Journeys

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When it comes to traveling, I am not very keen on the journey part. Though I am interested in visiting new places, I don’t really like the long journeys involved in reaching there. I prefer traveling by train over the other modes as I can sleep peacefully, unlike the buses or car, when I need to keep sitting and since I am short and my foot doesn’t always reach the floor, my knees and legs start aching. 😦 I also prefer a night journey over the day travel as I feel, we can save a lot of time. On reaching early morning, we get enough time to explore the place we visit.

The past three days has involved a lot of travel. On Friday, we went visiting to the temple of the family deity. It was a 4.5 hours journey from Bangalore. Every year, in April they conduct the Rathotsava. After the initial pooja ceremonies, the Goddess is placed on the huge chariot and hundreds of people get together in pulling the chariot. The people around are throwing haldi-kumkum on the idol and throwing bananas at the chariot’s topmost post. I was shocked the first time at all the banana throwing! Apparently the belief is that, if you throw the banana with a wish in your mind and it exactly hits the post on top of the chariot, your wish gets fulfilled. 🙂

 

The idol covered with haldi-kumkum.
The idol covered with haldi-kumkum.
The Chariot
The Chariot

After returning to Bangalore from there, late night, we got ready for the flight to Mumbai, early next morning. My close friend, who was also my roommate for two years, was getting married in Mumbai. What an awesome chance to visit the place too. 🙂

The wedding was on the Sunday and in Thane, so we roamed around all places in Mumbai, on Saturday. The Siddhi Vinayak and Mahalakshmi temple, Gandhiji’s house (which is now converted into a library and gallery), Gateway of India. From Gateway we took a one hour ferry to the Elephanta caves. It was an awesome journey on the sea. We got to see a lot of Naval ships and other country cargo ships. They were HUGE!! Back from there, we went to Nariman point, walked across the Marine Drive and then came to Thane.

The Taj Hotel and The Gateway of India in a single frame.
The Taj Hotel and The Gateway of India in a single frame.
The huge cargo ship
The huge cargo ship
Marine Drive
Marine Drive

Next morning we got ready for the wedding and had a gala time there. 🙂 Since we still had a lot of time in our hands before the return flight, we went to Bandra and Linking Road and shopped (okay.. only I shopped, Bg didn’t. But do guys ever shop?? :-/ )! We roamed around so much looking for a place to have tea, but the streets were lined with more and more shops for clothes, slippers and jewelry! We were dead tired when we found a small place and had a cup of tea. We came to the airport well before the flight as we had no energy left to roam anymore. A restful two hours at the airport and two more on the flight, we were back home by 11. Caught an episode of Crime Patrol on Sony (actually it was too interesting and we couldn’t make ourselves switch off the television) and slept off!

Now these kinda journeys who doesn’t like? Awesome way to spend the weekend, isn’t it?

P.S: The header pic is from the Elephanta Caves.

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