One Tree Hill near Matheran

The trail toward One Tree Hill is a gentle path that passes along rolling hills, watched over by a goat.

The rains had stopped a few weeks prior, so the forest was still lush, but hot. Without the cooling effect of the rain, it was a sweltering day.

Eventually, the path emerges from the forest into a steep waterfall that has been reduced to a trickle. About halfway up the rocks, we encountered the last of the Kharvi blooms.

At the top of the falls, we found the one tree on top of the hill, along with more Kharvi blooms.

Some of the other flowers were pretty spectacular too.

Qutb Minar

I hadn’t heard of a minar before. It seems not even the internet knows how it differs from a minaret. In any event, this one is large and, impressively after hundreds of years, still standing.

Ganesh Chaturthi in Mumbai

Ganesh Chaturthi is a ten-day festival near the end of the monsoon season in honour of the Hindu god Ganesh. Families and neighbourhoods band together to house idols of Lord Ganesh in temporary shrines, worship them, and eventually immerse them in the sea.

On their way to the sea, the idols are paraded through the city accompanied by music, dancing, and general partying. The sound system strapped to the taxi below is a small one. Others have full flat-bed trucks carrying a sound and light show.

The sound level on our balcony, 23 stories above street level, exceeded 100 dB regularly. Below, partying dancers pause for a selfie.

On the last day of the festival, many of the idols are immersed at Chowpatty beach in Mumbai. Seeing the I really enjoyed spending time with the families as they prepared to send their idols into the sea.


A Jak look-alike

I did a double-take when this kitten was purring at my feet begging for food. He looks exactly like Jak did when he was a few months old.

I’ve always wondered where his colouring came from. It turns out that he’s probably an orange, black, and white cat, minus the orange.

Truck versus jungle

Back when trucks were made without a lot of plastic, jungle was clearly the winner.

Port of Bombay, circa 1880

We visited the Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Mumbai City Museum as an alternative to hiking in the rain. This photo of the view from Apollo Bunder in the 1880’s put into perspective how much trade was done in the port.

View of the Harbour (from Apollo Bunder) Bombay
Apollo Bunder (previously know as Wellington Pier) was the principal pier for embarkation and disembarkation of passengers and goods in Bombay in the late 19th century.

Trains in the rain

During the monsoon season in Mumbai, rain is guaranteed. It’s the amount of rain that seems impossible to predict. We were hoping for light rain so we could go for a hike. Instead, we got torrential downpour that seemed to get stronger the further away from the city we got. We stopped when the train tracks started to be under water and took that as an omen to go to a museum instead.

Humayun’s Tomb

In Delhi there’s an ancient tomb that was a predecessor in style to the Taj Mahal. It was actually incredibly spectacular.

This dog found the best spot to be on a hot day. I was considering joining him.

I was very surprised to see a six pointed star like the Star of David on many of the buildings. It seemed very odd to me because the architecture was Persian and very Muslim in design. So far, Wikipedia holds no useful information.

I really enjoyed seeing Indian families out and about. The grounds were possibly the best picnic spot in the city.