How do you travel in Hampi?
How do you travel in Hampi? It sounds like a bit of a vague question but one that comes up frequently regardless. I will, of course, take the time to answer it in detail. This post is all about transport, and that is it. I have extensive posts on the area, and if you need to know what is here, I would suggest starting with my blog on the five best things to do in Hampi. This blog is niche-specific, and it is an important question. We all want to get the most out of our time and money, after all.
Hampi is very far from anywhere else of interest in Karnataka, and the area is massive. There are a few options available to you, and most people will opt to reach here by bus or car. When you arrive, most tourists see the area by motorbike or hired rickshaw. There are other options available to you, but it is important not to underestimate how big this place is.
It is incumbent on me to write a detailed post as minimizing how much time we spend on the back of a bus while seeing as much as possible is surely half the fight towards a fulfilling trip. We all work hard and sacrifice so much for our travel, so it is only right we get the most we can from it. In this post on how do you travel in Hampi, I will cover how to get around this whimsical place. I will then go on to talk about how to get there and away.
Getting around Hampi
Hampi is very spread out so you will need some form of transport to appreciate it and you have a few options available. You can hire a bicycle for around 150 to 200 rupees a day. It is an excellent way to explore at your own pace. Unfortunately, the heat can be gruelling, so try and set out early and take plenty of water. However, you will find this a useful method if you want to spot wildlife as you are not moving so fast.
Another option is to travel by rickshaw, and this is a no-stress way to experience Hampi. The advantage of this is they all tend to know the best spots that you would probably miss by yourself. Expect to pay between 800 and 1000 rupees for the whole day. The price will ultimately depend on the time of year and your bargaining skills.
You can also hire a motorbike to visit at your own pace. Check the bike first for damage to save any discrepancy when you go to pay. Expect to pay anywhere between 200 and 450 rupees for a day’s hire, depending on the bike. This price does not include petrol, and most bike hire shops will sell this to you for around 100 rupees a litre.
For those well-heeled travellers, you can hire a car, and that will definitely be more than 1000 rupees a day. With this option, ask around to get the best deal you can. The advantage here of cause is if you have AC, you won’t feel like you are on slow bake as it gets sweltering in the summer.
Also, an important note is there is still no ATM in Hampi, which will cost you to get to and from one. It is 3km each way to the nearest ATM from the bazaar and will cost you 100 rupees at least in a rickshaw. If you don’t want to pay, you can wait for the bus, but this will be very time-consuming. Alternatively, you can make sure you have all the cash you need before you arrive.
Getting there and away from Hampi
Hampi is connected by local bus only from Hospet. The bus stops at the railway station so it is convenient and this service is relatively frequent. However, I wholeheartedly recommend actually travelling to Hampi from Hospit as it is very uninteresting for tourists.
There are both public and private bus connections to Gorkanna, Bangalore, and Mysore from Hospet city centre. Seats on private buses are easily booked from Hampi Bazar. It is one of the most popular tourist destinations on the whole subcontinent, and Hospit is a sizable city, so you can count on there being plentiful services. If you book a private bus, they will be more comfortable, although you should count on a small surcharge for involving a middle man.
By Rail, the nearest station is Hospet junction. Train number 17603 runs from Hyderabad. Train number 16592 runs from Bangalore, and train number 18048 runs from Vasco De Garma (goa) to Howrah in Calcutta.
Try and book this in a government office to get the tourist quota to ensure a seat. For those of you who do not know what that is, let me explain.
If you would like to book online, the government website is www.IRCTC.in. Unfortunately, you will have to register for foreign tickets on this website to use it, and that takes some perseverance.
Travel agencies have no access to the tourist quota. Only government outlets have that. The tourist quota is seats that are reserved just for foreign tourists. Naturally, they will cost a few more rupees than normal, but seats on an otherwise booked up train can come out of what seems like thin air. You can book these over the counter at some stations and in tourist offices.
Most large cities such as Dehli, Mumbai, Calcutta, Madras, Udaipur, Agra, Jaipur, etc., all have one. I prefer to use the government tourist offices because you will be speaking to a knowledgeable person who can advise you on alternative routes to create your ideal itinerary. They have no interest in upselling you tickets that you don’t need. They are also a fantastic source of impartial advice that is hard to get elsewhere, and with over 3000 train stations, that will come in handy. Don’t forget to bring your passport as the staff will want to take a copy of it with your visa.
For more information on travelling around India, see my post on the subject. It is packed with tips and tricks to help you ease your way around this vast country.
In summary of my post on how do you travel in Hampi?
That ought to answer your question properly. However, if you still have any more questions regarding how you travel in Hampi or anything else to do with Indian travel for that matter, please do not hesitate to ask. It is well worth the time invested in coming here, and few tourists leave disappointed. With that said, I think that is enough out of me so that I will see you in the next post.
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