My birthday was just around the corner and I wanted to do something special. Goa had long since been one of my favourite destinations and while I had visited Goa on several occasions in the past, I always came back feeling incomplete.
You see, I don't drink or smoke. And while I do dance, I don't party. And Goa is famous for all of this. However, while trying to figure out what all one can do in Goa, I discovered an entirely new side to the place that most people don't talk about, especially most people my age. I'm the sort of person who likes to do off-beat stuff even in the most popular of places for two reasons:
1) a new experience
2) it wouldn't be crowded.
So, I dug deeper and I found a place in Bardez where one can stay in a tree house and a mud house! The place is absolutely eco-friendly and everything is made out of organic matter, including the houses. I loved the what the pictures showed me and I knew I'd want to stay there. After a few hours of research, I knew I wanted to remember this birthday by saying that I spent it in a tree house. How often does one get to say that! I researched a few more websites and found a lot of off-beat stuff to do.
I quickly booked a train for 2 and told my friend about it. A few days later, we were sitting in the overnight train to Goa! It was a night I remember distinctly because I was finally going to a place I had always felt incomplete after visiting with a plan of my own. I had always gone with family so I couldn't always go wherever I wanted. Now, I could, and with old Hindi songs playing on my phone, the rocking of the train rocked me to sleep.