India – a land of enormous promise

Every journey to India starts with you having to make compromises: Where do I travel to? What places do I definitely want to see? What will I have to miss out on (this time)? I know even before I get there that this vast and unfamiliar country has plenty of adventures, beauty, colours and unbelievable things to justify you making many journeys there. But you have to start somewhere, and I'm starting in Hampi in South India. Nestled between lush-green, fertile plains, there is an abundance of ancient temples spread across a gigantic 26 square kilometres. This attracts many backpackers, and rightly so: Hampi is simply magical.
India – a land of enormous promise
In the land of many colours

My name is Christine Neder, I’m 30 years old and absolutely crazy about travelling. Maybe you’ve heard my name already from the projects I’ve done before: I started the “90 days-90 beds” couch surfing project in Berlin in 2010; 2012 was the year of “40 festivals in 40 weeks”. Now I cannot wait to explore India for 14 days and 14 nights. My most important companions: a silk sleeping bag and a mosquito net. Both are absolutely indispensable for going on a journey to the land of many colours.

In the land of many colours
In the land of many colours
In the land of many colours
In the land of many colours

I really fell in love with Hampi and I enjoyed Goa and Kerala a lot too. But only go there with breathable t-shirts , otherwise you’ll boil to death!

3,700 monuments and a backpackers' paradise in Hindi

As soon I enter the first temple, cute monkeys climb on my shoulder – but watch out, they steal! The temples are breathtakingly beautiful and, in some parts, excellently preserved. My advice: visit the temple by tuk-tuk, bus or scooter because the distances are enormous and the humid heat quickly becomes too much if you’re on foot. Otherwise, this place is a backpackers' paradise: from sound meditation while watching the most beautiful sunrise in the world to countless kinds of Indian curries. It was just the beginning for me: there’s still so much more of India that I want to discover.

As soon I enter the first temple, cute monkeys climb on my shoulder – but watch out, they steal! The temples are breathtakingly beautiful and, in some parts, excellently preserved. My advice: visit the temple by tuk-tuk, bus or scooter because the distances are enormous and the humid heat quickly becomes too much if you’re on foot. Otherwise, this place is a backpackers' paradise: from sound meditation while watching the most beautiful sunrise in the world to countless kinds of Indian curries. It was just the beginning for me: there’s still so much more of India that I want to discover.

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