Hampi - what is happening with demolition?

#1 Nov 15th, 2017, 04:34
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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, 09:49
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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, 21:09
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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, 13:31
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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, 15:08
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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.
#6 Jan 30th, 2018, 06:49
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Hampi lovely Hampi

Hey Virgilia how is your trip going so far? What magical places have you already been to? In regards to Hampi if you haven't been yet... Hampi is a wonderful and exciting place to explore I spent weeks there and could have stayed for much longer. Some stay for years!! Some demolitions had taken place a few years back and although the locals were somewhat tense about it the situation seems to have normalized. Across the river from the main hampi temple area is a lovely shady area overlooking the river with excellent views of the Virupaksha temple. Sai Plaza is one place for example with excellent food accommodations and views. Then if you like you can hire a scooter here and seek directions to Anegundi and the amazing hanuman temple. There is as much ruins and history and amazing landscape on this side of the river and you can easily travel over to the other side any time. We stayed at a tiny unofficial guesthouse in Hannumanahalli village between baba cafe and sema guesthouse with a lovely family. We ate our meals with them and helped them with the chooks and goats. It was a beautiful and relatively authentic experience with real people. Not exactly 5 star accommodation but we were very comfortable (mosquito nets were gratefully provided). If you need any other tips on what to see and do in Hampi please let me know I can give you exact locations and instructions for some walks, swimming spots, caves, etc
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