First Trip to Goa
We had no intention to go to Goa in July, we just booked the tickets as there was some sale from Spicejet 4 months before the trip.We have got the tickets for Rs.5000 (to and fro) per person, which I thought was a good deal. Though we know about the trip much ahead of time, we deliberately did not make any attempt to plan the trip. We wanted the trip to be a relaxed one and also want explore different things there. I just spoke to my colleague about the place and his experience in Goa. As per his suggestion we booked a resort in North Goa.
The next morning, we had breakfast at So My Resorts. They served us Upma and Puri, which were ok. Then we went to Calangute beach by walk, we were there at the beach for 2.5 hours and we enjoyed it. I was desperately waiting for the water sports, but as it was rainy season there were not water sports. We walked along the beach to reach Baga beach where my friend had tried sea food. He didn't like it at all, as they hadn't cooked that properly. So one has to be careful when trying food there, its better to know where to eat before hand. We reach our resort by walk after that. The first thing we did after reaching the resort is hiring a bike. They charged us Rs.250 per day and asked for some ID proof. I thought this is a very good option as you can go wherever you want without waiting for public transport, which you have no idea about or hire a taxi, which might be expensive.
While going back to the resort we saw Wagah Border restaurant about which I read in some reviews, so we wanted to try that. Ambience is good in Wagah Border, but they took very long to serve the food. Once the food has arrived all our anger about the delay has vanished as the food was very tasty. Then we went to see Basilica of Bom Jesus which is the oldest church in Goa. There is also a Portuguese museum opposite to it, there is nothing special about both but you can visit those just to know things about the Portuguese culture and architecture.We went for the boat cruise at Panaji in the evening, which is Rs.250/person. The boat cruise was not that exciting. You can skip it. The next day morning we had breakfast at So My Resorts which was decent and again went to Calangute beach to spend a couple of hours. After spending 1.5 hours there we went back to the resort freshened up and went to the airport to take the flight in the afternoon. I suggest you have food somewhere before reaching the airport because the food at the airport is damn expensive.
On the whole, I loved Goa because of the beaches, climate and the fact that you can rent a vehicle and go anywhere on your own.