The quaint charm of Hampi can only be experienced. The forlorn ruins amidst the rocky background, surrounded by lush green paddy fields have been drawing hordes of backpackers every year and yet Hampi lies curiously unexplored. 500 years ago, it was one of the largest cities on this planet and yet all that remains are forgotten ruins in a small town inhabited by a handful of locals. However, for the curious traveller, there are just so many things to do in Hampi. You can tread the mythology trail in search of the relics that make the legend of Ramayana. Hire a bicycle and ride through all the remaining monuments of the once mighty Vijayanagara Empire. Or hike up any hillock and discover an incredible landscape. For something more adventurous, go bouldering on the granite stones all over the place. For something less stressful, pick up a book and while away time in one of those cafes by the paddy fields. A perfect destination to unwind.