Friday, April 29, 2016

Maro Ghagro Jo Ghoomyo

     The Indian state of Rajasthan is famous for its culture and history. The grandeur of the Rajput kings is still visible every where. It is a major tourist destination. The culture of this state is distinct. The highly cultivated classical music and dance is a part of its heritage. The folk music is uncomplicated and reflects daily chores. The traditional dress is colourful and eye catching. The combination of vibrating music, colourful dresses and high voltage moves makes it an unforgettable spectacle. The post title has been taken from a folk song which literally translated means 'when my skirt swirls'. Well this attempt can never do justice to the actual dance but hope it motivates you to try and make it to Rajasthan sometime. 
      Have a great weekend.

Friday, April 15, 2016

Konkan railway @ Doodhsagar

     The Indian western coast is flanked on one side by the Western Ghats, a hill range covering the entire coast line. The hills are covered with thick forests and heavy rainfall is the norm. The Konkan rail line, as it is called was constructed along this hill range. This is a beautiful and scenic journey which will mesmerise anyone. It has 91 tunnels and over 2000 bridges.The construction of this line was a real challenge. The tunnels had to be dug through loose soil. There was no technology available in the world for this and much of the work had to be carried out manually. The frequent cave ins and landslides claimed 19 lives. It was completed in six years in 1998.
     The picture I have painted here is the train arriving at the Doodhsagar station. 'Doodhsagar' is a waterfall (the tallest in India) which means 'sea of milk', The fine spray of the fall creates a feel of white milk with the hills in the backdrop. The train chugging in through the spray is a breathtaking sight. I hope I have been able to capture the atmosphere and you get motivated to visit this place. Trust me you will not regret.
     Have a great weekend.