Mumbai Memoir 71- Mumbai to Murud-Janjira Diary- Part 1
Murud-Janjira is a coastal town located in the Raigad district of Maharashtra, which is 150 kms South from Mumbai. Besides being of historical value, the town has special place in my heart, as most of my childhood & teenage was spent there during my summer vacations.
My maternal aunt, who lives at Murud Janjira, use to invite me and my brother at her home which was our vacation abode during our school breaks. Even today, the early morning cycle rides, the coconut palm trees, the sun-set view from the backyard of her bungalow and the evening walk on the Murud beach are the important landmarks in my memory lane.
Last week, after a long time I visited Murud Janjira along with my cousins. It is the first time I drove down there in my own car. During my 4 day visit there, many happy moments were created, which I am sharing here in my diary.
During my stay, I was invited to pay a visit to a beautiful hotel property by Advocate Nazim Kazi, who is like a brother to me. His property named ‘Blue Lagoon Nest’ is located at Vihoor, which is 3 kms away from Murud-Janjira. The sea kissing bungalow is offered on rent on weekends for tourists and office outing groups. The property has been approved by Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC).
The well-maintained huge lawn, swimming pool are worth exploring while hearing the sea playing a private orchestra that combines the soothing sound of the sea waves and the whistling winds around.
Most of the electricity needs at the property is take care by Solar energy. The spacious rooms and elegant bathrooms on the first floor are well maintained.
The sun-set view from the open-air lounge besides the swimming pool was an amazing site. From the same place one can see a unique view of the Nawab’s palace that is located on a hillock which can be seen just across from the property!
As I further explored the place, it was a relaxing feel to have my evening walk through the plantations around and also bond with Nazim Bhai’s family.
First time experiences are special to all, my visit to Vihoor, like my drive to Murud Janjira, was indeed memorable and has certainly created good memories within me, which I know will keep cascading in my mind’s eye when I get nostalgic about my Murud trip.
Photos: Shraddha C. Sankulkar