Hampi as heard and known is an ancient city in the Karnataka realms surrounded with lush green paddy fields and coconut trees that are planted thickly along the meandering rivers with steep roads leading down to stories from the past and of legends. It is a massive geographical landscape that takes you back in time, each temple and structure dotted with boulders, a surreal setting of the remains and a paradise for history, mythology and paleontology buffs. Hampi treks and bouldering are like none in the world as they provide a perfect back drop for long stretch walks and thriving the activity of bouldering. Anyone and everyone who comes here and forays into the world of artefacts will tell you that Hampi is best seen on foot and bicycles. Around 5 centuries ago, this historical city was one of the largest in the world. The ruins that remain speak of a strong foothold of the yesteryear kings. Come with Nature Walkers and discover a different world in Hampi, other than what the local tourists might see. Go and venture into hidden corners where you may feel the battle cries of the ancient South Indian kingdoms and their rich cultural heritage or soak yourself under beautiful temples to discover the pictures from epics of Ramayana and Mahabharata. Travel back into the time of Krishna Deva Raya and watch how culture and prosperity flourished in India.
You will not find the usual things on Nature Walkers treks that are solemnly written in guide books but have scope for spontaneity and maintaining your physical fitness too. Hampi is considered to be a land of diverse experiences. A brown plateau and boulders give perfect conditions viable for bouldering. The magnificence of Hampi is such that it has lots of large stretches of land even to enjoy walking and see the city on foot. It lures the travelers because of the mysteriously set boulders and tourists throng in from every corner to visit this place. November to January is the best time to visit owing to celebrations and spectacular performances around to experience the city culture. The ruins are lit up for these occasions at night and illuminated to tell tales of bravery and offer odes of sacrifice to the war heroes and great kings. You can enjoy eccentric star gazing, bicycling throughout the city in your free time, affectionate and warm born fires with your teams, bouldering the brown landscape with Nature Walkers and exploring the darkest and hidden corners of these ruins.
Mind you it is not an easy task climbing the mammoth rocks and Nature Walkers Hampi trek is significantly designed to help even the beginners have a stress free and enjoyable experience, with a little bit of grit and an added dose of determination. We tell you and guide you with suitable and simple techniques to cross the next hurdle to venture out into a surprise, might be a long lost treasure that you might find inside a temple in Hampi. There are lakes and cool waterbodies to sit down after your hectic activity and enjoy the lunch with your team mates. This trek will surely teach you to go beyond the usual realms of trekking and try out a new, exciting activity at hand. In your free time you even have luxury of renting bicycles and cycling through the city through its scenic by lanes full of man-made but architectural structures.
For the Kamasutra lover, it is a promise that you will learn more at this place, than any other temple in India. As said ancient not only means the bravery stories of kings and queens, but also the homely life that was made a pleasure. Statues and Caricatures of the Kamasutra era will blow your mind and make you wonder in awe at the deepest knowledge of pleasure that Indians had even in the ancient times.
Hampi also a makes perfect location for a photographer amateur or professional who wants to explore and try hands at outdoor scenic photography. You do not need to run wild for those dreamy backdrops, as each view has a creative expression in Hampi, therefore even when you are standing near a doomed ruin or an isolated boulder, the picture is bound to have some content and emotion to it. Last but not the least, being far away from the hustle-bustle of a metropolitan and less pollution around, if you are lucky enough, you get a whole experience of star gazing and the nearest view of the Milky Way.
So get ready for an altogether unique Hampi Trek Experience with Nature Walkers.
Terms explained –
Bouldering – Bouldering is rock climbing stripped down to its raw essentials. Leaving behind ropes and harnesses and just using climbing shoes and a bag of chalk over safety mats, your challenge is to climb short but tricky. You don’t need experience or an expensive kit to have a go making it really easy to get into if you’ve never tried it before.
Star gazing – Star gazing is the act of observing stars, moons, constellations, galaxies and other objects in space in the night sky. This is usually done by enthusiasts, scientists, astrologers, science freaks and people who are emotionally missing a person to study the arrangement of planets, and stars or connect spiritually to outer space.
Rucha Sudhir Khot