Made good use of the extended weekend, courtesy the Republic Day. Had my first trip to Goa, with friends for my current project in pune. 4 of us, we hired a Chevrolet Tavera… living life king-size u see :-)…the travel was too comfortable, trust me.
After reaching Goa on 24th morning @ 9, it took us 2 hrs to get a hotel room, courtesy the huge crowd that probably had reached early in the morning. And well, it was all our idea of adventure, when we decided not to book a hotel from pune itself :-)
Anyways, finally got a room…& the lazy bones tht we all were, we preferred taking a ‘short’ 3-hr nap to exploring goa. Finally, in the evening., we reached possibly the most visited place in goa…the Calingute beach…& wow…it was all thr…the sea, water, the crooowd, the water-sports, and yeah the babes :-)
Somehow, we were too lazy (mayb bcoz of the lonng journey last nite or mayb bcoz we felt we were too old for venturing into the water in our chaddis :-))…so, ended up jus sitting on the beach, while the others (& yeah thr were those 40, 50+ ppl too thr) enjoyed the sea as it shud b in goa. Also, on the same day, we visited the Vegator beach (guest hr wud b sme 20 odd beaches in goa).
Anyways, we were all determined to make the most of the next day…discovered sthing called a Dolphin cruise conducted by GTDC (think tht was Goa Tourism Dev Corp). registered fr tht for the nxt morning, hoping tmrw will be another day. So the first day was a lil too lazy & a huge disappointment, must say :-(
Watver, don’t care, since I knw we kinda made up fr it the next day :-)…So, got up the next day, and rushed to catch the dolphins jumping in the sea (atleast we hoped we will get to c sme)…fortunately for us (& unfortunately for the cruise-guy), we got sme 10-15 min late fr it…we were taken to the ferry via a car, instead of the regular bus, which wud hv carried all others :-) (& yea tht is wen we got the quote frm the driver of the car “goa main time is money”…ahaa…ok whatever :-))
So, we reached a place close to the Marriott, Panaji (btw panaji seemed to be a good place to me), frm whr we got into a ferry (a lil disappointment here fr me, as I had already started to hv huge expectations of a cruise-liner picking us :D)…& well, must say, tht was a great start to the day…we saw dolphins jumping in the sea…caught 3 jumps in my cell-phone video too…man, I was rlly happy thr :-)
Post-that, visited the Aguada fort, which frankly was a lil bit of a disappointment. Did go-karting….dnt knw y, but I hv kinda started to hate this now.
And then came the actual goa trip…went to the calingute, bought the ‘goa’ t shirts & swimming shorts / trunks (watever), and ventured onto the beach…rushing first to the parasail….man, I loved it…did it fr the first time…and wat a fun it was…we were screaming wen we were pulled by the speed-boat. Funnies moment: while cming down, my frnd screaming “excuse me” to the ppl standing below…now, wat a sophisticated fello he is :P…& yup, even tht parasail has been caught on the video :-)
So, post tht, we did all tht playing in the water…loved it…seemed like a young kid again...finally, the life-guard van came up asking everyone to come out of the water…& tht ws it fr us…a short ‘actual goa’ (yea I mean the sea) trip, but we simply loved it.
After tht, we decided to roam arnd in goa …visited the baga beach…close to it ws the Tito’s (guess the most popular pub in goa)…ended our day, wen we started feeelin sleepy (& content with hw the day went by :-))..headed off to the hotel.
The last day, we had decided to leave early, so as to rch okishly in time bak to pune….hence, visited sme churches, had a look at the Miramar & the dona paula beach. Seriously, these beaches are nowhere comparable to the Calingute…no water sports, hardly any crowd, nthing.
So, the last one was a short day…we didn’t feel like leaving goa…but the crazy workaholic frnd of mine had an imp meeting the nxt day...all packed up, but wid a promise to b back again as soon as possible…My gtalk status msg fr the nxt few days said “made a resolution to be in goa atleast once every 2 yrs”…nt bad if u think practically :-)
So, tht was it…my first goa trip, short, but absolutely greaatt...& more importantly, one which ended wid a promise to b bak again. Cya.