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…
I went to Goa with my parents. And trust me, it was fun. For
one, you really don’t have to worry about money when you’re out travelling,
shopping, eating or drinking.
Secondly, you have a 90% success rate of going to all the places YOU want to go
to, instead of compromising for the sake of your friends. Baga Balcony Glass Windows
Now I stayed in Goa for 4 nights, two of which were in Baga
and the other two in Candolim. Both places were booked via Airbnb. One advice:
Avoid booking a hotel room, even if it’s near a beach (I don’t understand
people’s obsession with beaches; they’re quite dirty and crowded). Instead,.......