EatStreet at Brisbane. Food paradise in Australia

When you are in a new country, the first thing you look for is food, be it your native food or the local food. But when you have the option of pampering your taste buds with not just your native food but also local foods and delicacies from all over the world, what do you do? Yes you are in the Food Heaven!

In brief – EatStreet is a place at North Shore Hamilton, Brisbane where there is a food festival on all Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays of the year. From food, beverages to live performances at more than 2 stages, you can enjoy your time and dine by the Brisbane River watching the mesmerizing sunset.

On the occasion of the 5 years anniversary of the EatStreet, here are some of the moments captured.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Another of my Moon shot 🙂

If you are at Brisbane, definitely visit EatStreet for some mouth watering experience!! Happy travelling 🙂

 

 

10 Best Places in India for Solo Female Travelers – Budget Friendly

With a full time job and only few weekends to spend for myself in a year, it’s a little bit of extra work of planning for a solo trip. Although there are lots of places in India to visit solo(for everyone irrespective of men or women), here are the top most as per budget, food and traveler friendly.

Source : Mumbai

Trip Duration (each) : 2-4 days (over the weekend)

Budget : Within INR 7000

Accomodation : Through makemytrip.combooking.com (these offer some really good budget-friendly deals) and Couchsurfing(the worldwide common platform for cultural exchange with travel experiences and hospitality- the best out of all the options!).

Budget : Pocket friendly (All prices might vary from season to season and person to person. These are the ones I completed my trips within).

1. Hampi – Paradise for all backpackers

Approx trip cost – INR 2000

The land of monuments and the Tungabhadra River, Hampi is more than just scenic beauty and an ideal place for backpackers, it is an experience with best of ancient touch and the warm and mordern gestures of the locals. The ancient temples, monuments and the giant rocks and boulders of Hampi will leave you amazed. The locals there speak fluent English so language is not a problem for anyone communicating in English.

Definitely take the Coracle ride once to cross the river. It’s really fun! And it is very well within the pocket-friendly budget. Have delicious foods at Mango Tree cafe with unlimited access to wifi and great ambiance.

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Tip : Take enough cash as there is no facility of card swipe at most of the places. The only ATM is at Hospet, 10 km from Hampi.

For detailed info, check here.

2. Goa – Indian travel hotspot year round for all kinds of travelers

Approx trip cost – INR 4000

The most happening place for solo traveling. Parties, serene beauty, water sports, adventure or just chilling out – Goa offers everything and is most frequented by solo travelers. You can visit Goa at any time of the year except the Summer season(it’s too hot!) During Monsoons only the water activities are closed due to high tides, otherwise every place can be explored and it’s a scenic beauty treat to the eyes during monsoon.

Try out the local cuisines and rent a two-wheeler (rent options available almost everywhere) for an ultimate enjoyable experience.

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Tip : Take good amount of sunscreen whichever month it be. Try out all kinds of booze at cheap rates than any other state.

3. Sikkim : The abode of natural beauty

Approx trip cost – INR 7000

Known as the most disciplined state, Sikkim is the abode of natural beauty and peace. You can never get enough of its serenity. The food, shopping and people are simply amazing. Definitely visit the Monastery, Phelling, Tsangu Lake. Gorge on yummiest momos and soups!

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Tip : Take a light jacket for the night in off winter season and definitely the woolens during winter.

4. Varanasi – Essence of Indian culture

Approx trip cost – INR 4500

As the saying goes ‘Varanasi is not just a place, it’s an experience’ is very true and you can experience this once you visit here. The Ganges, the Ghats, the Ganga Aarti , the innumerous diyas at the bank of the River – India’s culture reflects in every corner of Varanasi. At least once in life you must pay a visit. In the evening take a ride in the boat along the Assi Ghats and watch and immerse in the essence of Ganga Aarti.

Tip : Take proper care of not to get trapped by the ‘pandas’ at the temples.

5. Udaipur – The City of Lakes

Approx trip cost – INR 3000

Rajasthan has always attracted people from all over the world due to its rich history, culture and architecture. One of the safest destination for women travelers. The people are very friendly and helpful. The City of Lakes – Udaipur . The vintage car museum, the City Palace, the stroll near the banks of the lakes and getting immersed in the golden hue of sunset are just some of the many things you should do in Udaipur.

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Tip : Sit by the lakes (especially Lake Pichola) by the evening to enjoy the picturesque beauty and soothing breeze and try out the German Bakery stuffs over there!

6. Jaipur – The Pink City

Approx trip cost – INR 3000

Enjoy the Forts, palaces and vintage museums of the Pink City – Jaipur with delicious traditional foods that the city has to offer. The largest physical sun dial is located here at Jantar Mantar. It’s thrilling how the astronomy and engineering was so perfect at the ancient era in India!

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Tip : If you love walking, then can explore most the city by walking only.

For detailed info check here.

7. Jodhpur – Rajasthan treasures

Approx trip cost – INR 2500

The Blue City – Jodhpur is famous for the Mehrangarh Fort, one of the biggest in India and the Golden City. Along with that the world’s largest Royal residential heritage hotel – Umaid Bhavan Palace is located here.

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Tip : Try walking up the road to the Fort through the narrow backstreet from where the view is breathtaking, especially early in the morning and late evening.

For detailed info, check here.

8. Pondicherry – Touch of French culture

Approx trip cost – INR 5000

The French Colony of India is a place which has something that most of the place has in scarcity – peace and serenity. The delectable French cuisines, the old buildings, the small clean beautiful lanes, the Aurobindo Ashram, the simple people leading their simple lives, the shops for some great shopping experience – you can enjoy all these at Pondicherry. Do spend the evening at the Ocean rocks, it’s a beautiful experience.

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Tip : Take the direct bus from Chennai if you are opting for public transport or better book a cab for more convenience.

9. Khajuraho – Ancient architecture of India

Approx trip cost – 5000

A bit surprised? Yes Khajuraho is one of the best places for female solo travelers to visit and explore. Ofcourse a little cautiousness is needed just like any other place, but once you get the idea you are good to go ahead. The temple is the biggest attraction here and two lakes are also present nearby.

Khajuraho railway station is located in Chhatarpur district of Madhya Pradesh. Along with that the Khajuraho airport is another option. By roadways, you can take buses which are available from Satna in Madhya Pradesh and Jhansi, Delhi and few other.

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Tip : While buying souvenirs at the shops outside the temple, negotiate as much as you can as they don’t give up easily.

10. Jhansi and Orchha – History of bravery and valour

Approx trip cost – 4000

In Jhansi, the Fort is the only attraction but the Orchha Palace is something not to be missed. An official guide at this place would be helpful to understand the details.

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Tip : Take a shared tempo from Jhansi to Orchha and vice versa for a distance of around 10 kms. It is cheap and convenient too.

So step out and explore and enjoy the beauties of every part of India! This list of course is going to increase as days pass by. If you know any other places which should add up to this list, please do share in the comment section. Happy traveling 🙂

Khajuraho, Orchha and Jhansi – The history of Bravery and Sensuality! #TravelIndia

Trip cost : INR 2500

Accomodation : Sharma Hotel, booking.com

It so happened that Khajuraho is not directly connected from Mumbai, either it should be gone via Satna in MP or via Jhansi in UP. Chose the latter one since wanted to cover all 3 places over the weekend.

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Took the Lashkar Express to Jhansi, got down in the morning. Booked Sharma Hotel via booking.com – not so good, not so bad but pocket friendly. Got freshened up and headed towards the Jhansi Fort. It’s walk-able distance from the main town.

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Jhansi Fort
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The place where Rani Jhansi jumped on the horse back with her adopted son

The Fort is beautiful and it would give you a flashback of the history that we have read in our schools, but unforunately noticed that the Fort is not maintained well. In the interior there is nice little garden where you can sit for sometime but other than that, most parts of the Fort are neither maintained nor accessible.

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From there went to Orchha Palace. It is appriox 10 kms from Jhansi. You will get sharing autos from the Jhansi Bus Stop and reach Orchha within half an hour.

 

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Orchha Fort entrance

Once you get down, you would get the view of the beautiful Orchha Palace. Beautiful is just a very small word to describe it. See it for yourself in the photos below.

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History tells that it was found in 16th century A.D. on the banks of River Betwa by Rudra Pratap Singh, one of the Rajput rulers belonging to the Bundela dynasty. It’s actually 2 palaces side by side. Rudra Pratap Singh has built the Jahangir Mahal beside the Orchha Palace in the honour of King Jahangir to welcome the latter on his visit to Orchha.

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Paintings @ Orchha Palace

No doubt it’s beautifully and majestically crafted and completed.

There is nothing extraordinary to see in Jhansi except for the Fort. A single day is enough to cover both Jhansi Fort and Orchha Palace without hurry. Accomodation is not a problem at either Jhansi or Orchha and even Khajuraho. Lots of options available online as well as on spot bookings.

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Next day headed for Khajuraho. It takes almost 3.5 to 4 hours to reach Khajuraho from Jhansi. If you opt for bus – need to change at Chhatarpur. There are 2 wheeler and 4 wheeler rent options available too. We rented a 4 wheeler.

Note : If you happen to travel these 3 places and take cab, then book cab from Orchha instead of Jhansi for Khajuraho to avoid the extra tax for the inter-state fare.

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Breakfast on the way

Once you reach Khajuraho, you would see the enchanting sculptured temples spread over a vast area. Built during the rule of  Chandela dynasty, there were around 85 temples by the 12th century but now only around 25 are present. Apart from being UNESCO World Heritage Site, it depicts India’s architectural brilliance at its best. The emotions, expressions and intricate details are shown so beautifully that it leaves us wondering about the extraordinary ancient Indian Art.

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Khajuraho Temple
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The masterpieces at every corner of all Temples

These group of temples were dedicated to Hinduism and Jainism depicting acceptance and respect towards diverse religious beliefs in the region. One whole day needed to visit the temples and its surroundings at Khajuraho.

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10% of all the thousands of art works are erotic sculptures depicting the essence of human desire and love. Vast majority of of the art work depicts various aspects of everyday life like musicians playing music, farmers, women applying make up, etc..

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Below is the Chausath Yogini Temple which is in a rectangular shape.

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Chausath Yogini Temple

There are some good cafes outside the temple area. Foods served are really tasty. Lots of souvenir shops present too. The men will keep bugging you to have a look at their artifacts. Choose wisely!

 

By evening started from Khajuraho and reached Jhansi since had return train from there. Needless to say the Art works of ancient India and the architectural beauty in these historic destinations are worth preserving and praising. Happy travelling 🙂

The Blue City – Jodhpur in a day! #SoloTraveling #TravelIndia

After spending two and a half amazing fantastic days at Jaipur , it was time to head for Jodhpur – The Blue City. There again stayed at a dorm at Hostelavie . With a touch of Rajasthani decorations, its a fantastic place to stay.Very friendly staffs, great food, clean rooms and great view from the terrace.

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Rightly known as the ‘Blue City’

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Reached around morning and got freshened up. The best part is the location of this hostel. The Mehrangarh Fort is just behind this place at a walk-able distance.

Few things to remember :

  • The walk-able road from the Jodhpur Clocktower road is quite steep so prepare accordingly and go if you are planning to walk.
  • Carry a bottle of water, cap/hat as it can be quite hot except the winter months.

The entry charge is Rs. 150 to the Mehrangarh Fort. One of the biggest Forts in India. It’s majestic beauty and magnificence cannot be simply described in words. While entering there is a small canteen with simple snacks, juices and beverages available.

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Majestic Mehrangarh Fort

Performances by the locals, the hand made arts and crafts, music, everything is worth experiencing over here. The interiors and the exteriors as well have been maintained very well.

The galleries, the royal court, the antiques take you back in the history giving goosebumps.

Umaid Bhavan Palace

The Umaid Bhawan Palace is one of world’s largest private residences named after Maharaja Umaid Singh. It has 347 rooms. This museum cum a luxurious hotel is visible from the Mehrangarh Fort. The Royal Hotel section is managed by the Taj Hotels.

Reaching this place is very easy, you can either book Ola/Uber or hire a local cab and reach there within no time.

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Umaid Bhavan palace

Jaswant Thada

Next was the Jaswant Thada, a cenotaph built by Maharaja Sardar Singh. You can sit at the lawn over there and have a relaxing time.

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Jaswant Thada

From there went to the Birla Temple. It’s beautiful! Peaceful, clean and serene.

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Birla Temple

By the time it was evening and was feeling hungry. There’s a famous egg sandwich stall at the Jodhpur Market gate, which earned its place in the Lonely Planet, hence, it’s name is Lone Planet Sandwich Shop. Do try out the egg butter cheese sandwich. It’s delicious!

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Egg sandwich at Lonely Planet Sandwich Shop

From there wanted to go to a good cafe and so after searching and asking some people there, went to ‘Pizzeria’. Have some awesome pizzas and Quesadilla. The ambience was quite good to chill out.

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Pizza with Cold Coffee!
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Quesadilla!

After that it was evening time and I had to catch the train. It marked the end of this Jodhpur diary. However, the experience for me was quite interesting and would love to visit Rajasthan again whenever I get time.

Do visit places atleast once as solo traveler. It is really exciting, interesting and lots to learn for oneself for good. Happy traveling 🙂

 

Jaipur – Pink City – #SoloTraveling #TravelIndia

A long weekend….pleasant weather…..a previous cancelled trip of Rajasthan – all these came down to the booking of to and fro tickets to Rajasthan. Finally! I had 3 days so thought of covering 2 places. First Jaipur and then Jodhpur.

Total cost for Jaipur trip – Approx Rs.2500.

Started off on Thursday and reached Jaipur on Friday. Now, the stay options had to be given a good thought, since I did not want to stay in the same boring hotels or guest houses. So looked around for hostel options. Got few really good ones! As per the availability, booked a bed in bunk-bed dorm in Moustache Hostel located near to the Jaipur Railway Station at a proper location.

Reaching Jaipur

Since I went from Delhi, took the Delhi Porbander Express which reached around afternoon, perfect for me since the check in time to the Hostel was 2:00 PM. From Mumbai BCT Jaipur Superfast Express would be the good option.

First day, got down at the station, few rickshaw pullers and auto rickshaw came running to bid for the ride. Instead of taking those, came outside and took one auto rickshaw from the stand which was only Rs. 40 (I confirmed the rate from the Hostel guys itself over phone) 😛

Reached Moustache Hostel, the entrance and interior will give you a friendly feeling with lots of interactions and good vibes. Ofcourse it’s mostly for the backpackers but to my surprise there were families too! Good rooms, foods and the recreation room was the best thing – read books, play games or sit/sleep there for as long as you want.

Moving on to the next set of action – Got freshened up, and decided to look around the city on foot since it was already evening by then.

Day 1 – Albert Hall Museum and Ram Bagh Niwas

Started to walk towards Albert Hall Museum . On the way to the museum, there is the Ram Bagh Niwas – one of the oldest park in Rajasthan. It was simple, full of greenery and nothing extra unique over there. Then headed to the museum. It has housed different kinds of artifacts , instruments, historic articles and many more.

One very interesting fact is that there is a mummy kept at the basement of the museum. Do watch it!

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Squirrel having its own time @ Ram Bagh Niwas

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Albert Hall Museum

By the time I came out it was already dark and I was very hungry. Asked some people which is the best place to have the authentic Rajathani dal-baati churma, and I was suggested to try out the thali at Virasat.

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Rajasthani Dal Baati Churma

Just to give the idea about it, Virasat is a three storey building with each floor having its unique way of presentation – Rajasthani folk dance performance, traditional seating arrangement with costumes, giving you a Royal feel , general Ala Carte too. Although it’s a bit pricey but the food was amazing, no doubt.

Returned to the Hostel and spent time in the common room and terrace. There was BBQ that night for all on the terrace.

Day 2 – Nahargarh , Jaigarh and Amer Fort

Next day, hired a two-wheeler and started for all the major Forts in Jaipur. Yes! Like Goa and Hampi, two-wheeler renting option is available which is definitely a boon! The roads are really well maintained and the view while going uphill to Nahargarh Fort is breath taking. You can spot our National bird – Peacock roaming around on the roads and nearby bushes.

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Our National Bird – Peacock roaming in the bushes

The entry to Nahargarh Fort is Rs. 200.

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Interior of Nahargarh Fort

Then on the way back visit the Jaigarh Fort . This is an interesting one. The largest canon ‘on wheel’ is kept here. Also as per the guide story, the water reservoirs in this Fort was used not only to store the rain water but also to hide tons of gold acquired after winning a battle! Hence when the Britishers used to raid, they could see only water and return without the hint of gold underneath the level of water.

The entry to Jaigarh Fort is Rs. 50 only.

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Largest Canon on Wheel in the World at Jaigarh Fort

Next is Amer Fort . More famous due to the fact it was the home of Jodhaa Bai. Beautiful, magnificent are very small words to describe the beauty of this Fort.It has been maintained very well by the Govt. Interesting fact is that , Amber Fort and Jaigarh Fort are connected by a ‘tunnel’ . And yes! you can walk through the tunnel which is underground at the Amber Fort side and above the wall on the Jaigarh Fort end.

The entry to Amer Fort is Rs. 50 only.

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Amer Fort

I walked the entire length of the tunnel and back i.e. starting from Amber Fort and back to it, since I took my two wheeler and had to get back on it.

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Inside the Tunnel at Amer Fort

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The portion of the tunnel above the wall at Amer Fort

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Brilliant mirror work of Sheesh Mahal at Amer Fort

It was evening by the time got out of Amer Fort, so had food at one of the hotel there. The food was simple and cheap.

While returning saw the Jal Mahal, the Palace in the middle of the Lake.

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Jal Mahal at Jaipur

The day was amazing in the midst of the historic relics.

Day 3 – City Palace, Jantar Mantar, Hawa Mahal, Jaipur Markets

Next day was the City tour.

Started off at the City Palace. Even today the Royal family stays there. Hence half portion is private while the remaining is open to the public. It’s clean and well maintained. The variety of arms display is great. There’s a museum and Rajasthani items exhibit where you can see and buy stuffs from amazing hand made paintings, traditional jewelleries, clothes and lots more.

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City Palace – Jaipur

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Guards at the City Palace posing for photo 🙂

Just infront of the City Palace is the famous Jantar Mantar – first in India. The one at Delhi is a smaller version of this. This is a great place for all especially for the kids. The perfect calibration hundreds of years ago, the calculations as per the astronomy, the zodiacs and the biggest physical Sun Dial in the world are human creations that will leave you simply amazed.

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Largest Sun Dial on Earth at Jantar Mantar

Next, headed for the Hawa Mahal – ‘Palace of breeze‘, famous for its architecture and the constant breeze that blow in the top floors of it. May be previously it was closed for public to get inside as per few locals over there, but now it’s open and you must pay a visit to this other gem of Rajasthan.

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Beautiful Hawa Mahal at Jaipur

Just opposite to the Hawa Mahal are two cafes. You can sit there for hours and enjoy the beauty of it over a sip of coffee or bite a sandwich. Below road is the continuous stretch of the market area. Lots and lots of traditional ‘Mojri’ , clothes, spices, foods are available here. So shop till you drop!

Spotted this Elephant walking down the market road from the Cafe opposite to Hawa Mahal.

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Mighty friend on the Planet!

This marked the end of the Jaipur trip. For Jodhpur check out the next article, since this has become quite long! Stay tuned and happy traveling… 🙂

A Solo Trip to Happy Hampi :) #TravelIndia

A solo trip in India is a less-heard-of concept especially for a woman Indian traveler. But thanks to the internet, you get to see so many blogs and travel write ups where solo travelers write about their solo trips and experiences within India and outside too. After much surfing and research I decided to start off 🙂

Within the city anywhere roaming and exploring alone is fine but going to a different place is something new. There were few options for a weekend gateway , out of those I decided to go to Hampi.

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All set, took a bus at night from Mumbai and reached Hospet after around 12 hours. From Hospet there are options such as rickshwas and buses to reach Hampi bazaar. In every half and hour you will get a bus. Took a bus, the fare was only Rs. 13. It’s approximately 10 kms from there. Reached in half an hour to the Hampi bus stand.

The beautiful and majestic Virupaksha temple at the main Hampi Bazaar can been seen when the bus takes a turn to enter the stand. It’s one of the biggest temples there.

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Tomb of Virupaksha Temple

Stepping down, it was a feeling I cannot express in words. Travelling in the unknown place, a spiritual land, a place for backpackers – everything was new and exciting.

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Entrance to Hampi!

While heading towards the bazaar, the rickshaw guys will ask you to book their rickshaw for the entire day and start giving discount offers. Not needed for anyone wishing to explore the place alone and with own sweet time. Take a map and a guide for the history related to every monument and temples. A bicycle or a mopet is available at every places for rent. It varies from 100 to 150 per day.

Its a nice thing to notice that the local villagers over there including the auto rickshaw guys speak in excellent fluent English with a clear accent! So communication is not at all a problem over there.

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Chandikeshvar Temple – Most Architectures are of only huge stones

A short overview about the stay at Hampi – There are basically 2 places one can choose to stay. ‘This’ side of the river which is Hampi Bazaar is mostly a bit crowded and congested. It closes down after sunset and there’s nothing much to do on this side of the river if you have visited all the sites during the day. The only good thing is the restaurants and cafes over here. Famous being the ‘Mango Tree Restaurant’. It’s a must visit for the food and especially for the ambience.

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Thali at Mango Tree Restaurant

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A simple Meal at Mango Tree Restaurant

One thing to remember, there is no proper phone calling signal at most of the areas of there. But free WIFI is available at every restaurant, cafe and stay options.

The last ferry to cross the river is at 6:00 PM. The ‘Other’ side of the river which is pretty famous among the backpackers is a place to stay for those looking for relaxation, a laid back experience, meet new people, hangout at any time anywhere. It has nice options for stay and food.

A Coracle ride is must if you visit Hampi. You can either book it solo for crossing the Tungabhadra river or you can share it with fellow people over there.

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Coracle ride at Tungabhadra River

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Nests of the Weaver bird 🙂

There are paddy fields, boulders, hills, beautiful trees and you can also spot some beautiful birds there. So many nests can be spot at different trees of the Baya Weaver or the ‘Weaver bird’!

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A view of the Other side of the River

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Guest houses beyond the Paddy fields

I took a bicycle for the entire day and headed as per the map I had. Started with Vittala Temple, Narashima Temple, Underground Shiva Temple, Royal Enclosure, Pushkarni , Queen’s bath.

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Entrance to Underground Shiva Temple

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Underground Shiva Temple. While entering, it gives a feeling of going in the past back to thousands of years like a Time Machine!

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A section of Mohammadan Watch Tower, Band tower and Mosque

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Hazararama Temple

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Beautiful Art inside Hazararama Temple

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Structure opposite to Hazararama Temple

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Giant rocks of Hampi!

Everywhere in Hampi the rocks/boulders seems to attach loosely to each other. A small push or displacement might lead to the fall of all the rocks at the same time it seems! But nothing as such has been reported till now!

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Pushkarani

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Virupaksha Temple at Sunset

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Sacred Elephant blessing inside Virupaksha Temple

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Another part outside of Virupaksha temple during Sunset

The ‘Other ‘ side of the river is yet to be explored completely. Next time!

If you really looking for some own peaceful time and to meet new people or just chill out, Hampi is the place you must visit. With the exceptional touch of History and the scenic beauty  along with the home to backpackers, it offers everything.

Keep Exploring…….!

Next Trip Coming Up soon 🙂

Weekend backpacking to Ajanta Ellora Caves! #TravelIndia

While studying Indian history during school days, Ajanta and Ellora Caves were one of the famous topics. Ajanta Caves date back to 2nd century. These Buddhist cave monuments were discovered by an Army Officer of the British Army on one of his hunting expeditions. It became a world famous finest example of Indian art, specifically painting.

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A partial view of Ajanta Caves

We took a train to Jalgaon station from Mumbai. Early in the morning had a mixed poha-sev breakfast outside the station. Took a direct bus from there. We decided to visit the Ajanta Caves on the 1st day since it was near to Jalgaon. Photography is allowed inside the caves but without flash, to preserve the paintings. Most of the caves need to be visited barefoot so wear a shoe/sandal accordingly. The whole range of the Caves is of a horse shoe shaped.

Needless to say, it was not easy to believe that such kind of master Art could be made by human beings with natural colours inside rock mountains in the forests.

 

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There is also a narrow stream of water known as Waghora. There are people selling the original raw gemstones and corals that they cut themselves from deep inside the nearby hills. From there it is exported to the other parts of the country.

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The paintings speak tell the stories from our Indian history. It’s mesmerizing to see such great Art so many centuries ago. There is a vast rock cut statue of sleeping Gautam Buddha.

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The Giant Stone Sculpture of Sleeping Gautam Buddha
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A painting depicting the Indian History

On the 2nd day we started for Ellora Caves. Took a public bus and got down at the gates of Ellora. There were few langurs in the lawn to welcome us 😛

On entering the premises, the gigantic impeccable example of Indian architecture is seen in the form of the Great Kailash Temple. It is a single rock mountain cut from the top to bottom to create this epic temple.

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Top view of Kailash Temple

The entire Mahabharata is depicted through the sculptures in the rocks. The giant Shiv Linga which is also a single rock cut.

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The entire story of Mahabharata depicted in the stone carvings

The Ajanta Caves are a beautiful example of our ancient paintings whereas the Ellora Caves for the majestic rock sculptures.

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The Wedding of Shiva-Parvati depicted in stone sculpture
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Single stone carved Gautam Buddha

While returning we covered Bibi ka Maqbara and Daulatabad Fort.

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Bibi ka Maqbara

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A weekend well spent and covered few of the most spectacular sites near Aurangabad 🙂

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Some of Langur friends while entering the Caves premises
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Another little friend having snack time 😉

Happy travelling and exploring! 🙂