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Fun Trip Delhi Goa

If you are a beach lover and want to visit the most happening and exciting beaches in India then Goa is the place one must visit .We heard so much about the Goa that this time we planned our holidays there . August end is actually not peak season for Goa as its monsoon time and rain may ruin the fun but as this was almost monsoon end we decided to go Goa .

  • We Traveled as          :  Couple ( Me and my Wife )
  • Travelling To              : Goa , India
  • Travelling from          : Noida , India (National Capital Region )
  • Travelling for             : Vacation , Holiday , Relax
  • Travel Time                : 31st August till 4th September 2017, Non – Peak Season
  • Total Trip cost           : Approximately 52 k INR
Goa Beach

Goa Beach

Flights

We booked our flights using PayTM as Paytm was giving 15% cash back on first time bookings of flights . Flight from Delhi to Goa for 2 person costed 5500 , however Goa Delhi fight for 2 person costed 9500 INR after discounts and taxes , we were happy because  we saved handsome amount via cashback 🙂



Fun Trip Delhi Goa

Day 1

Thrusday, August 31 2017

Our Del-Goa fight was Air Asia at 12:30 PM from T3 , Delhi , so we booked Uber from our home in Noida to T3 .If you dont have Uber , download using this link :  Uber  . Air Asia flight experience was good , flight was a bit delayed but we reached Goa on time at 3:20 PM , strange thing about Air asia flight was by default they allotted us 2 aisle seats and when we requested for middle and window seats they said these seats are 550 INR per person . As we reached Goa we were hungry , we wanted to eat something but sad that there was no food options at Goa airport , there s only a small confectionery shop as you exit Airport gate so we took a Burger and Vada Pav from there . Unfortunately Uber and Ola doesn’t provide services in Goa and only way to take taxi is to take taxi from government approved taxi counter just before exiting airport gate . Prices for AC and Non-AC for all different locations are mentioned there . Just get a voucher there and pay to the taxi driver on arrival of your destination .

We reached Hotel enjoying 1 hour drive , roads are really nice and so was the weather and way. We booked Phenoix park Inn hotel in Candolim area which is around 5 mins 2 wheeler drive from Candolim beach . I will write more about the hotel experience in the later part of this blog . As soon as we reached hotel and refreshed we rented Honda Activa which was provided by some agents just outside the hotel , Rent for activa was 300 INR per day as this was non-peak season , Agent insisted for all money for 4 days in advance and one identity to be kept with him . I handed over my Pan card to him and 600 INR for 1st 2 days .  Though it was 7 Pm already , he said we it will cost us  day’s rent , but renting a two wheeler is a must as major beaches or places were around 5 to 6 Kms from the hotel .

At night we went to Baga Beach which is very much popular for its night life and is open pretty much whole night . We took front seat in one of the beach side restaurant, sitting outside watching beautiful sea beach was really really awesome .We ordered  beer , mock tail , chicken and some veg starters , the food was awesome but we noticed there were many pet dogs and cats in that beach restaurant so after enjoying some food we decided to change the  shack . As we paid the bill light showers started and we moved to another beach restaurant, there was no seat at sea side so we took a seat inside , but karaoke , good food and ambience made our stay there also very nice .At round 11 we thought its quite late and as it was our first day we decided to come back to hotel . Way back to hotel was quite ok , we could see people pretty much all the way till our hotel .

Baga Beach at night

Baga Beach at night

Waves at Candolim Beach

Waves at Candolim Beach

Take away s from day 1

  • Air Asia charge extra for seats preference
  • Not much food options at Goa Airport
  • Uber and Ola wont work at Goa Airport , Use Govt-Taxi from Inside of Airport
  • Renting a 2 wheeler is a must
  • Baga Beach is good fun time at night



Fun Trip Delhi Goa

Resort Experience

We booked Phenoix park Inn hotel Resort via MakemyTrip . Join Makemytrip using this link to enjoy some good offers. It s a 4 star Hotel and it costed us around 3k per day  .Hotel location is good and is very near to Candolim Beach , Calatunge Beach was around 5 Km and Baga Beach 6 KM.

 

Phenoix Park Inn Goa

Phenoix Park Inn Goa

Good things about Resort :

  • Big Nice room
  • 24×7 dine in good food available
  • Good friendly Staff
  • Breakfast was good

Bad things about Hotel :

  • Wash Room door knob was so tight that you cant open it easily , we literally had to keep the door slightly open during our stay , Staff said this is same in all rooms
  • Wifi signals were not good , signals were good at sofa but no signals at bed . Even Vodafone 4G signals were not coming in the room , when informed Hotel Reception , they said they will fix it but nothing was fixed
  • Room cleaning was done when we were out of room and  for 2 days that when we reached back home room door was open
  • AC in the room was very cold and there was no way to control the cooling , very bad for a 4 Star hotel

Will I use same Resort again or refer it :  Big NO .

 



Fun Trip Delhi Goa

Day 2

Friday, September 1 2017

We woke up at 8 and after having breakfast in the hotel , planned to go to Candolim Beach , actually we didnt go to the exact Candolim beach but to a part of beach just near our resort . There was no one there except us 🙂 . We enjoyed sometime there and then planned to go to Calangute beach . This beach was nice and had lockers and showers , so we kept all our bags and cellphone in the locker at just 150 bucks for 2 hours and had fun in the beach . It was really really sunny so we used sun screen lotion to avoid sun burns . After few hours went back to Resort after which we had a nice Lunch in a restaurant on the main Aguada Fort road. After lunch we went to fort Aguada which was around 10 mins far from that restaurant on Activa . We used GPS for all our travel in Goa and it worked well perfectly . We reached fort Aguada at around 4 :45 PM and took some nice clicks but at exact 5 :30 PM Guard started whistling as it was the closing time for fort Aguada . This night we planned to go to Calangute beach as we heard that only 2 beaches are good at night time first is Baga which we covered yesterday . Shacks at Calangute beach were very less , around 3 or 4 as comparison to Baga but as it was less crowded we got the seat easily and enjoyed much more than day 1 . However light showers started but they went off in around 15 minutes . We stayed till 12 at beach and then decided to call it a day .

Fort Aguada

Fort Aguada

Take away s from day 2

  • Fort Aguada Closes at 5:30 PM so plan your visit accordingly
  • We couldn’t visit lighthouse of fort Aguada as we reached fort late , plan accordingly to cover lighthouse as well
  • If you want to enjoy time away from crowd better to not to go to exact beach location but to a nearby beach , you can easily reach there from some parallel roads



Fun Trip Delhi Goa

Day 3

Saturday, September 2 2017

We wanted to start day 3 with some quick shopping , so after breakfast we went to market near Calangute beach . Bargaining is always enjoyed at these places , we shopped some items from local market and some branded stuff from shops like Levis and Lee . After lunch we planned to visit Old Goa which has famous churches of Goa . For Old Goa we had to ride activa for around 40 mins from Candolim , while on the way we took petrol . Actually  near beaches you can get petrol from any shop , they keep it in mineral water bottle and sell the same at 85 INR per litre but anyways we found HP petrol pump so we refilled it there at normal rates around 63 INR per liter . After riding and reaching Panjim we asked someone about Old Goa and the person told us that Church closes at 5 PM . It was already 4:55 PM and church was still 8 KM away . There were dance boat bank nearby but we decided to go back to hotel and plan for a massage and late beach side stay . On checking some options for massage,  prices were starting ranging 2200 per person , we decided Kerala Massage at Ayurtouch Massage parlour which was quite cheap at 800 per person for 1 hour session and was looking okay .  The parlour is closed on Sunday and is closed  at 9 PM to plan accordingly . Massage was very oily and there was no shower facility in the parlour but still it helped us relax a bit . After the refreshing session we went back to Baga Beach and stayed there at a different shack then the other night and called it a day at around 1 AM .

 

Calangute Beach

Calangute Beach

Take away s from day 3

  • Old Goa Church closes at 5 PM so plan accordingly
  • Massages range from 800 per person to 5000 per person for 1 hour and closes at 9 PM so plan accordingly
  • Its best to refill petrol from a govt petrol pump as it cost a bit less

 



Fun Trip Delhi Goa

Day 4

Sunday, September 3 2017

It was our last day in Goa and we were confused as there were many things to do and less time . Few things which were on our mind included Casio , 4 hour Cruise ride ,  Fort Aguada light house , Chopara fort ( also known as Dil Chahta hai Fort ) , Chapora Beach ,Vagator Beach , Sinquerim Beach , Mapusa market , Water sports  and so on , so we went to a Travel shop and he told us that most water sports is closed due to off season. He said that we must go to Chapora fort and Mapusa market . We started for Mapusa market on Activa , the way to market was again around 10 KM as always we enjoyed the ride . As we reached the local market at Mapusa we understood that market is mostly closed on Sunday , still there were few  shops open , we did some shopping and came back to Candolim where we had light lunch and started for fort Chapora . Fort Chapora  also closes at 5 : 30 PM but we reached there at 4 :15 PM and thought we have lot of time to explore it . This fort is also popular because a part of shooting of Dil Chahta hai was done at this fort . View from this fort was so nice that time flew and guard started whistling so that all tourist should come out of the fort , but as we were enjoying our time at fort looking at the awesome view of various beaches of goa from the fort we didnt go out of the fort at that time . We planned to go out at around 5 50 PM and as we moved to the gate we saw the door of the fort locked . Fortunately there was another way to go out of fort by climbing a small wall , we climbed that and came out of the fort . Even at this time people were coming inside from that same wall of the fort  probably to see sunset from that place . After fort Chapora , we went to Chapora beach which is basically a beach for fishermen . After this we went to Candolim beach which was really really nice but there were no beach side restaurants there . As this was our last night in Goa we decided to spend some more time at Baga Beach and reached hotel at around 2 am .

View From Chapora Fort

View From Chapora Fort

Beach View From Chapora Fort

Beach View From Chapora Fort

Take away s from day 4

  • Fort Chapora closes at 5:30 PM but has the most awesome view and one must visit it
  • Candolim Beach is very nice and must be visited at day time


Fun Trip Delhi Goa

Day 5

Monday, September 4 2017

We woke up early as today we had flight , I had to return Activa at 9 am and get my PAN card back but to the surprise the guy who rented me Activa said my PAN card is with some other guy who has gone to pickup someone at station and will be back at 10:30 and said he will send my ID by courier . This was really bad part of my full trip at Goa that this guy created hassle at the last movement , I was about to miss my flight because the guy who went to pick someone carried my id with him and couldnt come back at time . Somehow after much pressurizing them and taking help from Hotel Staff , I got my id back at 12 Noon , Our plan was to leave for airport at 11 but due to those guys we were late and on the edge of missing my flight , fortunately driver who drove us to airport was good and we were able to get flight though we were late . On reaching Delhi Airport we got Uber and reached home at around 7 : 30 PM with some thoughts of beaches , beautiful weather and a lot of peace in our mind .

 

Take away s from day 5

  • Try to not to give your IDs to the two wheeler renting agents, if its not possible try to get it back one day prior of your flight day

 

We still coudnt see a lot of must visit places in Goa like Casio , Dolphins watching , Islands , Boats , Night clubs , church , beaches of South Goa , dudh sagar falls and so on but there is always another time and goa is a place We would really love to go again .

Beach View From Chapora Fort

Beach View From Chapora Fort

 



Fun Trip Delhi Goa

Some helpful tips :

  1. We went to Go during August End /Early September which is non -peak season , Peak season starts from October till May , so plan your trip accordingly , do check weather forecast in advance
  2. We stayed for 4 nights 5 days in Goa and our trip costed us around 52k INR including a 4 start Resort stay and 2 person round trip flights from Delhi to Goa
  3. Rent a bike or Activa the very first day , there are options to get Taxis to go to any place you want but renting a bike is far far better option . Alternatively you can rent a car too if you are traveling in a group . At this off peak season Activa as 300 per day , Vespa was 500 INR per day .
  4. There are a lot of islands nearby , Casinos , Night clubs and beaches  , We couldn’t explore all that but do give it a try
  5. No Plan is best plan , do what you wanna do at the moment

 



Fun Trip Delhi Goa

Things  to do in  Goa  :

  • Must go to beaches like :
    • Baga Beach
    • Candolim Beach
    • Calangute Beach
    • Sinquerim Beach
    • Anjuna Beach
    • Vagator Beach
    • Chapora Beach etc
  • Go for water sports which are open in peak season
  • Go to Fort Aguada
  • Go to Fort Chapora
  • Go Clubbing in clubs like Titos,LPK etc
  • Dolphin Trips
  • Get a Massage
  • go to Old Goa to see famous churches
  • Go for Casino Cruise
  • Go for day trips to Dudhsagar falls

 

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