Things to Do in Bankot - Itineraries

5 Days
Turtle Hatching Festival: Harihareshwar

I have been to the quiet temple town of Harihareshwar twice. Even though I love this quaint littl...

Nerdy Adventuress
2 Days
Life on Saddle : Goa via Konkan Coast (Day 2)

This day’s target : Borli to Anjarle ~ 90kms crossing Shrivardhan, Harihareshwar and KelshiWith t...

Sanjay R Bhagat
Jot: A hidden treasure

Jot is a hidden treasure in Himachal Pradesh. If you want some place away from hassle of Shimla a...

Jyotirmoy Gupta
Khajjiar & Jot : Refresh your memories with beautiful pictures.

I have realized that when you travel, you stay more in present. You feel the peace of mind and t...

Raman Oberoi
1 Day
Travelling to the top.

It was a pre planned trip. Me, along with my cousins and friends planned this road trip to jot, C...

Rohan Dhiman
2 Days
Biking Along the Konkan Coast

Fishermen in Bankot VillageView from Bankot FortFerrying the bike On the way uphill from Harihare...

Bharti Singh


Mumbai
Best time to visit - January,February,October,November,December
India’s second largest city, Mumbai, previously known as Bombay, is home to a few hundred captivating contrasts and creeds. Mumbai is bursting with frenetic bazaars, shaded avenues thronged by commuters and roads brimming with traffic. The dynamic Maharashtrian metropolis is also a powerhouse of India’s business and trade sectors. But regardless, the city’s ethos lies in its biggest railway station - Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, in people-watching and eating bhelpuri by the iconic arch of the Gateway of India and in the exquisite Taj Mahal Palace, that holds a decade worth of stories about both Bombay and Mumbai. A few other places to visit in Mumbai are Nariman Point - a legion of office blocks in the heart of the city and the Prince of Wales Museum for its eclectic architecture. Watching the sunset with a plate of vada pav at Marine Drive and experiencing the vibrant festival of Ganesh Chaturthi at Juhu Beach are few of the best things to do in Mumbai. One must also travel to Mumbai to be dazzled by the country’s biggest, and most prolific film and media industry, wherein if you’re lucky, you might stumble upon a Bollywood star or two.
Pune
Best time to visit - January,February,March,October,November,December
Called the Oxford of the East, Pune is a bubbling cosmopolitan city. A large student hub, this city loves art, culture and theatre. The Sahyadri hill range of the Western Ghats makes this destination ideal for hiking and wildlife spotting. A shower of rain brings the city alive. The Agha Khan Palace of Pune is a sprawling complex with emerald green gardens and sprawling lawns, perfect for a casual stroll. The Shaniwarwada is an ancient structure built by the Peshwas and the ruins of this marvellous architecture can still be seen in the city. Dedicated to the brave hearts of the Indian Army, the National War Museum is a popular tourist destination and houses militia paraphernalia. Those interested in meditation can get day passes from the Osho International Meditation Resort, which is very popular with tourists. Handcrafted beer, baked goodies at the Kayani Bakery on East Street and eateries such as Touche the Sizzler, Malaka Spice and Dario's will complete your trip here.
Panaji
This is the capital of the state of Goa and is probably the smallest state capital. Panaji is also the headquarters of the North Goa District and is situated on the banks of the Mandovi River Estuary is the Tiswada Region. The more popular name is Panaji but Panjim is also a commonly used term. This was the name by which the Portuguese used to address this city. When the whole of India got independence, Goa was still under the colonial rule of the Portuguese who freed it a number of years later. The Portuguese effect is what you will get in each and every thing of Goa and Panjim too. The attractions here are the lovely white church, the food that you will get here and of course the different types of building lined on the sides of the narrow streets. These houses are the remains of the various clans who have ruled here including the Latins and the Portuguese. The houses look beautiful and brightly coloured and many of them have simple yet pretty wrought iron balconies too. Many of these are now either resorts for budget concious travellers or restaurants for the ones who love to taste Portuguese and Goan cuisine.
Thane
Best time to visit - February,March,November,December
The city of Thane is a great getaway from Mumbai. Its beautiful lakes, lovely locales, boat rides and old forts makes it a popular weekend spot for tourists. The most popular lake here is the Upwan Talao, which is also famous for hosting the Sanskruti Arts Festival. This sparkling lake also houses a Ganesha temple near its confines. Enjoy the thrill of water rides at the Suraj Water Park, which also doubles up as a picnic spot here. The Masunda Lake is another famous lake, which offers boating and water scooter facilities as well. Don't forget to try out the delicious local snacks that are sold here! Thane offers a chance to discover the unique flavours of Maharashtrian cuisine. Lodging here is not a problem with numerous hotels and guest houses available as per the tourist's requirement. If nature is something that you wish to explore, Thane is the place to be!
Nashik
Best time to visit - January,February,March,July,August,September,October,November,December
Famous for its many temples and ghats, Nashik is one of the holiest cities in India. And for those looking for something more, there are the Sula Vineyards to explore. The eventful history of Nasik is evident in its various forts, including Harihar Fort and Ramshej Fort, that are sprinkled all over the city. The Sita Gufa or the Cave of Sita is believed to be the spot from where Goddess Sita was abducted by Ravana, while Panchvati is believed to be the asylum of Lord Rama during his exile. The Timbakeshwar Temple of Nasik is as much an architectural masterpiece as it is a religious centre. Carved intricately, this much-celebrated temple is perched on top of the Brahmagiri hills. Indulge your senses at the Sula Vineyards, which offer an insightful and entertaining tour that offers information on wine manufacturing and a chance for wine tasting. Nasik offers an impressive assortment of Maharashtrian food that is lightly influenced by the neighbouring states of Gujarat and Rajasthan. Popular restaurants include Barbeque Ville Veg Aroma and Aster The Coffee Shop. For accommodation, Nashik has options in all segments – budget, mid-range and luxury hotels.
Calangute
The third day started of late, and as it was our last day, we spent the some time in lazing around in the pool. At around 3 we visited Calangute beach where we enjoyed a few water sports (snorkling, parasailing etc). They offer great packages but it is very important to negotiate the prices. I personally would recommend water sports at this beach.

About Bankot

After discussing different routes and things to do over breakfast, we decided to catch a ferry to the neighbouring village Bankot. The boat that stood at the end of the narrow jetty looked small but the local fishermen helped us load our bikes on it with ease. We later found out that there are two jetties in town. The one that we took was used by the locals for fishing. The other jetty which was used for ferrying people and vehicles was wider and the boats there were large enough to accommodate vehicles as big as buses. The locals in Bankot depend on fishing as their primary source of livelihood. Riding through the narrow lanes of the village we reached Bankot Fort. A small fort perched on a hilltop overlooking the beautiful Konkan coastline that hasn’t featured on the tourist maps yet. There isn’t much to do here except enjoying the view in peace, away from the noise and the distractions of other popular hangouts.Another such place that doesn’t find a mention in the guide books but is a must-see is the ‘Parikrama Marg’ located near the famous temple in Harihareshwar. One has to enter the temple premises and take the steps that go uphill. The climb is not only a good calorie burner, but also gives a fantastic view of the beach below. Soon it was time to head back home and we decided to take the route that runs along the coast via Shrivardhan, Diveagar leading to Rajapuri creek as seen in the map below. With the Arabian Sea and white beaches as a constant backdrop, this is easily one of those drives you can’t have enough of.
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