Two days in South Goa


South Goa

We spent the last couple of days of our Goa exploration in the southern part of the state, staying in a cosy beach hut on the idyllic Agonda coast at the lovely Cuba Agonda Beach Hotel.  The southern part of Goa is best known as the primary transport hub to the Goan state, home to the Madgaon Junction railway in the northern Salcette taluka,  with its numerous daily connections to and from Mumbai, Kerala and other popular destinations.  South Goa has some of the region most sought after beaches including Palolem and Patnem, as well as hosting a variety of exceptional historic sites such as the Cabo de Rama fortress with its spectacular view of the sea and surroundings.  The following is an overview of our two days spent in the region and the amazing destinations we visited, mostly around the southernmost taluka of Canacona.


South Goa topics

  1. Introduction
  2. Agonda
  3. Cabo de Rama
  4. Palolem and Patnem Beach
  5. Madgao
  6. Cuba Agonda Beach Hotel

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Agonda

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We arrived to Agonda from Goa’s capital city Panajim in early afternoon, with the sun still shining through.  It took us three different local bus to get to destination, first to Madgaon, then to Canancute and a finally a last one to Agonda, located at the heart of the southern Canacona taluka best known for its scenic natural beauty.  The journey was well worth it, as when we arrived to the Cuba Agonda Beach Hotel overlooking the large unspoiled beach, we discovered a piece of paradise.  Indeed Agonda, sometimes referred to as Turtle Beach, being a strategic location for turtles to lie eggs, is considered one of South Goa must peaceful destinations and the perfect place to get away from it all.  It has a really unique laidback atmosphere, with plenty of travellers coming to meditate, practice yoga or martial arts on the beach.  The town itself is quite small, with only one major road, separating the north from the south, with at its heart the charming white Portuguese Agonda church and its attached school.  Most of the accommodations are located between the main road and the beach, with plenty of good value for money huts and Bed and Breakfast, including the Cuba Agonda Beach Hotel where we stayed.  Most of the restaurants and boutiques are located on the northern part of town, but the nicer part of the beach was on our southern end. 

We spent the rest of the day enjoying this magnificent sea view right from the comfort of our hut facing terrace.  Just before dusk with we went for a nice long walk up to the southern end of the beach where local fishermen hidden inside the cliffs waited patiently for their daily catch.  By night fall we went back to town and opted for My Friend’s Place restaurant to have a romantic candle lighten South Indian diner.

Cabo de Rama

Cabo de Rama

We started our second day in Agonda by jumping into a two wheeler and heading north across small towns and lush forests to reach the nearby cliff top old fort.  Cabo de Rama, also referred to as Cape Rama is an ancient fortress built before the arrival of the Portuguese and considered one of Goa’s oldest forts.   With its very steep cliff drops, it offers spectacular panoramic views of the region including the Canacona stretch and the Colva beach.  It is named after Lord Rama who allegedly took refuge with his wife Sita during his 14 years exile from Ayodhya.  The Portuguese then took possession of the fort and improved it, adding turrets (small towers), large cannons and even a chapel.  The Church of Santo Antonio is still in used today and is in a very good condition.

After a good exploration of the fort, we decided to get back to Agonda, to enjoy a late breakfast at My Friend’s Place restaurant.  After the meal, we went back to the hotel, to chillout on the beach and have a little nap.

Palolem

Palolem

Mid afternoon, after a good session of sunbathing and nicely tanned we got back on our scooter and hit the road again, this time to the southern part of the taluka.   Our first stop was the  charming village of Palolem, a few kilometers from the Chaudi market town and the Canacona bus and railway station.  The coastal village of Palolem is famous for its breathtaking natural bay, packed with a plenty of fishing boats, and numerous tourists enjoying a variety of water sports.  We walked to the northern side of the beach, passing the colourful sea front huts,  before climbing on top of the rocks to enjoy the views of the Kankon island and the other side of the bay.  We returned to the heart  of town passing by a group of cows comfortably sitting in the sand enjoying the beautiful weather.

Our second stop, was the lesser known Patnem Beach, only a few kilometers south of Palolem.  It is much peaceful and quieter than its neighbour, with a limited number of beach huts and restaurants.  The charming Patnem beach shares its coastline with the private Galjibag beach home to the  luxurious 5 Stars LaLiT Golf & Spa Resort.

Before sunset we were back at our hotel, where we showered, changed and went for dinner in the heart of Agonda, at the Tiger Restaurant.

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Madgao

We had a lazy morning on our third and final day in South Goa.  We woke up late, went for a walk on the beach, and enjoyed a long breakfast with sandwiches and lattes at the German bakery café.  Before noon, we were back to the Cuba Agonda Beach Hotel, where we finished packing, checked out and headed back to the heart of town, next to the Agonda church.  We passed by the local barber to get a refreshing hair cut.  Number 3 on the top and number 1 on the side, perfect for the South Indian tropical weather.  At the town main intersection, we waited for the local bus, which arrived precisely on time and took us to Canacona, from where we took another bus to Margao, where we arrived at mid afternoon.

Margao is one of the most important cities in Goa and the principle tourist hub for South Goa long idyllic coastline home to the primary railway station.  It is the administrative capital of the Salcete taluka and the commercial capital of the Indian state. 

We had a couple of hours before our night train to Kerala, so we had the time to explore this  remarkably clean city. We first spent some time inside the beautiful Margao Municipal Park with its lovely fountains and beautiful flowers.  We then headed north to the Margao’s Holy Spirit church, with its baroque architecture and surrounded by palatial mansions and a large square to the front. 

At dusk we were back at the park, and sat next to the Margao city hall, where we devoured a couple of pakoras and some lovely apple juice, our first snack since breakfast.  By night fall we slowly started headed to the railway station on the eastern side of town, passing by the vibrant covered market and taking the very busy Gandhi Commercial Road longing the rails.  We stopped to get some delicious grapes which we savoured when we arrived to the station.  The train arrived an hour late. We jumped into it and before we knew it we were deep asleep heading to the southern tip of India, the magnificent and unique state of Kerala.

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Cuba Agonda Beach Hotel

Cuba Agonda Beach Hotel

The Cuba Agonda Beach Hotel is a small resort right off the amazing Agonda beach.  When we arrived we received a hut near the road, but after some negotiation with the owner, we manage to get a much nicer one within the main alley leading to the beach.  The huts are quite big, some of them offering  AC and most of them with a hammock and a comfortable chair upfront with view of the restaurant and the beach.  If you are looking for luxury then the huts of the Cuba Agonda Beach Hotel aren’t exactly in that category, but neither are any of the accommodations within the small village of Agonda.  On the other hand if you are looking for a quiet and peaceful holiday away from the crowds, than it is definitely the place.  The staff were very friendly and helpful, but the food wasn’t up to scratch.  You can rent a scooter for 250INR/day which can be helpful to visit the nearby sights such as the Cabo the Rama or the amazing beaches of  Palolem and Patnem.

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  1. Panajim images
  2. Dona Paula images
  3. Old Goa images
  4. Miramar Beach images
  5. Central Goa images

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Two days in Central Goa


Wild Beach - Central Goa

Our next destination within the beautiful state of Goa was the central Tiswadi taluka home to the current capital Panjim as well  as the charming Old Goa, once the colonial Portuguese headquarters.  Central Goa is also known to host the only state airport near Vasco da Gama city, making it a major tourist hub, especially around the beaches of Dona Paula and Miramar, famous for being in the backdrop of various Bollywood movies.  The following is an overview of our two days stay in the area and the amazing attractions we visited around the state capital of Panjim.


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  1. Introduction
  2. Day 1: Panajim and Dona Paula
  3. Day 2: Old Goa and Miramar Beach
  4. About Viva Goa International

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Panajim and Dona Paula

Panajim - Central Goa

We arrived to the capital city by local bus from northern Goa’s Calangute town around midday.  We were dropped off at the central bus station and had a long walk along the Mandovi river, passing by the old town on one side and the estuary with its Casino boats on the other, until we reached our hotel, the Viva Goa International.  We check in, rested for a bit and moments later we were back on the streets of Panajim.  We jumped on a city bus, and headed to westernmost suburbs of the city known as Dona Paula.

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Dona Paula, once a small fishing village, has become a popular tourist destination within the central part of Goa.  It is best known for being home to the Dona Paula viewpoint offering spectacular views of the bay with its colourful boats, unspoilt beach surrounded by palm trees.  The area is also known to be the location of the Goa University, the National Institute of Oceanography as well as numerous luxury hotels such as the splendid Cidade de Goa. The crowded viewpoint often appears in a variety of Bollywood productions such as the Ek Duuje Ke Liye Hindi movie.

We spent most of the afternoon exploring the area, passing by weekend parties on the beach front villas and observing locals and Indian tourists enjoying their Sunday afternoon.  We tried in vain to reach the Vainguinim Beach, known to be one of the most beautiful stretch of sand with crystal blue water  and surrounded by lush green forest and luxury resorts (including the Cidade de Goa, the Vainguinim Valley and the Sandalwood resorts).  Before sunset we jumped into a very crowded local bus and headed back to town.

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Back in the heart of Panajim’s Latin Quarter, we went for dinner on the main Church Square street, in front of the Municipal Garden to the Kamat Hotel Vegetarian restaurant.  We had a taste of various dosas (large pancakes with various stuffing inside) including the onion rava and the cheese masala one.  It was almost dark when we left and the Church of Our Lady at the end of the road was now beautifully illuminated.  We stayed for a while contemplating the  splendid colonial heritage with its typical Portuguese set of stairs in the front.  Exhausted by the day of sightseeing, we headed back to our hotel enjoying a cool breeze of the open window local bus.

Day 2: Old Goa and Miramar Beach

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We started the second day of our Central Goa visit with a nice Indian breakfast at the hotel’s terrace, before renting a scooter and heading eastward into the state.  We longed the Mandovi River towards the colonial town of Old Goa, once the Portuguese capital city.  The small town is packed with a variety of sixteenth century churches, convents and monuments and those remains are listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site.  We started our exploration with the Basilica of Born Jesus and its Art Gallery, then cross the main Old Goa road to explore the Se’ Cathedral of St Catherine of Alexandra and its beautiful front facing garden packed with a variety of colourful flowers.  We then passed by the unique Church and Convent of St. Francis of Assisi before exploring the Archeological Museum.  Our last stop of Old Goa was the remains on the western side of town including the Covent and Church of St. Augustine, the Church of St John of God, the Church of Lady of Rosary and the convent of St Monica with its attached Museum of Christian Art.

Our plan was to continue explore the  inland of Goa, and visit the exciting natural park of Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary home to wild boars and Indian bison, but finally decided to head back to the Panjim and explore the beaches surrounding the capital city.  We went back with our helmet on (at least for my part as there was only one helmet) as on our way in we got pulled over on the 66 highways by the traffic police.  We received a ticket for not wearing a helmet on the highway (a two lane busy road) and without a proper international driver licence (I had a French licence from Quebec).

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We came back to Panajim taking the southern 748 road, passing by the small village of  Bambolim before reaching the Goa University on the Taleigao Plateau.  The school, with a four stars Indian rating offers both graduate and post-graduate studies and a variety of research programmes. It is perfectly located near the southern coast next to the Carca village and unspoiled Odxel Beach.

After exploring the university area we headed back to the western end of the Panajim suburbs by the Dr. E Borges road before  reaching the Raj Bhavan on the northern end. The name can be translated from Hindi to Government House and is currently the official residence of the Governor of Goa.  This western tip of the city also offers spectacular view of  the  Mandovi estuary and the nearby Miramar and Caranzalem beaches.

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Exhausted by all this motorcycle journey, we decided to spent the rest of the afternoon on the Miramar Beach, not far from the hotel.  It is one of the most popular destination with locals in the evening with plenty of kids, youngsters and older colourfully dressed  ladies come enjoying themselves with looking at the beautiful sunset.  Before dark we were back at the hotel where we slowly prepared for our next day departure to the southern region of the amazing state of Goa.

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About Viva Goa International

The Viva Goa International was perhaps once a beautiful hotel, as suggested by its high ceiling entrance, but it isn’t living up to expectations anymore.  The rooms are in need of renovation, with dirty floors, walls and bathroom.  They offer large beds but with a sponge like feeling when you sat or lied on it, which didn’t make up for a good night sleep.  The hotel itself was quite dirty as well, including the front, the stairs, the garden and the pool, which nobody dared to get in.  Moreover, the staff wasn’t the friendliest and didn’t seem to put any effort. 

It is worth renting a scooter from the hotel to visit the nearby Miramar beach and Dona Paula.

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  2. Anjuna images
  3. Chapora Fort images
  4. Vagator beach images
  5. Ozran beach images
  6. Baga beach images
  7. Aguada Fort images
  8. Aguada port images
  9. Sinquerim beach images
  10. Candolim beach images

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Two days in North Goa

North Goa

North Goa, more precisely the coastal taluka of Bardez is one of the most sought after region in India. It was our first destination within the unique state of Goa, the country’s most popular holiday state.  We stayed at the very well rated Renzo Inn hotel, within the popular coastal town of Calangute, strategically located at the heart of the region between the northern beaches of Vagator with its remarkable Chapora Fort and the breathtaking southern town of Aguada, home to one of the best preserved 17th century Portuguese fort.  North Goa is the perfect place to enjoy a relaxed stress free holiday as it is packed with numerous idyllic beaches, plenty of colonial sites and a variety of restaurants, bars, discos and spas.  The following is an overview of our two days stay in the area and the beautiful sights we visited.


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  1. Introduction
  2. Calangute arrival
  3. Anjuna Town and beach
  4. Chapora Fort, Vagator and Ozran beach
  5. Baga and Candolim beach
  6. Aguada, Sinquerim beach
  7. Candolim beach
  8. About Renzo Inn

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Calangute arrival

Calangute - North Goa

Our first destination in North Goa was the beautiful town of Calangute, often referred to as the Queen of all Beaches offering a variety of water sports, restaurants and bars.  We arrived at the lesser known Goan train station of Thivim, after a whole day railway journey from Mumbai.  We took a 20 minutes rickshaw ride to reach the charming Renzo Inn, strategically located in the heart of town, where the friendly hotel manager welcomed us and showed us our street facing room.  After a quick refreshment, we went for a walk along the town main road, packed with surprisingly busy restaurants offering a variety of cuisine, from local seafood specialities to more westernized food such as pizza and fish and chips.  As we were very hungry we soon settled for the Cricketers restaurant, where we had some lovely chicken masala, fried rice and a nice cold pint of Kingfisher.  We not only had some great food but also learned a lot about the Calangute area and Goa from our very friendly young waiter.

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Anjuna beach - North Goa

We started our second day in Goa with a nice hot breakfast of puri with roti on the ground floor of the Renzo Inn, right next to the pool and the beautiful flowers.  We then decided to rent a scooter from the lovely lady next door, and soon enough we were leaving Calangute behind to explore the northernmost area of the Bardez taluka.  Our first stop was the charming coastal town of Anjuna, best known for its flea market located on top of cliffs, offering a variety of souvenirs and colourful clothing, with offering spectacular views over the sea and the surrounding areas.  Passed the shops and restaurants, we reached the very long Anjuna Beach, where a variety of holiday makers share the white sand with Indian’s sacred cows.

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Chapora Fort - North Goa

After a lovely walk on the beach and cliff tops of Anjuna we got back on our moppets and headed further North to the nearby splendid Chapora Fort.  This large and strategically located fort sitting on a hilltop offers spectacular views of the coast, the Chapora river and the surrounding unspoilt beaches of Northern Goa.  After climbing to the top, we had a good exploration of the Portuguese remains while enjoying the surroundings natural beauty, before climbing back down to the amazing Vagator beach.  This unspoilt coastal destination at the footstep of the fort is the ideal place if you are looking for some quiet time and peace away from the crowds.  We ended up staying a good couple of hours, swimming, sunbathing and observing local tourist enjoying themselves.

On our way back to the heart of North Goa we quickly passed by the Ozran beach, a lesser known coastal destination filled with large palm trees touching the sky and amazing sea facing resorts.

Baga and Calangute

Baga Beach - North Goa

At around mid afternoon we arrived to Baga, best known as the primary resort holiday hub in Goa.  Sharing the beach with southern Candolim, it is one of the busiest and most popular holiday destination with both locals (many from Mumbai) and international visitors.  It offers a variety of water front restaurants, bars, clubs and discos to entertain the guest as well as numerous water sports activities.

Aguada, Sinquerim beach

Aguada Fort - North Goa

After a late lunch at one of Baga’s beach front restaurant, we headed to the southernmost tip of North Goa.  Our first destination was the spectacular Fort Aguada, one of Goa’s best-preserved seventeenth-century Portuguese fort and lighthouse.  It is strategically located overlooking the Arabian Sea as well as offering spectacular views of the Aguada Jail and St-Lawrence Church as well as of the capital city of Panjim sitting on the southern bank of the Mandovi Estuary.

On our way back from the hilltop fort we visited the small fishing port on the eastern side and the Sinquerim Beach on the western Arabian Sea side.  The peaceful beach has plenty of luxury hotels such as the amazing Fort Aguada Beach Resort as well as being home to some amazing historic ramparts on the southern tip.

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Candolim beach - North Goa

Our last destination of our very busy North Goa exploration was the superb Candolim resort village and beach, located between Calangute and the Aguada southern tip.  This once quiet fishing village of the North Goa’s Bardez taluka has became a crowded and busy tourist destination.  We arrived at sunset, and although most of the crowds were heading back to the nearby hotels and resorts, they were still plenty of people swimming, parasailing and enjoying a game of beach volleyball.  We even manage to briefly assist to a wedding taking place right on the sand.

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About Renzo Inn

The Renzo Inn was one of the best 3 stars hotels we stayed in during our one month journey in India.  It is conveniently located in the heart of Calangute, only a short walk to the beach and with plenty of cafes and restaurant to choose from, offering both Indian and international cuisine.  The room and bathroom was very large, fully equipped and with a small balcony facing the street.  The hotel was very clean with a very friendly and helpful staff.  Moreover they offer a good Indian breakfast which can be taken on the ground floor tables facing the little pool surrounded by beautiful flowers and palm trees.

It is worth renting a scooter from the nice Indian lady next door to the Renzo Inn and visit the rest of Northern Goa including its historic forts and idyllic beaches.

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Two days in Mumbai


Mumbai an introduction

We started our incredible 28 days Funky India journey with the vibrant Mumbai, one of the country’s most important cities, being both an essential business and touristic hub.  We stayed at the budget New Bengal Hotel, only a few hundred meters north of the remarkable Victoria/CST Station and next to the busy Crawford Market.  We spent two days visiting some of Mumbai’s most important sites including the Gateway of India, Malabar Hill, Chowpatty beach and the Khala Ghoda district.  The following is a detailed overview of our itinerary with what we experienced and the key attractions we visited.


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  1. Mumbai: an Introduction
  2. Mumbai day 1: Fort, Churchgate, Colaba, Khala Ghoda and Gateway of India
  3. Mumbai day 2: Marine Drive,  Chowpatty beach , Gandhi House, Malabar Hill, Haji Ali tomb Mahalaxmi Dhobi Ghats
  4. About the New Bengal Hotel in Mumbai

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Mumbai day 1

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We arrived in Mumbai from Muscat in early afternoon.  As suggested by locals we took a prepaid taxi for 460INR to the touristic area of Colaba in South Mumbai.  It was still very hot, and the open window ride gave us a cool breeze.  The city changed a bit since the last time I came in 2008, with plenty of construction sites popping up all over the city and especially around the airport.  After a long and crazy ride, we managed to reach the destination.  We had a quick refreshment in our hotel room, and soon after we were on the streets of the historic centre of Fort and Churchgate.  It was rush hours by then, with thousands of commuters flocking in to the grandiose CST station, a marvellous piece of architecture and world heritage site.  Moving south towards Colaba, we passed the beautiful colonial architecture of the post office and the various buildings of the Khala Ghoda district including the Town Hall and the Prince of Wales museum.  By nightfall we reached Mumbai’s most grandiose sight, the Gateway of India, where we stayed for a while enjoying the relaxed atmosphere along with the local families, couples and group of friends.  We also stop to admire the splendid and beautifully illuminated Taj Mahal Palace facing the water, one of the most iconic 5 Stars hotel in India. Our last stop of the day was the very busy shopping street of Colaba Causeway, where we enjoyed a cold beer at the famous Leopold cafe.  We went back to the hotel by food with the streets still bustling with action.

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Mumbai day 2

Mumbai day 2

After a good night sleep (as the last one was spent on a plane) and a lovely Indian breakfast (puri and bananas), we were back on the chaotic streets of the city.  We walked from the Crawford Market next to New Bengal Hotel way up to the Marine Drive passing by a variety of small but busy streets packed with various shops, street vendors, temples, mosques and sacred cows.  When we reached the Arabian Sea, we had a small rest enjoying the splendid views of both the eastern and western coastline of South Mumbai.  We then followed the footpath along the coast way up to Chowpatty beach passing by a cricket game on one side and kids enjoying a quick swim before school on the other.  From the deserted beach (it usually only get really crowded in the evening) we headed north a couple of blocks to the Mani Bhavan Gandhi House, a lovely museum which pays tribute to one of India’s greatest personalities, where we learned about Mahatma Gandhi life and legacy.  After we completed our cultural visit we were back on the waterfront where we had a delicious vegetarian lunch at the popular Cafe Ideals

Mumbai day 1

After a tasty meal, we continued our city exploration by foot, direction the western tip of South Mumbai, best known as Malabar Hill.  Half way through the climb, we decided to hop on a local bus, which took us with the cool breeze of open windows to the top of the hill, where we had one of the most spectacular views of the Mumbai coastline including Chowpatty beach.  We passed next to the unique large scale yellow boot and crossed the road to the Kamala Nehru Udyan, a beautiful park filled with animal trees and wonderful flowers arrangements.  After a nice rest among young couples, we went down the hill, where we finally caught a taxi to discover the rest of Mumbai’s key attractions.  With most of the day spent walking we were happy to enjoy the city from the comfort of a car, passing through the latest addition to the Mumbai skyline, the world’s first billion dollar home, the house skyscraper of Nita Ambani, one of India’s richest man.  We than arrived to the Haji Ali tomb on the western coast, a remarkable mosque and tomb,  sitting within a small island in the middle of the Arabian Sea. We later moved east to the Mahalaxmi Dhobi Ghats to observe hundreds of hand washer doing Mumbai’s dirty laundry, while having a quick chat with the locals.

Mumbai day 1

Later that afternoon we were back to Colaba, where we went for a nice evening walk within Khala Ghoda, home to various colonial heritage sites, churches and art galleries.  We first enjoyed the local vibe at the lovely Hominmar Circle garden, then passed through the Mumbai Stock Exchange (BSE), the Prince of Wales Museum and finally reached the High Court and the famous Rajabi Clock Tower.  Exhausted by all the Mumbai’s sightseeing, we got back to the New Bengal Hotel, and spent some times observing the street life from our third floor balcony.

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About the New Bengal Hotel

About the New Bengal Hotel

Perhaps the best asset of the new Bengal Hotel is its central location, only a few hundred meters from the CST Station also referred as Victoria, a world heritage Site.  It is an ideal place to stay if you need to catch an early train, like the Mandovi Express to Goa.  Another key feature of the New Bengal is their large street facing balconies, the perfect place to unwind at the end of the day and enjoy the busy street life which goes on until late at night.  As for the room itself, it is nothing luxurious and quite small, but it’s ok for a short stay.  The hotel is quite clean for Mumbai standards and the staff is friendly and helpful.  Overall, I would recommend the New Bengal Hotel and would suggest visiting the busy Crawford market nearby. 

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Funky India trip 2012

On the last day of January 2012 we are leaving for a splendid 28 days journey to the colourful country of India.  Seven key destinations from the vibrant Mumbai, one of the country’s most important business hub, to India’s northern golden triangle including the cities of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur, passing by the idyllic Malabar Coast and the Himalayan town of Rishikesh.  Travelling by train, plain, boat, taxi, scooter and rickshaws, whatever it takes to reach the most exciting places.  All our adventure will be covered on the Funky India website with complete coverage of the trip including great content, inside stories, static and interactive maps, photographs and documentary videos.  Hope you like what you see and we invite you to join the conversation and share the love of India.



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Topics:  Funky India plan

  1. Mumbai
  2. Goa
  3. Kerala: Kochi
  4. Delhi
  5. Rishikesh
  6. Agra
  7. Jaipur

Mumbai

Mumbai will be our first destination in India, with two nights spent at the New Bengal Hotel right next to the Victoria/CST Station.  We should arrive on Wednesday afternoon, perhaps have a quick snooze and hit Chowpatty beach to enjoy a cold Kingfisher.  The following day we will be exploring to the key sites within the Fort and Churchgate area in the morning, followed by the Marine Drive and the Malabar Hill in the afternoon.

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Goa

On the third day we will head south, embarking on a railway journey to Goa, hopefully arriving in the evening to the Renzo Inn in Calangute. We will spend the first two days exploring the northern Goa beaches and charming towns, then another two day near the state capital Panjim and stay at the Hotel Viva Goa International.  Finally another two days will be spent on the lovely southern Goa coast within a beach hut of the lovely Cuba Agonda Beach Hotel.

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Kerala

After a week exploring Goa, we will head further south, taking an overnight train to God’s Own Country, the fabulous state of Kerala to discover all its natural beauty.  Our first stop will be the northern region, near the quiet town of Kannur and it’s amazing coastline, then another two days in the sought after Kochi fort with the well rated Goodkarma Inn bed and breakfast, and finally spend another couple of nights at the fabulous Beach resort of Abad Harmonia Ayurveda in the splendid Kovalam, known as one of the most idyllic destination in Kerala.

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Delhi

Half way through our journey we will leave the splendid south western coast of India to fly to the Delhi, the country’s capital and one of most important city.  We will stay three nights at the Ajanta Hotel next to the busy New Delhi Railway station and discover some of the top sights within the Connaught Place, Old Delhi and Rajpath areas.

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Rishikesh

After our visit to the Indian capital we will head to the northern state of Uttaranchal and relax a couple nights within the hilltop Hotel Ganesha Inn within the picture perfect town of Rishikesh, known as the Gateway to the Himalayas.

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Agra

The following three nights will be spend at the Hotel Taj Plaza, only a hundred meters from the Taj Mahal, one of the world’s seven wonders.  We also plan to visit the following key attractions including Agra’s Fort, the Akbar’s Tomb and Fatehpur Sikri.

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Jaipur

Our last destination on our Funky India journey will be the Pink City of Jaipur, part of the Golden Triangle with neighbouring Delhi and Agra.  We will stay at the top rated Chitra Katha Hotel near the main railway station to be close to all of the historic and cultural sights the city has to offer.

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Welcome to Funky India

Funky India
Funky India is a remarkable online guide, giving travellers plenty of information and facts about the fabulous country of India.  It includes some of the country’s best destinations and experiences, top hotels ,various static and interactive maps, numerous images and HD videos.  Some of the key destinations include Mumbai, Goa, Kerala, Pondicherry, New Delhi and Agra.

The Funky India site is part of the World’s Best Places travel guides and was created by Mat Siems from Siems Production.

Funky India: online travel guide about India’s top destinations and best hotelsincluding Mumbai, Goa, Kerala, Delhi, Agra, Jaipur and Rishikesh, with maps, images and videos.