2016 has been the year of travel for me. As mentioned sometime, somewhere in this blog, I have never really travelled much in my entire life. So yes, the li’l bit of travelling that I have done is apparently way too much for me!
Anyhow, I might have been a lazy blob of flesh in the past and did not write much about travelling but I made a pretty li’l promise to myself – I will at least document the travels I have done in 2016 in 2016 only!
I have been to Goa a couple of times now. This trip, like all other trips to Goa in the past, was an impromptu one. Tickets were booked one night and then there I was, breathing the air of Goa.
Before I move on and talk about this amazing trip, some travel tips for this place:
- Though there are the peak seasons in Goa but if you really plan to enjoy the beaches, plan a trip during the offseason. It’s worth!
- Plan your trip well in advance – decide what all you have to do and where all you have to visit and then book your hotels (yes, well in advance!)
- There is so much water and sun there, please carry your swim-suit and sunscreen!
- If planning to travel on your own in Goa, rely on Google maps and carry extra power back-up for phones.
|Let the most relaxing trip so far begin! How much I love the roads of Goa!|
The first day, I decided to chill in South Goa in a resort only. No driving around, no beaches – just relaxing in the resort. The Ramada Caravela Beach Resort (Varca) was perfect for this. A pretty room with constant oceanic noise – couldn’t have asked for more.
|Not exactly an ocean – view room, but too much peace!|
My first day in Goa was spent relaxing and watching the sunset by the beach.
|The property looked just magical by the evening.|
|The pool side bar swag taken to the next level!|
|The vibrant colour!|
|Chilling by the poolside!|
|Oh, this beauty of the road!|
|This is the other side of the beach – the backwater lake.|
|This is somewhere while crossing Betul while driving from Palolem towards Panjim.|
|This river ran alongside the roads that lead to Panjim.|
I spent the rest of my day in the hotel relaxing. Though I planned to visit one of the casinos that night but then somehow I preferred to sleep! Also, I was excited for the next morning. Finally, I was going to this famous fort of Goa. I have this natural love for forts which is just not explainable.
The third morning started with Aguada Fort visit. We north Indians, after being exposed to the magnificent Mughal architecture, in general, expect a lot out of forts. So, yes, this Fort might just be a disappointment but it has its own beauty. It’s huge, yes! And the chills of watching the infinite sea fight the walls of the fort is next level!
|The Beautifully preserved piece of Portuguese architecture.|
|Because I had to get clicked here!|
|The few to the other side from the Fort.|
|I don’t know but there was certain peace in this commotion and chaos as well.|
|The view from the room.|
|As I mentioned, the drive in Goa is pretty delightful.|
|So this place had these elegant white tents where you can enjoy the beauty of the sea. This is Marbella Beach Resort.|
|Yes, I am kind of obsessed with back shots!|
|The picture probably couldn’t capture the height which I wanted to highlight. But still!|
|From one side it gives a clear view of the Arabian Sea.
Goa definitely has a lot of surprises to offer. For example, this old vintage pink ambassador! Goa drives – always a pleasure.
And my final destination was Casino Royale. I just wanted to go there and win. That was one challenge that I took. Moreover, I had to do away with this for once and for all.
This yacht was more into the river, so the boat ride was long. I was nervous because I just did not want to lose.
This casino had a massive yacht and the place was better. Or maybe my time of visit was such that the professionals had still not come.
The last day in Goa was totally filmy for me. First the Chapora Fort and then this Royale thing. I placed all my money on the Roulette table again – and trust me, you will always get a feeling right out from a Bond movie while you are placing your bet, trying to understand other people and their bets!
After I recovered around 60 per cent of the money invested, I came back with a happy face. I drove back to Vasco, gave back the car and left for the airport. This trip was certainly the one to remember!
This was the Goa with the beaches. I will go to Goa once again to visit the Dudhsagar falls and the Ramakrishna Ashram there. Goa is a beautiful state. I fall in love with it with me each visit!