A solo tryst with the enchanting Goa – Part 1
“Let the Sun from different lands shine bright upon us, let the mountains be tamed by the wanderers. The sea shall roar back at us because we have the courage to sail through its mighty waters”
For those who seek solace in travelling, don’t hold back yourself, now’s the time to hit the road, because the path is full of memories of fellow travellers, that you ought to experience.
The serene morning breeze & the villages of Goa passing by were allowing me to imagine what will lie ahead in my journey in this land of tranquillity & revelry. The sudden gush of wind from the car’s window told me that, “you are here not to rediscover yourself, but to find the answer for the question – what is the secret behind travelling?’
While I won’t say that the trip revealed all the secrets behind one’s hunger to explore different land, I can assure that it has given me the courage to keep travelling and find the secret.
Why Goa? That’s because I have visited this place before but never explored the other side of this beautiful land. Goa can offer you a lot of things apart from booze & beaches, only if you decide to ignore the booze and travel farther from the beaches.
When you are travelling alone in Goa, you have to follow one rule without fail & that is – Just go with the flow!
The secret getaway near Aguada Jail
On my first day itself my phone decided to betray me, so with no access to Google Maps, I just took off with my scooty. While the road signs in Goa are pretty accurate, the locals are more than happy to guide you through in case you feel lost. So that’s when I started feeling comfortable in Goa because it’s about understanding the locale & absorbing yourself with it.
So I started my journey towards Aguada Fort when instead of taking a right turn for the fort, I went straight towards Aguada Jail. The road to Aguada Jail is pretty steep & curvy so in case you are riding make sure you keep honking before the turns. The road that leads to the jail is quite soothing, the trees to your right & the shimmering sea to your left offers a breath-taking view.
While the Jail is not where you could revive history or take pictures behind bar, it’s a working jail & nobody is allowed inside it. So, it was pointless waiting outside & taking pictures of the some gothic styled sculpture outside the jail’s gate but that’s when I noticed a small path going downwards towards the sea. I followed the small path which led me to sea rocks, where we can sit for hours watching the sun sets over the vast water body in front of us. The place is really calm & beautiful; you can enjoy its beauty at sunset or early morning.
As time passed by I could see the sun hovering above me & telling me to keep moving until I see him go down in the great Arabian Sea.
My next stop was the Aguada Fort. To be honest it’s a bad idea to visit there in the afternoon or for that matter in summer since the scorching heat & the sun above you absorbs all the energy. According to me early morning visit or visiting here in the monsoon would be a great idea.
So, after the futile visit to the Aguada Fort I headed towards Chapora Fort– A place where picturesque landscape is a reality.
The Chapora Fort is located in Bardez and overlooks the beautiful Chapora River. Just when you start climbing to the top you get an idea of what lies ahead. The Vagator Beach to your left teases you with its beautiful sand stretch which looks amazing from above, the Chapora River to your right ride offers a breath-taking view of the typical Goa that you imagine with coconut trees standing tall & the roofs of small villas & churches peeking out.
‘Sometimes you have to go beyond the nothing, because at the end that’s where the true beauty lies’.
So that’s what I did and believe me it was the best experience of my life!!
The Chapora Fort is an amazing place where you can spend hours admiring the beauty of the sea & the land. Going there in the afternoon during summer might ruin your visit, my advice – visit it 1-2 hours before the sunset & stay until the stars starts twinkling (The fort is quite lonely, so if you are travelling alone, avoid visiting the place after dark).
Things started getting more exciting & happening as time passed by. The Vagator Beach was tempting me to walk barefoot on the sand and watch the sun go down. It was difficult to say goodbye to such an amazing place, but as we all know, memories can be made at every few steps!
After a small walk on the Vagator Beach, I headed to Calangute to catch the sunset and get ready for the next day’s exciting and adventurous trip to Old Goa & Olaulim.