Thursday, 24 May 2012

Our Alibag Vacation

The Sun, Sea, Surf, blue Skies and Scenic Surroundings!

Back refreshed from our Mini-Vacation at Alibag, a mere 4 hour drive from Mumbai. That it was our first trip there made it even more exciting.

The journey gets scenic only after one leaves the outskirts of Mumbai and its far flung suburbs..

Locating the Hotel wasn't a tough task despite it's secluded location: the Hotel Manager himself drove down to a convenient spot to guide us.

We had discovered the Hotel from the Internet and were pleasantly surprised: it was better than the Pics suggested!

Our Rooms faced the Varsoli Beach and they had all the trappings we could have asked for. Delight! Our food, local delicacies, was prepared at the Owner's home by his wife on our request!

Loads of Fun was in store! The beach was sublime! Not that we were stuck to it either: we ventured out to take in the places of interest as recommended by the Hotel folks.

There was plenty of Sigh-Seeing: The Murud Janjira Fort is 55 km drive from Alibag, but it was worth it! The 900 year old Fort stands imposingly on an Island, unconquered from all those who dared to. The 15 minute Ferry ride is tricky, as is the embarking on the Fort's entry steps (not for the weak hearted)!

On the way back took refreshments at the beautiful Kashid Beach: the only white sand beach in the entire region.

Then there was the Alibag Beach and Fort. A Tonga ride (horse cart) to the Fort and back, across wet sands and submerged areas was fun! The Fort is home to a temple of Lord Ganeshji.

One morning was reserved for real action! Water sports: tried out a Water Scooter ride on the Seas for the first time: believe me, with the High tide waves to ride on, it was some ride. The other was a 3 seater inflatable tugged by a Speed boat: from the crest of a wave it crashed down by 6 feet: AWESOME!

Had the quiet moments too: spotting Sea shells for my daughter, morning walk on the Beach and hearing the Birds chirping.

Tons of fun packed in a few days..

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