Helloz every one! I am just back from an amazing holiday (reason for missing presence on my blog) from one of the most favourite holiday destination in India, Goa! I have been to Goa twice for work and once with family, this was my first time with friends and it was just amazing.
The trip was planned almost a month back between 3 of us, out of which 2 of us were determined to make it happen any which ways. So like any other holiday planning we started off with booking of tickets. My friend Prachi booked the tickets and I booked the hotel. While the return tickets were confirmed, the tickets for the journey from Mumbai to Goa were on waiting list. The train from Mumbai to Goa would take mere 10 hours and we started dreaming of waking up to Goa and start enjoying right away. To fulfil this dream I sprang into action and used one of my contacts to confirm the ticket; he almost swore to god that the tickets will be confirmed and that we should reach the station on time. The thing with tickets on waiting list is that the seat number are allotted after the chart is prepared that is 3 hours prior to the journey.
So we were waiting patiently impatiently for the seat numbers to be allotted, I kept calling Prachi to check the portal and our worst nightmare had come true, the tickets were not confirmed! So crest fallen were we that I was almost about to burst into tears. I was cursing that fellow for spoiling our holiday but I too was determined to make it happen and so I tried for bus tickets. Unfortunately since it was a week with 2 public holidays apparently everybody on the globe (exaggeration intended) had planned Goa and I was not able to get tickets from anywhere. Finally the same source got bus tickets at around 10 pm for us after lot of struggle, Prachi came to my place and we boarded the bus at around 12.45 am. At that moment I concluded that the Almighty has done this because of my love for road travel.(Talk about blind belief :-P)
Mean while in all this chaos, our respective mothers were worried to the core. So amid all this confusion and anxiety our journey started and we slept blissfully in the bus journey dreaming to wake up to Goa. Much to our surprise we were only half way thru when we opened our eyes at around 7 am. So again we slept and woke up and finally reached Margaon at around 2.30 PM.
We had booked a resort of Goa Tourism Development Corporation named Colva Residency at Colva Beach and our experience with the hotel was one of its kinds, more about it later. So we took an auto riksha from Margao bus depot and reached the hotel at around 3 PM. We loved the resort instantly because of many reasons and resented it equally later for others. For one, it was touching the beach and secondly it had beautiful lawns which were eye pleasing and later fully utilized for our photo sessions! 😀
We had no particular agenda for the trip and this was by far the most unplanned trip I had undertaken, which I realised later, was a blessing in disguise. After reaching the hotel we freshened up and were a bit late in starting the day at around 5 PM because of the bus travel which took much longer than expected, as against 9 AM had we travelled by train. Nevertheless, it did not dampen our spirits and we hit the beach straight away looking pretty and fresh J. We shunned all the unnecessary things, namely extra clothes which were unsuitable for the beach :-D, our anxiety of being all by ourselves, our fear of things going wrong and we literally and figuratively let out hair down that evening. We had some good food and were off to sleep like well mannered children by 10.30 PM :-P. This was the end of Day 1 of our trip.
The beach is amazingly clean and naturally beautiful and the best part about it is that it is less crowded and is almost like a private beach in the mornings and late evenings as against beaches in North Goa which are almost always crammed with tourists. Initially I had feared that the distance of Colva from all the hot and happening places would be of a little inconvenience but all such notions were cleared and replaced with happiness later.
More about our Goa Trip in the next post