Thousands of people are coming to Hampi, which is administered by Hosapete Taluk in the Ballari district even with the pandemic’s existence mainly due to the backdrop of the Diwali festival and a line holiday.
Tickets will only be issued to 2,000 visitors a day due to the COVID-19. This is a major let down for tourists. Most of the tourists are coming because of the festival and also due to the co-existence of the weekend.
One cannot book tickets after 2000 tickets have been booked already for a day. Visitors are desperately trying to visit the main monuments, including Vijaya Vithala Temple, Lotus Mahal and Virupaksha Temple.
Tourists arriving from Bangalore, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Kerala were greatly disappointed.
The lockdown has been relaxed by the state government, but the Archaeological Department of India (ASI) has limited the maximum number of pilgrims and has not given any relaxation with respect to the ticket rules.
This move by the ASI department is praise-worthy as it has been taken due to the wake of COVID-19, with an intention to contain the spread of the virus. But the tourists feel let down. Those who come from far away are not seeing a major monument and raged their furiousness at the authorities.