People from all over the world visit Goa year-round. Most of them visit Goa for the rave parties, beaches and cheap booze the place has to offer. Not that these things are unattractive (cheap booze…yay) but Goa is not all about partying. There is much more to the place and you will only realize that if you take the path less traveled. Old Goa also known as Velha Goa, is a place away from the party zone, tucked away inland beside the Mandovi River.
This place grew and thrived during the Portuguese Conquest in India back in the 16th century which gave it the name as ‘The Rome of the Orient’. When the Portuguese left India, the place lost its grandeur and now what remains is a dozen magnificent churches surrounded by swathes of green. The churches are considered as some of the largest ones in India and this place has been declared as a UNESCO world heritage site. …
If you have seen the above quote before, then you need to know about the man who said it, Ibn-E-Battuta.
Born in Tangier, Morocco on the 24th Feb, 1304, Ibn-E-Batuta established the science of Travel Writing. He was a medieval Moroccan Muslim scholar and traveler who set out on his journey at the age of 21. When he left Morocco in 1326, little did he know that he will not be seeing his country for the next 24 years. What should have been a simple 16 month pilgrimage to Mecca, called the Hajj, took him to different corners of the world. He is widely recognized as the greatest travelers of all time. All his travels are documented in his journal called ‘The Rihla’ which translates to ‘The Journey’. A journey spanning a whopping a 30 years. His travels covered most of the Islamic world. His journeys included trips to North Africa, the Horn of Africa, West Africa, Middle East, South Asia, Central Asia, Southeast Asia and China.
Goa, a pint sized Indian state, the party capital of India, an abode for hippies, a blend of Indian and Portuguese lifestyle and ohh yea the never ending beaches. These are the things that come to your mind when you think about Goa. People try and avoid Goa in the monsoon as rain can play spoil sport. But no matter what people say, Goa is one of the best places to be even during the monsoon. I had visited Goa in September. It was my 25th birthday and I wanted to gift myself something different this time. So there you go, my First Solo Trip. September falls under the rainy months in India and obviously it was there in the back of my head when I started my trip. But Goa in the Rain has left a beautiful impression in my heart and I do have a few points to prove the same.
Everyone who has been in a 9-5 job or anyone who works in one right now can relate to this post. We all know that the moment the salary gets credited at the end of every month, our mind starts making a list of things we need to buy. The instant gratification that comes along with buying some expensive stuff can become an addiction. I have been in that stage before. So, I can clearly remember that this sense of gratification does not last long. As humans we adapt to everything. We buy ‘things’ to keep ourselves happy but that lasts only for a while. New ‘things’ do excite us but then we adapt to it being around, the happiness fades away. But the happiness that comes from experiences never die. Experiences create memories. Memories put a smile on our face whenever they come back to us. We can never get adapted to them.