Hot Air Ballooning at Hampi - Karnataka

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How to Reach:

By Bus: The nearest bus junction is Hospet (15kms away). You get regular buses / cabs to Hampi from Hospet. You also get direct buses to Hampi from Bangalore and other nearest cities.

By Rail: Hospet railway station is nearly 13 km from Hampi. You ge buses/cabs to Hampi from Hospet. Hospet is well connected to Bangalore, Hyderabad and other major cities in Karnataka and neighboring states.

Nearest airport: Hampi does not have an airport. Bellary is the nearest domestic airport, which is about 60 km away and Bangalore is the nearest international Airport, which is 350 km away. Bellary is connected to Bangalore airport which is well connected to almost all airports in India and international cities. You get regular over night buses from Bangalore to Hampi.

Itineraries:

Day 1: Reach the destination;
Day 2: Go for hot air ballooning.

Things/Equipments to carry:

1. Comfortable clothes;
2. Comfortable shoes;
3. Sunglasses and other skin protection.

Uniqueness:

Considered as the rock climbing capital of India. 

Also an UNESCO heritage site.

 

Details:

Hampi is a village in northern Karnataka state, India. It is located within the ruins of Vijayanagara, the former capital of the Vijayanagara Empire. Predating the city of Vijayanagara, it continues to be an important religious centre, housing the Virupaksha Temple, as well as several other monuments belonging to the old city. The ruins are a UNESCO World Heritage Site, listed as the Group of Monuments at Hampi. 

Although hot air ballooning in Hampi is not a regular year long feature, few organizers conduct hot air ballooning events during Hampi Festival.

Organized by the Government of Karnataka, the hampi festival includes dance, frama, music, fireworks, puppet shows and spectacular processions; pecreating the grandeur of a bygone era. The magnificent ruined city of Hampi, once the capital of the Vijayanagar Empire, one of the greatest empires in the history of India, comes alive during the lively festival. Hampi Festival is the largest festival at Hampi. Generally they are scheduled for 3 days during the first week of November. The celebrations typically packed with shows of music, dance puppet shows fireworks and a pomp procession as the grand finale showcasing the cultural richness of the place. Of late items like rock climbing, water sports and rural sports also has been included in the schedule. The programs are state sponsored and the admission is free. The celebrations attract are too much crowd for this otherwise low profile town to handle. So if you are planning to visit Hampi during these 3 days be prepared to face the associated troubles (overbooked lodges, overcrowded sightseeing, packed buses& trains etc). Also note that in locale language the Hampi Festival is referred as Vijaya Utsav or Hampi Utsav.

The ride lasts for approximately two hour but the whole experience lasts for six hours – from pick up to drop. As ‘Hot Air Ballooning’ is seasonal and dependent on the movement of wind, do your research before you go there.

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