Kick-start 2017 – Goa

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It was getting insulting, not to mention embarrassing, that in all these years I had not gotten to visit Goa! People COULD NOT believe their ears and rolled their eyes when the word NO was my response to the standard “Oh you know how it is in Goa right?”

But here I am welcoming 2017 with along the bestest (yeah that’s a word in my dictionary!) person ever in my life – Teena. Accompanying us were Sanjay bhaiyya & Mithun.

Done with the countdown, shopping (That’s Teena btw – its is her first ever “getaway”) & packing, we finally land in Goa….the feeling was surreal! Post the initial noises that sound close to emission of the excitement emotion in girls and a 45 mins drive from the airport, we reach & check in to Paros by Amarya on the Morjim side of Goa. Teena had booked us luxury tents and boy were we surprised – watch it all  unfold in a video I made for my friend 🙂

But hey its Goa – who the hell is going to stay inside a tent anyway. Its all about beach and food and drinks not to forget party scene! Paros were wonderful hosts to us and offered us amazing a spread of breakfast choices; Local Goan dishes along with regular Indian breakfast, Continental options all came through.

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Portion of our Paros breakfast spread

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Sanjay bhaiyya relishing his Indian veg breakfast while Teena is all happy and content with her mix of local + continental breakfast 🙂

Wee-happy-little people set off to check out the area starting with, of course, the beach and shacks nearby. Paros property has this long sandy pathway leading to the gorgeous beach.

Chilling out by the water we figure out our “party” options and commence to get our booze face on. One thing one would love about Goa – yeah apart from the beer factor – is how chilled out it is. No judgments on how you dress up or how much you want to be lazing around or even how much you eat (hey its vacation mode – I can eat all I want right?!).  In the evening, we decide to opt for a cab service from Paros and the driver was kind enough to take us around town and eventually we head into Titos club; post this a pub hopping spree ensued.

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Our walk by the beach

In comparison, Saturday was the “touristy” day in Goa. Chapora Fort, local shack food, Vagator beach & hill view, Anjuna beach was all covered by Saturday evening on a locally hired scooter.

Saturday Night market in Arpora saw us through the evening with loads of shopping and music (DJs play amazing music here) and variety of cuisines to drink n dine from! Local crowd + tourists alike enjoy this vibrant, colorful hangout place. Dont forget to shop from here….they have such great bargains on variety of items – household, clothing, bags, shoes – u name it they have it!

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Saturday Night sorted

The highlight of our trip was the visit to Chapora Fort. This fort was mainly used as Prince Akbar’s base camp in his quest to oust the Portuguese from Goa but we Indians remember it fondly as the “Dil Chahta Hai” fort. Aamir & gang definitely made this fort iconic with that one scene. sitting here & looking farther out to the sea gives one an impression that all is well! 😀

 

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Shadow game on point

Come Sunday we were heading out to the airport bidding g’bye to a wonderful Indian state with the promise that we will be back soon – there’s so much more to explore in Goa or maybe we could just end up being plain lazy and just chillllllll out (all over again!) 😀

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