A Trip to Raigad Beaches with Ramblers India

How it all happened?

This was going to be another long weekend spent sitting at home because I was on period. Well, the period left me in peace in the evening. Maddy, the organiser of Ramblers India sent a text saying there was a spot for the next day’s trip. Of course, I was taking him up on it! However, it was a very last moment decision and I needed to finish my work before I went. So, I thought I’ll stay up the night, finish off and sleep in the bus. So, I wound up at 4 am and decided to watch a movie for an hour and then get dressed and leave! Well, I fell asleep and was woken up by incessant phone calls as the bus was about to leave. Damn!

Of course, I’d have to give it up but I ain’t no quitter. I discussed the options of catching the bus from a different spot with Maddy but everything was out of my reach. I went to take a shower coz that’s what you do when you’re beat! That is also where you get the best of thoughts! The bus was going to first reach Kashid Beach and I could get there from Mandwa. I got out of the bathroom in a jiffy and called Maddy again. He’s excited and so am I!

Lo and Behold! The Race Begins! Lol

Mandwa

On the way to Kashid Beach

P.S – If you’re wondering where I work, eh, I’ve my own firm!

Day 1

Murud Zanzira –

It is an awesome fort with some history to it. Honestly, I was mesmerized by the sailing and the view from the fort and the fish pond in the midst of it. I really don’t remember the history. The ride to the fort and then back to main land was awesome because of the sail boats. And if you ask me, I’d keep going just for the sail in those weird old-styled boats! If you haven’t already made out, I’m not into forts!

Inside View of the Fort

Inside View of the Fort

P.S – You can definitely find the history on Google!

Divegar Beach

We had a wonderful lunch and then were taken to Divegar Beach wherein we’re all sitting around a bonfire. The dudes along with Maddy did something with the wood and magnesium to light up an awesome fire. We sit around it and have a warm, fuzzy time. New friends were made, antakshari was played and of course, discreet flirts a shade. The party, as always, was spoilt by the police officers on patrol. The idiot fella yelled at us and asked us to leave on the grounds that “We could get murdered!” Meh! Isn’t it his job to see to it that we don’t!

The Bonfire

The Bonfire

Day 2

The day started with an early morning Holi session at Divegar Beach. We let lanterns into the sky, played football, indulged into water sports, flew kites and took a dip into the sea. Of course, we didn’t forget to drink our favourite ‘chai.’

 

Later in the day, we visited a very large number of beaches, played a lot of football and got a real taste of the local households. However, I don’t remember all the details, I’ll share the memories that have stayed!

Football at Sri-Vardhan and Aaravi Beaches! 

Yep, that was literally all I chose to do at these two beaches! Kick some ball! I’d a good time! However, there’s other stuff you can do here such as building a sand castle, playing cricket etc.

Football at the beach!

Football at the beach!

The Cliffs of Harihareshwar

The first stop was Harihareshwar. We descended through a staircase at the back-end of the temple. At the bottom, there was a pathway towards the right where one had to cross and go to get to the main beach. By this time, I’d met someone as crazy as myself and we didn’t take the right, we took the left! The cliffs were awesome! Shit couldn’t get any better! We’d both love to go up to the end of the cliff-line but the group was now looking for us. So, we got back and took a right with them. All of us got a glimpse of some dolphins.

The waves hitting the lonely cliffs

The cliffs on the other side!

Trek at Bankot Fort – A visit to the English Queen’s Tomb

Well, I’m glad I met the other crazy or I’d never know about this queen’s tomb! So, we climbed the fort on a normal trek but there wasn’t much to see. Just a few cannons, doors and windows. The friend led the way to the tomb after we’d climbed the top. We went down a certain door/window and climbed a little more down the hill to find a gated tomb. We went in and wow!, it was spectacular with the light shining upon it. Apparently, here lies an English Queen whose husband  died whilst sailing in the mighty seas (The whole story isn’t all that clear). The tomb dates back to the 1800s.

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Velas Beach

After the trek, we boarded the bus to Velas. While we were here to see the turtle hatchings, that unfortunately didn’t happen. However, I was glad to have sat and watched the sunset in the wet, black sand. Of course, I wet my feet on the shore! It isn’t everyday that you come across such an empty, serene and quiet beach. 

In Velas at serenity

On the shore of Velas Beach

Also, the dormitory where we stayed was extremely pretty, served really good food and was comfortable and nice. Transport was by private bus.

If I remember correctly, I was charged 2200 for this amazing trip!

 

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