The Queen’s Tomb at Bankot Fort

The awesome Konkani lunch was followed by a trek at Bankot Fort where only a part of the group went. Me and a friend (yup, same ulti khopri) not only trekked the whole length of Bankot fort but also went to see the tomb of a queen down in the ruins. It was beautiful!

The Queen's Tomb at Bankhot Fort

The Queen’s Tomb at Bankhot Fort

Harihareshwar

If you haven’t already guessed, let me tell you loud and clear, I’m not into normal shit. No, you’ll know, that I don’t just do the abnormal, I do the unthinkable. Like, who the fuck wants to use the front door entrance to the beach? We use the rear end of the temple. If that’s not enough, you guessed it right, it was me and the ulti khopri (ulti khopri is a Hindi slang, can be translated into nut case) who, wait for it! Took the left instead of the right at Harihareshwar Beach right after accessing it from the wrong end!

Stairway to Harihareshwar Beach

Stairway to Harihareshwar Beach

What did we find? Like most travellers do, solace! Yeah, other than the sea waves hitting the cliffs, we found the profanity of the universe.

What did we not find? Noise, tourists and the other dirt that the universe has to offer…..

Clear view of the Cliffs

Clear view of the Cliffs

The bonfire

Murud JanJira was an event in itself! We moved towards the dormitory where we were put up. Out here, we were served the traditional fish of the village which was scrumptious. After dinner, we lit a bonfire at the beach and had a jolly good time playing antakshri among other things. We had to leave the spot because cops (always the spoil sport) asked us to move away. All in all, it was a fun campfire.

The Bonfire

The Bonfire

Murud Janjira Fort

We were off to Murud Zanzira Fort, a fort I’d been wanting to see since a very long time. Yes, this time, I was in the bus! The fort is only accessible via sail boats and one can only get there through the mighty waters of the sea!

Hopping off the ferry near Murud Janjira Fort

Hopping off the sail boat near Murud Janjira Fort

 

The Pathway to Murud Janjira

The Pathway to Murud Janjira

It was built so, from the point of view of protection.

Murud Janjira Fort

Murud Janjira Fort

Back in the day, the fort was indeed a town in itself!

Inside View of the Fort

Inside View of the Fort

Accidentally Adventurous Commute to Mandwa Jetty!

Adventure has a soul of its own. Mine put me onto a jetty to Alibaug. So, long story short, I was supposed to travel with a group called ‘Ramblers India’ but I overslept and missed their bus! Yep, I’d missed the damn bus! ‘Shower thoughts’ were my father saviour! Meaning, I remembered the Jetty from Gateway of India to Alibaug whilst showering (by this time I’d forgone the thought of making it and was only whining!)  I only missed a very small part of the trip! I caught up with the rest of them at Kashid Beach (Lunch time already!)

Mandwa

On the way to Mandwa Jetty

 

P.S – Any time you want to travel to Alibaug, I’d recommend the ferry over any other means of transport.

Divar Island

In my small life of 27 years,

I haven’t been to a town lonelier than Divar Island,

A random road in Divar

A random road in Divar

It is a pretty, quaint town with countless Portugal houses, a football field, churches, a main market area, a school and a panchayat office.

The village Panchayat Office

The village Panchayat Office

The panchayat office is a beautiful blue building.

As soon as I entered this island only accessible through the ferry, my fellow travelers seemed to be locals who simply hopped onto their scooters and sped off leaving me stranded. I am sure they assumed me to be a local too.

I quickly asked one of them how to get to ‘whatever name came to my head’ (think I asked for a church!) and he said I got to wait for the bus.

So, I sat there in the deserted bus stop all by myself! This is when I notice a rave party of all boys going on in a corner and boy I was scared! I stayed low and the guys thankfully didn’t realise anyone was around! They were too high!

However, no bus came for almost half an hour and I’d a dying battery thanks to last night’s party! When I’d almost decided to go back a local offered lift and dropped me off at the main square.

Another random road in the island

Another random road in the island

Here’s where I saw the island and well, I’ll say it was way too remote even for someone like me! I was happy to get back to civilisation.

Way to the island

Way to the island

Chorao Island in Goa

Few people go to Chorao Island in Goa,

The mangrove forest and the lake

The mangrove forest and the lake

Me? I belong to the fewest of the few!

Not only did I go to Chorao Island,

Miam Lake and Mangroves

Miam Lake and Mangroves

Even on a remote place like that one,

I march to the remotest ever spot!

Miam Lake meeting the Mangrove Forest, like woah!

Miam Lake

Miam Lake