Saturday, December 1, 2012



After good in Silvassa we left for Jawahar and reached Sunset Resort in afternoon.

Sunset point. 

Jai Vilas Palace from Sunset Point

After the sunset we had great dinner. Early morning we started for Jai Vilas Palace

Jai Vilas Palace
History on Internet:  The palace was build by Raje Yashwant Rao Maukne. The stone used for this is syinite which was brought from Kalidhond which is 5 km away from its location . 

The pathway from the main road to the palace is lined with dense growth of bushes on both sides. 

Once you cross the trail a grand palace hidden among the trees welcomes you.

The palace has a children’s nursery, drawing room, antique furniture, bedroom, stuffed animals and a large lobby. 

There are several rooms at the palace. The palace has been used in the shooting of several Bollywood movies.

Khad-Khad Dam : This is one of the major dams near jawhar city

Shirpamal: 5 km from main town, Shirpamal is a 300 year old gateway set up to watch the enemy from a distance. Situated on top of the highest hill in the region offers panoramic view of the valley below. 

Panorama View from the top

Jawhar can be seen in half day. The remoteness and tranquility can be enjoyed as long as you want!!!



After 2 day stay in Dhanu-Bordi we proceeded to Surat which was 180 Kms. This was unplanned activity. After eventful day of shopping we reached Silvassa a little late.

The hotel had some turles who had come out to enjoy their day.

Next day we first visited the Vanganga Lake Garden.

Vanganga Lake Garden Dadra
Where:  5 kms from the main town in Dadra
Time to see: 2 hours, Best time to visit early morning, evenings.
Timings: Opens at 9.30/10 This park is closed on Tuesdays

The beautiful jogging path around the garden is refreshing.

The ducks swimming merrily. The rustic bridges, tranquil surroundings, flowers - it's a right mix of romantic mood for anybody!

Vasona  Lion Safari Park
Where: It is located in Vasona, 9 kms away from Silvassa on the Khanvel Road.
Timings: 9:00am-5:00pm (Closed on Mondays)
Time to see: 1 hour

Its small enclosed safari. Its spread over 20 hectares and it houses a lion named Dharam and a lioness named Sonal.

There’s a 20 minutes ride in closed vehicle to see the Lions.

Few peacocks were busy looking for food.

The Royal Family in the moment of peace.

Tribal Cultural Museum:
Where: located in the heart of Silvassa, Chaar Rasta
Timings: museum is closed on Tuesdays

The museum showcases masks, hunting tools, fishing gear, musical instruments, agricultural implements, household kitchen articles and life-size statues of local tribals and their leaders. 

In afternoon we proceeded to Jawahar.

Dahanu Bordi


Type: Beach
Base Village: Dahanu
Where: 200 KMs from Pune
Route: Pune-Mumbai-Dahanu
Time visited: November 2012
Shopping: Chikoo Chips (Dried Chikoo), Chikoo pickle and Chikoo chocolates.
Dhanu-Bordi is coastline known for peaceful tranquility. Not very commercialized all you can do is laze around and enjoy the beach whenever there is high tide.


While travelling to Dahanu, all the hotels fall on the left side slightly out of town.. The Dahanu village falls on the right side. Towards the end of the village lies Dahanu Fort. The Fort has a history spanning 400 years, when the Portuguese took over the west coast and segregated the Thane region into two divisions. Headed by Chimaji Rao Appa, the Marathas took over the fort in 1739. The fort still is in amazing condition but has several offices inside. We didn’t venture inside.

We reached Dahnu by around noon and stayed at Pearline hotel.  Dahanu has only 3-4 options to stay and Pearline offers best stay options and quality food.  All the 3 hotels are beach facing. But the beach is muddy at several places and you cannot go too far, hence can be best enjoyed in high tide only. 

The swimming pool at Pearline is well maintained.  It was low tide in the evening and we were not able to go and enjoy the beach.  After enjoying swim in the swimming pool, we had a hearty dinner.

In the morning we enjoyed the beach. Since we got the booking only for a day we proceeded to Bordi.

Bordi village and the beach are at a distance of 2 km from Gholvad railway station. There are very few hotels here, Goolkush Hotel, Jayee Resort, Tapovan and Anand Resort, to be more specific. The tariffs of all these are almost the same.  

Anand Resort

Anand Resort the only veg hotel in Dahanu-Bordi area has two options to stay inside the chikoo garden. The older hotel although well maintained is of average quality and need a realistic upgrade. But the food quality is excellent and so is the well maintained orchard with swimming pool.

With emus and different pets around Crazy crab hotel could be good option if you drink and enjoy nonveg. 

After a relaxing day at Anand Resort early morning we proceeded to Surat-Silvassa.

Vasai Fort



Type: Sea Fort
Base Village: Vasai
Where: 180 KMs from Pune
Route: Pune-Mumbai-Vasai
Time visited: November 2012
Time to see: 3+ hrs. Car can be taken to most of the points.

History as on internet:  

The fort of Vasai was built in 1414 by Sardar Bhandari Bhendale. In 1530 Sultan of Gujrat captured the Fort but in 1534 it was conquered by Portuguese. With strong ramparts, the Fort is decagonal with bastion at each of the corner. There are entrances to the fort from both seaside and landside. In 1737, the Marathas tried to capture the fort, but failed. Later Bajirao Peshwa chose Chimajiappa for the mission. He planned for it and decided to attack from swamp side of the fort. They broke the rampart on the northern side. The army broke inside but unfortunately mines burst late and many soldiers died. The fierce battle continued over two days.  The ammunition ended, over 800 Portuguese lost their lives and finally the Portuguese had no option other than to surrender to Chimajiappa.

Shopping: Vasai is famous for Sukeli - preserved Bananas, which is sort of soft dry fruit like Anjir.  (Around 7-8 dried bananas are wrapped in banana leaves which was around Rs60 probably around 0.25kg ) Available in the main market.

Vasai fort is just not like any other fort but a huge area with several structures inside. Located in old vasai,  the fort is along the coast.  Apart from few church buildings, ammunition storeroom, residence of soldiers, there isn’t much to see around. It takes around 2 hours to see the fort completely and you can roam around in car to most of the spots. 

Statue of Narveer Chimajiappa lies on the left side on the way to the fort.

After the statue, turn side for Archaeology department office.  The staff is friendly but they unfortunately they don’t have any guides. The main roads are all tar roads and you can see various building by driving down.

Just adjacent to Archaeology office is dilapidated building probably a church.

Another huge church lies opposite of Archaeology office.

One more church is locate few meters away in a narrow lane.

The double floored structure reminds of once hustling town with several buildings magnificent architecture.

The 4th church worth seeing is one with ‘charkri jina’ or round staircase. Not sure but this church is said to have a huge bell in the tower above which Chimajjiappa brought it and installed in Temple of Menavali near wai. 

After Vasai Fort visit we proceeded to Arnala. Arnala is a small fishing village about 20kms from Vasai or 17 kms from Virar. The fort is on a small island which houses a village.  The road to the beach was extremely narrow occupied by fisherman with huge dry areas for fishes on both side. There was absolutely no space for car park. Couldn’t really see any passenger boats and all were mostly fishing boats. Since this was family trip I decided to skip and proceed with next destination- Dhanau.