Hampi - what is happening with demolition?

#1 Nov 15th, 2017, 05:34
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Hi there
My husband and I are planning our first trip to India - arriving Jan. 2 and leaving mid-April. When I was investigating Hampi, I read that there had been government-sanctioned demolition of much of Hampi Bazaar and a lot of the guesthouses and shops had been bulldozed.

What does this mean for visiting this area? Has anyone been there recently?

Also, would it be more advisable to stay in Hospet and take a bus each day to the sites?

Thanks in advance for any advice.
#2 Nov 15th, 2017, 10:49
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We were there last month & stayed at a guesthouse in Hampi Bazar area. Nothing has been demolished. No need to stay at Hospet unless you opt for a luxurious stay.

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#3 Nov 15th, 2017, 22:09
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Stay at Hampi or across the river (Anegudi) and then hire a bicycle to see the sights of Hampi.
#4 Nov 16th, 2017, 14:31
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The 'demolition' did happen, but quite a few years back so don't worry go and enjoy your stay.

I was lucky to be there pre demolition and some years later post demolition. It's a touchy and non-binary subject as on the one hand Hampi lost a bit of its 'buzz' and many small family hotels /dhabas were destroyed.

On the other hand it now feels more like a world heritage site receiving the care it deserves.

Oh, and as Aarosh rightly points out, stay the other side of the river.

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#5 Dec 11th, 2017, 16:08
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Stay on the main temple side

Hi, I was there with family about 8mths ago. Please do not stay 'the other side' of the river, they have demolished a lot that side and you are really very isolated. Stay the same side as the main temple where you will find all the small shops, breakfast places and restaurants. You can walk to the boat and take a trip over to see monkey/hanuman temple on the 'other side', there really is nothing much else to do that side. I can recommend Rocky homestay, helpful and can arrange a guide etc.

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