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.
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.
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.
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.