Goa has been too far away from us The North Indians. It is a place which is not to be missed and they say that almost every bachelor travels to Goa.. But I missed that bus. I planned few times to travel to Goa but the plan could never materialize. There were so many places to see in the North and we use to settle for the one. Goa has always been in the mind, thoughts and heart and also a question – why have I not visited the place yet?. So this year after so many years of planning “Finally we landed in Goa”. We here is me and my family. So a place missed during Bachelor days was waiting for me now, with my family.
So much has been said about this place and there are so many travel stories of the place floating around on Internet that there is hardly anything left. But they say that every traveler sees a place differently and has a different story to narrate. The experiences of life are so uncommon. Goa brings excitement, may be because the place is termed to be a happening place. Happiness and enjoyment is what makes the place. There were so many things coming to mind. My family was equally excited. My daughter asking so many questions. I have learned that your excitement and mood travels to your family and closed ones. It is so contagious specially when you are on a vacation. When our Spicejet flight was about to land the excitement bubbled.
Goa airport is a small airport and is also used by Air Force. Announcement was made in the aircraft about the same and everyone was instructed not to click any photograph. We could see green colored aircraft belonging to air force standing in hangers. We had also read that October is not a busy season in Goa and less tourist frequent this place. Actual season starts from November 1. The place where we had booked our stay in Arpora could not send a taxi for us. The Goa tourism web site mentions that there is a well managed prepaid taxi booth and getting a taxi is not difficult, so we were not tense or worried about the same. But the worry did return when I saw queue at the prepaid booth.
At the first sight I could not locate the end of the line where I had to stand and add up to the numbers already in queue and puzzled with thoughts like mine…. will we get a taxi…. are there enough…… should we go outside and try some private operator. Few were talking on phone trying to seek what ever help they could get from known ones. The panic increased when the Girls managing the booth came out to have a look at the never ending queue and had a big smile or rather a laugh. May be they were excited as they say it was not the season time and long queue was indication of good business ahead.
There was some good news for those traveling in groups. Eight Seater vehicle were available and Girls were announcing the same. At times it is beneficial to travel in groups, few were lucky. After about and hour of waiting in the queue, watching helplessly, finally our number came and within a minute the taxi was booked. A slip was handed over to us after asking few questions like how many passengers, where to go, AC or non AC etc. As soon as we came outside one driver approached us and wanted to see our slip. Yes, we were the right person and he picked our luggage and we were off. Though the waiting was long but the process at the booth was very smooth and quick.
What we are witnessing across India is that the concept of season is changing now. There is crowd even in so called off-season. People want to move out of their tiring schedule. Also it is cheaper to travel during off-season. But with the ever increasing crowd I believe that economics will prevail and price will come at par with those during season. Why do we forget that the sole objective that economics has taught us is to maximize profit. The driver was friendly and happy. Happy to see so much of crowd before start of the season. He was happy for good business ahead, we were happy to have come to experience one more place. Happiness comes from various sources.
The one and half hour journey was amazing. We experienced beautiful landscape of Goa. The greenery was amazing. We could get a feeling of what lies ahead. Talking with driver we could sense that Goa has much more to offer other than the night parties, beaches, beach shacks and exotic resorts offering five star services. Goa has a culture which is thousands of year old. That culture is still preserved at many places, hoping we could visit some of these. Goa has a splendid cuisine, a multi cultural treat, influenced by local Konkani style and Portuguese very similar to its culture. Goa is changing. The excessive tourism is having its effect and the same was evident in conversation with our driver. There is lot to be seen and experienced and we were ready. The place has many dimensions and its the interaction with locals that helps in understanding the place much better, and we were hoping for the same.