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    Hampi Trip – Part III

    (Continued from Parts I & II..) The lady at Lakshmi Heritage was kind enough to sew back the button on my shorts the previous day (Shorts or capris are necessary in Hampi’s heat, combine it with a linen shirt for maximum comfort) – extra points for the stay then. Phaddu, a round shaped snack made from dosa batter, is a popular snack in Hampi and you will find various small shops selling phaddu early in the morning. Phaddu is what we had for breakfast on the second day, with spicy green chilli chutney and some very bad south Indian coffee for company. After wolfing down copious amounts of phaddu, we…

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    Hampi Trip – Part II

    (Continued from Part I here) Moving on, the auto rickshaw guy took us to the Zenana enclosure in Hampi. Wikipedia tells me ‘Zenana’ is a persian term that was used for areas reserved for women, whereas the areas reserved for men were called ‘Mardana’. To the left portion of the enclosure lie the remains of what was probably a huge palace in those days. Speculation abounds about what it would originally have been or looked like, with some even saying that the structure was built of sandalwood and pointing out traces of sandal wood found during excavation. However, no conclusive evidence exists. Pictures of the other attractions follow: I had…

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    Hampi Trip – Part I

    Trip undertaken in Oct of 2012. After what seemed like an eternity, and after that last trip to Tamil Nadu’s silly hill station – Yercaud, we decided it was time to hit the roads again. The road that went north towards Hampi was picked as our best bet  for the simple reason that it would be a very different experience from the beaches, hill stations and water falls that we had been to over the past two years. Present day Hampi, earlier known as Vijayanagara, was the capital of the erstwhile Vijayanagara empire that ruled most of South India for a better part of two centuries, from the mid 14th…