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Old 15th September 2010, 13:09   #1
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Sun, surf and sand . What a place!!! Here, i am serving some starters in the form of a photologue. Main course (detailed report and lots of pics) will follow.

First view of the beach from the train
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Aguada fort complex
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Anjuna beach
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Baga beach
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Shopping paradise - Baga market(ask the ladies)
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Brittos
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Candle light dinner @ Brittos
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Playing football @ Calangute beach
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Some more shopping spots @ Calangute beach
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Sunset @ calangute beach
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Saw these felines near a shop on the baga market road
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Chapora fort
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DCH Point?
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Dona paula beach/ferry
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Something for the petrol heads @ Dona paula - video of my ride will come shortly
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Walking like an Egyptian on the chapora fort, overlooking the Vagator beach
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Ganesh visarjan @ Calangute
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Beautiful Goan roads
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Old 15th September 2010, 13:22   #2
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Some more starters...

Lifeguards @ Anjuna and calangute
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Miramar beach
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Waterscooter @ Miramar beach
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Moon-rise @ Calangute beach, shot at max zoom with my new Canon SX 20 IS
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Peacock on the Chapora fort
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Saw this private yacht on the River cruise spot enroute to Dona paula
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Sinquerim beach
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Getting Tattoo-ed on calangute beach
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Tattoo shops on Calangute beach
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TITO's! 'Where else?! For all your needs in Goa!' - This is what their caption reads
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Vagator beach
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Waves lashing the Aguada fort at Sinquerim beach
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Nice pics there ET. How was the crowd this time of the year? I was planning to go there this weekend, but had to postpone it.
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Nice pictures to start with. Go ahead and share your travel experience in Goa.
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The starters are so yummy that I can wait for the main course.

I recall my trips to Goa and the loads of fun we had. I can see you having unlimited fun. Awaiting more pics
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Really nice startup and very well written. The pics look awesome. If this is just a starter I am dying to see the main course.
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great start to the log!!

please go ahead with the "GoaNOMICS"

was that a dio you rented? must've been fun..
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Nice pics. It's hard to believe that nearly one year has gone by since I visited those places.
Keep the pics coming.
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Great teasers to begin.I hope you enjoyed your trip.
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ET,

Great start ! You kept your promise on starting the log on Wednesday and cant wait to see the story/pics unfold :-)

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There are 30+ pics and its the starter!! Nice way to start. I just hope that you will be supplementing with a travelogue too.

The moon pic is nice. Congrats on the new camera. Did you try any water sports too? Para sailing etc..
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Incredible India, it is! There are too many places and only one life to cover. Our quest to cover as many places as possible has burnt our pockets, but not the spirit. After our foiled attempts to visit Kolleru lake and bird sanctuary in AP, wife decided Goa it will be, since she hadn’t been there before. Now I did visit Goa once, but it was official with only half a day of sight seeing thrown – Aguada fort and Calangute beach were covered. After a few calculations and with a shoestring budget, the target was set and I booked the to and fro train tickets in sleeper class. Both ways it was wait listed but I was positive they would get confirmed. We got a great deal on Travelguru for the Hotel. Hotel Osborne was very close to the Calangute beach and as per the website costed us only Rs. 1714 for all 3 nights, including taxes!

And so started the great Indian train journey, on 10th Sep. The plan was to reach Begumpet railway station by auto, catch the MMTS (FL16) to Kacheguda. Upon reaching Begumpet, we were told that the MMTS does not always come on time. Not wanting to take any chances, we took the auto to Kacheguda station. Due to the off day (Eid), the traffic was smooth and we reached in half hour. Upon boarding the train, we realized our tickets were still in RAC. After persistent follow up with the TTE, we were allotted berths at 11.30PM. The rest of the train journey was very pleasant.

Learning a trick or 2
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Putting the super zoom of SX20 IS to test

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@ 5x
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@ 10x
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@ 20x (max 560mm eq)
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There were various large groups one particular group from an MNC, right across my office, was fun to have for company. Needless to say, all were in their highest of spirits, just waiting to get off at Madgaon/Vasco for their share the sandy beaches on offer. There was hollering whenever the train passed through tunnels and we too tuned in. Doodh sagar falls was at its full glory, gushing out loads of ‘doodh’ and was met with high decibels of ‘ooooooooooohhh’s and ‘aaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhs’.

Doodh sagar falls
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Lot of them got down at Madgaon but the ones getting down at Vasco were greeted with the first sight of surf en-route Vasco when the train stopped for a crossing near Majorda beach.

First sight of surf-sand-coconut trees
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Destination
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Getting down at Vasco, as per our budget, the plan was to hire a bike, head to the hotel and return it on the day of our departure, saving 1500 in the process. But as with most of our supposedly well planned out things, Vasco was literally shut down for the combo of Eid/Ganesh Chaturthi. So, we hired a taxi that charged us 600 to Calangute. The taxi was a new Wagon R and the driver was in love with his cell phone for the rest of the 50KM. The ride from south to north Goa was breathtaking, with a few showers and lush greenery all around.

Clouds looming large over the Arabian sea
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We finally arrived at our hotel at around 6 and then came the next shocker. We had to shell out an extra 800 for one lunch/dinner. This was mentioned in our booking with Travelguru (in fine print that I failed to notice- my bad).

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The room was a standard A/C and was pretty decent. Only the towels smelled of clothes that are dried indoors, thanks to the relentless showers. Our room overlooked a nice little pool and was segregated into 2 rooms, the drawing room and bedroom. There is no room service (probably due to the off-season) and pax opting to have lunch/dinner or other beverages have to head to the in house restaurant.

Hotel osborne - room view
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A quick shower and the receptionist, Lawrence informed us of bike rentals in the house next door. Zico bike rentals charged us 500 for 2 and half days of Honda Deo.

Our ride for the next 2 days
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Being close to the Calangute and Baga, that was where we dashed off to in our Deo. It was sunset at Calangute amid scores of tourists (Weekend crowd) and some shopping for the lady.

Sunset at Calangute beach
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Shopping/eateries at Calangute market
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We petrol heads cant miss these, can we?
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After sunset, we headed to the (world?) famous TITO’s/Mambo’s. On a weekend in Goa, this is the place to be for the partying kinds. We turned up pretty early and there was a live band that was playing Rock/Jazz classics.

Tito's
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Wanting to catch TITO’s in action we promised ourselves to get back at 10 and headed to the Baga beach market. Baga market was crowded with pedestrians, cars, buses and shopping havens.

Baga market shack
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Brittos
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After some more windowless shopping, we make it back to TITO’s, only to realize it is fully packed. One and half hours of waiting went into the drain. No one was ready to leave their tables and we were starving. Next time, TITO, next time. We push off and make it to a hotel that displayed 100% pure veg. ‘Rasoi, the kitchen’ is a few 100 feet from Tito lane and served some good veg dishes, including the Gujju/Rajashtani thali. The dal tadka and mushroom masala were pretty good, allaying my fears of not finding good veg food in Goa.

Rasoi, the kitchen
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After a tired day and night, we sign-off the Goan evening with the promise of full on masti, next day.

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Nice pics there ET. How was the crowd this time of the year? I was planning to go there this weekend, but had to postpone it.
Thanks addy. The crowd was there on sat but started trickling out as the days progressed.
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Nice pictures to start with. Go ahead and share your travel experience in Goa.
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The starters are so yummy that I can wait for the main course.
I recall my trips to Goa and the loads of fun we had. I can see you having unlimited fun. Awaiting more pics
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Really nice startup and very well written. The pics look awesome. If this is just a starter I am dying to see the main course.
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great start to the log!!
please go ahead with the "GoaNOMICS"
was that a dio you rented? must've been fun..
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Nice pics. It's hard to believe that nearly one year has gone by since I visited those places.
Keep the pics coming.
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Great teasers to begin.I hope you enjoyed your trip.
Thanks all. unoczar, yes it was a deo we hired.
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ET,
Great start ! You kept your promise on starting the log on Wednesday and cant wait to see the story/pics unfold :-)
Thanks,
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There are 30+ pics and its the starter!! Nice way to start. I just hope that you will be supplementing with a travelogue too.
The moon pic is nice. Congrats on the new camera. Did you try any water sports too? Para sailing etc..
TB, 50 actually, for the starters. There are loads and loads coming up. do enjoy them and give me tips on photography, manual focusing especially. i will share the EXIF of any particular pic you would like to see. Water sports was closed for the torrential rains. Did only the water scooter stuff
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Here is the video of the Doodh Sagar falls:

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Arun, I was expecting this travelogue to come around. Nice to see it ON so soon. Its always wonderful to see a Goa travelouge and our memories just rush back.

Hope you didnt pay anything extra at Osbourne for lunch and dinner? Its always recommended to have it outside.

btw, was your experience with Osbourne alright?

Great pictures and look forward to more.
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