Like Goa, Puri- my home town is known for its beaches too. But when in Goa, I saw a marked different between beaches of two. Among all the beaches in Goa, it was Chapora beach which gave me this feeling most. Before our trip, we were told by the hotel to carry some bottles of mineral water along with us as there is a dearth of clean drinking water in the beach.
When we reached at the Chapora beach, the clock showed 10.00 AM in the morning. Located in North Goa, it was at 10 KM distance from Mapusa. Once we stepped out of the cab, the pristine view of beach caught my breath all at once. The children started running around while my friend and I were on a photo-clicking spree. Apart from the mind-blowing view of the ocean and fish trawlers, it was the Chapora fort that became our next destination. Few scenes of bollywood smash hit ‘ Dil Chahta Hai’ was shot in Chapora Fort, and once I informed this piece of breaking news to my friend she started jumping excitedly like a child, being an ardent Amir Khan fan! ‘
When we got in front of this shambling Portuguese fort, the steeped stairways looked really discouraging at the first glance. But it was the mesmerizing view of Goa from the top of the fort- that made us forget the pain on our knees. It was a sunny day and we considered ourselves lucky that we got to see a 360-degree view of Goa from there.
Upon descending, we went to the famous Ganesh juice centre nearby to have a glass of fresh juice each. I also noticed that there were lots of cheap shacks around the place providing the backpackers nice, affordable staying joints. We had the most unforgettable lunch in such a shack on that day- with Goan prawn curry and rice!
We stayed there in Chapora beach till the time of Sun set and when the sun was setting down painting the western sky red and making the color of the water crimson; I thanked god for this beautiful creation of nature.