Vizag Diaries (Day 1)
Each time when we are travelling, the experience becomes a diary for us – so we named it as Our Vizag Diaries (Day 1). This is our first time we traveled together along with our families. We both felt very excited. We made our whole tour itinerary for 5 days from APTDC Kolkata office. The office is in the Sikkim House, Middleton Street. They made a good itinerary and service. We booked two hotels. Yatri Nivas at R.K Beach and Haritha Beach Resort at Rushikonda. In addition we also booked a city tour on 2nd day and Vizag-Araku Tour on 3rd day.
The day had arrived. We already packed our luggage one day before and took a cab and started our journey towards Howrah station at around 7 pm in the evening. We arrived Howrah station with full enthuse at around 7:45 pm. We booked our ticket in Howrah-Yesvantapur Express. So at 8:35pm we finally started our journey. The train journey was not so pleasant. Next day we finally reached Visakhapatnam Station at around 11 am.
Day 1: First step in the city of mountain and sea
From outside the station we took an auto and headed towards our hotel. The foremost thing which makes me feel so good was the roads and surroundings which are so well maintained and you will hardly get any bumper. We traveled for almost 40 mins till we reach our first hotel Yatri Nibas.
We checked in the hotel and headed towards our respective rooms to get freshen up ourselves. Then we took our lunch and took rest. In the evening we finally started to explore the city.
1st Destination-INS Kursura (S20) Submarine on RamaKrishna Mission Beach:
By now everybody must have watched the very recent film The Ghazi Attack.
NO..we are not talking about the plot of the film or cinematography. We just want to remind you about the Submarine of that film. How incredible it looks in light of the dawn in the middle of the Bay of Bengal. You must feel excited after seeing that part.
But if you really get a chance to explore a submarine in and out of it physically…isn’t it so exciting? So, lets explore together through this blog…
Before that day we saw submarine in videos, newspapers and TV. But for the first time when we saw the huge pride of nation which served India for 31 years till 2001, made us stunt to see what a beauty of technology.
This kind of museum is very rare in the world and also the only submarine museum in India.
The submarine stopped functioning in the middle of the sea.
After putting a great effort it was brought out to the shore. The museum is well maintained both outside and inside. They made different posture of human statue and placed them within the compartment of the submarine to give more vivid view of submarine. Each compartment has guide who are also navy personnel.
Six retired naval personnel serve as guides and another one as the curator.
They are providing the brief description of the life of the navy in the submarine. After listening and seeing all the things we really gave a salute to our Indian Navy.
Interesting Facts about INS Kursura (S 20)
- INS Kursura (S 20) is the India’s fourth submarine.
- Total hard work of 18 months and around 5,50,00,000 rupees was spent to move the submarine to the current location.
- Ins Kursura had traveled a total distance of 1,36,100 kilometers , which is greater than the diameter of the earth.
- According to the report, approx 3 lakh tourists visit the museum, generating a revenue of 1,00,00,000 rupees each year.
- Despite being a decommissioned submarine, she still receives the navy’s “Dressing Ship” honour, which is usually only awarded to active ships.
- Ins Kursura had a speed of 30kmph. It has a capacity of holding 53 torpaedos along with 10 torpaedo chambers. Among which 4 chambers are in the front and 6 chambers at the back.
Travel rating: 10/10
After our visit to museum we came up to the road side small shops of counch. They sell different products of counch for home decoration in a very cheap price.
2nd Destination-Victory At Sea, Naval War Memorial:
On our way back to the hotel we notice the beautiful monument, just opposite to the submarine, made in 1971 in honor of the navy soldiers who gave their life during war. In addition we also saw a tanker, a fighter plane, a missile and few bombs. It was built by the Indian Navy to commemorate the demolition of Ghazi (Pakistani submarine) during the Indo Pak war.
We came back to our hotel and this was how we enjoyed our first day exploring Vizag.
This is not the end, stay with us to explore two more days at Vizag, discovering new places.