Travel: Sail away into the sunset

Updated: Jan 05, 2017, 13:56 IST | Shraddha Uchil

Begin your New Year with a two-hour sailing experience where you can soak in lesser-seen landmarks right off the coast of Mumbai

If you've been wanting to kick off the New Year in a dramatic fashion, why not do it by sailing the waters embracing Mumbai at sunset? 

The trip, organised by Travel Trikon, will begin at the Gateway of India, from where you will be transferred to the jetty by boat. You get on to the sailboat here, and this is when the fun begins. "It's a leisure sail, and will have six people to a sailboat. You'll be treated to some beautiful views around sunset," says Manoj Kalwar, founder, Travel Trikon.


An earlier sailing event 

You will be passing by interesting and unknown-to-most sights, one being the Dolphin Lighthouse, which dates back to the 19th century. That's not all - marvel at the Middle Ground Coastal Battery, an ancient coastal gun battery managed by the Indian Navy, and another islet, Oyster Rock, nearby. You will also spot the islands of Elephanta, Karanjia and Mandwa.

"The best part is that if you feel like it, you can ask the captain to teach you the basics of navigating the sailboat, after which you can handle it for a bit. This way, you get a hands-on feel of sailing," adds Kalwar. If you don't want to play captain, you can relax on the deck, or dip your toes in the water every now and then.


Get treated to stunning views of the Gateway of India and its surroundings

"Make sure you carry identity proof, a bottle of water, and a cap or a scarf, if needed. Feel free to bring along a camera, too," says Kalwar. On earlier trips, Travel Trikon used to provide snacks on the boat, but has stopped doing so
following a couple of incidents involving seasickness. So, if you're prone to being seasick, pack in anti-emetics. Kalwar adds that you're allowed to carry your own snacks.

If you haven't been sailing yet, here's your chance to experience something new right at the start of 2017. And if you have done this before, you already know how wonderful it is to drift away from the city's chaos and into the tranquility of the waters, if only for a little while.

GET ROMANTIC
Travel Trikon also lets you book an entire sailboat for you and your partner, perfect for a quiet yet adventurous date, or — even better — to pop the question. You’ll be out at sea for 90 minutes, and can get down on one knee with the orange skies painting a beautiful backdrop.
COST: Rs 7,000

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