Sunday, February 26, 2006

got some much needed R&R this weekend!

Yes!!! After a long long time, I took a well-deserved break from routine ......
My family and I went to Khandala (a hill station about 2 hours from Bombay) for the weekend!

Lately I've been working too hard & too much and so haven't been spending too much time with my family. So, I thoroughly enjoyed the time I spent with them these two days.

We caught up on what's happening, refreshed old memories, shared a few laughs, explored the 'countryside' (the place is a bustling city! .. due to all da tourists) ...:). Guess it was a welcome change for Mom as well as she didn't have to cook ... :)

As I said before, Khandala and the nearby Lonavala are tourist hotspots and so are nothing but bustling mini-cities located in the hills :) I was amused to see the many hotels littered across the hills ... (actually, I was a bit sad as I found it to be nothing but a blatant rape of the natural scenic beauty that must have drawn tourists to Khandala in the first place) ... Yes, the weather is still pleasant and natural beauty does exist in bits and patches .... but what I really enjoyed was the train ride to Khandala ....

People say that the journey is just as important as the destination ... and they were proved right on this trip ... I enjoyed the ride thoroughly ... the refreshing cool breeze through the windows, ranges upon ranges of hills stretched out as far as the eyes could see, crisp greenery in some places and deep dry valleys at other places ... barren land and scorched vegetation seemed to be patiently awaiting rainy salvation ... a misty haze reflecting the rays of the afternoon sun, made
the distant hills shine like a gem-laden patch of paradise ....

... all this made me feel so small in this huge world ... and yet, it made me feel so very blessed to be alive ... Life is such a wonderful gift!

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A few snaps from the trip:
I’m smiling all da way to Khandala

on to Khandala!

ever feel like a puny tree in a huge universe?

da view from Khandala station

da view from da Hotel

21 Comments:

Blogger done said...

Wow, that view from the hotel, wow!It's good to have a change of pace, and even better when with family:) I'm heading to California this Friday, so I hope I come home refreshed:) Take care, and I'm glad you had that time with your family:) Elisa:)

1:33 PM  
Blogger Keshi said...

Goshh u have smiling eyes Anup...so beautiful! Those eyes speak volumes. And all the other pics were beautiful...the places look so deserted but there was an inexpressible beauty abt em...thanks for sharing em with us!

Looks like u had a terrific weekend...one u could really call 'memorable'...

Keshi.

3:21 PM  
Blogger Cherry tiger said...

Good for you! It's really great that you had an amazing weekend! And nice pictures too... the place looks really beautiful!

I know what you mean about the overload of buildings though. -_- It happens, thanks to tourism. But thank God not all is lost. ^^

May the great memories stay! Take care and God bless!

5:50 PM  
Blogger tulipspeaks said...

:( u guys have no idea how much i miss a vacation...

sob! sob!

=am000nie=

6:27 PM  
Blogger anup.777 said...

@elisa
Hi Elisa, hope u had fun in California! How is ur daughter doing now? Thanks for dropping by :)

@keshi
just like u to find something good to compliment on ... that wasn't one of my best snaps, with all those pimples n all :( ... but thanks for complimenting my eyes ... :)

so wot did my eyes tell you? ... am I in love?? ;)

@CT
yes it was beautiful ... seriously I Thank God it's not all lost!
God Bless ya buddy! :)

@amu
don't cry amu ... why don't u take a vacation? ... what's stopping you? ... are u too busy? ... then remember - Da best time for a vacation is when u don't have da time!

9:50 PM  
Blogger still_figuring_out said...

sometimes, all a person needs is a bit of r & r :)

nice pictures. i especially like pic no.3

9:55 PM  
Blogger Michelle said...

glad u had a nice time :)

10:39 PM  
Blogger SkittishKat said...

Glad you got some time away with your family. Family grounds us, reorients our life and perspective. Something happens when all the generations are gone and "you're" the oldest. It happens and it's a shock. I miss my Grandparents so much.
Anyway, glad you got away,
Karen

4:17 AM  
Blogger Este Miseria said...

brings back so many memories...you're right the journey is as much fun as the destination, all my happiest ones have been on trains, despite the vagaries of the indian rail system! i miss the chikki u get at lonavla as well..SIGH!!!

neato pics bro- you've watercolored em down havent u?

2:51 PM  
Blogger Keshi said...

Anup hey if that wasnt one of ur best snaps, well then why dun u put up one of ur best ones in ur next post? :) I still think u look really cute in it...hehe...

**so wot did my eyes tell you? ... am I in love?? ;)

lol mebbe...kinda told me that u were in love yes...in love with the trip u were abt to go on :):)

Keshi.

5:20 PM  
Blogger PuNeEt said...

look like not been here for ages ;-)

its cool buddy that u took out time and went out with ur family...
thats something we very rarely do...

am wondering its been real long i went out with my entire family...

journey is just as important as the destination
thts true... and good that u enjoyed...

ye lonavala its getting too commercialisd... thats the scene with every happening place
sad indeed...

have a great tme
Cheers

10:59 PM  
Blogger done said...

Hello:)
I'm going to California this Friday:) and my daughter is ok, and she's earning her things back:) Things are good:) I'll post again when I get back from California, so Take care, Elisa:)

7:46 AM  
Blogger anup.777 said...

@SFO
true :) ... and pic 3 is among my favs too :)

@michelle
thanks a lot buddy!

@SK
ya that happens ... don't scare me ... but u know that u'll meet them again na? ... :)

@CA
:) ... ya our railway system works to an altogether different beat! :)
... chikki ... I just gulped down the last piece just after dinner today ... so I'll be missing the chikki from tommorow too ... :)

@keshi
la la la ... I'm in heaven! ... Keshi finds me cute ... Keshi finds me cute ... I'm gonna have pleasant dreams tonite! ;) lolz ...

@puneet
how ya doing buddy! ... you must absolutely go with ur whole family on one such outing ... I think we all need to do it at least once a year ... just do it! :)

@elisa
glad to hear about that! hope u had fun in california! take care ... :)

7:38 AM  
Blogger Keshi said...

sweet dreamz boy ;-)

Keshi.

4:37 PM  
Blogger anup.777 said...

... slept like a baby yesterday ... a baby in love ... ;) lolz ...

10:31 PM  
Blogger Keshi said...

awwwwwww...so sweet...have u ever slept on someone's lap? It's the best baby-sleep one can ever get :)

Keshi.

7:18 PM  
Blogger Łóòň Ġãĺ said...

Looks like someone had a a really nice weekend ... the pics say it all ..

:)

1:44 AM  
Blogger anup.777 said...

@keshi
not since i was a child ... so girl, will u stop mesing with my mind? ... lolz ... (shooing away naughty thoughts) ... ;)

8:23 PM  
Blogger anup.777 said...

@CT
oh yes! it was really fun! ... thanks :)

8:24 PM  
Blogger Keshi said...

lollllz @messing with my mind!

tick tock tick tock tick tock...keshi thinks of another way to mess Anup's mind ;-)

3:58 PM  
Blogger anup.777 said...

i'm sure u'll come up with something real soon ... lolz.. :)

7:29 PM  

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