Arriving In Panjim - Goa
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The next morning the wake up call was really early. We had our flight to Goa (Panjim) very early...
Breakfast at the hotel was really nasty.. and let me teel you that the hotel wasn't worth the high price...
Our taxi driver was waiting outside to take us to the Domestic terminal in Delhi. For the first time we met the crazy traffic in Delhi :) where 2 cars fit, 5 do also :) ....Just crazy... we got there 45 min later and did the Check-in in the Go Air Airlines to Goa.
The flight was 3 hours long....
We arrived in Goa at 1pm and was really exiciting to arrive in an old Portuguese former colony. Portuguese merchants first landed in Goa in the early 16th century, and annexed it soon after.
Outside the terminal we found a Pre paid taxi counter where we arranged a taxi to Panjim (also known by Panaji) for 490 rps. 29 kms later and a lot of crazy driving we arrived to Goa's state capital: Panjim!
The Portuguese trail could be found on many streets and in the architecture of the houses. Really cool!!
It was extremely hot and we headed straight to the Lonely Planet budget suggestion for sleeping : Afonso's Guest House, in Fontainhas neighbourhood. When we got there, a lady came toward us and started speaking in English.
After some negotiation (the minimum nights allowed were 2 and we wanted 1) we stayed there for the price of 1 and half night: 1050 rps plus tax 5%) in an non AC room.
The room was very simple, but nice and clean! It provided sheets but no towels or toilet paper (that's why we always carry toilet paper in India!). The bathroom was western style...:) with temporized hot water ..but who would need hot water in such temperature?
We left our backpacks in the room and left to visit town. The streets had portuguese names and we could see many shops that still have their portuguese names, such as "mercearia, barbearia..."
When we got to the center we found what seemed a nice place for some food - Sher-e-punjab restaurant.
Later, back on the street, we bought a couple bags of cashew nuts (93 rps), as there were so many shops seling them. In Goa dry fruits is a big market and they export this product to all over the world...
After this first visit, we got back to the room, put on our bathing suits on and headed to the closest beach - Miramar, 3 kms away. An Autorickshaw took us there for 70 rps.
The beach, really nice, was crowded with all the indian people.
We started walking back to town but after half an hour we gave up and got a public bus... we couldn't understand what the driver was saying and shouting, but we payed and got in..with a lot and lot of people.. after some minutes and stops, we got out... because we're told so...and got in another bus ... we we're going in the right direction ..so..no worries :) A couple more minutes later and we were out of the bus again...and decided to walk :p maybe it was easier... we got out near a fruit and vegetables market that was closing down.
Tired and extremely sweating...we arrived to the room..had a refreshing bath and left for dinner at a Portuguese restaurant "A ferradura" (the horseshoe). Marco was a little sick, so we decided to go for known food ... It was freezing inside the restaurant..We order some bread and butter (yummi, and typical in portugal..) fish with lemon and i went for a Chicken Goan Curry and some Bebinca for dessert (Typical Goan desert with 7 layers of cocunut milk and i don't know whatelse...but it was very good) We payed 320 rps for dinner.
As there was no nightlife in Panaji, we went to the Guesthouse and it was a terrible night...so hot!!