A trip to the ‘Fort Aguada’ in Goa


The ‘Aguada Fort’ is a part of the legacy of Goa. The mind begins conjuring up images of plentiful of sea shores with copious of colours flashing one after the other at the very mention of the name of ‘Goa’. Merely acquiring the knowledge of the combination of sun, sand and sea about Goa is not enough. The historical legacy of Goa also encompasses unto itself much more than what apparently Goa is known for. Let’s know the background story of ‘Aguada Fort’ through this article.

The 'Fort Aguada in Goa tells four centuries old story of grandeur and splendour. It takes about 45 minutes fro Bombay to reach Goa by flight. There are buses also plying from Bombay to Goa which takes an overnight journey.

We will talk of the historical legacy of Goa which the Fort Aguada emblems. This is the talk of such a fort which the country's oldest and most preserved. Let's move to the road that leads towards the Aguada Fort.

The 'Fort Aguada'


The Fort Aguada falls in the Bardej Tehsil to the north of Goa. This is 8 km away from Arpora. The roads of Candolim and Sinquerim from Arpora going towards the seas shore will lead you up to the Fort. There is a humming market on the Fort Road. There are many foreign restaurants and café also adorning this road.

After you cross the road, you will find a light ascending road. The road gets a little twisting but here too will the striking sceneries never partake with your with you. Traffic is almost equal to nothing. There are bushes flanking on both the sides of the road.

The origin of the word 'Aguada'?


Aguada is a word of Portuguese language which means "a place of water'. Situated at the outfall of the River Mandavi, the Fort Aguada was built in the 1612 century. This was made by the Portuguese. Likewise every fort, the construction of this fort too was undertaken keeping the safeguards against the enemies into the mind.

The purpose of the Fort Aguada'?


But there was one more purpose to it too- to make available fresh water to the ships arriving from Europe. So that water remains stored up in the fort, a huge tank was built up herein. To sustain its load, the uses of 16 columns were made. The storage capacity of this tank is several lacks of gallons.

To store water into the tank, the help of the natural springs used to be taken in. The funny part of it was that these springs were located inside the fort. The ships arriving here from places afar the 17nth and the 18nth centuries used to stop over here to store up the stock of fresh water before moving headwords. It is unbelievable imagining such a common looking Fort like this once used to be such a massive source of water.

No sooner than you enter in the premises of the fort that the tank would come into your view. When you will scan all around the areas of it standing on the wall of the fort, you ill feel as if rectangular long walls are surrounding you from all sides. While there is a white colour Light House on one of its corners on the other sides of it flows the Mandavi river. Both these add up to the beauty and the majesty of the fort. The shooting of the film Bhoot Nath' was carried over herein this fort. There is an eerie silence all pervasive here in this fort. This place is like a blessing in disguise for the silence and peace lovers.

The state of health of the Fort


The outer portion of the walls of this fort has almost caved in. But the inner walls are strong which is encircled by the wide trenches. The fourth flank opens towards the river. The constitution of this fort is something like this that it could be divided into two parts- First upper and the second lower portion. In the upper portions are located the water tank, the light house, chamber for the storage of gun powder and the tower. The lower part was used for harbouring the Portuguese ships.

The special fact is that the Aguada is the country's only fort upon which no one had ever had any predominance. This is the chief reason why the Aguada Fort is significant among the Portuguese forts.

The Light House of the Aguada Fort


The Light House is in the Aguada Fort premises which begins visible from the outside. It is four storied. It was built in 1864 to give directions to the ships coming in from Portugal. If it is said the light hose is the pride of the Fort then it won't be wrong. Aguada Light House is the oldest of the light house of our country, though many assume this to be the first light tower of the entire Asia. Its uses were completely stopped in 1976.

Aguada Fort- central jail too


Now the talk of Aguada Jail! The lower part of the fort which is better condition has been converted into Jail. This is now the Central Jail of Goa. The criminals connected with the activities of narcotics are put up into this jail. Tourists are not allowed entry near its vicinities. About 1 km away from Aguada is the sinquerim shore. While coming from Bardej, you will find many motor boats which go to the Dolphin Point. This is quite an experience of a life time to be sitting in the boat waiting for the dolphins to emerge up the surface of the sea water. You can watch the central jail from the corners here. The fort and the upper portion of the lighthouse too is visible from this place. Before going to Aguada, you come across to the dolphin points.

Before folding up: You will find a beautiful bungalow there which belongs to the famous diamond merchant Jimmi Gajdar. Films have been shot here namely 'Haseena Maan Jayegi' etc.


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