How Hampi turned out to be the Perfect Place for a Perfect Birthday – by Yamini Gupta

When I first heard about Hampi, it was for one of my girlfriend’s 30th birthday. We were looking for a weekend getaway and i remember one of my friends wholeheartedly recommending Hampi. Now honestly, I wasn’t quite excited with the idea of visiting a historical place on a birthday. So when we left from Hospet to Hampi at sunrise, in my head I had already imagined spending the next few hours looking at temples and structures and learning the history behind them. It was so expected, that it was no longer exciting.

But boy, I was so wrong. It was just 15 minutes into the auto trip; when the landscape began to change. Giant monolithic rocks sparsely began to appear on the horizon. They were huge. Beyond any measure, beyond my capacity to fathom what could possibly they be doing there. Stand-alone rocks, just lying in isolation, with no signs of a parent mountain around. And then with every passing km, my jaws dropped more. My presumptions were wrong, when I had thought that Hampi was ordinary. That what more it can possibly offer than a couple of history and architectural lessons.

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Instead, it was magical. It was an era that had stood so still through time, that it engulfs you. It made me believe that I am a part of it. Living and breathing in it. By the end of that day, we had started making up stories and acting like the kings and the queens of the place.

We spent hours role-playing, getting lost from one ruin to the next, searching for the purpose of the rocks and structures that had stood intact on top of each other for ages. Though the day ended soon, I often find myself extending and revisiting it in my thoughts and dreams. It was the perfect place for a perfect birthday.

– Travel Story submitted by Yamini Gupta