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.
We remained seated on the walls of fort Chapora even after sunset. As it was getting dark, people started returning. We too returned to our room and started packing our baggages, since we had to leave next day. Tired much, we took dinner and slept. Next morning with heavy heart we bid adieu to Goa.How to Reach:By Railways:Goa is well connected to the rest of the country by rail, road and air. The main railway stations are Madgaon and Vasco-da-gama. These railway stations are well linked with Mumbai and in turn, to other major parts of the country. Konkan Railways, from Mumbai to Goa is considered to be the most scenic railway route of the country.By Road:National Highway 66 runs roughly north-south along the western coast of India, parallel to the Western Ghats. It connects Panvel in Mumbai to Kanyakumari, in Tamilnadu and passes through Goa.By Air:Goa is connected to almost every major city of India by air. Dabolim is the airport of Goa, which is in south Goa, around 30 km from Panjim. It also receive international flights in tourist season.When to go:Although the best time to go to Goa is from November to February but one can plan a visit at any time of the year. The months of June to August, being monsoon season, experience heavy rainfall.What to carry:You must carry a sunscreen (spf 30+), hats/caps, lip balm, sunglasses, water bottle, crocs/floaters for beach, swim wear, comfy cotton wears. In addition to this, you must carry a raincoat, if you are visiting Goa between June to September.What we enjoyed and what we missed:We went to Goa in September. The rainy season had about to end but it did rain any time. The tourist season had yet not started. So hotels and bike/car hiring were available at a cheaper rates. Although now an app based cab service has also started in Goa. The markets, roads, beaches were less crowded. Entire state was neat, clean and lush green.Being off season we missed water sports as the sea was still quite rough. Water sports and other related activities as Dolphin Show starts mid October. Excursion to Dudh Sagar water fall was not recommended as the route to that fabulous fall becomes unsafe during rains. We also couldn't visit the famous flea markets of Goa which exists during main tourist season only, like Anjuna flea market (on every Wednesday), Arpora, Saturday night market, Friday flea market at Mapusa.
2) Chapora Fort: Popularly known as the ‘Dil Chahta Hai’ fort, this is one of the many spots in Goa that has been immortalized by Bollywood. There is nothing much left of the fort, barring some broken walls and eroded structures but its summit offers a remarkable view of the expansive Vagator beach. Go for an early morning walk here and behold one of the prettiest sunrises ever. It will hardly take ten minutes to reach the top of the fort as the government has recently constructed staircases for the convenience of the tourists. Chapora Fort is invariably a part of every Goa bucket list as no Goa trip is ever complete without a Dil Chahta Hai picture, is it?
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.