Nature at it’s best!!! Mumbai-Pune train journey

After I posted the Slow Motion videos on Facebook, there were many friends, who asked me ‘Where did you travel recently?, The videos you have posted are so fascinating!”. I then realised that I should burst the bubble of their anxiety, and tell them the was our friendly neighborhood hill station:  Lonavala. Few weeks back when the rains were in their fullest glory, I had a chance to visit Pune. I grabbed this opportunity to travel by railway, in order to enjoy this beautiful journey…and I must say, the railways and the nature, both didn’t disappoint me either!!

To start with, Railways gave a perfect window seat which offered a nice view outside! The journey started on a bright note, since my co passengers were students of media from Somaiya college, going to Pune for an educational tour! They were a chirpy bunch, with an equally exciting teacher who was accompanying them: Prof. Ameya Bal. I spent time sketching the co passengers in the bogie to get rid of the boredom, until we reached the Ghat section.

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First glimpse of the western ghats after Karjat was exhilarating. I captured these various landscapes in a slow motion…just to add a little bit of drama!! And the effect is worth sharing. Have a look:

Just when I was really enjoying this journey, the railways gave one more surprise! The train stopped exactly at a point, where the beauty of the valley was simply breathtaking! The groups quickly took out their cameras, and started clicking. After some time, there was a whole round of photo shoot of the close ups, against the nice backdrop.  I too was fascinated by the nature around, and after everyone settled back in their seats, I managed to click a nice panorama video. Have a look:

The train started moving, but in the opposite direction. It actually traveled back for almost 20 mins, changed the track and then proceeded to Pune. The one which we were going earlier, had some problem. Finally, we could reach Pune, after a nice refreshing travel through the western ghats! All is well that ends well!!


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