GOAN ardour-Off season…Offseason…Offseason!


Air Asia..Launching Services …Pre-Booking opens…Limited seats left…July –Aug –Quick decision ..Tickets Booked..GOAJ -The FINAL Destination!!

So hurriedly had we decided to make Goa an “On beat” heart throb in this Off Beat Monsoon season by booking the tickets this April in a span of just few hours..But as the saying goes, never regret the decision once made, indeed alarmed by the “Offseason Tag” in these months, we decided to have a prolific stay & make this trip a chronicle in the chapter of our lives with our 11month kid.

So tagged as “Last minute Managers” ,all the readiness ranging from booking of the hotel to planning the itinerary ,was made in last 3 days ,yet being very un-certain about the roam around plan ,but since it was a trip with our best couple (also having same aged Kid) ,it had to be something electrifying &indeed it turned out to be.

Bags Packed –Catching the flight –”On the Time” – Here we started in night, traversed 2hrs & landed in GOA(Dabolim Airport)at approx.10:30 PM .

Cold shrill breeze welcomed us, as fresh rains had just poured over making the land soggy, full of fresh aroma, the first look even at the night was so unsullied, far away from that of Delhi.

Taking a cab to our hotel “La Spazio” in North Goa took some 1.30 hr from the airport & with all clamouring over of both the kids (rather their excitement ;)), reaching the destination to have a luxurious dinner at 12 midnight along with sipping some fresh aromatic coffee under the dark starry sky was completely un-thought off ..As said ,it was a brilliant start!

Slept over a comfortable night (even by the kids, post being tired of past day’s continuous events), again rainy morning welcomed us..But it was for hardly 30 minutes post which decent sunshine broke out..Relaxing beside the pool, making kids aware of “an altered but cool life” by getting them dipped in the pool water, seeing them enjoy really made all the eyes sparkle & smiles gleamed all over ..Post having a sun cum Pool bath, it was time to have a breakfast & ponder upon our Day1 to make it a good start.

Having thought off ,to let kids experience so called “Thrill” ,we planned to roam around the city ,catch some amazing beaches at our time by 2-wheeler –Activa.

Hiring two of them, here the sojourn began ,with “WE” the drives as well as riders ,making the passersby our GPS (& yes boards all over were actually a great help ,especially during late evenings/night) –

So the first halt had to be beach closest to us ,which was Anjuna Beach
,highly Rocky & a very small one but the very first look at the waves gushing over those rocks & splashing water all over made it so pleasant ,to add on look at those “Red Rocky Crabs” added an amazing flavour & excitement to begin with ..Holding Boiled Yummy “Bhutta’s” & struggling to capture those crabs took first 15-20 minutes ,post which I was ordered to click some good pics of the family in line;)

Facts of Anjuna :

  • Part of 30km stretch of Arabian Coastline ,it encompasses “Anjuna Village”
  • A small & lovely but red-black rocky beach with swaying palm trees, also famous for Trance parties during tourist season.
  • It also has Saturday night market to enjoy & re-fill the bags;)

Having lunch on ample eateries close to Anjuna beach, the menu being, (All Veg.) Biryani, Chilli Manchurian & fried rice & Breezer, first experience of Goan food was perfect .Since evening was setting in ,we planned to drive quickly to the most heard off –”Baga Beach” & enjoy on the shacks there .

With a ride of approx. An hour (tracing the roads, with the help of passersby & sign boards),it was actually a smooth drive all over ,seeing the vehicles at parking ,we knew it would be a mad rush & yes upon entering the beach ,it actually had a mad..Very entertaining crowd..All sorts of crowd ,& not just human’s ,I could rather complete “Animal Kingdom” having a water bath there;) ,Without any discrimination ,Dogs ,cows ,crows & Humans ,all were playing hand in hand;) . Agree the first such look was not loved by us, but both the kids rolled over with their laughter on seeing them play ,catching ,running in the water & coming all over …

Well, that’s an advice to the regulatory bodies of Goa, but we did relax at the shacks, getting our head massages done ,sipping drinks & lavishing on some Hot pakora’s till night fell on! Later post sunset the beach became a lovely place (no more signs of Animal kingdom), few beach lovers playing beach volley ball & some families playing in the water & yes we rolling in the sand after our lil kids ,for whom digging up the beach sand had become fun;)

Post lovely sunset, night was falling in when we decided to start back & drop on “The Mango Tree” restraunt, a very famous one with sumptuous food & drinks..A super yummy veg.sizzler ,followed by Cappuccino ,Pasta , Spring Rolls & Pizza..Ah!! Our tongue was protruding from tummies at the amazing taste of all.. So filled were we that even standing up from the chairs was becoming difficult..But it was close to 11:30Pm & with kids along, we had to return back to Hotel !

Facts of Baga :

  • Baga is a part of 30Km stretch of Beach coastline which starts at Aguada & ends at Chapora .
  • This beach is quite famous for Parasailing ,Banana Rides & even Dolphin cruises (although we couldn’t experience as all water sports are closed during these May –Aug/Sep)
  • Compared to Calangute ,this beach is quieter & with ample of shacks
    Deeply engrossed… Well read on part II

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