December Chills!


Finally the trip is done! The last long distance journey of the year that had many of them!

The down journey was by 2163 Dadar-Chennai Express. My coach was A1 (01052A based at Dadar). The locos that hauled my train were WCG2 #20151 from Dadar to Pune, then WDM2 #17541 of Guntakal from Pune to Renigunta, and finally WAM4 #21297 of Arakkonam from Renigunta to Chennai Central. The train was more or less on time at most stations. We reached Chennai Central at 1941 as against the scheduled arrival time of 1935!

The trip from Chennai to Bangalore was by road, in my Brother's Innova. We left Chennai at around 1530 and reached Bangalore some time after 2130. The traffic snarls in Chennai made things really bad. We were put up at Adayar, and the journey from Adayar to Sriperumbudur was painful! The run from Sriperumbudur to Bangalore was a breeze. We left Sriperumbudur sometime after 1800, and still made it to Bangalore by 2130. The traffic was moderate, and the car rarely went above 100kmph (I was at the wheel!)

The trip from Bangalore to Mumbai was by IndiGo Flight 6E-275. The aircraft was VT-INF (Airbus A320). The flight was pushed back at around 1136, and took off at 1146. We landed at Mumbai at 1300. Deplaning began at 1307. We were bussed to the terminal, and I was out in about 3 minutes (I had only cabin baggage!). I took a rickshaw to Santacruz Railway Station. The meter reading said Rs. 25.00, while the driver demanded Rs 50! I paid only what he was really eligible for (the meter reading!), and then walked off to the bus station. I then took a bus to Nerul, and then a rickshaw from there to home! The entire ride from the Airport to Home cost me Rs. 93 (25+15+50), while a taxi would have cost atleast 600 bucks!

So that was a long journey! The pics from the train journey are here, while the pics of the flight journey are getting ready (there are two videos - 1 of the take-off, and the second of the landing) - will be put up very soon!


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