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Hampi

By: Rohit Chauhan
Country: India, Region: Karnataka, Town: Hampi (Karnataka)

Hampi is India's largest World Heritage Site thanks to the most beautiful and evocative of all temples and ruins in the Karnataka region. Once the capital of the Vijayanagar kingdom, Hampi is full of delightful surprises, such as the King's Balance - a huge archway where kings were weighed against grain, gold or money which was then distributed to the poor - the Queen's Bath with its arched corridors and projecting balconies, the huge Elephant Stables, the ancient Virupaksha temple and so much more....

The landscape spreads out over circa 300 sq kilometers and seen from a height there is a wonderful view of ricefields and granite boulders scattered in every direction. It comes as no surprise therefore that Hampi is also referred to as being a paradise for climbers.

Over the decades Hampi has been visited by many climbers, such as Kurt Albert, Johnny Dawes, Jerry Moffat to name just three, but it wasn't until 2003 and the climbing movie Pilgrimage featuring Chris Sharma that the area became world famous. Since then many others have followed in their footsteps and Hampi now has over 700 boulder problems ranging from Fb4a to 8a+.

GETTING THERE

Hampi is well conected by train and bus, from Banglore (320 km), Goa (220 km), Hydrabad (350 km), Mumbai ( 720 km). All these cities have private and government buses with and without air conditioning. The closest train station is Hospet, 14 km from Hampi.

THE CLIMBING

Crimpy granite bouldering.

FOOD AND ACCOMODATION

Hampi is divided into two sections, Hampi Bazar and Hampi Island, located  on the other side of the river. Hampi Bazar offers proper hotels with A.C and non A.C rooms, while Hampi Island has very simple, comfortable Indian village style huts which accommodate two people. Recommended are: Goan Corner Guest House and Manju Guest House on Hampi Island, both are very close to the rocks, comfortable with good food.

NOTES

About the author: Rohit Chauhan was born in 1981 in Uttarpradesh and started climbing in 1996. A professional rock climber, he was a member of Indian sport climbing team in 2003-2005. Since 2005 he has actively participated in route setting for climbing competitions and sport climbing training for schools, collages and the Indian army. In 2008 he created the website www.climbingininida.com to promote rock climbing in India.

BIBLIOGRAPHY

"Climbing in Hampi and Badami"
rohit.climber@gmail.com
009810713610

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