Let’s say, it was 5 a.m. in the morning of summer 2016. I was wide awake. Then,
Mom(diligently):- I was wondering if you’d like to have some coffee. Me(sighing):- Black, two sugars please. I will be in my room. Standing by the window, sipping my coffee, listening to the title track of Interstellar- Stay, I was longing to go somewhere on a vacation. I was quite fascinated by the stories of Pico Iyer and Bill Bryson, which I had been reading for quite a time now. Suddenly, I recalled my Goa days. It’s been a while since I have been to Goa. The last time I was there, it was the year 2013. I didn’t had the knack of travelling back then as for now it was a habit. Goa is known for it’s rich heritage and culture which goes back to…. Something which Iam too lazy to google😂. I was bowled over to see the rock art engravings resembling the earliest traces of human life. Panaji is known to be it’s capital and Vasco da Gama being the largest city. The scenes were stunning. The city Margao exhibits the cultural influence of Portuguese, who first arrived there as merchants in the early 16th century and conquered it thereafter. It was annexed by India in 1961.
Now, you all must be thinking how foolish Iam that I have observed Goa from an historical angle or you may put it down as your so called, “HISTORICAL STUFF.” When it comes to Goa, nothing else matters except the beaches and the parties. But, personally I don’t understand why do people only exaggerate about beaches in Goa. There is so much to feel and to live in Goa. The parties and the beaches gives only pleasure to the mind. We are a pleasure seeking society. We spend our energy seeking pleasure and avoiding pain. Why so? If observed deeply, there are so many sights which not only gives satisfaction to our mind but also to our soul. Apart from that; the life, the architecture, the rich flora and fauna that I felt in Goa was much more close to my heart as it represents the diverse culture instead of entertainment. These were the moments which I ought not to forget. Now, that begins by thinking rationally. Some of the places may include:-
1. Chapora Fort
It is the ancient fort in North Goa which offers splendid views of the adjacent Vagator Beach. It first got noticed in the film Dil Chahta Hai where the 3 friends had the philosophical talk about their friendship. One should definitely view the sunset from here. It’s magnificient as the fort sits on a prominent position which commands views in all directions. Mamma mia what a beauty!!
2. Basilica de Bom Jesus
The UNESCO World Heritage Site which happens to be a church situated in Old Goa is an excellent example of Baroque Architecture. It was constructed in the year 1605 and is considered to be one of the most important destinations for Christian pilgrims all over the world. It also holds the mortal remains of St. Francis Xavier. The remains of the saint still attract a huge number of tourists.
3. Kegdole Beach
Though I said, it’s always not about the beaches but there will always be exceptions. It is one of the most less frequented beaches of Goa. It is one of the most serene and less commercialized beaches in Goa. One can possibly live a reclusive life here and is a sight to behold. Though, I plan to do the same. The epitome of perfect relaxation from the world.
There are many other spots which are vibrant and provide a bold picturesque but the list won’t end.
Then, I came back to the present and became quite content about the blast from the past. But I believe on the term, to travel is to live.
In the aftermath,
Dad(in a burst of passion):- Pack up your bags, we are going to Kolkata tomorrow.
And, I never complained😀😀…..