A Train Ride Through Khandala
On our way back to Hyderabad from Mumbai, Masood booked a non air-conditioned, sleeper class in the train that left in the morning. That way, I was able to enjoy the gorgeous scenery in broad daylight, plus I was able to take beautiful pictures! Nothing came in between nature and my camera’s lens. I could never have taken clear pictures with the blurry (it has a slightly bluish tint) glass windows in the air-conditioned section of the train.
The picture above was taken while we were approaching the Khandala station. I forgot how far it is from Mumbai, but I think it took us 2 or 3 hours to get there. I was advised to visit this place, but we didn’t get the time to travel outside Mumbai’s city limits.
Back in Dubai, I’d been dreaming – what seemed forever – to visit a place with mountains and trees and farms and caves. It was so refreshing to breathe in the cool, crisp air that smelled of grass. And I’d been so mesmerized by the beauty of nature that Masood had to remind me to take pictures!
Notice that bridge in the middle of the picture above? It amazes me how people build such huge structures in such dangerous places.
There are so many tunnels throughout Khandala! I had to stick my hand out – with the point & shoot, of course – and take pictures. Once inside those tunnels, I can’t help but imagine: what if an earthquake happens right at that moment and the mountain comes crumbling down on us?
Some resort on the hill.
Khandala is actually the most preferred weekend destination of people from Mumbai and Pune, where they go for hiking, trekking, rock-climbing, or simply to get away from the city and enjoy the scenery.