The Annual Rail Pilgrimage: Part 2: Jet, Set, Go…

The Annual Rail Pilgrimage

To read Part 1 of the Annual Rail Pilgrimage, click here. 12th Sep 2018 With less than 24 hours to go for the trip, it was time to pack up things and finish everything beforehand to avoid any last minute hassle. All done, I lied down to catch some sleep. Meanwhile, Chechu mama had already commenced his trip from Chennai and his train was somewhere in Central India. Rajeev was to start his trip around 04:30 PM on 13th to reach Mathura the next day morning at 07:25 AM. 13th Sep 2018 Our Indigo flight 2988 from Bangalore to Delhi was to

The Annual Rail Pilgrimage: Part 1: The Planning

The Annual Rail Pilgrimage

Jerusalem, Mecca, Dwarka, Bodh Gaya etc. are some of the holiest places in the world visited by millions and millions of people from around the globe. For some, it’s a ritual that makes them visit these places year after year while for some, these holy places hold spiritual significance. For some, it’s a way of connecting with God while for some it’s just a way to find peace and solitude from this maddening world. However, for the four of us (names to follow soon), we have a different line of thought. We may or may not undertake annual pilgrimages to

The 3M Magic – Monsoon, Marwar & Meter Gauge – Part 3

Marwar Mavli Meter Gauge

Click here to read part 1 of our journey from Bangalore – Marwar via Delhi Cantt or to read about our adventures onboard Marwar – Mavli meter gauge passenger, please click here. After enjoying to our heart’s content onboard Marwar – Mavli meter gauge passenger and then having a cool gush of wind striking our faces as we neared Udaipur, it was time to head back to Delhi and then onward to Bangalore. After having a quick power nap, Ganesh, Rajeev and I quickly changed, had a customary cup of tea each, took an auto and were standing outside Udaipur

The 3M Magic – Monsoon, Marwar & Meter Gauge – Part 2

Marwar Mavli Meter Gauge

To read part 1 of this trip from Bangalore – Marwar via Delhi, please click here. After reaching Marwar Jn. at an unearthly 02:45 AM, me and my friend Ganesh Iyer, headed to the SL class waiting hall to catch some sleep. Unfortunately, the steel chair felt more like a rock and with great difficulty and torture, we spent a couple of hours there. Outside on the platform, there were a few families sleeping on the floor. Upon asking, we found that they were headed to Ramdevra Mela. Ramdevra is near Pokhran on Raikabagh Palace – Jaisalmer line. Around 04:30 – 04:45

The 3M Magic – Monsoon, Marwar & Meter Gauge – Part 1

My last journey by a meter gauge train happened to be sometime in the early 90s when I used to visit my grandparents in Jodhpur. We used to take the Bhuj-Palanpur MG, get down at Bhildi, wait for a couple of hours and then catch the next train coming from Palanpur and heading to Jodhpur. I have faint memories of those trips and really enjoyed riding behind the chugging alcos. So, when a friend of mine, Ganesh Iyer suggested that we cover the last MG (meter gauge) section in Rajasthan (Marwar Jn. – Mavli Jn.) during the 4-day long Independence

A Weekend Ride to Nandi Halt Railway Station

Nandi Halt Railway Station

Frozen in time, Nandi halt railway station is a beautiful and picturesque halt station lying between Bangalore and Chikballapur.  Built as a part of the historic Bangalore-Chikballapur light railway, the station building walls and edifices bear testimony to its founder, Sir M. Visvesvaraya. This beautiful yet neglected railway station sits in the midst of fields with a lovely banyan tree dominating the area. Several cool peepul trees add to the serenity and beauty of the place. The railway line was sanctioned in September 1909 as a two-feet, six-inch gauge railway line. The section from Devanahalli to Chikballapur that passes through Nandi

Home is Where the Heart is: Onboard Gandhidham Express

Onboard Gandhidham Express

This trip report is an account of my journey onboard 16506 Bangalore – Gandhidham Express undertaken in January 2015. Being a native of Kachchh, Guj, it was my long cherished dream to attend the Rann Utsav made largely popular by Amitabh’s “Kutch nahi dekha toh kuch nahi dekha” ads for Gujarat tourism. The Rann Utsav is held every year at Dhorodo near the Indo-Pak border and is an aura you can’t afford to miss. With authentic Kutchi cuisine, folk dances and handicrafts on display, a visit to the white desert especially on a moonlit night is sure enough to mesmerize

A Thunderous Welcome by the Rain Gods

Welcome by the Rain Gods

This trip report is an account of my journey onboard 02698/06590 Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus Mumbai – Yeshwantpur One Trip Special undertaken in April 2014. Ever since the Rajdhani’s, the Shatabdi’s and other premier trains crisscrossing the country were LHBised, I had a long pending dream – To travel in these swanky looking coaches just once be it SL, 3A or 2A. Little did I knew that I will be given a thunderous welcome by the rain Gods and my dream will be fulfilled by the almighty in such a special manner? Tuesday, 29th April – I was happily working in

Plane Spotting Between Chennai & Singapore

Plane Spotting at Changi Airport, Singapore

While on my return trip from Singapore to Chennai, I had a chance to indulge in a bit of plane spotting at Changi Airport Terminal T2 (Read about my visit to Changi Airport and the Sats Premier Lounge). Here’re some of the pictures I managed to click during my flight back home. Plane Spotting at Changi Airport, T2 – Boarding had just been announced and I managed to click this while walking towards the aircraft on the aerobridge. Plane Spotting at Changi Airport, T2 – While we wait to taxi to the runway, a Singapore Airlines Boeing awaits further instructions while

A Mesmerizing Sunday Ride to Makalidurga Hills

Makalidurga Hills

Makalidurga hills or Makalidurga is located 60 kms north of Bangalore and 10 kms after Doddaballapura. You can easily reach this place within 2 hrs as the traffic is not that heavy on this side of the city. There is a hill fort situated near the village of the same name. There also an old temple of Lord Shiva at the summit and it is believed that Markandeya Rishi performed penance here. Of late, Makalidurga hills has become one of the most preferred trekking destination for adventurers from Bangalore and other nearby places. Although the place is not commercialized, yet