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Mumbai meri jaan – Sailing at Gateway of India

Sailing at the Gateway had been in my to-do-list for a long time. Finally this Sunday we went for our first sailing trip and it was an amazing experience. With good company and a pleasant weather we had a great time.

Yachts, Boats, Sails and Catamarans at Gateway of India

Yachts, Boats, Sails and Catamarans at Gateway of India

We started from Jetty No 5 at Gateway of India in a small rowing boat (seen in the picture below), and in the middle of the sea we changed to our sailing boat. It looked scary initially but our skipper made sure that all of us were comfortably transported.

Jetty No 5, opposite Taj Mahal Hotel is the starting point for all private sails

Jetty No 5, opposite Taj Mahal Hotel is the starting point for all private sails

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Our skipper opening the sail

Our skipper opening the sail

Ready to Sail now

Ready to Sail now

We spent close to two hours sailing in the sea and it was so different from our daily chaos. A welcome break from our daily routine life.

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Navy Nagar

Navy Nagar

Sassoon Dock

Sassoon Dock

Navy Nagar and Sassoon Dock during sunset

Navy Nagar and Sassoon Dock during sunset

Taj Mahal Hotel and Gateway of India in evening and after sunset.

Taj Mahal Hotel

Taj Mahal Hotel

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Taj Mahal Hotel and Gateway of India after sunset

Taj Mahal Hotel and Gateway of India after sunset

There are many companies in Mumbai which provides these boats and also conducts training/courses for sailing. Some have membership for individuals and families. It’s worth exploring.

Categories: Adventure, Beach, India, Leisure, Maharashtra, Mumbai, Sailing | Tags: , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Ratnagiri Monsoon

It has been more than 5 years since we’ve been to Ratnagiri but we still remember it fondly. Ever since I started blogging (although not long ago 🙂 ), I wanted to write a post on our short trip to Ratnagiri. Unfortunately I had misplaced pictures and finally found it on Snapfish.

Monsoon in Ratnagiri is like heaven on earth; lush green surroundings, beach, fort, rains and Ganeshji (Elephant God). You just need a good company.

Bhatye Beach

Bhatye Beach

Ratnagiri is a port city on Arabian Sea coast and is part of beautiful Konkan region of Maharashtra. Ratnagiri is famous for its Alphonso Mangoes, Birth place of “Lokmanaya” Bal Gangadhar Tilak, prime leader of India’s freedom movement and Shivaji’s Fort.

Ratnagiri is accessible by road from Mumbai, it is 13Kms off Mumbai-Goa Highway. The best way to reach there is by train from Mumbai. Konkan region has beautiful spots and scenic view throughout your journey whether you travel through train or drive down.

View from train

View from train


View from train

View from train

The surrounding area is bordered by the Sahyadri Hills on the West. The fertile alluvial valleys produce the luscious Alphonso mango, coconut and rice as the main crops. Fruits and cashewnut cultivation is also being promoted.

Coconut farm

Coconut farm


coconut farm next to Bhatye beach

coconut farm next to Bhatye beach

There are three beaches in this area, (source wikipedia)
Mandavi Beach: Mandavi Beach is also known as the Gate Way of Ratnagiri. It is 3kms away from MSRTC ST stand. Any one can hire an auto to reach the destination.
Bhatye Beach: This beach is located on the Ratnagiri – Pawas road and this beach has large suru-ban. The important thing of the Bhatye beach is that Mandavi and Bhatye beach are divided by a creek.
Mirkarwada Beach: It is the coastal station for marine professionals; all the fishing boats and trawlers land here. It is the major trading spot in Ratnagiri for marine industry. Most of the fishes from here are exported to other city markets such as Mumbai, Pune, Goa, Bangaluru, and Mangalore.

Beach view from resort

Beach view from resort

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Beach

lot of eagles were seen floating in the sky at sunset point
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Beach

Jaigad fort was used by Shivaji only during war.

sea view from fort wall

sea view from fort wall

There is a tunnel in the fort which opens up into the sea

There is a tunnel in the fort which opens up into the sea

One end of the tunnel opening in the sea

One end of the tunnel opening in the sea

Local authorities are planning to make this as a tourist place for locals as well as visitors.

New garden coming up near  the fort. In 5 years it might have been completed now

New garden coming up near the fort. In 5 years it might have been completed now

Ganpati Pule is 21 kms from Ratnagiri and is must visit temple of Ganeshji (Elephant God).

During monsoon it is not advisable to step into the beach, specifically the one at Ganpati Pule

During monsoon it is not advisable to step into the beach, specifically the one at Ganpati Pule

The region has a long illustrious past and is even mentioned in Indian mythology like Mahabharata. Like most port city it has its own Light House. It is a land as beautiful as its people simple, soft spoken, easy going and hospitable.

This was our first visit to Konkan and now we plan to visit other parts of Konkan like Chiplun, Sindhudurg and Tarkarli.

Categories: Beach, Countryside, Fishing, History, India, Konkan, Leisure, Maharashtra, Travel | Tags: , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

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