An untapped place for a traveler can be compared to that birthday gift for a kid who keeps eyeing it from the cake cutting to the dinner, he just can’t wait for everything to get over and unwrap it. It’s like the end of happiness for him. An incomparable satiation..
Had the same feeling for Ooty. The gift was enormous, the wrapping paper too tempting, driving you crazy in a way that excitement takes a toll on you like wine. I wanted to undo the strings very slowly and patiently. May be it’s because I am no more that kid and I get more pleasure in mildness.
Though visited a number of places, this time I would let the pictures speak for themselves with a brief description underneath .
Eucalyptus Tree Forest
And so, the first string was undone as we began our road trip with skyscraper eucalyptus trees on both sides, swinging in the winds as a welcoming gesture. This might seem like a very random click, but this is the spot of one the biggest/ cult hits of the 90’s – Saajan. Remember our damsel Madhuri scurrying through the forest in ‘Mera dil bhi kitna paagal hai…’? The charismatic background is so bewitching that you feel Madhuri might be hiding behind one of the trees as you await that expected surprise pat on the back.. 🙂
Next is the lake that has had the fortune of getting blessed by so many gleaming stars of bollywood like Salman/ Bhagyashree from ‘Dil deewana bin sajan k..’ from the movie Maine Pyar Kiya, Aamir/ Madhuri in ‘Mujhe neend na aaye..’ from Dil and many more. A boat ride through The Ooty Lake will have the bollywood gripping you in its fist and you happily let it tighten the grip, each finger a tune of a particular song.
Many songs had glimpse of this very renowned Botanical Garden. ‘Jane jigar jaaneman.. mujhko hai teri kasam.. tu jo mujhe na mila.. mar jaongi main sanam……’ 🙂 😀
One peculiar feature that left me dumbfounded was that though this is a very popular hill station and has a decent footfall, but each spot was as buttoned up as it could be. You can easily steal a moment all for yourself.
On our way to Dodabetta Peak, was the “Thread Garden”. It is the first novel natural looking embroidery garden in the world comprising of the most natural looking models of flowers, creepers, lotus ponds etc in the most natural ambiance.
And… all of these are fake!!! 🙂
Itinerary’s next point was Devil’s Down. It is a lush landscape offering immeasurable prismatic pleasure. This grassland of Nilgiris was the usual spot for actors/ actresses dancing to the melodies till Swiss Alps came to it’s rescue. Still can place Amitabh’s house from Hum and who can forget the legendary ‘Keh do k tum.. ho meri..’ from Tezaab.
Toy Train Ride
So this was Ooty as the favourite painting of an artist that has all the expressions except melancholy 😛
Next morning we packed our bags and were off to Ooty station (Nilgiri Railway) for toy train ride to Coonor (our next stop). Last day had been so tiring that getting up in morning felt like dismantling and assembling again. It was damn chilly in morning too. After a decade, happened a revision of an experience to stand in station queue to buy a ticket. With the whistling of engine, began our odyssey….
Since a lot of sites were visited and owing to the already expressed exquisiteness, putting them all together in one would have been cruel on my part. After all, you cant enjoy all the cuisines on a single plate. Hence, the article to follow would appease your appetite….(to be continued)