a VirtualTourist member asked on Jul 31, 2013
I am trying to hire a guide in Hampi as I am travelling with my aged parents and they don't walk much, so I need to know the shortest way to places... is there anyone that can recommend a good guide? how much do they cost during the Xmas periood? I have read that guides can be hired at the tourist info point at Hampi Bazaar, but I would like to avoid being surrounded by a throng of people and/or have to stand at a counter for hours
As a frequent traveller to India I regret to say that it is possible you will be surrounded by a throng of people.
In my opinion it is best to ask your hotel if they can recommend someone. Guides are seldom 'official' in India.
Also- establish the cost BEFORE you go around.
The other problem is that a 'guide' will inevitably take you to shopping areas where they will introduce to 'friends' and encourage you to buy stuff. They of course get a kick-back.
This is the way in India, so be aware.
thanks for the suggestion... will seek recommendation at the hotel...
have a nice day!
There are official guides in Hampi at the government tourist office. I really don't think you'll find it very difficult to get one and you certainly won't be standing in line for hours. You may want to have your parents wait in a taxi until you secure a guide. And you must have a guide - otherwise you'll be looking at a "bunch of rocks". :-) We were lucky to have a very good guide. I will say that it is A LOT of walking, sometimes on uneven ground so your parents may find it difficult. It will also be very uncomfortable if it's too hot so get an early start, wear hats, and carry water. It's an amazing place but be prepared and work with your guide to have a back-up plan if it is too much for your parents (such as taxi/car pick up points). Enjoy!
1. The main tourist spots of Hampi are bunched together, within an area of 2-3 sq. kms. It is all level, no hills to climb.
2. Guides are available almost everywhere. However, take a licensed guide.
3. You may like to read this:
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After arriving at Hampi, we still had a few hours of daylight before night fell. Our approved guide, Hussen P (+91-9448719147; . com), B.A. Dip. in Archaeology & Tourism), suggested Vitthala Temple, the most splendid building still standing in Hampi. That attraction would take a good 2.5 hours, if not more, to visit.
Thanks a lot for the tip!! This guide was indeed very good! He took us around Hampi ruins for 2 days this December. Very knowledgeable and passionate about his job, he provided us with lots of interesting information about all aspects of Indian culture and made Hampi ruins alive for us during the tour. He was also very attentive towards my aged parents, doing his outmost to adapt to their needs and pace. Very good photographer and we owe him some of the best shots of our holiday. Fair price and top quality service... A must-try! Mail address: [email]