Here’s what we did next:
Day 1: Our itinerary prioritised exploring North Goa first on Day 1. We stayed at Manoshanti Hotel; quite close to the famous Singhal Library. We hired scooties and rode off to visit the Reis Magos fort and then the Aguada fort.
Reis Magos fort was really amazing and one of its kind. It didn’t take long to reach there, since it’s just 7 km away from Panjim. It has made its way to the list which flaunts major heritage sites in Goa.
So, what makes this fort special?
It is the oldest fort in Goa and holds 400 years of history. Initially, fort was used to house Viceroys and other dignitaries of high stature who arrived from or departed to Portugal. It was then converted into a fortress to thwart the Maratha attack.
It brings quietude in its ambience whereby you can sit, relax, and contemplate. It has been constructed in such a manner that you can relish the cool breeze making its way through the gun loops.
We noticed some locals adorning a small portion of the fort into a wedding banquet with white sheets, balloons and flowers all over. Everything colour coded in super white. Try to picture, pleasant breeze, soothing sound produced by the waves clashing against the rocks and a site nestled afar from city hustle. Dreamy! Isn’t it?
We sipped on nariyal pani and rode off towards Aguada fort. It is an exemplary engineering designed by the Portuguese in the 17th century. One of the pertinent reasons that makes Aguada fort worth visiting is the light house, which offers a panoramic view of its surroundings and the Arabian sea. Besides, it boasts of being a splendid spot to watch sunsets.
The light house is quite a name in its league. You may not be a history buff, but you can always capture picturesque shots and enjoy the scenic beauty all the same. Some popular bollywood movies including Singham was shot here.
After spending some quality time at the Aguada fort, encompassing photography, chatting and switching roles from being behind and in front of the camera, we set off to the Sinquerium fort which was in proximity. What makes Sinquerium fort different is the way it overlooks the Sinquerium beach and bisects the shoreline into two. This fort also acted as a shield against the Marathas and the Dutch. You can spot the glorious Taj holiday resort fortified along the coastline.
It was windy when we reached there, and rain poured down sporadically. We halted at the nearby food corner for tea and Maggie.
And!!!! This is how we spent our day one.