Last Thursday, I had a mid-week holiday and that upset me very much. I am probably in a minority when I say that I hate mid-week holidays, but give me a long weekend, and I’m probably the happiest person on earth. But I digress from the theme of my blog post…
Shalini, a ‘teenagehood’ friend, had been saying for a long time that work and home routines were turning us into crabby old women, and something had to be done. So this mid-week holiday presented us with the perfect opportunity to do that ‘something’.
The outcome—a visit to the Bandra Fort.
The Bandra Fort or, to use its more impressive sounding official name, the Castella de Aguada was built by the Portuguese in 1640. It later passed on to the British, who lost it to the Marathas in 1739, and gained it back from them in 1761. You can read more about the Bandra Fort’s history here.
We reached Bandra Fort at around 9.00 in the morning. My first impression was that of diasppointment—the Fort looked unimpressive and the cemented fort walls, an obvious attempt at restoration, was enough to make me want to turn back! But then the calming sea breeze, the sound of waves, and bird song, charmed me into exploring the place a little more.
And I’m glad we did that, for this is what we saw once we got beyond the cemented walls:
By the time we left the Fort, an hour or so later, both of us were relaxed, happy and grinning from ear to ear. All in all two happy women, instead of crabby women. 😀
Read about other Forts of Mumbai…