest railway station to Hampi. Hospet is a small town about 30 km from Hampi. Hampi itself, is nothing but a very small settlement and a vast area comprising of ruins of Vijayanagar empire.
If you are looking for an accommodation in Hampi, I’d recommend not to stay in Hospet but continue your way to Hampi where you will find plenty of small guesthouses. There isn’t really any need to book in advance, but it is always a good idea in the peak winter season.
From the Hospet railway station take a bus or shared auto (cheapest means) to reach the Hospet bus station. From Hospet bus station there are plenty of buses to Hampi every hour. The bus condition is very good and the fair is dirt cheap (rupees 13). If you take an auto rickshaw from Hospet to Hampi, it will cost you about 250-300 rupees.
The bus station at Hampi is very close to the new Hampi Bazaar where you will find a plenty of guest houses. Alternatively, you can cross the river and go to the other side, the guesthouses in Virupagaddi are much more relaxed and spacious in comparison.
Last bus from Hampi to Hospet – 08:30
Bus Hospet to Hampi – 13 INR/-
Crossing the river by foot in the night. Water level is quite low. Navigate in the dark. Boat takes 10 INR normally.