So, monuments were the only things we were up for? Well! Not really.We set off early on our motor bikes and set our GPS to Chapora fort. It’s in North Goa, placed 21.7 km from Panjim and just 700 meters from Vagator beach. The fort sits on a prominent position, commanding views in all directions. It is nestled on a small hill above the Vagator beach.It is popularly known as the “Dil Chahta Hai” fort as the movie was filmed there. The best time to hike up the hill is early morning and late afternoon; you wouldn’t like to miss watching the amazing sunset, would you? What adds to its glory is the blue water and the huge expansion of greenery.Subsequently, we rode downhill to take a glimpse of the Vagator beach. It was quite calm when we reached. During the peak seasons, the beach hosts numerous rave parties, whereby the party goers go bonkers. All the same, it goes cold turkey during monsoon.The much talked about Thalassa is rested here. It’s a Greek restaurant famous for fresh, crispy salads, mezes, starters, and gyras. White table cloths alongside white curtains doll up the restaurant and the spectacular views of Vagator beach are to die for.Our next attraction in the itinerary was neither a fort nor a beach. It was a pristine narrow road called Parra road. The road is guarded by tall coconut trees, lined up on both the sides. Adding glam and glitz to the location are the lust green fields like carpets, rolled on both sides of the roads. The wed series,” Four more shots” and “Dear Zindagi” were shot here. The best time to visit is around the monsoons, when this rural fraction of Goa bathes in natural shower and looks as fresh as dew drops.How to locate Parra road?Simply, google St. Anne’s Church at Parra and you’ll find it. With this we returned to Panjim and wrapped up our North Goa spree.Goa is not just the land of beaches or city of churches; it’s a feeling that unbridles thrill in the most incredible way.So, what are you waiting for?Pack your bags and get going.
Chapora fort is one of the most underrated forts in Goa. It has one of the best views. People also come here for Pre-wedding shoots. This fort can be covered in 1-2hours depending on the amount of time you want to spend on top of the fort. History This fort was built by Adil Shah and had named it Shahpura which was later named a Chapora by the Portuguese . Location It is located in Bardez , North Goa. Expense The fort does not have any entry fee. However if you have a car or bike it might get charged if you park it inside Transportation You can take your car or bike till the fort entrance. Be prepared to walk a few steps as it has a little hike. Time It is advisable to go early in the morning or in the evening. It gets really hot in the day and if you have kids along with you , then it can get quite tideous to climb the fort. Facilities It has few small restaurants around it . You might come across few local vendors selling coconut water, green mango , local fruits etc. Have fun buying it from the local vendors. There are also a few gift shops if you want to buy local Goan magnets , hats etc. Most importantly , have fun watching the sunset or sunrise whenever you get there! Comment down below if you have any doubts.
On Day 2 we had breakfast at the hotel. The buffet spread was decent and we had our stomachs' fill. After that, we rented a car. The car rental place was suggested by the hotel staff. We drove to Chapora fort. The drive was beautiful with North Goa's greenery and scenic views being accentuated and made better due to the rains. We reached Chapora fort only to discover it's not a fort at all. Just the ruins of a Portugese fort with little remaining boundary walls that encapsulate an uneven strip of land. However, Chapora fort is a great viewpoint for the mesmeric Arabian Sea. We got a panoramic view of the pristine sea which almost looked like it's a gleaming ruby green in parts. The waves crashing against the beach and the beautiful breeze made us spend a good hour there and made for some great photo ops.