|The path and the fort atop|
|Green landscape from near the entrance|
The present fort was built in 1717 AD over the then existing fort. The fort had been possessed by various dynasties including the Mughals, The Marathas and finally the Portuguese. It was once the northern most point of Goa and hence was used as a military outpost. Situated on a highland with expansive views, the fort was the ideal place to lookout for the attacking enemies. The fort gained prominence on the tourist map after the Hindi movie 'Dil Chahtha Hai' was shot here.
Enter the fort and all that I can see is a spread out field, with less than knee high green grasses in some places and red gravel all over. It is a wide swathe of openness inside the fort with small rocks jutting out in some corners of the uneven land. The fort walls and the entrance door shows symptoms of dilapidation but has somehow been kept intact. It looks like a huge playground with so much of vastness. Visitors seem to be keen on the vistas from the fort walls and happily climb them to get better views.
|Inside the fort|
|Another inner view of the fort|
Not to be left behind, I too rush to the fort walls to have a glimpse of the green slopes sliding down to the shores below. The rays of the blazing sun on the calm tides has made the sea gorgeous. The reflection of the sun has given it a tinge of orange hue. Vagator beach seems quiet with very less visitors. The aerial view of the beach is gorgeous with protruding rocks and swaying coconut trees forming the background.
|Aerial view of Vagator beach from the fort|
|Walls of the fort|
I languorously move forward along the fort walls capturing the brilliant vistas of the green slopes and then the Chapora river disgorging itself into the Arabian sea. The view of the mouth of the river is a photographer's delight. With the Morjim beach forming the background in the distance, the frame is definitely a very scenic one. There are a couple of exit doors along the walls. I get through one and I am on the beautiful green slopes bringing me closer to the sea. The sun has further slanted and the landscape has turned a touch dark.
|Mouth of River Chapora with Morjim beach in the background|
|An exit door|
Even though am in a hurry to reach Vagator beach before the sun calls it a day, I spend a considerable amount of time on the fort taking in the picturesque views. It definitely is one mesmerising sight to witness the setting sun over the Arabian sea from the Chapora fort. I leave the fort with memorable vistas floating in my mind and in my camera.
Signing Note- One of the best places to witness sunset in Goa...!!
Route- Easily reachable and close to main hubs like Calangute, Baga, Anjuna.
Distance- 2 Kms from Vagator beach.
You have made me curious. Hope to visit soon.ReplyDelete
Glad that you liked it. Head there soon.Delete
Lovely pictures though I have missed out on this one.ReplyDelete
This is lovely!ReplyDelete
Wonderful shots of the place. It is now in my wish list.ReplyDelete
Beautiful pictures Niranjan! I think I had been to this fort long ago though I don't remember the name. It is adjacent to Sterling Resorts on Vagatar beach right?ReplyDelete
Thanks Kusum. Am not sue about Sterling resorts location, but it is very close to Vagator beach.Delete
There is so much I still have to see in goa.. hope i can go there again soon!ReplyDelete
:). Head there soon. There are lots besides the beaches and churches.Delete
Would like to go there again... Lovely picture and interesting write up....ReplyDelete
Thank you. Nice to see you here.Delete
Good one,, been to Goa so many times but never to this one....ReplyDelete
Thanks. The place is definitely worth a visit.Delete
Pics are niceReplyDelete
Nice post... Goa has many hidden places like forts and beautiful temples... All the deities of Konkans are in Goa and also places like Tamdi Sulla, Aguada fort makes Goa more tourist centric apart from beachesReplyDelete
Thank you. Very much second your thoughts.Delete
Nice attempt to reveal the other side of Goa....ReplyDelete
Thanks a lot.Delete
Glad that you did a piece on Chapora fort... Its one of my fav destinations.... One more point that many dont know about it is, its the same fort that "Dil Chahata hai" was shot on... The famous wall sitting scene... :)ReplyDelete
Nice to know you liked it.Delete
In my recent visit to Goa I couldn't cover this one.thanks a ton for sharing real time pics so now I can add this in my list for next Go...Goa.ReplyDelete
Glad to know you liked it. Head there soon.Delete
It is a pity that I did not visit this place during my earlier trips to Goa.
Definitely worth a visit. Head there next time.Delete
nice view and looks like a very cool place :)ReplyDelete
It indeed is.Delete
Stunning views and photographs. Great work, Niran!ReplyDelete
Thank you Ashwathy.Delete
beautifully narrated and excellent photosReplyDelete
thanks for sharing
Thank you Krishna.Delete
Beautiful pictures and narration! The view of the setting sun is indeed gorgeous!ReplyDelete
Nirajan nice coverage of the historic Chapora Fortress. I believe it is one lovely landscape more than monument.ReplyDelete
Thank you. Yeah, the landscape definitely outshines the monument.Delete
Wonderful shots! I loved the sunset pic....especially!ReplyDelete
Thank you. Glad that you liked it.Delete
I was there a couple of months back, and looking at these photographs, I feel like just going back, man! Nice pics, Niranjan!ReplyDelete
Thanks a lot Neeraj. Glad that you liked them.Delete
What a scenic place. I haven't visited here :(. I remember the wall in Dil Chahta Hai. :)ReplyDelete
Hey Niranjan, there's a broken-down wall like that in Gopalswamy Betta. (been there, yet?) You don't get to see sea there but there are some rolling hills to sit and stare it.
It is a beautiful place with some exceptional vistas.Delete
Am all smiling when you mentioned about Gopalswami betta. :):):). Was there 3 days back staring at those beautiful rolling hills and taking in the fresh cool breeze. Splendid views!! Dint see a broken down wall there. The place is usually covered up in mist most of the time.
So Goa made a great impression on you = you have presented so many stories and photos from your visit.ReplyDelete
Keep up the good work.
Thank you. Yeah, Goa was pretty impressive. Would love to head there again.Delete
I always thought Vagator didnot get the importance it deserved. I mean even Anjuna is a rocky beach. But vagator has much less crowd. I would like to spend more time at Vagator.ReplyDelete
The others are Susegad sure! but way too crowded for me. You might also agree :)
Absolutely. :). Probably Vagator got lost in Anjuna's flamboyance.Delete