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According to some Hindu traditions, Hampi is the site of Kishkinda from the epic Ramayana, the forested home of the monkeys who helped Rama’s wife Sita from the demon king Ravana. More recently it was the capital of the Hindu Vijayanagar Empire, which flourished in the mid-14th to mid-16th century. Hampi was one of the richest and largest cities in the world during its prime. The empire boasted a massive army comprising close to a million men. It was abandoned following defeat of the Vijayanagar kings to the Deccan sultanates in 1565.The site is significant historically and architecturally, and one of exceptional beauty.The ruins are a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is simply gorgeous, surrounded by water, hills and huge boulders of stone.

How to Reach Hampi : The nearest international airport is in Bangalore which is around 350km. The nearest railway station from Hampi is Hospet that is at a distance of 13km.

Best time to visit- During Monsoon(June to August) and winters (November to February).Things to do and Places to Visit-

Hampi has so many temples and it can be daunting to visit all of them. To see main attractions three days are sufficient.

Note: It gets very hot during daytime. So avoid going out in the afternoon. It’s better to stay at your guest house and chill at riverside cafes during the day time. For sightseeing start early in the morning and step out in the evening.

Day 1- Visit Vitthala temple in the morning and Virupaksha temple and the sacred centre around Virupaksha temple in the evening and end the day by watching sunset at Hemkuta hill.

Day 2- Visit the Royal Centre covering underground Shiva Temple, Hazara Rama Temple, Pushkarani, Elephant stables, Lotus Mahal.

Day 3- Visit Sanapur Lake, Anegondi Village in the morning and end your day by watching sunset from Matanga hill.

Places of interest:

1) Virupaksha Temple – Virupaksha Temple is the main center of pilgrimage at Hampi, and has been considered the most sacred sanctuary over the centuries. It is intact among the surrounding ruins and is still used in worship. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva, known here as Virupaksha, as the consort of the local goddess Pampa who is associated with the Tungabhadra River.

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View of Virupaksha temple from Hemkuta Hill

2)Sunset at Matanga Hill or Anjeyandari Hill –  The Anjeyandari hill lies in the centre of Anegondi area. It is believed to be the birthplace of Lord Hanuman ( The monkey warrior God). According to Hindu mythology, Hanuman was born to Anjana and thus Hanuman was also called as Anjaneya, and his birthplace Anjeyandari (Anjana’s Hill).

The hill has a white washed Hanuman temple at the top. It has about 570 steps. The view from the top is breathtaking as you see patches of paddy fields and the Hampi city ruins around.

The temple has a rock carved idol of Lord Hanuman. There are also shrines of Lord Ram and his consort Sita and Anjana Devi temple in the same vicinity.

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Sunset from Matanga Hill

Lone tree, Matanga hill, Hampi

Lone tree, Matanga hill, Hampi

Sunset at Matanga Hill, Hampi

Sunset at Matanga Hill, Hampi

Sunset at Matanga Hill, Hampi

Sunset at Matanga Hill, Hampi

Rice fields with coconut trees, Hampi

Rice fields with coconut trees, View from Matanga Hill, Hampi

3) Sunset at Hemkuta Hill- Reliefs of Jain temples are present in this area that includes Hemkut Jain temples, Ratnantraykut, Parsvanath Charan and Ganigatti jain temple. Most of the idols are now missing from these temples. Ruins suggest that these temples belong to 14th century.

Sunset at Hemkuta hill, Hampi

Sunset at Hemkuta hill, Hampi

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Jain Temples on Hemkuta Hill during sunset, Hampi

4) Sanapur Lake- The road leading to the lake offers spectacular views of paddy fields and boulder city. Best way to enjoy the beauty is by riding a scooty. You can rent a scooty from the shops across the Tungabhadra river.

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Sanapur Lake

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Paddy fields on the way to lake

5) Lotus Mahal: Lotus Mahal, also known as Kamal Mahal or Chitrangini Mahal is situated in the Zenana Enclosure of the monuments. It is a ticketed monument and a single ticket would let you into the Zenana Enclosure covering several monuments including Elephant Stables. The term Zenana refers to the Women and Zenana Enclosure in general would refer to the Queens’ enclosure along with the servants’ quarters around and private temples.

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Lotus Mahal

6) Elephant Stables: A set of large stables, to house the ceremonial elephants of the royal household. The area in front of them was a parade ground for the elephants, and for troops. This is another structure that shows Islamic influence in its domes and arched gateways. The guards’ barracks are located right next to the elephant stables.

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Elephant Stables

Where to Stay : There are many guest houses across the Tungabhadra river. I stayed in Laughing Buddha guest house. Price was 400-500 per night for a cottage.

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Cottage at Laughing Buddha guest house

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Laughing Buddha cafe with the view of Tungabhadra River. Best place to chill during afternoon.

 

Where to Eat- Laughing Budda Cafe, Mango Tree restaurant

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North East India is home to many intriguing tribal people and cultures but perhaps the most fascinating are the Konyak Tribe, better known as the headhunters, the largest of 17 officially recognized tribes in Nagaland and infamous due to their tradition of head hunting. Until as recently as 1969 the Konyak tribe had a reputation of being fierce warriors who often attacked nearby villages of other tribes and took great pride in taking the heads of opposing warriors as trophies to hang in the Morung (a communal house).
For the headhunters, the taking of a head was a great honour and symbol of courage and the number of heads taken indicated the power of a warrior as well the whole tribe and becomes a collective totem. The headhunters traditionally have a very distinctive look, with colourful tribal beaded jewellery, exotic accessories and colourful intricately woven shawls. Perhaps the most intriguing part of the head hunter’s appearance are the facial and hand tattoos that were earned for taking an enemy’s head.

How to Reach:

Jorhat- Sonari(Bhojo Railway station)- Mon District- Longwa Village

The nearest Airport is Jorhat (Assam), which is about 161 km (by bus) to Mon. But, there is no direct bus service available. One has to reach either Sonari or Simulguri first and then proceed to Mon from here. The nearest Railway station to Sonari is Bhojo Railway Station which is about 7kms.

It is about 65 km from Sonari to Mon. But road condition is very bad and it will take around 3-4 hours to cover 65kms of stretch.

Mon can also be reached via Simulguri, which is about 95 km. But, there is no direct service from Simulguri to Mon. One has to reach Naginimora (under Mon district) first, which is about 20 km. From Naginimora, bus service is available to Mon district headquarters (75 km).

There are direct bus services from Kohima and Dimapur to Mon.

The best time to visit Nagaland is between October and May when it doesn’t rain. Nagaland gets torrential rain between June and September when communications can be severely disrupted.

Places to visit in Mon:

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Mon District

 

1) Longwa Village: One of the largest villages of Mon district, this is a highly interesting place. The Angh’s house here lies half in India half in Myanmar. Even though the village lies in two countries, the entire village is ruled by the chief.

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That’s me infront of Angh’s house in Longwa which lies half in India half in Myanmar.

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Konyak Tribe warrior

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Konyak Warrior

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Chief of village Longwa Smoking Opium in his house

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Angh interacting with villagers and tourists in his house.

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Konyak Tribe Warrior

 

2)Shangnyu Village: One of the prominent villages of the district. The Angh’s house (chief’s house) is located here is believed to be more than 500 years old. The uniquely carved structure still stands tall. The memorial stones are also found in front of Angh’s Palace.

3)Chui Village : This is a prominent village near Mon, the district Headquarters. It is ruled by the Angh of Chui Basti. The Angh’s house is the biggest in the village and has a display of skulls of enemies supposedly killed by him and his forebears in the times past. The Konyaks used to be headhunters in the 19th century.

4)Veda Peak:This highest peak of the district is approximately 70 km east of Mon. The peak offers a clear sight of both the rivers Brahmaputra and Chindwin on a clear day. There is a waterfall on the precincts of this peak and this area is also considered as one of the best locations in the whole of Konyak countryside.

Where to stay:

Mon- Taiphei Cottage

Contact- +91-9436433782

Longwa- Phamsa Guest House (infront of Angh’s house)

Contact: +91- 8974794793

cost 400-500rs for a Single bed room.

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Possessing eight of the ten highest mountains in the world, Nepal is a hotspot destination for mountaineers, backpackers, nature lovers and people seeking adventure.

The views and natural surroundings are absolutely breathtaking. Nepal is located in the Himalayas, bordered to the west, east and south by India and to the north by China.

The Hindu and Buddhist heritage of Nepal and its cool weather are also strong attractions.With Nepal’s rich cultural history and religious influence, one should expect to see a lot of monasteries and temples visited by people from all over the world.

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Boudhnath Stupa, Kathmandu

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Buddhist monk looking at the Bodhnath Stupa

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Heavenly Light, Gorkha Village

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After tha Rain, Gorkha Village

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Metal bridge, Gorkha village

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Fewa Lake during Sunset, Pokhara

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Girl walking around Boudhnath Stupa

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Boudhnath Stupa, Kathmandu

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People walking around Boudhnath Stupa in Kathmandu