I’d always thought I’d visit Goa with a huge bunch of friends and explore the little state on bike and relax on an empty beach for hours. This trip was the entire opposite. But not disappointing at all! After an emotional blackmail by my sister, I readily agreed to bunk 2 days of college to experience the much hyped place. The thing is, one should NEVER miss an opportunity to travel and see new places. That too in our own country.
To express everything in words, my Goa trip = 12 hours Airavat (bus) journey + Panjim by foot + Miramar Beach + Dessert at Marriott + Para sailing at Calangute Beach! + Sunset at Chapora Fort + Cashew, Spices and Cake shopping! + Exploring Old Goa = St. Augustine tower + Basilica of Bom Jesus + Ferry Ride to island nearby + Exploring Chorao island + Paitona Backwaters + NH-17 food + Lotus pond + Sunset at Candolim Beach + Aguada Fort + Ride to Vasco da Gama Railway Station + 16 hours in Vasco – Yeshwantpur Express.
Some personal observations = Goa may seem too hyped. But thats just for non drinkers & non party people, etc. It is REALLY green. Lot of cake & sweet shops everywhere. Beautifully built houses and structures! Humidity. Even when it rains. Bridges. City lights in the night. 2 days is not enough to explore the whole of Goa. As Dakshath said, exploring a state/ city is all about discovering the non cliched places and the stories behind them. Its not about spending all the time by the beach and eating at fancy restaurants. Or something like that. So given an opportunity, will I want to visit again? Definitely!