Others would ask, “Goa
jaake peeya nhi toh kya kiya?”. I, on the other hand would ask, “Goa jaake ghuma nhi toh kya kiya?” Now one would tell you that churches, beaches, drinking and
clubbing are the only things to go for in Goa. But that isn’t the case at all. There
sure is a lot more to do than just sit in your room or laze around the beach.
Especially when you’ve driven 14 hours to reach your destination. Phew.
So what did I do? I took the car (and then scooty; with a GA
registration) and drove full North Goa to South Goa. Out of the 1314kms that we
drove, 100kms happened within the state in 3 days.
Day 1 we went to Baga beach in the morning but since neither
I nor my dad had any plans of getting wet that morning, we headed to Fort
Aguada, past Sinquerim beach for some sightseeing.
This place is around 10kms
(30mins) from Baga. It’s up on a mountain/hill and is a famous tourist spot.
How’d I know? The number of cars were a lot and it felt like half of the family
tourist crowd cam…
The journey is more important than the destination. I learnt driving 2 years ago (enrolled for a driving class 3
days after my 18th birthday) and since then I’ve driven on every
possible type of road. But I wanted more. Flying by air didn’t excite me.
I wanted to look out of the window to trees and open roads; not clouds. 2 weeks ago after lots of pleading or logical reasoning (as
I like to put it), I finally convinced my parents to accompany me on a road
trip to Goa. At first, they were a bit apprehensive of the length of the
journey (owing to previous bad experiences with bus travelling), but then
again, you gotta do what you want to do.
The route we selected was Mumbai – Pune – Satara – Kolhapur –
Amboli Ghat – Baga, Goa. We only did one stopover for the night at Pune. The
rest was a continuous drive with only a 45 minute halt for lunch before the
start of the 73km long, 3.5 hour Amboli Ghat.
Note: Just after the food mall at Lonavala and before the start of the
ghats, is a small s…
The Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) is the largest of India's Central Armed Police Forces. The CRPF's primary role lies in assisting the State/Union Territories in police operations to maintain law and order and counter insurgency. With 239 battalions and various other establishments, the CRPF is considered India's largest paramilitary force and has a sanctioned strength of 313,678 personnel.
Yesterday, at 3:15pm, a Scorpio driven by a Jaish suicide bomber who was a local youth carrying a huge amount of explosives, deliberately crash banged into 1 of the 78 trucks which formed part of the convoy carrying approximately 2500 CRPF personnel who were returning from their vacation and proceeding to resume work in Awantipora, 30kms from Srinagar.