An Archipelago of serenity- The Andaman Diaries- ROSS ISLAND & NORTH BAY

HOLA!!!

First of all, I am so sorry guys for not posting the rest of the post, but I had lost all the pictures and retrieving them back took a lot of time and thus the delay. Anyhow, I wanted to finish this segment and let’s not delay any further. 🙂 ANd if you haven’t read the previous posts from the same series you can go here and here

The thing about Andaman is that its beauty cannot be put in words. It is not just a place, it is a feeling. You can’t just land in there and touch all the important attractions and get back saying you’ve travelled the paradise. You have to stand there, watch the clouds floating in the sky, breathe in the fresh air, walk through the waters and then only will you understand what the place can do. So here’s about the rest of my Andaman Diaries.

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The crowd at 8 AM in Aberdeen jetty

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The Day-2 was one of the most exciting part of our trip. We got up early and left for the jetty in the water sports complex. There were so many people already crowded up and all were waiting for their boats to arrive. The boats were going to take us first to ROSS ISLAND and then to NORTH BAY ISLAND. Around 10 years back when I used to stay in Port Blair, ROSS ISLAND was one of my favorite places to visit during the weekends. This island is so beautiful and serene in its own way and is one of the most beautiful islands in ANDAMANS. While the place is no habituated by the locals, it holds historical significance as the British administrative headquarters. When the Tsunami hit the islands in 1941, the British shifted their HQ to Port Blair. The island is located in such a place that it was easily visible from the topmost tower of CELLULAR JAIL and vice versa. The church ruins along with the magnificent gardens and the ballrooms are sure to take your heart away. You can spot some really pretty deer on this island and even enjoy fresh tender coconut which I absolutely enjoyed during the visit. The island is presently managed by the Indian Navy.It is said that it is blessed by the Rain Gods and while it may or may not rain in the rest of the Andaman, Ross Island will always witness monsoon at its best. While returning, we experienced the same and I have to admit that in the recent times, I haven’t loved rains as much as I did here.

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The little beach on ROSS

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We had time till 2 PM here , so we roamed around and took tons of pictures which I will definitely post later. There is even a small museum where you can find the old pictures of the buildings and how it looked during the BRITISH raj. The feeling that you will get on this island is so different. Throughout the tour I was just thinking of how it used to be when all these broken ruins of the buildings were as good as new and people used to stay here. The Britishers had a pretty lavish life and ROSS was even popularly known as “THE PARIS OF THE EAST” because of its extravagant lifestyle that it offered to its residents. Well, I would definitely want to TIME-TRAVEL and experience that life 😀

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Aerial view of ROSS ISLAND
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Some of the majestic trees on ROSS
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Remains of the Officer’s club

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Once our boat arrived to take us to the next destination, NORTH BAY ISLAND, I was already jumping around with excitement. This island offers some pretty adventurous stuffs to do like scuba diving, snorkeling, sea walk and glass boat ride. We opted for the glass boat ride as my mum and the others didn’t want to go for scuba diving. Though you wont be able to see the coral and fishes that clearly but the boat guy picked up a jelly fish and handed over to me to feel it.HEHEEE..it felt so weird to touch it and I was scared as well thinking I might squish it and kill it..Stupid me 😀

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I look so stupid
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Glass boat and us 😀
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Daddy’s lil girl
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Me! Super scared 😛

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On the way back to Port Blair

After we got onto the island from the glass boat, me, dad and 2 of our family friends decided to go for scuba diving. SO here’s a thing guys, even if you dont know swimming you can do scuba. Because you need to be still while you are inside the water, else you will scare away the fishes. This cheered me up and boosted my confidence a little as I don’t know swimming. So we were assigned trainers who would teach us the basics of scuba diving, the signs to show to go up or down or if there’s problem breathing through the mask. I was a bit scared and even thought of backing out but trust me, you wont get chances ike this again and again in your life then why not go for it 🙂

The experience of being under water and watching such beautiful creatures and live corals were something that I always dreamt off and experiencing that was like a dream come true for me. I enjoyed every second of it. So after my scuba diving saga, I came out to get my diving video and pictures and had a hearty lunch. We headed back to Port Blair and roamed around a bit in the ABERDEEN BAZAAR which is one of the oldest markets in PORT BLAIR. I even had my favorite home made ice-cream that I used to have when I was kid and lived in Port Blair (Don’t remember the name of the shop)

So Andaman Nicobar government is very particular about preserving the natural beauty of the islands and hence taking any kind of shells or stones from these islands without permission is prohibited. If you are really interested to get your hands on some artwork made out of these shells, definitely head over to “SAGARIKA” handicraft emporium. This is a government run shop where the shells and corals that are dead are used to make very pretty handicrafts and jewelry items. The famous “PADAUK” wood that is found only in these islands are used to make handicraft pieces like “the Jarawan houses” etc. Even carefully crafted coconut shells are used to create some really cute souvenirs that you can always take to gift your loved ones from here. We did some heavy duty shopping here and still ended up spending a small amount as everything here is super CHEAP.

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The whole thing made out of broken shells

After a yummy seafood dinner in our guest house after the shopping, we all headed back to our rooms to have an early goodnight sleep as the next day was filled with our trip to the famous “CHATHAM SAW MILL” and the “SAMUDRIKA” museum. All the details for the last two days will be in the next posts.

I promise you guys, I will be more consistent with my travelogues from now on. Enjoy these pretty pictures 🙂

Have a happy coming weekend 😀

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10 thoughts on “An Archipelago of serenity- The Andaman Diaries- ROSS ISLAND & NORTH BAY

  1. […] On the way to see the FOREST MUSEUM next to the mill, I saw the rail tracks and after enquiring, I got to know that earlier locomotives were used to carry woods and later the use of locomotives were discarded. When we entered the mill, I could get this nice woody fragrance all over and then I noticed that this museum actually showcases some of the masterpieces made from the Andaman woods. This museum exhibits beautiful photographs of historical importance as well as about the general working of the Department of Environment & Forests. It also exhibits souvenirs and various handicrafts on timber. The products were so distinct with its intricate carving, polishing, designing and skilled craftsmanship. Some of these products can be easily purchased from the “SAGARIKA” handicrafts store that I had mentioned in my previous post (HERE). […]

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