I realise how much I have changed when I look back at my Goa travels. I see different shades of me in each of my Goa picture, from a hippy person to an intense thinker. This is the place that saw me evolve from parties to tranquillity.
Every youngster in India plans for Goa, some taste success, while some invent funny excuses. Luckily for me, my first Goa plan was kind of impromptu. My new 9-6 job shaped a new independent me, keen to travel places like everyone else. So, I packed my bags without a second thought when my colleagues counted me in for the trip. Buses, hotels, everything booked hardly a week in advance. Being the first Goa trip for most of us, we stuck to what a usual tourists does in short 3 days vacation around North Goa. However it was my second trip to South Goa when I realised how tranquil this party place can be.
How did we reach Goa?
We were lucky enough to get last minute bus bookings in peak January. To my relief, the TV wasn’t on during the whole night journey (Anyone has same complaint for Volvo buses!?) A peek outside the window in the morning, and I felt as if I’m in the Indian Grand Canyon. The huge red rocks accompanied us throughout twists and turns of Konkan. The journey was of about 13 hours with a pit stop for dinner, breakfast and definitely nature’s call.
Where we stayed?
The only courteous thing the owner of our homestay did was to pick us up from Mapusa, where all the buses halt. We hardly paid Rs.1000/- per night for stay. That’s the best thing about Goa, you can find cheapest of places to stay, even a beach hut! (not always top quality, try your luck!)