Have you ever had travel memories that are special for the ‘unfinished’ feeling they left you with? Even before you’ve absorbed everything a place has to offer a part of you starts planning a come back since ‘this time just doesn’t feel right’? I did, and pleasantly surprised myself at the uncharacteristic and hopeless romantic dreams the teenager me could concoct!
Mom and Dad sat together sipping tea, the gorgeous morning sun casting a halo around them in the background. It was a picture perfect moment and although it warmed my heart to see them like that, I felt a slight tinge of regret for not being in a position to experience it myself. They looked radiant together! I awkwardly slipped back into the room for fear of nazar lagaoing them. 🙁
I’ve travelled across the length and breadth of our country with them. However, never before had I felt the need to be in the company of ‘someone special’ like I did when we visited Ganpatipule. Playing in beach waters of Goa or Puri was one thing, this surreal beach brought out the romantic in me who wished to hold someone’s hand, take in its beauty and make some precious travel memories together.
Located in the Ratnagiri district in Konkan region, the small town of Ganpatipule is famous for its pristine beaches and a Swayambhu (self-emerged) 400 year old Ganpati idol. With the intent of commercialising it spots like Prachin Konkan (tableaus depicting the history and life of ancient Konkan), water sports, forts etc are being developed here for a better tourist experience.
Getting back to my story, after I got married this place beckoned me yet again to live out that special moment with A. When we planned the trip my parents agreed to accompany and watch A Jr for us while we had some alone time ourselves. We opted to stay at the MTDC resort primarily because it is on the beach and close to the temple.
Instead of exploring nearby tourist attractions (which aren’t many) we chose to visit the local market and bought Konkan special food items like Aam papdi, Kokam syrup, etc. There weren’t any water sports since it was monsoon season. Prachin Konkan was interesting and A Jr loved it. Also, the most memorable thing was that we saw India win the World Cup there!
The resort had decent food and passable room-service. There was also a Panchkarma centre which we didn’t get time to check out. The glorious sunset from our room was the highlight of our day!
With A by my side, the relaxed weekend seemed heavenly. Knowing my nostalgia, he wondered if the smile on my face was because of him or for a dream realised. I walked hand-in-hand with him on the beach far ahead till everyone else looked like tiny ants. We never spoke a word, didn’t need to. Intimacy is delightfully quiet and comforting. 🙂
Marriages are made in heaven and I’m extremely lucky to have been surrounded by amazing examples of happy ones throughout my life. I don’t know how we rate on the ideal scale but when A looks at me, the love in his eyes shows! *Lucky me* We have many travel memories but this one is closest to my heart for obvious reasons. I guess its time to go back, my darling Angel is yet to see this beautiful place!