Aurangabad-Hampi-Mysore Travel Questions

#1 May 16th, 2008, 11:32
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We'll be visiting the above in early November. I've checked several guidebooks and there don't appear to be any tourist buses direct from Aurangabad to Hampi/Hospet. The best I could come up with is to travel by overnight train to Hyderabad and then another overnighter to Hospet. While I don't mind spending a few days in Hyderabad, I'd like to know if there's a better and quicker way to get to Hampi without detouring through Hyderabad.

Also, upon leaving Hampi, we'd like to take a tourist bus directly to Mysore. Again, no info in the guidebooks on such a bus. The best plan I've come up with is to fly into Bangalore and then take an express train to Mysore. Is anyone aware of a bus between Hampi and Mysore or another means of getting to Mysore without going through Bangalore?

I should point out that I'll do anything to avoid an overnight bus trip, so if buses exist on the above routes, I would prefer to travel between 6AM and Midnight.
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Originally Posted by bruce3404 View Post We'll be visiting the above in early November. I've checked several guidebooks and there don't appear to be any tourist buses direct from Aurangabad to Hampi/Hospet. The best I could come up with is to travel by overnight train to Hyderabad and then another overnighter to Hospet. While I don't mind spending a few days in Hyderabad, I'd like to know if there's a better and quicker way to get to Hampi without detouring through Hyderabad.

Also, upon leaving Hampi, we'd like to take a tourist bus directly to Mysore. Again, no info in the guidebooks on such a bus. The best plan I've come up with is to fly into Bangalore and then take an express train to Mysore. Is anyone aware of a bus between Hampi and Mysore or another means of getting to Mysore without going through Bangalore?
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Originally Posted by bruce3404 View Post I should point out that I'll do anything to avoid an overnight bus trip, so if buses exist on the above routes, I would prefer to travel between 6AM and Midnight.
Aurangabad to Hospet would be around 600km via Paithan, Solapur, Bijapur to Hampi. Have you considered hiring a pvt taxi with driver for the trip. It would be a good 10hr journey given the road conditions. Bijapur is also worth a half days visit or you can overnight there as well. Again from Hampi to Mysore you can go by road, enjoying the scenic countryside en route. Estimate around INR 1500 per day for every 100km in an AC Indica or Ambassador plus INR200 per day as drivers allowance. You may have to pay a bit extra for the interstate permit.

http://www.indiatransit.com/ is a useful site for road transport networks. mapmyindia.com is not very accurate but gives a reasonable idea about road routes. To cut costs, stay at the Karnataka govt run Hotel Mayura chain of hotels in Karnataka www.kstdc.nic.in/ They are basic but clean, well located, modestly priced and usually serve excellent meals.
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Thanks for the info. I did try contacting Direct to Driver regarding the Aurangabad-Hampi trip, but they claimed to not have any drivers in Aurangabad. I'll pursue this idea further through a travel agent.
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Your options from Hampi to Mysore.

1. Fly to Bangalore and take a train. Not recommended. Commute to airport - 2 hours + commute from airport to train station - 2 hours + flying time 30 minutes. Add waiting time for train and you will look like a fool.

2. Take a cab all the way to Mysore. Travel time - approx 8 hours.

3. Take a train from Hospet to Bangalore. Most comfortable option. Switch over to a train to Mysore. If there are no immediate trains from Bangalore, take a bus that leaves every 15 minutes. Travel time - approx 8 + 2.5 hours.

4. It is very likely that there will be a direct bus or two in the night to Mysore. Only way to find out is to inquire at the Bus Stand once you get to Hospet. Alternatively you can take a bus to Bangalore and switch over to another bus to Mysore. Travel time - 8 + 2.5 hours.
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Originally Posted by bruce3404 View Post Thanks for the info. I did try contacting Direct to Driver regarding the Aurangabad-Hampi trip, but they claimed to not have any drivers in Aurangabad. I'll pursue this idea further through a travel agent.
Not sure what "Direct to Driver" is, but you will get any number of private taxis in Aurangabad through a local travel agent or you will find them near the railway and main bus stations. Or you can try these websites:

http://www.cartaxicabhire.info/city/...coach-hire.php
saibabatravelsabad@yahoo.co.in Saibaba Travels Aurangabad
http://yellowpages.eindiabusiness.co...urangabad.html

There will undoubtedly be several more.
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Originally Posted by bruce3404 View Post I'd like to know if there's a better and quicker way to get to Hampi without detouring through Hyderabad.
Are you prepared to travel Sleeper Class?

Sleeper Class details & photos.

Ahmadnagar (sp?) is 100kms south of Aurangabad (said to be good place to visit), you can get an overnight train (Maharastra Exp) to Solapur, then a bus or train to Bijapur and/or Badami (line to Badami will open soon), then a bus to Hospet.

I seem to remember a way to get an overnight train from Ahmadnagar direct to Bijapur (3 days a week) by changing at Daud Jn (sp), but have no info with me to check.

Also look for Ahmadnagar-Raichur train (though I think there are only well times trains in one direction, can't remember what way), you can get a bus from Raichur to Hospet (about 3 hours).

Also look fro trains from Pune to Bijapur or Raichur, I think Pune is about 5 hours by bus from Aurangabad.

After all this confusing info, I bet Hyderabad is starting to sound good.
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Yeah, I think I'll take the plunge and go thru Hyderabad, then try to arrange a taxi to Mysore from Hampi. Based on the sample costs in synonymous' links, it'll probably be less expensive and quicker than flying/taking the train plus I'd rather see India on the ground anyways. Thanks to all who took the time to respond. I appreciate it!
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I've done Mysore to Hampi by car twice: start early as it's a long day and stay on the national road as long as possible. I once had a driver who tried a short-cut....
You will have to pay for the return trip of the driver.
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Originally Posted by bruce3404 View Post Yeah, I think I'll take the plunge and go thru Hyderabad, then try to arrange a taxi to Mysore from Hampi. Based on the sample costs in synonymous' links, it'll probably be less expensive and quicker than flying/taking the train plus I'd rather see India on the ground anyways. Thanks to all who took the time to respond. I appreciate it!
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

Hi Bruce, could you say me in which way you made the transfer from Aurangabad to Hampi?
I have the same "problem"!

Thanks a lot!
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I don't know how I missed this before.

Train 2628 departs Ahmadnagar daily at 18.30 and gets to Adoni at 05.38 (2A, 3A, SL)

Ahmadnagar is 100kms south of Aurangabad and connected by regular buses.

I've got no map on me, but Adoni is about 3 hours by road from Hospet.

It's not ideal, but it's what I'd do.

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