India is full of interesting tourist destinations and luckily some of these are easy to reach from Pune during a weekend. In January me, Kalle, Liisa and our Swedish colleague Alexander took a nice weekend getaway to the World Heritage site of Hampi in Karnataka.
A stone chariot at Vittala temple.
We traveled to Hampi by night bus which was surprisingly comfortable with actual beds to sleep in. As we managed to properly snooze in the bus, we were fresh enough to spend whole Saturday exploring beautiful temples dating back to the 16th century.
Kalle appreciating my attempted Indian style posing.
In addition to cows, we also saw many monkeys and an elephant in and around Hampi temples.
Even though Hampi is only a tiny village, it accommodates a lot of international tourists and backpackers. We also met plenty of Indian school kids having their school excursions and probably shook dozens of small hands whenever the kids wanted to practice their English skills.
Enjoying fresh orange juice, coffee and some nice pancakes at our guesthouse.
On Sunday we took a walk around some boulders and beautiful rice fields and spent time in nice cafes playing chess and chatting. The last moments of our trip included some excitement as the road to the bus station was closed for a passing train – luckily we managed to catch our bus on time!
Hampi has plenty of boulders for those interested in climbing. In the middle of boulders there also are so many beautifully green rice fields.
We climbed on a hill to enjoy sunset and the scenery was superb!
After another night in the bus, we arrived back to Pune at 5am on Monday – well ahead of time to make it at the office for a new week!