Day 6 (2nd October 2011) Sunday
|Early Morning Train to Goa|
We had great days in Mumbai. It was a lifetime experience for me. And the next chapter was about to begin, Goa. Had heard a lot but never had chance to visit Goa earlier. I was excited a lot. We took early morning train to Goa from CST, Mumbai. I had thought that we would be able to see the sea all day long to Goa because as per the map Goa is just at another end of Arabian Sea from Mumbai. Contrary to this we happened to see the mountains and our train passed through numerous tunnels until we reached Goa. Truly saying my excitement was slowly going down as the train was passing through those dark, dusty tunnels. I was
not liking the tunnel experience, dark, dusty and smelly
tunnels. I must have felt such because we were travelling in Sleeper Class this
time. Windows remained open all the time. Here I would like to request one
thing to all passengers who travel by Train, not to throw waste and rubbish
from the window. All of them were throwing the wastage, plastics, and leftovers
from the windows. I think only two of us were putting everything in a plastic
bag so that we could bin it afterwards. The railway tracks looked so polluted
due to all those plastic bags, wrappers and styrofoam plates.
He drove us to the South Goa, which was nearer to the station and brought us to Hotel Vhailenkuti. Room looked okay and the rate was reasonable, so we decided to stay there as it was already 10:00 PM by then. We changed and went out for food. Surprisingly most of the Restaurants were open in Goa, I felt as if people all over India sleep only after midnight. We had good food in Panjabi Dhaba. Fish Curry and Rice were best among all.
Day 7 (3rd October 2011) Monday
Our Hotel Manager, a Nepali Guy, knocked at our door late night to ask us if we were interested to go sightseeing the other day on Hotel Bus with other customers in hotel. We agreed immediately and paid 750 IC each which included visits to- Anjuna Beach, Vagator Beach, Callangute Beach, deep sea Dolphin watch in Sequrim Beach and finally a cruise on Mandovi River. We were staying in South Goa, very peaceful and very beautiful colva beach with less people, and next day we were going to North Goa.
Day 8 (4th October 2011) Tuesday
Day 8 (4th October 2011) Tuesday
|Deep Sea Dolphin Visit|
We hurriedly took some snaps. Then the last destination of that day was a river cruise. The cruise was on the Mondavi River in Panjim. We spent that evening on the top of the ship enjoying the sunset and Portuguese music. It was really fun when I danced upon a call of MC of the cultural program in the cruise. We returned back to hotel by 8:30 PM. We changed and went out for dinner. Goa looked beautiful at night with all those lights and shops targeted for tourists, somehow similar to Thamel of Kathmandu.
Day 9 (5th October 2011) Wednesday
|Cruise on Mandovi River|
Day 10 (6th October 2011) Thursday
|We standing on Sea Shells|
Day 11, 12 (7th & 8th October 2011) Friday & Saturday
|Classical Portuguese Dance|
We decided to purchase some. Orai arrived, we hurriedly got off the train and bought some and got into the train. It was hot and served in mud bowl; it was giving out a very pure and delicious scent. We could not resist long and tested one each, it was amazingly tasty. Our next stop was Kanpur, the train reached Kanpur around 12 AM, and the gentleman got off the train. He had told before bed that every Saturday night he would take train to Kanpur to meet his wife who worked in Kanpur as a lecturer in a college. Actually railway in India is a boon left to them by British. It is the biggest organization employing largest number of people in the world. Finally we reached Gorakhpur, our destination at 8:30 AM. We took car to Nepal border and a direct bus to Hetauda, to get tika and blessings from our elders as Dashain was not over yet.
It was a wonderful stay in Goa. Fun fun and fun……………. Just loved it. :-)