A Picture Blog: Tripping on the Nilgiri Mountain Rail in Ooty

A lot of tourists come to Ooty every year. Most go for pleasure. But some go for a free heritage treat traveling on the Nilgiri Mountain Railway. Ravi Rao is one of them. He tripped to Ooty in 2006 and was enthralled by its mesmerizing beauty.

It wasn’t just traveling back to the colonial era or viewing the lush greenery dusted with alpine forests and colorful flowers. It wasn’t even the amazing weather. But it was the number of hours spent on the Nilgiri Mountain Rail that he loved the most on his trip to Ooty. So he decided to share these lovely pictures with us.

 

All pictures are courtesy: Ravi Rao
All pictures are courtesy: Ravi Rao

From the moment Ravi hopped on to this ‘toy train’, a bit of nostalgia took over him and reminded him of his childhood and the visit to the train museum.  But there were too many beautiful distractions during the journey that kept him busy till the end.

 

View of the tea estates during a ride on the Nilgiri Mountain Express
View of the tea estates during a ride on the Nilgiri Mountain Express

 

So much beauty. Aren't you green with envy?
So much beauty. Aren’t you green with envy?

The Nilgiri Mountain Raiiway drives at a speed of 30 kilometres per hour in plains and at 15 kilometres an hour on a gradient. That’s the uniqueness of this Nilgiri mountain railway  that it drives at a dreamy pace – taking the passengers to a different world altogether.

 

A selfie of the train's curvy path
A selfie of the train’s curvy path

 

A major valley en route to Ooty along the Ooty-Coonoor highway
A major valley en route to Ooty along the Ooty-Coonoor highway

 

A train with a view
A train with a view

Little by little, the stations arrived. One of the second last hill station is Lovedale. It is located at 7200 feet over mean sea level. It is just a tag lower than Dodabetta, the highest peak of Nilgiri mountain range.

A quiet hamlet just a few kilometers short of Ooty
A quiet hamlet just a few kilometers short of Ooty

 

 

 

The train approaching its destination
The train approaching its destination

 

Welcome to Ooty
Welcome to Ooty!
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Shubhra Rishi

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