What is the time duration from sunrise to sunset, 12 hours? In my case it was 17 ½ hours. Yes, I was flying west, to UK, eagerly awaiting many experiences, many sights to be seen and many questions to be answered.

Bangalore to Mumbai

Had to take the connection flight from Mumbai, was of the opinion that it was just a waste of time not to have got the direct flight to London from Bangalore, how wrong I was, got treated to some of the most beautiful sights in the 1 ½ hours that it took to reach Mumbai from Bangalore.

This time I had an Atlas to track out my path and identify (at least guess) the places I would be flying over.

Apologies: The quality of images in this post will be substantially poor because of various factors like: the inferior quality of the windows used in airplanes, the height, inability to choose the best mode to take the snap in the less time available… etc.

Nandi Hill, located 50 km’s North of Bangalore.

The mound of earth in the middle is Nandi Hill.

And, for people who don’t believe that the above snap is really that of Nandi Hill.

Close up shot of Nandi hills, showing roads and some part of the terrain on the top. I’m sure people who are reasonably familiar with Nandi Hill will recognize it.

It was not a clear day; else it would have made a fantastic snap to cherish. For people who have been to this hill; one can notice the sheer drop on the right side of this hill, which should be the famous Tippu drop, why they have named it after him, no idea, yes, I know that Tippu Sultan has some sort of a summer palace on this hill, but, why name the drop after him.

Went through my Atlas a zillion times to see if we will cross any of the major rivers of Karnataka, to try and identify them. Yes, we did see quite a few of them, but not in a position to identify any of them. Almost all the rivers originate in the Western Ghats; The Rivers flowing towards Arabian Sea are mainly used for generating power, and those towards Bay of Bengal can are mainly used for irrigation by constructing dams across them, did see some catchments resulting from these dams.

One very beautiful (but obvious) thing to take note is the dependency of Human civilization on river water; we can observe the human settlements all along the riverbanks. Major towns are still located on riverbanks.

The above snap must be of a place between Satara and Mahabaleshwar in Maharashtra. I’m basing my guess on the time I took this snap to the time it takes for the journey. Observe a Golf course in the lower portion of the picture.

Sun’s reflection on this water body and we can also observe the flow of water from this altitude, beautiful!
This water body maybe Bhatgar Lake or Mulshi Lake (both are quite close by in my map) or I maybe completely wrong, this is only an attempt to track my path and is no way perfect.

This snap shows the sudden drop in elevation as we move from the Western Ghats in the westward direction. The average drop in elevation is approximately around 1000 metres. It made a really pretty sight for the naked eye; cameras are yet to become as flexible and dynamic as human eyes.


Breathtaking! There is a town on top of this hill. If I make enough money, I don’t see why I should not visit this place.
I took this snap just 5-10 minutes before landing in Mumbai, maybe I was near Lonavala or Khandala at that time.

late addition: this heavenly place is called Matheran.

Mumbai to London:

The Plane from Mumbai to London had a very clean transparent window, I had a window seat, and there was no one sitting next to me, I couldn’t ask for more.

The last time I had been to Mumbai, it had been a night flight. The coastline of Mumbai with its well-lit streets looks like a glowing diamond necklace, decorating the night. It’s simply a feast for the eyes; people with night take-offs from Mumbai Airport don’t miss that sight.


Mumbai coastline.

The following sight shocked even me; I really couldn’t have imagined that Mumbai had so many “Jhopdi’s”.

I may have taken the snap of only a certain part of Mumbai city, which has higher concentration of Jhopdi’s. Hmmm…

Referring my Atlas I had charted the path our flight would take, according to the route I had assumed we would be flying above Arabian Sea-Muscat-Iraq-Turkey-Switzerland (Swiss Alps)-Germany-UK. When charting the route the only thing I had not considered was the rotation of the Earth, so our route was a curve taking us through India (Gujarat, Rajasthan)-Pakistan-Afghanistan-Iran-Caspian Sea-Poland-Germany-UK.

This gave me an unprecedented opportunity to fly over Pakistan, Afghanistan, not that I knew any noteworthy places to be seen from the plane, just that feeling. I had also hoped to see some sort of a LOC with barricade or something while crossing the India-Pakistan border, was glued to the LCD panel giving the actual position of our plane, so that I did not miss out on that moment. Well, I was disappointed in not seeing such a border being present between the two countries, but was not disappointed by the sights that were in store for me.


Clouds and their shadows; initially had mistaken the shadows for huge lakes or water reservoirs. By this time had crossed the border, the dial on my screen was indicating that I was in Pakistan, even the above photo was taken in that country.

Afghanistan.

The terrain right through Afghanistan was pretty much the same.

After this I was asked to shut the window by a lady sitting across the aisle, as it was not possible to view her movie screen with my window open. Myself, was forced to watch the movies locally stored, managed to browse through a few, none of them held my interest for long, yawn… sleep, and sleep I did for the next 2-3 hours.

Eventually did get the chance to open my window when the Plane was
nearing UK, was disappointed by the thick cloud cover, it was then sunset time around 6:30 PM. I had left my aunts place in Bangalore at 6:30 AM. It was the longest day I have experienced as I was flying west.

Date: 8th March 2006
Place: Bangalore all the way to London

Anoop Hullenahalli

An Electronics Engineer working on wireless embedded systems for a living. Traveling, photographing and sharing my experiences here at ANUBIMB helps me unwind and break the monotony of life.

22 Comments

Sameer · 30 Mar ’06 at 10:27 pm

good photography.. some of them have captured really cool details!

prashanth · 31 Mar ’06 at 6:01 am

Looks real good man !! Great photos

anoop · 1 Apr ’06 at 10:05 pm

hey thanks, sameer: wanted to capture more details than this, but it seems im quite poor in my geography… but, from my flying experiences i can say that there is no country which is as diverse and as beautiful as India.. thanks, prashanth: I dont think the photos are great, the places are. The photos are just a piece of space and time of the real thing..

Nagaraj · 3 Apr ’06 at 4:22 am

way to go bhoopa..really nice snaps and the discription..i was in mangalore..so couldnt see then..keep blogging..

Vishwa · 3 Apr ’06 at 4:37 am

This is my IInd visit 2 ur blog its true to its name!. I would love to have a look @ chitra-vihaar.

Keshav · 3 Apr ’06 at 7:33 am

Hey!! Though most of the snaps are not clear for understandable reasons, I still find the aerial view of Mumbai’s chaals exceptional.Rest are all good as always.

anoop · 3 Apr ’06 at 7:45 pm

Nagaraj: yup, will keep blogging.. now that i have an internet connection at home, that shouldnt be a problem.Vishwa: keep visiting vishwa.. btw, what about your blog “viewpoint”, there seems to be none.. 🙂Keshav: yes, i was quite shocked, i didnt know there could be suc ha big “chaal”, i thought they were dispersed here and there, but never this big..

Sree · 28 May ’06 at 8:12 pm

hey, i was on a surreal journey! i dont know if the fotoes are technically great. but they along wt ur narrative jus took me to another world! ar shud i say showed a new perspective to view the same world!:)true to the word – ‘beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder’! will be visiting often:)n btw, thanks for dropping by at heegesummne:)

Shruthi · 29 May ’06 at 5:03 am

Anoop, these are fabulous!! Forget the quality of the snaps,(which are not too bad), but the very fact that you could actually take such clear snaps, with recognizable details, from an aircraft – is wonderful!Btw, Tipu Drop is named so, coz, according to legend, Tipu used to push convicts/enemies down this cliff to kill them. 😀

anoop · 29 May ’06 at 2:16 pm

Sree: I’m glad it was a nice experience to you. my acquaintance with geography is quite poor and im sure there are people who would have done a much better job. you say, “a new perspective to the same world” – yes, top view is completely different from the front or side views. 🙂Shruthi: thank you for the praises which i dont deserve.. its the never dying enthusiasm of seeing our earth from an elevation which motivates me.. my co-passengers, im sure will think im being kiddish durig the flight..Tipu drop: yes, knew about this piece of info. Tipu is quite capable of doing such things.

Sree · 29 May ’06 at 7:24 pm

lol! top view is ofcourse diff, but not many can translate the experience as well:) so keep the complmnt that has come ur way:)link maaDbahudaa nimm blog’na?

anoop · 29 May ’06 at 10:36 pm

Sree: hehe.. thanks for inflating my already bloated Ego.ಆಗಬಹುದು..ಬಿಟ್ಟಿ ಪ್ರಚಾರಕ್ಕೆ ನಾನು ಯಾವತ್ತೂ.. ಸೈ

Happy-Go-Lucky · 30 May ’06 at 7:15 am

Awesome Snaps!!Afghanistan was simply fantastic!And I liked the mumbai slums snap from the top too.

Gaurav · 30 May ’06 at 11:06 am

Outstanding snaps. Could you tell me what was the resolution and optical zoom of your camera?By the way, a “chaal” is not a jhopdi. A “chaal” is an old building which had small apartments, but is a legal and pucca construction. A jhopdi is a hutment which makes up the slums.

Anonymous · 30 May ’06 at 11:23 am

Vey Good for a youngman to think of this kind of interest. pl keep it up. Post more. I have always failed in aerial views. KUMARASWAMY.

Bharati · 30 May ’06 at 1:32 pm

Awesome… great pics… i do such things too….

Supremus · 30 May ’06 at 8:30 pm

Nice pics buddy! I am impressed by your camera though…S

anoop · 30 May ’06 at 9:58 pm

Happy-Go-Lucky: i can only present you a piece of space and time, but I assure you that the actual experience was way better than this.Gaurav: Canon PowerShot S2 IS, 5 MP, 12x Optical zoom, Optical Image Stabilizer.thanks for the info about chaals and jhopdi. pesonally not well accomplished in Hindi.Kumaraswamy: youngman!!?? who is it you are referring to you.. hehe 🙂Bharati: did go thru ur “Beauty As I see It”, good snaps there.Supremus: Right way to go buddy, its only my camera that’s good :))

KC · 12 Nov ’07 at 6:27 pm

Hey.. outstanding photos man!

Anonymous · 27 Jan ’08 at 5:43 pm

Hi I have taken the same route but the other way round when travelling from my company in England to visit my colleagues in Bangalore. Thanks for publishing such excellent informative photos and captions.

$$ · 5 Jan ’10 at 8:18 am

I am revisiting ur blog, to see the pics once again! Oh what brilliant pics! Hehhee… Now I am waiting for my next air travel.
…though I realize not all who sing can be Yesudas, not all who dance can be Shobhanas and not all who click can be Anoops! 🙂 🙂

Megha · 21 Nov ’14 at 6:09 pm

Beautifully captured pictures. I do like bird view pictures.
Ahmedabad photography

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