This is the sixth part of the Dudhsagar series by Kartik Kannan!
We reached a quaint railway place, where there was only one building for a guard. We asked him, if we could board the goods train, since we were stuck in the forest. We actually had paid for our un reserved train tickets from Londa to Kulem, so it was not that we were hitching a free ride. It usually is not allowed, but if you attempt this in the evening, some of the guards help you out by agreeing to take you on the goods train.
We had to walk for half a kilometer to get on to the last bogie of the goods train that was to come. That was where we would share space with the guard. We started to hurry, once we saw the train coming on the adjacent track.
We spoke to the guard, and explained to him that we were stuck in the forest, and after what seemed like a verbal school apology letter, he let us on the last coach, and I took a corner and started resting a bit. Euphoric feeling it was watching the stars in a pitch dark forest, as you chugged along on the mountain railway.
The little moon light that was there, illuminated the tracks, and the trail that we kept seeing reminded us of the beautiful Kishore da number” Aaane Wala Pal, Jaane Waala Hain”. We soaked in the current moment, realizing that in about 45 minutes, we’d be part of civilization! Beautiful little day trip it was! I am coming back here for the monsoons!
Kartik Kannan’s continues his photographic journey of Dudhsagar in the fifth part of the series!
Before you say your final good byes to the waterfall, you always spend energy for a ‘last dunk’ that never really is the last dunk. It looks like that part of the area is raining heavily!
As you the light fading away on the patterns in the water, its time to really pack up. Nobody lives in this area, so you’d have to walk all the way to the next point of civilsation, 3 kms ahead, inside the Bhagwan Mahaveer National Park. Though there are jeeps that transport people, its only meant for people who’ve signed up for the jeep ride at Kulem station for a round trip(which we did not).
A wonderful orangish green forest trek across the sunset later, we arrived at a small farm, where we were greeted by the ‘Miao’ warrior.
We relished a lovely round of masala chai, and also understood that the gate of the National park was still 10 kms ahead. The only way to get to civilization was to walk it in the moon light to the entrance, or climb a small hill right there, and get to the railway track, and hope that a Goods Train comes your way and stops there. You then hop on till the train gets you to civilization. The latter sounded interesting to attempt!
We were treated to some cashew fruit too. I did not find it very interesting to have. That was when we heard a hooter of a rail engine in the distance. The shop owner said that it takes 15 minutes to do a bend from the other end of the mountain to the end that was near us. It gave us enough time to pack up and head across the hill to get to the railway track.
Kartik Kannan’s continues his photographic journey of Dudhsagar in this fourth part of the series!
One interesting game to play at the base of the waterfall as a group is to dunk into the water, and hold your breath, and then come out. The one who spends least time inside, has to photograph the rest, for the next iteration.
Another interesting thing worth observing are the patterns of water when people splash about in water.
Do watch out for the contrast between water against the rocks, and the bright sunlight on the other rocks.
For Photography enthusiasts, this is a good opportunity to use a slow shutter to capture the motion of the water.
If you are getting too much light because of a long exposure, it may be wise to carry along a Neutral Density filter for your lense, so as to cut off unwanted light by 2 F stops.
This is part 2 of Kartik Kannan’s photographic journey of Dudhsagar!
The railway trek begins at Dudhsagar railway station, where passenger trains mildly stop for a minute. There’s no station/building present at this place. You need to walk across the railway track, till you pass 3 tunnels and ask the locals for the path from the mountain that leads to the waterfall.
The image of the semi circular opening at the close of the tunnel, in the midst of the surrounding darkness makes it lovely to gaze at, with the curve of the tracks, catches your attention. If a train isn’t passing by, the moment sometimes freezes!
You are suddenly reminded of a Siddhuism when you see the entrance of the tunnel- “ Is it light at the end of the tunnel, or is it light from a train that’s about to run you over?”
As you trek further along, you get a little ‘dekko’ at the waterfall base from the railway track from your right. You feel like doing a ‘The Beach’ esque jump right into the base of the waterfall, but seeing the height you start to feel, its better at the movies!
The view on your left is not bad either, with the graded waterfall falling over.