Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Monsoon Magic in Mumbai



It has been almost a month since we came back from our 10 day trip to France, but I am going through a patch of 'writer's block', so bear with me while I publish those travelogues.

Meanwhile, enjoy these pictures from the Monsoons in Mumbai. We have been driving to the hills every weekend this last month and I can never get tired of the lush green scenery.



A hut with a view





Water drainage Pipe




Train Tracks of the Matheran Toy Train



Lush green hillsides on the way to Matheran




Waterfalls....they are everywhere this season!





It doesn't get more green than this?



On the way to Matheran.....Life goes on!



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53 comments:

  1. Looking at the pictures makes me want to get up and run outdoors. Sigh ...

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  2. What a gorgeous landscape. Those waterfalls are gorgeous. I like the view from the hut.

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  3. Awesome Vamsee! I haven't been to Matheran in donkey's years, but it's way greener than I remember it! Beautiful pix, beautiful place :)

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  4. Beautiful...simply beautiful! Love the trees, the forest, the greenery, the waterfalls...these pics transported me back to good old days of hiking in Matheran.

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  5. beautiful countryside and so like the waterfalls and green green fields.
    have a wonderful week

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  6. Hi Vamsee!
    Wow this green looks much greener than green Iceland... ;)) Great shots!
    Blogtrotter is back to the «urban jungle», which Reykjavik is far from being... ;)). Enjoy and have a fabulous week!

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  7. Just beautiful! no other word for it. great job with the pictures.
    -Deepa

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  8. How lucky!
    These are so refreshing to eyes!

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  9. Enjoyed the lush green beautiful landscapes. It is nice to see such a green areas. I always cherish the sight of green paddy fields while driving on the road.

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  10. Beautiful! Wow never knew monsoons in India was so out of the world.
    -Anu

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  11. Mridula,
    That is my motivation to go out every weekend during the monsoons.
    Sandy,
    Thanks
    Sejal,
    It is more green than what the pictures captures. We are just spell bound by the scenery.

    Kala,
    I can't wait to hike there. So far we have just been driving around.

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  12. Wow - fantastic shots. The green is so soothing to the eye. I wish I could teleport myself there from the heat and misery of Texas' drought.

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  13. Green, green and more green!! Ahh how it soothes the eyes!! Thanks for these wonderful pics, Vamsee...

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  14. Wow - very beautiful! Such eye-candy. I really like #6, very interesting composition - well done.

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  15. wow, the green has a special effect on you. but till now its always been paddy fields that did it, but you brought out something unique. wild grass this lush !! wow, it defn doesnt get greener than this.

    vj

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  16. WoW! I love monsoons.. the greenery and the waterfalls are the best during monsoons.. :)
    nice pictures vamsee!

    I especially liked the last pic with the two ladies. The colors are absolutely beautiful in that..

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  17. LOVE the pix. U must go hiking.....and there's a tree house in Matheran which is adorably wondeful (!!). At least when I stayed there in 1996.

    Waiting for the blog on France.

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  18. These are really such amazing amazing pics...U guys are not gonna stop making me miss Bbay are you:-0..Looove the colors...and that green in the pics almost makes you smell the earth when the first rain comes...thats one of my favorite things abt monsoons:-)..and the pic with the ladies is just a beaut! And can someone tell me when did the roads there get so spic and span...that last pic is just spotless!

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  19. Babooshka / Virgina,
    Thanks
    GmG,
    Thanks. I checked out your Iceland post. Loved it.
    Deepa,
    Thanks. I love it when you visit my blog.
    Indrani,
    I agree....the hills are so fresh and pristine this time of the year.

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  20. Rajesh,
    Me too!! I love looking at the light green paddy fields.
    Anu,
    You have no idea how beautiful the Western ghats are in monsoons.
    Bindu,
    Wish you could come here.I would love to meet you.
    Uma,
    Thanks Thanks
    Russ,
    You have no idea how much my husband and me argued over that photo. I didn't like it and he thought it was great!

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  21. aaaaaaaaa..... my favorite hill station in the world... I knew many local people there... there are several ways to hike Matheran, you can do it from all sides. :) Such beautiful pictures... oh man..!

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  22. That's monsoon !! So much green it is that one doesn't want to go back after the weekend.

    We have been doing the same. Matheran, Mahabaleshwar, Kolad, Lonavala... you name it, we are there.

    They are so tempting.

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  23. WoW...some very beautifully captured shots!

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  24. wow!!! those pics were SO beautiful!! I loved them... when i stayed in mumbai, i never got round to going anywhere... the only place i would go to was chembur market :(

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  25. vj,
    I agree, it does not get greener than this. On our drive we saw very beautiful paddy fields and even photographed them, but they did not pass Saru's photography standards, so could not post.

    Wandering souls,
    Yes. Some people think it is a pain, but I love monsoons. Weather is perfect and it is green all around us. I like the last picture too.

    Jayanti,
    Thanks. Will go hiking this weekend. I am working on the France blog...will try and publish it this weekend.

    Vidya,
    NOPE...we are NOT going to stop making you miss Mumbai. Luckily for us, we are able to look at the beauty without having to go through the bad parts that you did when you lived here.
    As for the roads...rain washed away all the dirt!

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  26. Eye for India,
    Welcome to my blog and thanks

    PRIYANK,
    What you wrote was outrageous and hilarious at the same time. Saru was rolling in laughter when he read it. He thinks all my blog friends are crazy:)

    Cuckoo,
    I am so thrilled that you visited my blog!!! I agree...i was to go back weekend after weekend!

    Flying stars / Akhila,
    Thanks

    Harini,
    Welcome to my blog. There is always a next time!

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  27. The hills here look absolutely denuded compared to the ones you have there in Mumbai. I swear I can see people on the hills from our balcony, in stark contrast to the dry brown grass. Very beautiful pictures Vamsee.

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  28. awesome pics.
    its places like these that cause rains and keep the place from poluting further.
    thanks for posting them

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  29. Stunning pictures - can't believe how beautiful & green it is

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  30. Wow, I didn't know monsoons are so good in Mumbai. Beatiful pictures!

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  31. Wow... What greenery ?? Never imagined that they are so beautiful during the monsoons.

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  32. A really beautiful landscape pictures, beautiful greenery!

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  33. Bhaskar,
    This place is the same as the bay area...only difference is that the monsoons last 4 months here. A month after the rain stops, it is all big brown hills, so I am trying to take in as much as I can in these few months.

    Baruch
    Thanks

    Karuna / Aruna,
    Monsoons are awesome here. The hills are covered with a shade of green that you don't see too often. It is just great to drive around.

    Marju,
    Thanks

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  34. I waiting to see when you would do a monsoon post! :) Beautiful Pictures - esp one with waterfalls... I love monsoon and Indian rains... Nothing like it right ? :)

    --Aditi

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  35. Aditi,
    It is so good to see your comment. Saru has been telling me that all my regular readers will stop coming to my blog if I don't post regularly, but I can't do this like a job!!

    Monsoons in India are indeed the best. I didn't realise how much I missed them until I moved here. Rain in California is so cold and dreary and miserable, but here it is loud and beautiful in an uplifting sort of way. My uncle, who came on the trip was lamenting on the fact that rain and fog were obscuring the views, but Saru and I just sat....eating hot corn and enjoying the rain lash out at the hills. 10 mins later, it was over and the views cleared up. Beautiful day!

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  36. The greens in these photos are stunning.

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  37. Just amazing that this is India, its so very green and lush. Wonderful.

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  38. lovely set of images.. monsoon in fully vigour :)

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  39. Hi Vamsee!
    Came back here to find out that Rural Iceland at Blogtrotter as some greens that can't compare with these!! ;)
    Enjoy and have a fabulous week!

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  40. its no soothing just to look at the colours..can understand that bit of the writers block..the pics speak for themselves..

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  41. Beautiful shots and a fantastic location..Really loved the location..Wish to be there some day..Thanks for sharing...Unseen Rajasthan

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  42. The ghats do come alive in the rains, don't they. Summer-time, these places are not as pretty.

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  43. That first pic looks like our hut in the Swiss Mountains .... I loooove moss! Beautiful photographs!

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  44. Great pictures, Vam...very green...such a contrast to Industrial and dry Gurgaon..:)

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  45. Very nice pictures. nice green..... Places

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  46. Awesome photography.................dear

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  47. Good collection of photos. There are many places to see in matheran . These places are mainly attracts the tourist. Vehicles are not allowed at matheran so the air became pollution free. Visit Matheran for getting relaxed from daily hectic life.

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  48. Amazing pictures. It'ss such a lovely and adventurous place. Matheran, untouched, unspoiled and unbelievably tranquil, this popular tourist hill-station in Maharashtra is a great getaway destination. When it comes to Matheran hotels, you plenty of options to choose from.

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