Murud is a muslim dominated place, we passed a couple of mosques before we reached the place from where we would get a boat to the Janjira Fort. the boats are like the ones you see in Pirate of Carribbean movies only much smaller in size. We had to jump onto the boat from a very high place(stairs) and onto the steady arms of the 'captain'. The return trip in such boats costs only Rs 50 per person.Everyone folded their legs and settled down at the floor of the boat. After a while at the sea, we could see a huge dark structure spotted with greenery in the middle of the sea.
Our so called guide told us in a very shrill nasal tone that this fort was built before the times of Shivaji and such is its strength that it is still standing unshaken after all these years, despite the numerous thunderstorms , earthquakes and fierce sea waves all around.
Even from a distance, the magnanimity of the fort does make you small. The guide farther tells us that the speciality of this fort is that you cannot see its entrance till the time you have reached near the fort.As we went nearer, we saw a flight of stairs that led to the Fort.
Waves lashed at the stairs and a few men stood there. The job of this men is to get hold of the people at the boat with their arms and flung them on to the drier steps. The inside of the fort is not at all maintained. There are weeds growing everywhere and it gives a haunted feeling. I felt like a thousand eyes are watching me.
The guide will tell you that at some point this fort had dargahs and temples and rooms and ponds and anything else that a city might have. During war, it would give protection to an entire city and no enemy till date could bring down the fort, it was so well guarded. Nights at Kashid are heavenly. At sunset, you must be at the beach lying down on the clean white sands and see the sea devour the sun.There will be very few people to give you company and absolute silence around you like you have been taken to a different world.
The speciality of the Kashid beach is that there is a small hillock by the beach and when you see it from a distance it appears no less than the Phi Phi islands in Thailand. It is a topic of debate whether the beach looks more beautiful at night or in the early mornings.I for one could not choose a favorite. Go halfway up the hillock and sit staring at the sea and I can guarantee you will forget half of your life's problems. Personally I feel , a night is enough to explore Kashid, but if you have an exciting group of friends or someone special you may extend it upto 3 days and visit the nearby Alibaug. For a heart that is eager to travel, even an eternity is not enough.