Girls Gone Wild: Hampi

Leaving Mumbai we are now 4 travelers: Me, Wendy, Gwyn & Gwyn’s bag. And the 4 of us needed a little fun. We hoped Hampi would provide a little respite from the chaos of the city.  However, Hampi is one of those out of the way places that takes a considerable amount of effort to reach, but well worth the trouble.

The state of Karnataka

Hampi is otherworldly. Ancient Hindu temples & former royal residences dot a landscape lush with rice paddies, palm tress and huge boulders formed over millions of years.

And although there is no doubt I am in India, it is quieter. Calmer. Peaceful….. well, almost.

Hampi countryside

Main temple in Hampi Bazaar

River through Hampi

GPM on her hog, um, I mean scooter

The best way to see the temples is by motorbike, so after some serious negotiating we hit the open road. We rode through small villages, around temples and were gobsmacked by the beauty of the land.  Yes, I know a 90cc scooter with bad brakes is no Harley,  but it was still exhilarating. I see aVespa in my future. Green? Blue? Maybe steely grey?

We stayed on the other side of the river from the main town and because the small boats that carry travelers back & forth stop running at 6 pm, it was very tranquil. (ok, so maybe the frequent power cuts contributed to our feeling of solitude) Just down the dirt lane from our charming bungalows ($6 per night) was a great traveler hangout.  It played nightly movies on a big TV and served up some pretty tasty pizza. (Sadly, there were no bhang lassies) Cushions on the floor & low tables made it the perfect place to spend an evening. Or three.

queens temple

elephant stables

On our way out of town we had some time to kill. (night bus, ugh) I got a massage & Wendy had her feet painted with henna. Then inspiration struck. “Why don’t I get my nose pierced?” I said aloud  “Yes, why not?” said the girls.

pain and MRSA free

Motorbike riding, nose piercing…… all I need now is a pair of assless chaps, a tramp stamp & a leather halter.

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About Miss Q

I am a travel obsessed foodie, with an inexplicable love of clamato, elvis costello & the unknown
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4 Responses to Girls Gone Wild: Hampi

  1. Deep C says:

    nice images … and congratulations for a new hole in your nose 🙂

  2. Doreen says:

    You look great…but I would pass on the tramp stamp! We miss you and were just talking about what a once in a lifetime adventure we are sharing with you. Great pictures. Enjoy the ride!

  3. Laura says:

    I just picked up a pair of assless chaps for free. You are welcome to borrow them when you get back. The nose ring looks good! I have always wanted one.

  4. Vicki says:

    Love it! keep it coming! I look forward to every entry with envy!

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