How to Save big while travelling!

I always feel and say, travelling should be without any bounds, you should travel the way you want. Have money-travel luxuriously. Have less- budget travel or go backpacking, want to experience the wild- camp around, Love the road- go on a road trip. There is no hard and fast rule to travel. At the end it’s just you, your body and mind should be rejuvenated. That’s the magic of a good trip. And that should be the only baseline.

I judge my trips by asking at the end. “Has this been worthy? Do I feel totally satisfied with this trip?” Mostly and 99% of times I do. But you know there are some learning experiences as well. Coz travel is all about learning, about exploring and experiencing.

So, for any reason mentioned or not many, at times we may be compelled to take on a budget travel. Having taken some on an extremely restricted budget myself I feel I maybe in a good enough position to impart some knowledge on the same. Mind you when I say budget- I don’t mean beg borrow or steal . It all boils down to just about using your resources wisely and planning a better way out always.

So for those who travel during the holiday season or otherwise and have a strict budget to follow this post is for you’ll, Well even if it’s not for the budget, who wouldn’t like to save some extra bucks while on the go isn’t it? So read on..

1. PLAN IN ADVANCE– The most important and base of all. Plan thoroughly about- flights, trains and hotels, it’s a big saver. Also research out about the place you are travelling to-how expensive or inexpensive it is. BE PREPARED.

2. LOCAL TRANSPORT– Though highly underrated this is a big saver as opposed to the expensive cabs. Many states have day offers. Like in Gujarat they have special schemes for a full day travel and ladies special too. So the whole days travel to any place can be undertaken within 30 bucks. Awesome isn’t it?

Also renting a bike too is a favourable option. You can halt where ever you wish too and it is way more reasonable. Just remember to follow all the traffic rules.

3.MAP IT– As much as possible cover over all the places in the same locality in one shot instead of going around and spending on transport. A map comes very hand here.

4. EAT LOCAL– Instead of spending huge on expensive restaurants try the local restaurants and hygienic street food. You must have heard the saying-Live like a local (so eat like one now). Trust me, you will save a great deal as the food is delicious and very affordable.

5. SHOPPING– Shop at the local joints may it be for buying souvenirs or other stuff and don’t forget to use your bargaining skills here.

6. MAKE FRIENDS- Make friends with the locals and save big. They will give you the best ideas about where to eat, shop and which places to visit, directions, etc. Also ask for a fair idea about transportation costs around the place. So play smart and befriend a local.

7. CARRY YOUR WATER-Source of life! Can’t do without! Very Important! Water can be one of the biggest money wasters while travelling. Just imagine- if you use around 4-5 bottles of water daily you easily spend 60 to 100 bucks per day. Carry a bottle along and refill it every time you have your meals at a restaurant. Most of the time these places have a purifier. So make the best use.

8. OFF SEASON TRAVEL– If possible always try travelling during the off season. You will save a lot on the hotels, the travel and so forth. So here thorough research is needed. There are various attractions you might trip upon during the off season. Like in Goa during the offseason you get the option of waterfalls and the rates too for hotels are low plus there is relatively less crowd. Also travelling midweek gives you a saving hand on flights and hotels as well.

9 BEWARE WHERE YOU STAY– Book your hotel or stay place in the main town so that you save on the transportation charges. And no matter how tempting it might sound, booking a hotel near a tourist attraction is a total no-no for a budget. Prices are a bomb in such areas. Also refrain eating at outlets or shopping near tourist attractions.

10. TRAVEL AT NIGHT – If travelling from one destination to another its always best to travel at night. This way you exempt from paying the hotel charges where all you would do is sleep.

11- FREE STUFF – Instead of wasting money on places where they have high entry fees visit open places like monuments, temples, etc where there charge nothing for the entry. Here too thorough research comes handy. See which places you would like to see and then get down to the details.

These were a few for now, there are way more trick and tips you can use and play smart. Like Learn a few basic words in local language- very handy and never hurt and saves you from being fooled. However it’s your experience. You make it. You learn. However when it comes to budget travelling remember this: IF IT SEEMS EXPENSIVE, THERE IS ALWAYS A WAY OUT. FIND THAT WAY.

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Forts of Goa 1: The Jewel of St.Estevam

Forts and history has always been my thing and a lot of these adorn the rich land of Goa. Goa has around 22 plus forts, some well preserved while some in ruins. So with my recent series on THE FORTS OF GOA, I intend to see most of them and ignite you upon them.

I occasionally plan my visits to these forts when I have literally no work to do, so usually Sundays, and most of the time there tends to be some crowd around. So if you plan of visiting one when it’s much quieter, than week days are the best.

To begin with, the location we had in mind was the fort at St. Estevam. So why this one first? Technically we planned of seeing this during the Ganesh Chathurti (festival) season and it wasn’t just because of the fort. Near the island village of st. Estevam lies the village of Marcela, which is famous for its traditional and creative Ganesh idol. So I thought why not ticks off both this things on one go, since we had the time.

Starting from Panjim the state capital, the village of St. Estevam (Named after the catholic saint St.Stephen) is at a distance of 23 kms. For a much better understanding, head up straight from the famous churches of Old Goa, some 11kms from there. So if interested you can combine this with a visit to the churches.

Located in a quaint village of St. Estevam( is also known as Juvem) was my planned destination – St. Estevam fort, comfortably situated in the taluka of Illhas/Tiswadi in North Goa and crowing the village of St. Estevam.

The ride here is quiet pleasurable very homely like, though a bit long but it’s always nice to see new places around isn’t it? On my way I recognised a few spots, thanks to my good memory-as I was here a few number of years back on a college heritage tour, but had very little memory of the fort.

The fort of St. Estevam was built in 1668 and is named as the fort of St Francis Xavier(also called fort of Jua). You wouldn’t find much sign boards showing you the location, so locals are the best help. Situated on a hillock, we had to park our vehicle half way through the hillock as there is a road going up but in a very bad condition. From there on our feet is what carried us ahead. The walk up is not much and any person, young or old can do it easily.

Right from the moment you step down from the vehicle i.e. ones your attention is out from the bad road and for your safety, the view around as far as you stretch your sight is tremendously gorgeous, with the green fields swaying around on one side of the fort to the view of the river, adorned with iron ore barges and a bridge on the other. You are bound to stop and stare and admire even before entering the main enclosure. Also this place makes an ideal spot for some great photography.

The fort hillock also has a small shrine with the statue of Christ the king which was brought here from Rome in 1926, the shrine is an impressive structure with fascinating arch’s protruding at the sides up till the statue. There also stands a tall cross just a few meters from the shrine

After spending quiet some time here, sitting around admiring the beauty and taking a lot of pictures, watching the barges standard and experiencing the wind blowing in the face we moved towards the fort.

Having a decent entrance arch, the fort has a wide open space and a small store house like structure at one end, and a half preserved fence wall around is all that time has left of it In the ancient times, given its location, it was an ideal spot to keep a close watch on the merchants and traders coming from the sea. The picturesque location makes it worth spending some time here and definitely worth is the marvellous sunsets.

Initially in a stage of complete neglect, this place has been recently restored to what it is now. Though the fort might not have a lot to see as we might expect, it’s a nice experience if you are somewhere around and want to see the village of St. Estevam with a top class view.

Why your Perfect Goa trip should include Chorla ghats!

Goa is blessed with abundance of beaches, from the famous ones of Calangute and Miramar to the lesser known ones like Morjim, Keri and Palolem. But what cannot be missed is that Goa is equally blessed with a rich blanket of greenery as well, its forests, which are a home to a wide and wild variety of flora, fauna and yes off course the numerous waterfalls.

So recently my overdue bike trip happened. Well happened without any much planning. It was just a matter of instincts, and tell you what, the unplanned are the best- it was a bike ride to Chorla ghat.

Chorla ghat is a part of the Western ghats between Goa and Belgaum-Karnataka and belongs to the Sahyadri mountain range. These are lushious covers of thick greens. So when we woke up in the morning and stated with the only objective of finding something peaceful and a treat to the eyes, chorla poped up immediately.

Though I have passed by Chorla ghat a couple of times, usually while on my trips out of state, I never really got a chance to just explore it.

Located at a distance of 55 kms from the capital of Goa- Panaji and at a riding distance of 1.5 hours. This long ride from the Bicholim taluka of Goa takes you on unending wide beautiful roads and ends you ride where the clouds and vast stretches of mountains layered with mountains greet your way. You’ll be mesmerized with the calmness it has to offer you.

Well it’s a ghat so obviously it’s laden with twisty tangly roads and that’s a crucial part of a road trip isn’t it? Our first stop was to the Anjunem dam in the pristine village of Keri. Located between one of Goa’s highest peak Vagheri hills and surrounded on the other side by Morlemghad, Anjunem dam is an option you can stop by to appreciate the calmness right in the lap of mother nature. However, special entry passes are required to enter this place which has be applied for in the office of the chief engineer, water resource department, Panaji.

Up ahead-On the way up to the ghats you are bound to catch a glimpse of some hidden unaccessible yet breath taking waterfalls. There are a few eco resorts on the way too (wildernest, swapnagandha) and is an ideal option if you are planning of spending a night here.

Moving further on and riding ahead way beyond, you cross the state borders, and enter Karnataka. We went up right ahead as our empty stomach were screaming hell. We rode ahead until we found a restaurant. Having fed ourself with fish curry rice- the staple’s we tought of turning around but not before we could take a glimpse of the nearby waterfall. Unfortunately the entrance to the exact point we had planned to go to couldn’t be accessed even after trying improper ways to get it, we failed.

Slight dejected we took a roundabout to return, however there was something special in store. Just a matter of pure instincts and an a ride down the “road less travelled ” led us to the most gorgeous view I have ever seen till date- that of a eye popingly stunning waterfall. We spent quiet some there-enjoying the solitude, breathing in the calm and clicking in loads of pictures just with the fear of loosing that view forever.

With loads of memories back we returned just to encounter another pleasant site. Did I mention earlier about the rich fauna of the western ghats? Yes, so. There it was an Indian Bison/ Gaur or ‘Gadho redo'(in Konkani ) the state animal of Goa staring right at us. Just enough to take a glance and then vanished.

Luckily, ahead we had an encounter with another of its kind. It’s a different experience to watch this creatures live and breath freely in their natural environment unlike any zoo you know.. There is some kind of charm to it.

The ride back was equally mesmerizing. Tired, but the breeze to calm us down. It was an end to a ‘Terrific’ day. One to forever hold a proud memory and to initiate many more such trips to experience the beauty of the Western ghats.

A Non Gujarati’s take on Ahmedabad.

Chaotically relaxed , unpredictable, moving in a strange pace, nor fast nor slow, yet packed with mini pockets of surprise-that’s what Ahmedabad is for you in a line.

So this time for my birthday I thought of taking a short trip up to the land of Dhoklas (as I had always thought of it to be). Yes, it was Gujarat .What I had expected of my trip and what it turned out to be were two totally different affairs. Though both were good in their own sense.. (how? Lets leave that for some other time).

So after a totally kickass birthday trip, I put down a major part of what you gotta do in Ahmedabad.

  • Sabarmati Ashram

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If you think “Gujarat” and miss Sabarmati Ashram then what’s the point. Gandhi and Gujarat are almost synonyms. My trip to Sabarmati Ashram did give me a chance to come in quick touch with History, history that I have only read in the school textbooks. Sabarmati Ashram has a lot to offer. One can spend some quiet times in the ashram or at the river bank, learn about the history movement or just experience the Gandhian aura you can feel here.

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Also around the Ashram, there are monuments like the Somnath Chhatralay, Imam Manzil, etc which are of historic important.

  • Calico museum of textile

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If you are interested in the history of textile industry of India this is the place for you. Totally worth a visit. However book your visit in advance due to limited seats and restricted visits per day. If you miss this you can visit the Sardar Patel museum which is just around the corner

  • Street shopping

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Ok, so street shopping, be it anywhere should be on your list always, if not for the stuff, the market place is always a riot of colours and that’s what I like about them. Although it can be overly crowded and risky too with regards to pickpockets, it’s still phenomenal. Well, in Ahmedabad there have a few street markets like Manek chowk, Law garden, Lal darwaza, which gives you an amazing variety and dirt cheap, trust me dirt cheap offers. Out of all these , I enjoyed the Lal Darwaza the most though scared of being pickpocketed, but still, i don’t regret it. With markets for everything ranging from lanes full of stationary items to novels, food to hardware you will find it all here.

  • Auto vintage world car museum, Dastan.

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The best part of my trip here was the visit to the auto vintage world, car museum. As I travelled by the local transport, this was a quiet far from where I was put up, nevertheless it was a great idea. (you see, the Gujarat government has a lot of travel friendly ticketing systems-so pocket friendly as well).The locality where the museum is based is like another world within ahmedabad, Lush green and cool, somehow reminded me of the untouched village life of Kutch. Need be to visit Gujarat again this will definitely be my abode. So much I was taken aback by it. Secondly the vintage car museum is a treat to car lovers showcasing cars owned by royalty, with more than 106 vintage cars (the oldest dating to 1906) with cars like Cadillac, Packard, Maybach, Jaguar, Rolyce Royce and many more, it’s an adrenaline rush at every sight.

(Read more about it in my previous post.)

  • Sabarmati Riverfront.

Another wonderful experience was at the river front. At the end of the day when my legs were no longer in a mood of carrying me around, I found a place right in the midst of the city which was good enough to energise me. The riverfront, just like the name suggest this man made river bank around the Sabarmati river, around 11.25 km long , it’s a place you can relax yourself facing the calm river.

Another nice thing to try here is to hire a bicycle and ride round the place. I did that and trust me it was an amazing experience.

Some extra tips:

  • If you do not want to travel on your own but still want to pay a visit to the many historic monuments that Ahmedabad has, they have state run tourist buses which takes you on site tours. You could get one done there and its quiet reasonable as well.
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  • Their Dhoklas,Fafdas and all other kinds of stuff are already famous, Need I say more? Also try out the Gujarati thalis, they are scrumptious. I thoroughly enjoyed mine after a heavy dose of south Indian all this while .
  • Here’s something I loved about Ahmedabad. Ahmedabad has many other fascinating structures right In between the roads. This are called Darwaza’s and were gateways of an ancient fort. Though I could not go to all of them I did get to a few and they don’t disappoint . They are like a tiny bit of marvel in themselves scattered all around. Bet will mesmerise every history lover.

Overall Ahmedabad is a place you could spend a day in and bask in the ambience of Gujarati culture mixed with modernization.

Into the world of vintage cars- Auto world vintage car museum, Dastaan, Gujarat

As you step into this auto world be ready to be taken back to the old world of luxury. If you love cars, you will be out of your wits and if you don’t! Well,who doesn’t? and especially If they are vintage ones.

The Auto world vintage car museum in Dastaan Ahmedabad and is one of the best car museums in India.Founded in 1927 by Pranlal Bhogilal.

This museum now houses around 106 beautifully persevered vintage automobiles- cars,convertibles,horse driven carriages,motorcycles, sports cars and many many more.

You will be surprised to see vehicles from makers like Bentely, Rolyce Royce, Daimler, Morris Cowley, Cadillac, Packard, Maybach, Rover, Jaguar, Hispano, Bedford and brands we must have not even heard of in recent times.

The oldest in this museum dates back to 1906..Pretty old isn’t it?

The museum showcase cars from an era when cars were a super luxury. Most of these were owned by the Maharajas and Nawabs back then. So you get a chance to watch the royal wheels..

The collection is marvellous. Here have a look for yourself.

Apart from the cars the place has a restaurant, and a huge garden cum farm where you can relax. There is an yearly rally that is held when this cars are taken out for a ride. Apart from this you can drive this vintage ones by paying a small amount of around Rs .500/.

Trust me you need to be here at least ones and you will never ever regret this.

Entry time: 8:00 am -9:00 pm (open on all days)

Tickets: Rs.100/-per head.

Camera charge : Rs 100/- for smartphone cam. Rates differ for Dslr .

Duration :1 hour. But you definitely feel like spending more and more time in there.

Official Website :http://www.vccci.com/vintage-car-museum

Faith exploration at Mount Mary church Bandra, Mumbai. India

Faith is a strange thing…it can move mountains..🙏

On my way to the church of the miraculous church of Mount Mary Bandra Mumbai India, I came across these catchy colourful bunch of candles.

Many may know and it’s a common practise to offer candles made up of various shapes and sizes.. like in the pic.

People offer candles made in shape of body parts like legs, hands, head and the entire body at times to either pray for healing of that particular part or to thank for the healing that has already taken place plus to pray for good health as well. Also faithful’s offer various structures like houses, shops, offices to pray for their concerned needs.

Its all faith… and it can move mountains like I said.

Malvan and more…

Malvan is much like Goa, with their beaches, rice and fish, and the people and their relaxed lifestyle as well..
The Sindhudurg fort there is obviously a famous tourist spot and something you definitely should go to.. The fort obviously is majestic but moreover is the ride by a small boat from land to this fort which is right in between the sea..
Do you also know that Malvan is a hub for water sports as well.. Malvani cuisine is another fantastic thing to try.. just too delicious..ever tried their Fish fried with Malvani masala… try it the next time and you will thank me later..😋

‘Palacio de Cabo’ – A 400 year old beauty that still stands tall…

Raj bhavan in Dona Paula, Panaji Goa is famous as the official Residence of the Governor of Goa, but what most people don’t know is that it is actually a fortress saying back to the 16th-17th century, with it’s construction being started in 1534.

‘Cabo De Palacio ‘ as it was originally known is one of the finest and the oldest of any of Governor houses of India. Built between the 16th and the 17th century, It is one of the best built fortress in Goa.

Palacio De Cabo was built in such a way that it faced the main Port of Mormugao and and also the Fort of Auguada which were of great importance to the Portuguese. The Portuguese were master planners I must say..

Even after 400 plus years, this fortress still stands strong even today and gives a magnificent view of the meeting of three major water bodies of Goa -River Mandovi, Zuari and the Arabian sea.

It also has a small chapel dedicated to Our lady of the Cape
‘Nossa Senhora do Cabo’ ,of which the feast is celebrated every year on 15th August and that’s when the gates of Raj bhavan are opened to the general public.

I was lucky enough to get in without trying to..(some official work you see). But really, having something this fine still so strong and so old yet beautiful makes me so proud.

Panjim-the heart of Goa.

Panaji or Panjim is the ever hot and happening capital city of golden Goa. Being the capital and a major town, you are bound to get here if you ever be there in Goa. Its not just the status of the capital that makes it special, but the city itself is special in many other ways .

Lets go through a brief history

Panjim or ‘Ponnje’ as it is locally called is built on the banks of river Mandovi . It was made the capital of Goa, Daman and Diu in 1843. Panjim Recently completed 175 years of being the capital. What an achievement!

Places to see and experience.
Being overly attached to this place, and having spent a major period of my life till date here is a list of a few things you should not miss about Panjim.

Fontainhas

Fontainhas houses the famous old latin quarters. The colourful houses painted bright red blue and green and designed in the Portuguese style with narrow lanes and beautiful balconies makes it an ideal location for pictures.. along with that it also has some amazing cafes and restaurants you gotta try. Take a walk around or just laze out at the eateries , both give you equal joy. Some of my favourite Being Hotel Vineet, Bombay coffee roaters, gallery Geetanjali for the ambience.

Hotel pakiza and Anandshram for traditional Goan Thali, Down the road viva goa for some scrumptious food. Also try marcao artifacts for some amazing souveiners to take back home.

-Altinho
Altinho which means ‘high ‘ in Portuguese, is a hill near the panjim church. Its housed the elites in the past. The thick green cover, neat clean roads and the ambiance of the place evokes a sense of peace and tranquility . Places to experience here are café Bodega for great deserts and the Bishops palace(though this one is not a tourist attraction). Altinho also has some great piece of art work painted around the city.

Pontes de Linhares

The 384 year old causeway built in 1633-34 was said to be the longest bridge (3.2 kms) when it was completed in 1634. Built between Panaji and Ribandar under the viceroy of portuguse goa, Minguel de Noronha, 4th count of Linhares after whom it was named. It runs along the river mandovi, and gives a fascinating view and a pleasureful ride, mostly you pass through this while on the way to the churches of Old Goa.

-British cementary and palacio De Cabo
The lesser known side of this Donapaula. After the tourist flooded Donapaula jetty, give this a try. The old British cementary is of historic importance and the fortress, well it’s now converted into Raj Bhavan I.e the governors palace. It has a chapel which is open to the public only on 15th of August. The location gives out a magnificent view of the meeting point of three water bodies and also of fort Auguda and the port town of Mormugao, the fortress being built for the same purpose. Though the fortress wall is much easily accessible with an opening to the shore.

Krishnadas shama central library
The oldest public library in India, was stablisted in 1832. In the pre liberation era itself it had 35000 volumes of collection and many many more were added later. It’s a fantastic place for book lovers, or just some time to spend around admiring their applaudable collections. Take a look at the history section , with all the old Portuguese manuscripts on display.

Mangrove walk

The most recent initiative taken by the government of Goa, this is the latest attraction. Built right next to the central library, this long walkable route is build to showcase the glory of the mangroves and is constructed without destroying them. Watch it for yourself. Though crowded since it’s a new thingi, it definitely makes you awe with excitement and calmness at the same time .

Goa state museum
Just besides the state library is the state museum. A visit is a must if you like all things history.

Religious places to visit.

-Hanuman temple
Built on the hillside of Altinho, this temple is dedicated to lord Hanuman. Watch it for its majestic beauty especially during the night. The fully lit temple is a sight to behold. Also the view from the temple is breathtaking.

-Church of our Lady of Conception

Probably you must have heard or been to this place already. Located in the heart of the city, it was amongst the firsts to be built in Goa (1541). It’s a magnificent Portuguese structure.

Places to eat
Ritz classic – for their delicious Goan thalis.
Café Bodega– try their red velvet and amazing pastas.
Café bhonsle and café real– for local snacks.
Bhel in Miramar– the bet I best.
George– a restaurant with the most amazing Goan Portuguese cuisine.
Kokni canteen– for lipsmacking delicious food.

On a end note I feel and would say and that the best way to know and experience this city is to opt for heritage walks for better knowledge and experience of the city. Trust me it is indeed a beautiful city with rich history and hidden secrets .

How to get there
Panjim is well connected by road to all the places so its not a mystery to reach her, a cab or even a local bus will be good enough.

So no rules to be followed. Experience it the way you want it..

10 astonishing Myths and Mysteries about Hampi.

Who doesn’t love history! A strong dose of the legends of kings, the tales of their mighty kingdom, stories about their treasures and the massive monuments, the good and the bad that prevailed… We love it all…

This year when I landed up in Hampi in the southwest state of Karnataka, India, I was amazed. I spent 3 days in Hampi that too with just 3 thousand Indian rupees. Read about it in my previous post.

Hampi is a land of a kind, founded in 1336 AD; it is a whole city of ruins by itself. Here is a list of 10 amazing things about Hampi you gotta know, to satisfy that curious brain of yours and so that next time you plan to go there you know what you are dealing with.

1. The curse on the sister rocks

As the myth goes, these 2 huge boulders which still stand intact were once human sisters who came around to visit the land and commented saying there is nothing great about the place. On hearing this, an angered Rishi cursed and turned them into stones. (You will see them near Pataleshwara temple)

2. Badavalinga- Shivling of the poor

This is the biggest ‘linga’ in Hampi measuring 22ft. Myth goes that a poor woman found a shivling there while working and offered it up with utmost dedication, ever since it is called the poor’s ‘ling.’ Is the largest monolithic ‘shivlinga’ made of black stone. There is no ceiling for this monument. (The story I got to hear is that it is growing and hence the open ceiling. Don’t know how far that’s true though)

3. The name HAMPI

Traditionally known as Pampakshetra, Hampi has an interesting story to its name. According to Hindu mythology a girl called Pampadevi did penance for Shiva who later married her. Shiva remained here in the form of ‘linga’ hence the name Pampapathi hereby Pampakshetra or Hampi.

4. When the shadow upside down

It is a fact that Virupaksha temple is the oldest temple in Hampi. Just behind the temple, if you go downstairs, there is a dark chamber to your right. On the eastern wall there is a hole. It is said that when the light falls on the western wall through this hole the shadows of the virupaksha temple appear upside down on that wall. How??? That’s a mystery. Amazing isn’t it?

5. Kings balance

This is located in the southwest of the Vitalla temple and was used as a big weighing scale for the kings. But not just any weighing scale. It was especially used during special occasions like coronation day, New Year’s Day, eclipse the king used to weigh him against gems, jewels and gold. The jewels were then distributed to the priest of the temples. Special attention was given to see that the king was well fed and he wasn’t allowed to move much, Just to save the extra kilos- you know.

6. When the gods come calling

Hampi has deep association with the Hindu epic Ramayana. Many important Ramayana events are believed to have happened here. Hampi is thought be be the place of the monkey kingdom ‘kishkinda’, a place where lord Ram came looking for Sita. It was here that they met Hanuman an important character in the Ramayana, Sugriva and Valli were also associated with this place.

7. Hemmakuta

Hemmakuta hill has around 35 temples and most of them dedicated to lord Shiva. The name ‘Hema’ is derived from Sanskrit meaning ‘Gold’. Myth goes that it rained up on this mountain, but it wasn’t just any rain. It rained GOLD after lord shiva decided to marry Pampa after seeing her dedication towards him.

8. Ringing elephants-

Located near the very famous Mahanavami Dibba are normal sized statues of two elephants. Though there is nothing extraordinary about it at the first sight, but when stroked with a piece of stone they tend to produced sound like that of metal, even though they are made out entirely of stones.

9. Kamal Mahal/Lotus Mahal

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Hampi can turn extremely hot. Trust me! to keep things cool, The Lotus Mahal had a cooling system of its own, designed in a special way so that it had continuous water flowing through it. How cool right!

10. Pampa sarovar.

Is a lake and is believed to be one among the 5 most sacred Hindu lakes in India- namely Bindu Sarovar, Narayan Sarovar, Pampa Sarovar and Pushkar Sarovar and the famous Mansarovar.

So that was it 10 amazing things about Hampi. Hampi will definitely have a lot of more mysteries, facts and myths to be unleashed.