How to plan your first holiday of 2017!

All the time everyone keeps on asking one question every time when I pack for a trip - "How do you get this much leaves?" And all the time I answer them with the repeated lines that I have weekend off and 10 casual leaves that my company allows me. Also, there are few public holidays in the calendar which travelers like always mark in mind and plan accordingly months ahead. So such a strings of holidays are coming on this year end. 26th January - Republic day.
Before you starting or planning your holiday on these days you have the following things with you.

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1. One leave for January 2017. to take off on Jan 27
2. An IRCTC account to book train
3. Basic knowledge in Google search to find good stay option using Stayzilla or likewise websites
4. Basic Mathematics skills to calculate your budget for the above mentioned
5. You should be a person who is not working on weekends (Saturday/Sunday). Even if you are not, no worries, you have to manage it accordingly.
5. Most of all: You have to have a mind to travel and explore, else best option is stop thinking of "holidays"

As all you know 26th is a public Holiday and not any offices in India will be working on that day and add one more leave to that by taking off on 27th. And you will be getting Saturday and Sunday as a bonus. So you got 4 days in hand.

So let's pack for Hampi and you must be asking 4 days is required for Hampi? No, But this is I am writing exclusively for my Kerala friends those who need an overnight or a complete day to reach Banglore from Kerala. 

So we are in a process to plan your holiday, as first step log into IRTCTC website and book tickets to Banglore (SBC) from whichever station you are planning your journey. You can travel either on the 25th night from Kerala and reach Bangalore next day morning or start by morning from Kerala and reach Bangalore by evening. If you don't get tickets, try tatkal or go for our own KSRTC booking :) 

So you have done with the first step and next is booking tickets from Bangalore to Hospet. Train time is 10:15 from Bangalore. It's an overnight journey. Here also you can go for Karnataka Road Transport Bus service if you don't get tickets on the train. 

Book return tickets from Hospet to Bangalore on 28th night and from Banglore on 29th. Time is as per your convenience. If you have friends or family in Bangalore, you can spend 2 days with them at Bangalore or roam around the city. Or on the return journey, you can start by morning itself from Banglore to Kerala.

Now your ticket bookings are done. Next is searching an accommodation. Hampi has a lot of guest houses that you can book on your arrival. Else in advance you can book one via StayZilla.com

So Accommodation is too done. 
On reaching Hampi you can avail local guide's service from Virupaksha Temple or you can rent out a cycle or an auto to visit the monuments. There will be local maps available at the entrance of Virupaksha. One day you can explore one side of Thunga Bhadra and next day the other side.

Main attractions:

1. Underground shiva temple
2. Virupaksha Temple
3. Hazrat Rama Temple
4. Lotus Mahal
5. Hemakuta hills and Jain temple
6. Mustard Ganapathi
7. Monolith Shiva ling
6. Narasimha Temple
7. Krishna Temple
8. Mathanga Hills
9. Vittala Temple
10. Kings Balance
11. Elephants stable
12. Anjanadri Hills
13. Royal Enclosure

See, you have made a plan!

Remember, there was no one to direct me when I travel except Google. Now you have a complete plan, go for it and stop complaining about others luck :)

The only thing now you need to do is, take a day off and step out of your comfort zone. This is the right time :)

Safe tripping! 


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