Contemplating A Road Trip To Hampi
“What are you doing about the daycare on Monday? Keeping Varun at home?” Shubhada asked me while I went to grab some tea in the pantry.
Me panicking – ” Why? Is Monday holiday? Is the daycare closed?”
Shubhada – ” Of course – didn’t you see the calendar and the text sent? ”
Slapping my forehead, but of course. We don’t get Christmas Eve as an official holiday at Microsoft but the school and the day care is closed.
So, now instead of staying at home with kids, Shubhada and I came up with ideas to do something together. Our kids are in the same class so they know each other. Our ideas range from spending an afternoon together to driving to a beach. Then we forgot all about it.
Till last night.
And we decided to drive to Hampi. A UNESCO World heritage site, and on banks of Tungabhadra river, Hampi was the last capital of the former Vijanagara empire teeming with grand palaces, monuments and temples. The city was pillaged under Muslim rule and now all we have are striking ruins of the once-magnificent monuments. Here is a Bing images link of what we hope to see.
Hampi is about 380 Kms from Hyderabad. It takes about 6 – 7 hours to cover this distance. We haven’t done that long a road trip in India. But with Shubhada and Shantanu with us we can make it. So the plan is simple:
Saturday: Drive to Hampi. Stay in Hospet about 12 kms from Hampi.
Sunday: Siteseeing during the day. Chill in the swimming pool in the evening.
Monday: Siteseeing during the day. Chill in the resort in the evening.
Tuesday: Drive back to Hyderabad
Logistics are still being sorted out but hopefully we will find a place to stay soon. And we have to figure out the road : Hyderabad – Kurnool- Guntakal – Bellary- Hospet or Hyderabad – Mahbubnagar- Raichur – Hospet. Also, if restaurants and restrooms are available along the way. Excited!!
Looking forward to a roooad trip with friends 🙂