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Hampi, the city of history and fantasy | Trippy Wheels

By | Our Trips

Ī mīnige eṣṭu? (How much for the fish?), we asked the fisherman, as he prepared to leave for the market. Nīvu adannu hēge bayasutri? (How would you like it?), he asked with a warm smile. It was his first sale of the day. The heat had us submerged neck-deep in the Tungabhadra, as the fish was being prepared for its journey to our kitchen we admired the Vijayanagar ruins a few meters ahead. Surrounded by the riparian vegetation we couldn’t feel more closer to nature. 

Hampi, the city of history and fantasy. A place where its folklore immerses travellers from all around the globe with its omnipresent boulders and picturesque ruins of ancient temples and palaces. It took us nearly a year to form a team of enthusiastic travellers to embark on this journey. Encased in the vermilion El Zorro, we left late in the evening to catch the sunrise amidst the glorious boulders of Hampi. After a few slices of bread and a warm cup of tea at the Hospet Junction, we surrendered to the scorching heat and made our way to the still river of Tungabhadra. 

Adu 500 āgiruttade (that’ll be INR/Rs 500), said the fisherman proudly. After a few words exchanged and
a fishing lesson from the man, he suggested we stay a litle longer for the Water Dogs. Puzzled we looked
at each other. Otters, also known as Wild Water Dogs, are lustrous predators of the Tungabhadra river.
They are the largest known otter species in India.
Dazzled by their swift hunting techniques we treated our eyes with action. Before we could slap the record
button the predators had hunted their prey and they disappeared as quickly as they arrived. Content with
our visit we dried ourselves and hit the road. Our souls, curious as ever, sought a camping spot when, lo
and behold there she lay, pleasant as a Sunday morning and calm as the Virupaksha temple, one of the
oldest functioning temples in India, surrounded by sun-baked hills, straight from Sholay, a turquoise lake.
We then set our tents up, ignited the stove and prepared the fish for the feast.

As dusk approached, our bedrolls unfolded and we comforted ourselves with our choice of beverage under
the clear night sky. Netflix projected on the boulders hosted our evening until the stars took over.
Enlightening us with the fortunate moment of pure beauty that we were amidst. Back in the metropolitan
city, we’d either surround ourselves with work or polluted sky but, here there existed nothing between us
and the glistening beauty above.

The golden rays hit our faces through our caravan’s window, we prepared our breakfast cleared the
spot of any human trace and set out yet again. As we traversed through the mystical hills of Hampi, we
had already decided where we’d spend the rest of our day, at Hippie Island. After a quick water down at
Happy treat and a botle of cold drink, we made our way to the island of vivid culture. Surrounded by
stalls that sold gorgeously carved locks, vibrant outfits, handmade jewellery, and mystical crystals, our
attention was stolen by deliciously displayed Danish mufns and Chocolate dumplings complemented by
a caffeinated beverage that had us on our feet planning for an adventure we knew awaited us in the future.

Three extemporaneous days had passed since we fled the bustling city of Bangalore, yet we still missed out
on the mystical temples and glorious ruins. Distracted by the stillness of untouched water bodies and the
secrets withheld between the crevices of the boulders, we took this as a sign for a revisit in 2020. We were
glad we were signing of 2019 with this memorable trip in our caravan – El Zorro.
To Hampi, To All of Us & To our Trippy
Caravans;
Happy Trippin’!

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Taking a breather, thanks to Social Distancing to fight the corona virus pandemic

By | Uncategorized

It has been a tough few weeks, infact challenging for many. You turn on the TV, they are talking about the Corona Virus, you pick up your phone and you see a zillion messages across Whatsapp Groups, Facebook & twitter about this. Or people are talking about how difficult Working from home is.. Above all this, you have the fake messages and news that get you spiraling down a rabbit hole you didn’t know existed. This leads to frantic calls, or messages to your loved ones, checking in on them and spreading the news. 

Well, this time we have something to blame.. It is called “Corona Virus”, a virus that started in China that has spread across the globe. And today, almost every country we know is under a Lockdown, people have been asking to work from home and stay indoors as much as possible. Malls, theaters, public performances, monuments & other tourist places  have all shut their doors. 

Another sector that is hit is the travel industry. It is a tough period for people on both sides of this coin. Quite a few who had made travel plans have had to put them on hold. Cancel tickets, reschedule bookings and look forward to the day when things would settle down and they can hit the road. For some it was personal trips while others had official ones lined up. At Trippywheels, our caravans are parked, but they await the day when all restrictions are lifted so you can hit the road and create new memories. 

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The reality of it all

“Life is what happens when you are busy making other plans.” – John Lennon.

While the number of cases in India is far less compared to Italy or few other countries, it does not mean you are chill about it. You need to take necessary precautions, monitor your health and stay aware. Infact, if you have attended a conference or even a party or wedding, and have begun sneezing or feel a sore throat setting in, better check your temperature and reach out to your doctor. If he suggests a Corona Virus test, then head out to a hospital nearby for the same.  

If your hired help or someone visiting home sneezes/ coughs on you, kindly self quarantine. Which means keep yourself locked up at home, preferably away from people if possible and monitor your health for a minimum of 14 days.  This is just so you clear out any possibility of a virus, and spreading it to others. It is also advisable to not go out, be it for walking, shopping, eating and definitely no socializing. This also includes travel, time to press the pause button, and wait it out.

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A term that was unknown to many till a few days ago has become a norm now. It basically means stay away from crowded spaces, don’t shake hands or hug others, stand at least 1meter or 3 feet from another person, especially if you see them sneeze or look unwell and above all, stay home if you/anyone around you is even  slightly under the weather. 

This could mean you are cooped up at home for days to no end, working or just doing random things. Now, we have a few suggestions that will help you remain calm & get through the days of social distancing.

Exercise-

Find an online tutorial for work out – be it cardio, or yoga or HIIT, and spend about an hour every day working on your health.  If you are not on quarantine, you can go for a short walk outside or within your home as well.

Meditate –

Doesn’t matter if you are a beginner. Just find a calm space, roll out a mat and sit still for about half an hour. Focus on your breathing, and don’t let any other thought bother you. 

Learn something new-

There are tones of websites offering courses on subjects or even languages. You could pick one of them and make use of the time on hand to learn something new.  Coursera, udemy are two such websites you can check. Or download Duolingo to learn a new language. 

Cook/Bake –

If you have been meaning to learn cooking, or try a new recipe this is as good a time as any. Pull out all those recipes you have bookmarked or check out this Facebook group – Simple recipes for complicated times to find new and fun recipes. Similarly, you can look for baking recipes from your favorite chef/blogger and give it a go. 

Read, read, read… –

Grab that book you have put aside and finish it. Or you could also download the Amazon Kindle app, sign up for the Kindle Unlimited, which is available for free for a month, and select books that seem interesting. There are so many other sites that have made books available for free now – Juggernaut has some amazing books, especially for kids or it could be Amar Chitra Katha or Tinkle. Download the app and get cracking. 

You are not alone –

Above all, remember you are not alone. There is a whole world that is going through the same thing with you. Reach out to friends, call/FaceTime someone you haven’t spoken to in ages, check in on family/friends/co-workers and stay connected.  

If you feel suffocated, or an anxiety attack hits you, just remember to breath, remind yourself this is just a phase and distract yourself, if possible. We know it is tough to stay calm when your mind is racing at a million miles per hour, driving you mad, but remember, you are not alone! 

Look at this as an opportunity to reconnect with yourself, spend time with yourself/loved ones,  build connections and not be worried about tomorrow…  

Psst… Do remember, do not touch your face too much and wash your hands every few minutes, scrub em clean… 

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The Journey is just as important as the destination

By | Travel

Get into the car
We’ll be the passenger
We’ll ride through the city tonight
See the city’s ripped backsides
We’ll see the bright and hollow sky
We’ll see the stars that shine so bright
The sky was made for us tonight…

Goes the song “The Passenger” by Iggy Pop… 

Now imagine this scenario, you are all set for a weekend getaway by road to Sakleshpur, bags are packed and the caravan has been loaded. You hop into the front passenger seat, and as you go along the roads, all you see are tall trees and clear blue skies beyond them.  Even though it is only 220 km, the drive will take 5-6 hours atleast, more if you make stops and take detours. 

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The joy of road-trips is the journey, the drive, the ability to do your own thing as you travel by a vehicle that is all yours. Basically, having the freedom to stop wherever you choose to, stretch your legs or just to capture a few images of the scenes around. Tripping in a caravan is such a thrill; it is like having your own home on the go. Oh and when in these parts of Karnataka, it’s always good to take short breaks, sometimes the drive can get tiring. Maybe grab a cup of chai from the roadside tea shop along with a plate of piping hot pakodas. And if you are a small group, then playing board/card games in the back of the caravan is an added fun element.  

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Travelling by road with an experienced driver handling the caravan is the best possible holiday ever. You sit back, sing along to the music from the player, or play a game of antakshari and enjoy the drive. When you do halt, I am sure you will have other travellers come with curiosity in their eyes, asking you a million questions about the caravan. It is fun to meet such people, and you just might make some new friends there. Who knows, maybe they’re even headed to the same destination as you. As you drive towards Sakleshpur, make a small detour towards Shettihalli to see the ruins of the Shettihalli Rosary Church. It’s magical and you will want to park the caravan, step out and wander the space for a few minutes. Take some shots of the church ruins, experiment with your camera, take pictures of the place with the caravan in the background and some more. 

From there you can make your way towards the nearby stream or the dam. It doesn’t matter, you can keep going for as long as you wish before deciding on where you wish to park for the night. That is the beauty of travelling in a caravan; road trips are endless and exciting. 

With the caravan, you don’t need to worry about loading and unloading your bags. Simply park the vehicle at the camp and snuggle up in the caravan or set up a tent nearby for the night. The cozy warmth of the caravan, the long drive is enough to have you drifting off to sleep in no time. As the morning dawns, you get to rise at a time of your choice and head out for a drive to nearby places or just go park at a viewpoint and enjoy the sights around. The freedom of doing your own thing is so liberating, you don’t have to wait for anyone’s permission or stick to an agenda. Sometimes, it is good to let go and just hit the road.

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Next time you are planning a road trip, remember to put your phone away, unless you want to click some photographs and enjoy the sights and sounds around you. It will be fun to share those stories and experiences when you are back home, showing off the photos to those around you. Even though the places are all the same, your experience is what sets it apart and makes it enticing for others to want to do a roadtrip to this destination. Get going, book a caravan from Trippy Wheels and change the way you travel!