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Thursday, August 14, 2008

The Deccan Queen

From Kanyakumari to Mumbai to Poona in the space of a few hours... Then 3 superb courses in Poona and we were planning on how to go back to Mumbai... and decided that the weather was just simply too beautiful to go any other way than by train!

We traveled on the venerable Deccan Queen... The first train ever to run between Mumbai and Poona. Amazingly it still takes the same amount of time as it did back in the 1800s. The engine was not as powerful as the one used now, but the train size was very small... now its a powerful engine that pulls a very long train up the steep and gorgeously beautiful Sahyadri mountains... There was fog and rain and thunder and nature really flaunting herself in all her monsoon glory as waterfalls big and small crashed all around us... some splashing right into the train...

What a feast!

Here are some photos...








I have decided, we have to make this trip every year at this time... What a wonderful planet we live on! :)

Jai Gurudeva!
love
bawa  

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38 comments:

Priya said...

woowwww looks beautiful!!! I will also travel with you the next time.. Will you take me???

deepika said...

Jgd Bawa,
I also used to travel from this train when i lived in pune 10 yrs back and it reminded those beautiful journies.
Pics are amazing
thanks
Deepika

Anoop Madhusudanan said...

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Abhi said...

great pics!
and this time they are not coming from Google Image Search :)

Nithya.. said...

booo--tee--ful snaps...
u took those frm the train?? looked lik the train stopped for u to shoot them..awsome..

do keep sendg more snaps of both of u durin ur journeys.. we will enjoy it..

PS..pls do reply to our mails also if u get time..

jai gurudev!!

Raghavan said...

beautiful pics Bawa ! brings back memories of my work-commute days between Pune and Mumbai ! Deccan Queen, Indrayani, Pragati, Sahyadri, Deccan Express.....the works...
Sigh...well back to work !

jai Guru Dev,

skk327 said...

bawa

The place looks just superb... and your photos are also just tooooo goood :) :)

Karpagavalli said...

Bawa... Your description and the pictures are soooooooooo nice Bawa!!! The pictures actually make me imagine to be in that place experiencing that climate... wow! Wonderful!!! For a minute I was in my dreams... totally out of my office(:|) work! :) Wonderful!

Jyuthika said...

Yeaahh.. certainly without any doubt its Beautiful, but few people fail to realise it..!! :)

Take care Bau,
Jai Gurudeva! :)

komal said...

Wow simply beautiful and mesmerising photography....cant say anymore in words..
Jai Gurudev..

Abhay Karnataki said...

absoultely beautiful!

would you please remove word verification on comments. thanks.

Anupam Gupta said...

I know Bau....traveling by train from mumbai to pune in monsoon is like heaven...its so mystical and GREEN!!!!!

All Hail MAMA Nature....

love
anupam.

p.s just a few days after u guys came to mumbai there was a landslide and the train services were suspended...good timing must say!!!

Deepak said...

Beauty of Nature is very glorious in monsoon. I really appreciate your efforts for taking the photos from a running train..

Jai Guru Dev
Deepak

Pankaj said...

Namaste,Bau!
Every year around this time of the year I've had the good fortune of traveling by train from Bangalore to Mumbai.
Once, The Udyaan Express crosses Pune,approaching Khandala and Lonavala,it's a delightful treat to the eyes!
Those lush green environs and the sparkling streams simply make me assert how beautiful our Mother Earth is!
Lovely Pics ,Bau! :)
Jai Gurudev!

Anand said...

Yeah.. sahyadris are gorgeous ( only in monsoons).. I love that stretch of khandala ghat with deep valley on right where Patalganga originates. (while travelling downhill). Theres also a beautiful spot called Rajmachi. Bau did you buy Chikki?

Anonymous said...

Beautiful pix. Bawa, I like the way you write. What a wonderful expression. Just Loving it :)

Anonymous said...

Beautiful pix. Bawa, I like the way you write. What a wonderful expression. Just Loving it :)

monika said...

Hi Bawa,
Last month when I was in Bangalore for the Yes+ Adv I saw the same scenery both while going from Bombay to Bangalore and while coming back. It was so beautiful. It took my breath away. And while coming back I saw the most amazing and beautiful thing in my life ever. Just 15 mts away from the train 10 feet below us there were clouds. Clouds below us! So soft, tender, hanging, floating…..It was on top of a valley. That height must be the sky for them. I saw it at 4 different places…. Just thinking about it thrills me up. I saw the water falls, the greenery, the height. It was raining when coming back. Both the train doors were open. I was swinging from one door to other just enjoying the scenery.

I took photographs but later accidentely exposed the negatives (I have a digital camera but love my nostalgic college camera). Now I can look at these photograps.

Jai Gurudev

Pranay said...

AWESOME PICS.......

Pradnya said...

Hi Bau!
Beautiful pics!! and last sentence is so true....

shreejith said...

wonderful..!!
just looking at the pics, it energizes me...

Ishan Bhole said...

"what a wonderful planet we live on!"

amen to that, bau!

when people tell me that they use volvo buses to travel between pune and mumbai even during the rains, i feel they are missing out on something. The experience of clouds entering into a non-ac bus in the ghats is just so filling...god bless mother nature!

Anonymous said...

Woooooooow!!!!!!
Woooonderful Pics!!!!

MaYu said...

JAI GURUDEV Bhau.wawhhhhhhh next time take me with u...... plzzz

urmila said...

JGD bawa..!!!:)
Mindblowing pics..!!! :) I have experienced one such trip.its really awesome to travel mumbai-pune by train during rainy season.

Varada Narayanan said...

jai gurudev....
heyy Bawa!!!
my god,the pics are really awesome!The scenery is really gr8(tho i havnt been able to see them till now.i really want to...)!And the photographer too must be good!
This planet is indeed beautiful(sumthing your recently ended Utsav program taught me to enjoy!)You write really well.
P.S.Why doesnt Dinesh write too?

Anonymous said...

Pics Just Superb!!

Prakirtee said...

Some 7 years back I traveled from Mumbai to Pune by train and I must say the panorama is indeed magnificent. The pictures you posted are master-pieces :)
Bawa, if such splendid landscapes are what you like, then trust me you will fall in love with many such places in Mauritius :)

Minnie said...

just two words... [b]Awesomelllyy awesome...[/b]:) :) :)

OH!! I AM BLESSED said...

In Rainy Season Mumbai to Pune is always a good and worth journey with Nature.
Jai Gurudev!!!

Anonymous said...

JaiGuruDev, Those Pics Were Really Awsome.....God's creation is Sooooo...........Beautiful,so much of variety for us to admire is'nt it.

pratiksha said...

dear bau,

fantastic fotos...

:) many more awaited!!!!


love,
jgd
pratiksha

StellaF said...

Dear Bawa and Dinesh,

Just very warm hello from Washington D.C. Actually I even don't have time to sleep because of this tricky TTC1 here going on.. (I still read your blog, please don't tell to Mikey ;)
These photos are just amazing! Need to come back to Bangalore one day.. it seems :)

With love,
Stella

gauri said...

just a small trip from pune to mumbai can be so beautiful and people want to go out and watch other places.... India has it all we have to jsut keep it clean and appreciate it like we do to other places outside.... monsoons at its best.... pure unadulterated nature fun...:)

Mamta said...

Pics are just too good......these places are so untouched and natural.....Journey must be great no doubt

Anonymous said...

awessome awessome pics....thank you for posting

JGD
Siri

anshika said...

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sami_cool30 said...

joy guru deva bau... yipeee!!! i was with u n dinesh bhai in train also........ yahooooo!!!!!!! missin u bau nd luv u dinesh bhai.... la la la sara sara din tere bin hun ji ni lagda.....

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