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India The sacred and wild gods of Hampi

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A nine-hour train ride in general cars gives for many stories. I could tell the story of an old woman of low caste trying to sleep on the floor and how some kids threatened to kick her if she got too close, or that of five engineering students with whom I became friends and we met again by chance in Hampi I could explain the torture that comes to the door of the car, take out a pack of cigarettes and find you with seven hands - and it was not the god Ravana! - asking for a cigarette. In Asia, and especially in Vietnam and India, with a pack of cigarettes you make more friends than with one of Donetes!

Halfway from Goa to Hampi, I took a second train that departed just after arriving and leaving one and getting on the other was something similar to a stampede exit in a cross race. Luckily I was well trained for that matter!

I arrived at Hospet At midnight and the city was celebrating its holiday. With a rickshaw we toured the entire city to find all the hotels in full. Finally we went to Hampi, in fact my final destination 15 km from the station, where the ruins of a Hindu empire are located and there I could find a room to the third hostel.

Hampi is in the middle of rocky mountains where the Hindu empire of the 14th century Vijayanagar kings built temples and palaces around 28 km2. It is a kind of Angkor Wat, saving artistic and dimensional distances, where it has barely been excavated and the place is almost as time and history has decided.

Without a doubt, in a western country this would have become a kind of Disneyland with little flowers, bridges, impossible prices and bird's eye views of the temples. Here one enters for free, enters the banana forests, jumps through the stones and temples, feels the weight of history and hears the throbbing of the stones, the sculptures and the precious engravings on the columns.

I spent a couple of days hanging around the temples, jumping through the appetizing rocks, enjoying the festivals with music, food, dances and a lot of Hindu vacations that are always fun, especially if there is a river to spend the afternoon!

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