Goan Night Life..

25.12.2015:

@16.30 hrs – We reached Goa. But we don’t want to go to our rooms directly as we thought that we paid the cab driver a little more than usual and we have to justify that :). We are too wicked πŸ˜‰ We asked our cab driver to drive us to the Miramar beach. Miramar beach is that buzzing city beach, families flocking to the waterline.

Goa enjoys a unique image that “There is always something different to experience”. This image is truly justified as a lot of activity hubs like the Night Bazars, Cruise Casinos etc are coming into the picture, particularly along the coastal belt which provides entertainment and experiences to the tourists. Something for everyone, Goa is all of languid stupor, waiting to engulf the traveler’s core. One simply can’t get enough of this indulgence.

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How can we forget the fact that it’s Friday and we shouldn’t miss the Mapusa Market? We asked our cab driver to drop us at the Mapusa market. The small town of Mapusa lies in North Goa and is one of the main markets of the State. The market is much bigger than the one which I have imagined, though it’s not so different from any other regional markets, it has got a typical aura of Goa. There were different vendors like the inland farmers as well as the coastal fishermen.

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As it was the closing time, people were busy in grabbing the stuff. While the natives shop for all they want through out the week, the tourists can buy a variety of things like spices, clothes, antiques, souvenirs etc. We had a walk around the market and headed back to our room. We asked Sushmita and Phani to join us over the dinner and they readily agreed. We went back to our resort and relaxed for sometime. It was Christmas and though there was a high demand for the bikes, we managed to get the 3 required and headed to the Baga beach.

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Goa is always best when the holidays we choose to spend are in one of the popular Goan beaches. The beaches of Goa are the perfect destination for a relaxing vacation. @ 19.30 hrs – We were at Baga, one of the most crowded beaches and as it was Christmas, it was literally filled with people in every nook and corner. We were into an open DJ and started dancing along with the others for few minutes and headed to another shack which is relatively less crowded and ordered our food. The food wasn’t that great as usual, somehow I didn’t like the vegan food in shacks of Goa 😦

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Once done with our dinner, we had a long walk along the beach and left a few sky lanterns wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and made our way to the Tito’s Mambo Cafe, a discothequeΒ which is a few mins walk from the beach. We danced to the hilt till 22.30 hrs and were too exhausted. We drove back to our room while Sushmita and Phani left for their hotel. It’s 23.00 hrs, yet Goa is full of life as if it was 19.00 hrs in the evening and that’s what I love about Goa. πŸ™‚

Good night!!

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Goa – The shopping Paradise

24.12.2016:

@20.00 hrs – We left Calungate to explore further. Our next destination is the most famous beach of Goa – the Baga beach. Usually it takes about 20 mins to reach from the Calungate to Baga beach, but we took a bit long coz we went on shopping. Shopping in Goa is an experience in itself, as the markets, plush shopping malls and the flea markets turn Goa into a perfect shopper’s destination.

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Perhaps this is the first time, I was literally on a shopping spree. Our shopping list included a lot varying from common accessories to shorts, T-shirts and some frocks for Shweta. Yeah, how can she forget telling me to shop for her when I am at such a shopping destination πŸ˜‰ . Trust me, we didn’t leave any shop in between Calungate and Baga untouched. Lol!! Offering amazing varieties and price, Goa is truly a shopaholics dream.

Shopping in Goa was a new experience from me as we can bargain to any extent in a flea market, we can spend till the last penny indulging into a luxurious shopping mall without a bargain at all or we can own few fashion clothes and accessories with a luxurious touch after a good bargain. That’s why shopping is so famous in Goa I think πŸ™‚ . Goa has a lot of flea markets at different places on different days to make shopping a truly different experience.

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Anjuna Flea Market, a market paradise, will be held every Wednesday on Anjuna Beach while the Mapusa market will be on a bright friday morning and is one of the most important place and the traditional Mapusa market is popular for Goa’s famous ‘Chouricos’ sausages. The Calungate market is held every saturday along the beautiful Calungate beach and Baga flea market competes with this on the same day 😦 . The products available will be all sorts of beach wear, accessories, clothes, shells, shell jewelry, books (mythology to fiction – everything will be available), souvenirs etc..

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It’s Thursday (no flea markets available on Thursdays) and was already 21.30 hrs by the time we reached the Baga beach. It is the most happening beach and was way too crowded. The shacks on the beaches, shops on the road side, discotheques and restaurants were full of people. We took a walk along the beach and entered the Mackie’s Night Bazaar. Held under the open sky along the beach, this is a shopping secret to unravel. I could see some locals as well as foreigners selling clothes, beach wear, local handicrafts, and beautiful souvenirs.

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One more interesting thing here is the live performances of by the local music bands and the local musicians playing some live music on their instruments, and this adds an extra color to the already brightly lit market with vibrant colored clothes and accessories hanging infront of the shacks. The market also offers food from different cuisines like Chinese, Tibetian, Goan, Mexican etc.

22.30 hrs it was! Time to get back to our rooms, we have got a lot of plans the following day πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

Calungate – The mini world of Parasailing..

24.12.2015:

@ 14.00 hrs – Guneet and I walked towards a stretch of the Calungate beach which is like a few feet away from our resort. The beach is full of sand and shacks where few foreigners were chilling out with few drinks and some good sea-food, while a few others were sun-bathing and young children playing on the shore. What I found here were boards.. Yeah, boards asking us “Want to go parasailing”, “Jet Ski, 15 mins, Rs. 200” etc..etc..

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The beach is serene, not much crowded and not like most happening sort. We returned back to our resort and got settled in the open restaurant for our food. While I opted Noodles, Mythri opted a plain meal and Guneet settled for a Goan meal, as she is the only Non-veganΒ among us πŸ™‚ . The food was served quite quick and tasted good. After a good meal, we rested for sometime. It was during this time I came to know that my friend (a senior in my college) was also there in Goa with her husband.

@17.00 hrs – We went to the beach again. But this time it was different. It was too crowded, full of people and activity. People playing in the waters, adventurers trying the most famous Goan water sport ‘Para Sailing’, hawkers selling flowery crowns, some LEDs, shorts etc. are all on the sands of the Calungate beach. The beach which we stood on right now is the mid-point of the Calungate and Baga stretch. Baga is yet another famous beach in Goa.

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The best part of Goa is the mode of transport. It’s a simple process, what all you need to own a vehicle for any number of days in Goa is an identity card and few bucks in your pockets. Usually in the off-season, one can hire a two wheeler for 150 or 200 rupees per day and a four wheeler for 500 or 600 rupees a day. And it will be too difficult to take a bike on rent during the season time like Christmas and New Year. We tried very hard to rent two Honda DIOs for a rent a 300 rupees per each, that too just till the night 😦 . But we decided that we should make the most of it πŸ˜€

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Calungate is a town in North Goa, which is quite famous for its beach and shopping options. One more important thing is that it is quite simple to move from one place to another in Goa, even if one doesn’t have a clue about the place. Calungate beach has got some coconut groves and brightly lit restaurants and tattoo shops in middle of them. There isn’t any provision of paying a parking fee here, it’s totally free, but few champs try to outsmart us and be careful with them πŸ˜‰

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Once there, Mythri and Guneet wanted to have some temporary tattoos on their hands. While Guneet chose some starts on her wrist, Mythri thought for quite sometime and I helped her by saying to have “Joie De Vivre”Β inked onto her hand πŸ™‚ . Isn’t it just apt for the moment? πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ Once done, we moved towards the beach, by this time it was dark. While the shacks are filled with people boozing, eating and dancing on the floors, the sands were filled with chairs and tables dimly lit by the candles placed on them.

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The candle-lit tables resembled a patch of land filled with lots of fire-flies at a time πŸ˜€ . We chose a table at one of the shacks and ordered some food. The waves soothing our feet, a loud music turned out to be soft after travelling quite some distance towards us from the shacks, chirps among the people around us, the cool breeze comforting us.. It’s a moment which everyone should live through.. πŸ™‚