Finally i am writing about Goa- everybody's favorite destination. After a long wait of 28 years of my life, I finally visited Goa. I had a short and sweet trip to Goa for 4 nights and 3 days. And as expected it was an amazing experience, best of all my trips. You can be totally carefree here and that's the best part. A bike and Google maps are enough to explore the place.
How to reach: We live in Bangalore. We had planned our trip well in advance and hence had booked flights to and fro which costed 6k for 2 person. One can take bus as well from Bangalore. It would be an overnight journey. I feel it's better to go by bus as it will drop you in Panjim. Some buses goes to Calungute and hence you can get down there too. Dabolim airport is in south Goa. We had planned to go to North Goa. So, we took taxi from there to Calungute. If someone plans for south Goa, then flight is a good option.
Transportation: There is no Ola or Uber service in Goa. Only local taxis are available, which are bit expensive. So, better to rent your own bike or car as per convenience. Airport taxis are again expensive. They have prepaid rates for different places in Goa from the airport. They have different rates for a/c and non a/c taxis. We got an Activa @Rs.250/- per day. But the owner would ask for an Original ID proof which he would keep for security purpose. Don't give the driving licence to him as you may have to show it to the Police, if caught :-).
Pro Tip: If you are renting a bike, then do not forget to put on the Helmet, else you may end up paying fine if caught by traffic police. You don't wanna get caught by police while on a trip. Goa police is very particular about the traffic rules. The fine amount is Rs.100/- for not wearing the helmet. Don't pay extra even if the police is asking. Google it to be on a safer side.
Where to Stay: There are thousands of options available in Goa. One can choose as per the budget. We took a budget hotel i.e "Dona Terezinha" in Calungute area which costed us Rs.1000/- night with breakfast for a non A/C room. This was a decent hotel and everything was available near by at a walk able distance. The Breakfast was also decent. Overall it was good. If you are travelling in Winter, then need not book A/C room as it would be cool in the night time.
Food: Need not mention, Goa is a paradise for foodies. You can get anything you want. Starting from varieties of sea-food to the local cuisine or any type of cafe style food. You can have street food, else eat in the beach shacks or in the local restaurants to taste the local cuisine.
We reached Goa on a Tuesday evening. We had plans to explore Goa for the next 3 days and came back on Saturday.
Chapora Fort->museum of Goa->Vagator beach->Anjuna beach and the Flee market->Baga Beach
We started with the "Dil chahta hai" fame Chapora fort. This was huge. We went to like one end of the hill top from where the view was awesome, but to go here, we had to climb and cross a wall which was kind of closed. We took some nice clicks from here. From this fort, Vagator beach was visible. It was windy and the view was amazing. But, it was a sunny morning and hence I felt somewhat tired. So , we thought to visit the "Museum of Goa". The creator of the museum Mr. Subodh Kerker's view on Goan history and culture, took me to a different era. They have some amazing and beautiful creations through sculptures, paintings and photographs in display. This is a must see for artistic people as they can have deep understanding on this. By the time we were done, it was afternoon already. We had lunch on the way at a local restaurant before proceeding to Vagator, Anjuna and Baga Beach in a row, one after the other. The beaches were all beautiful. Vagator and Anjuna had rocky bed and Baga is a white sandy beach. I got a chance to visit the Anjuna flea market as it was a Wednesday (only day this market is open). We came back to the hotel by night.