Things to carry always in any trip
- A novel
- Nice headphones
6: 25 pm
I took off from home all alone this time on my first solo trip . Taxi 4 Sure took me to the bus carrier. With “Ilaahi” from the movie ,”ye jawani hai deewani” being played on headphones , the bus took off 🙂
At 10 pm we halted at Tumkur for dinner ,
( Hotel Shri Sai Bhavan : Tumkur )
I had North Indian thhali , was worthy of its price at 110 bucks. Here are the contents
( North Indian Thhali )
And then the unexpected happened
Our bus’s dynamo got screwed . Here I was waiting near the restaurant with random strangers at 1 PM at night , who were fighting with the bus conductor for this inconvenience . And that too in Kannada . So I was just trying to understand what’s going on by looking at their expressions . We waited like this for about 2 hours . And then another bus came which just had space for 7 of us, out of 20 passengers . So luckily I was among these 7 people who got the chance to leave & the remaining must have waited there for the entire night . And then I reached this place
Guess the place 🙂
Yup its Goaaaaaaa………………….!!!!!
And I was welcomed by the Rain Gods of Goa 😉 . I ,and the person who was sitting on the bus next to me , together decided to rent a bike straight from the Panjim bus stop ( saving us from the unnecessary trouble of a taxi )
Akshat Jain ( friendship during the bus journey )
And then I went to my resort which I had pre – booked online ( via goIbibo ) . And on reaching there , I found that it was situated on the Baga river itself . After going through that unlucky experience with the bus, I was thanking my stars for such a beautiful sight from the resort 🙂 . And I am never going to travel on Seabird Tourists again !!!
( Baga River : Resort View ) Another breathtaking view
A walk in the gardens…
( I was staying on the 2nd floor )
The best part was that I had booked this online and I got it at reasonable rates . So whenever you visit a place ,read about it online , go through the reviews and book everything online using some discount coupons which are mostly available.
After an hour or so , i went to the Baga beach ( the most happening place of North Goa ) which was about 2 kms from my resort .
Then co -incidentally I found my fellow passenger of the bus on the beach. We became the best of friends within a span of some time and had our lunch at the beach itself in one of the shacks !!
The small shops on the beach served the tastiest pasta that I had so far . And Aloo Paratha on the beach was equally delicious.At around 7 pm , I came back to my resort again . Since I was alone , I thought let me stay in the resort itself and read that novel . After reading it for 15 minutes , it stuck to me that , what’s wrong with me !! Why am I staying here . Then I decided to go for the party though I was alone .
At 9 pm , I took off for the beach party . On the way I found a European guy asking for a lift . He was hitch-hiking & then we went to the club together . The party was supposed to start at 10:30 PM . So we decided to have an interesting conversation till the party started . His name was Nick . We sat on the bar and talked about our respective country’s cultures and everything.
Nick : So you people have 28 languages ?
I : Actually we have lot more than that if you consider the regional dialects as well inside the states.
Nick ( surprsied ) : We just have one whole Belgium , no states like that . He was also surprised to hear Spanish songs inside this country by Pitbull and others ( being played on the club )
I : So what do you find interesting in India ?
Nick : The fact that most of the people don’t wear helmets here .
He felt stupid being the only person wearing a helmet.
He told me that the first thing that comes to his mind about India are the temples !! They are everywhere ,which he saw from Vellore to Bangalore.
He was astonished to know that people here don’t drink with their families. He added that , In Belgium , parents sit with their children and have liquor together right from the age of 16 . I said Okay :-p . In Belgium, people most of the time have beer in their hands ( even when they are going to church ) . But its not like we are drunkards or something , he added 😉
We discussed about Tomorrowl and then we discussed about the pubs in Bangalore . We talked about the HRC , Toit , Sky – Lounge ( UB City , Bangalore ) .
He was amazed by the fact that Sky lounge is on the 16th floor and people can party like that 🙂 . Finally I felt proud about something . Then he asked me about what happens when you see a girl for the 1st time in a club party . Do we need to assure her about getting married in future , if we want to establish a relationship with her . I said ” That depends on the girl :-p ”
And then at 10:30 pm the party started at Tito’s !!
( Eat , Explore , Party , Repeat… )
Beachside Party !!!
You gotta party like a Goan , to understand their culture .
So I and my new set of buddies had a blast over there . Songs from David Guetta’s to Desi songs like ” Dil le gyi kudi Gujarat di” rocked the floor . Come visit this place & you will understand the “Mahool” 😉
Entry : 2000 bucks
Couple : 1500 /-
( unlimited stag )
I finally returned my resort at 2 am. Slept peacefully after returning from the most happening party of my life .
Next day started with this power packed breakfast .
I had just few hours after check-out at 11 am . So I decided to just ride around freely on the unseen streets of Goa.
While riding , I got some of the best places which were not named as any attractions but which were amazing in themselves.
( Specialty of Goa )
Lost in Nature : Pic Courtesy – Md. Abul ( local guy )
( St. Anthony Chapel )
Since I was in Goa , I decided to get a tattoo on my hand
( Tattoo artist at Work : Mr. Gujrati )
Spent some time before leaving , with the locals like him & got to know some interesting facts about Goa
- The only place where alcohol is cheaper than water . You will get drinks like “Madiii” & “Fenny” at Rs 2.5 and Rs 5 per pegs respectively
- The only place in India where you have the provision of a Pilot . ie). Motorcycle Taxi.
- Casino is available here.
Benefits of Solo Travelling :
- You will get to interact with more diversities of people which will add up to your overall experience.
- You will get to learn more about the locals.
You will end up taking selfies most of the times , as you dont have a camera person along 😛
And then suddenly it starts raining out of Nowhere ….
But you can’t stop clicking pictures…
Time for some after-noon snacks
Garma Garam Aloo Paratha with Curd + Strawberry Lassi
Tastes even better after just being drenched in rains !!
My stay in Goa was a short one ie). just 2 days
There is so much to do in Goa. Since I was short of time ,I just decided to explore some random streets of North Goa.
( @Tito’s Lane )
The Tito’s club is so famous that it has an entire street named after it 🙂
( Most happening place at night )
” If you want to have a lot of fun , travel with friends 🙂
But If you want to make new friends , travel alone !! ”
I walk a lonely road…
And end up making new friends on the way 😉