I always wanted to write about my honeymoon . I am starting that with one of the ‘most memorable train journeys of my life’ . It was a simple journey for first 13 hrs full with food and laughs . I did not expect much from that journey other than that . Then came the surprise ….
At about 10 in the morning our couch attender came to us & asked us to come to the door as there was interesting thing to come in next few mins. We did not give this to much consideration as we thought this to be the usual over enthusiasm of old people. He came back with in 5 mins.
” amma ,manchi falls vasthadi ippudu,chala baguntadi . dudhsagar antaru.vacchi chudandi”
( here comes a beautiful water falls called dudhsagar ,please come and see )
The name Dudhsagar succeeded to bring some mobility in my lazy body . I succeeded to drag my hubby along.
As we came to the door , i could see that at every door in every couch people were standing with anticipatory excitement in their faces. ( only we were ignorant ).Only then i spotted it coming …….Dudhsagar ….
As we stood there with awed expression and widely opened mouths , the train moved closer and closer. It actually created an illusion of the train actually traversing the fall . As if to prolong this bliss the train was moving at 10s. We both were very much enchanted by what was in front of our eyes . Water with some foamy character was actually looking like milk . Imagine gallons of milk flowing from some unknown heaven.
The GOA tourism website describes Dudhsagar falls like this.
“The Konkani name for the falls, which literally translated means “sea of milk”, derives from clouds of milky foam which rises up at the bottom of the falls. Dudhsagar is set amidst breathtaking scenery overlooking a steep, crescent-shaped head of a valley carpeted with pristine tropical forest, that is only accessible on foot or by train.”
There is some funny story attached to the name which you can find in that website.
“The legend tells the story of this powerful and wealthy king who ruled a kingdom in the Western Ghats. His lavish and opulent palace in the hills was surrounded by vast gardens which were full of deers and gazelles.
The King had a beautiful daughter, who used to enjoy taking a bath during the hot summers, in the picturesque lake near the forest on the edge of the King’s palace grounds. It was her habit to finish her bath and have a jugful of sugared milk in a jug made of pure gold.
One day when she was finishing her usual jug of milk she found herself being watched by a handsome prince standing amongst the trees. Embarassed by her inadequate bathing attire, the resourceful Princess poured the sugared milk in front of her to form an improvised curtain to hide her body, while one of the maids rushed to cover her with a dress.
Thus was the legend born. The sugared milk (dudh) poured down the mountainside and continued to flow in torrents as a tribute to the everlasting virtue and modesty of the Princess of the Ghats. ”
I could not get the information whether all trains going to Goa can have this wonderful moments or not. At least Vasco da gama express ,Amaravathi express, Goa express ( as per my knowledge ) are blessed.
So, it is my advice to all people thinking of Goa ,to consider train .
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