The trains in India are great, they’re super cheap are rarely delayed and they pretty much go anywhere. One of my favourite things to do (and yes, I’m aware of how unsafe this is) is to stand in the train doorway, which is often left wide open, and watch India pass by – it’s beautiful.
The train to Hampi is perfect - you can leave on a Friday night after work, sleep overnight and arrive first thing Saturday morning. The train back is the same time Sunday evening, giving you two whole days to explore, relax and take in the breathtaking surroundings that consist of boulder-strewn hills with hundreds of ruined temples scattered amongst them.
I think it’s the peacefulness and the stunning landscape that I find so inspiring; I can just switch off from everything and drift away to somewhere tranquil – it puts me in such a creative space!