Once the train started, we were eagerly waiting for snacks but didn't get anything for a while. Only then did we know that the train doesn't have a pantry. That was a disaster. So, we started off with playing hand Uno, Discovery and various other trek games which I learnt the previous week. We obviously got bored within a while. Thanks to the Aadith's speaker, we could listen to songs during travel. That was the major time pass. Then came the snack called 'Time Pass'. It's like everything under a roof which are crunchy, spicy and highly unhealthy which means it'd definitely be tasty. We bought a few of those time passes and passed time for few minutes. I was feeling sleepy and developing headache because of the high humidity but I couldn't sleep. I tried to relax for a few minutes and then had tea (something I never have on train). But as the train didn't have a pantry and it wasn't a dip tea like usual, I risked it. It ended up to be great.
Immediately after tea I insisted on having dinner as I wanted to sleep. So had an early dinner around 8 PM after watching the Bangalore traffic through train's windows. The weather was cold in Bangalore. We got down to buy water bottles. Once that was done, I immediately slept.
Day 1: Dharwar to Dandeli
I woke up around 7 AM to the sounds of Peda sold everywhere. I was doubtful whether we had reached Dharwar but it was Hubballi where the train was stopping for a long time. Had another amazing tea there. The next station was Dharwar so I woke up the remaining people too. The early morning scenery from Dharwar to Dandeli was brilliant. A couple of TTE's boarded the train at Hubballi, to whom we asked whether our plan to reach Dandeli from Dharwar was right. They replied in affirmation.
The train reached Dharwar right on time. We got down to an empty station. It was cold there too. The ladies insisted on brushing the teeth. They did. One gent used just the mouth wash and I not even that. What big deal in brushing the teeth when you're travelling?
We took an auto from Dharwar to Jubilee Circle and had breakfast in a hole in the wall shop. We just missed a bus to Dandeli and had to wait for another half an hour for the next bus. It was extremely crowded but we were lucky to get seats for all five of us. We got the last row and somehow found a place for bags too. I was having headache and slight fever from the morning which was getting worse with time. Even in the bus the sun was beating down heavily. As I was sitting in the last row of the bus, the suns rays were falling directly on my head, which was making the situation worse.
The resort owner called us to know about our whereabouts and asked us to call him once we reach a place called Haliyal. Dandeli was a good couple of hours from Dharwar. The bus was crowded almost during the entire duration. I alerted them once I reached Haliyal. They said they'd be ready with jeep near the place we get down. We got down at some circle which he mentioned and met them. The jeep was a good old one but was spacious enough for all of us.