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Budget Hotels In Goa To Stay In December

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The words cheap and budget get out of use during month of December in Goa and especially during the festive season and Sunburn. Budget hotels in Goa becomes like an impossible thing in December. The lowest possible Goa hotel rate can be found only at government hotel by Goa tourism. But you have to book the hotels well in advance from Online Hotel Management System.

 

As this is Sunburn season so it become practically impossible to get cheap hotels in Goa. However, you just might be able to do it based on a few things.

 

1. Look for flats/rooms rented by the owners: Try your best to forget the beach hotels/resorts, they will charge you nothing less than 6000-8000 per night. Try the interior. Places like Aldona, Quitula, Serrao and Nachinola in North Goa. Most of these places are about 40-45 minutes from the beaches by bus or bike but you can definitely find cheap hotels in goa at these places.

  • Arambol beach is a also a good option which is little remote place. Arambol beach is cheap and very less crowded. Most of the crowd are foreigners. Local goan people have converted their home into guest house and offer them at very cheap price. They charge hardly 800-1200 Rs. Per room. You can also find further budget hotels in “Porvorim” It is located around 2 km from Panjim city but little bit crowded.
  • You should also try your best staying away from all the party madness. Somewhere cheaper in places like Margao and near Vasco. It’s a little far from the beaches and party places, but you need to get your own scooty or bike to get to this place.

2. Eat Local: Ask the owner of the place where you are staying for some cheap restaurants nearby which are good places to eat in that area. Or you can ask some locals willing to cook for you. Restaurants and shacks by the beach will be very expensive. Britto’s at Baga cost us almost 6000 without drinks for a group of 5 people.

3) Also you can try places like Asterix Hostel near Vagator, Baga, and Anjuna beach. You can meet other travelers, mostly western tourists, and Anjuna is a great place for that. Rooms near Anjuna also have wifi, books, free breakfast, easy scooter and cab rentals.

 

Comment down below about your experience in Goa in December or if you find something very interesting to stay at cheap hotels in goa.

You can also check out places to visit in Goa during december.

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Couchsurfing or Sexsurfing, What Indians think?

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I wanted to write this blog post for long time but my hectic schedule at office, travel and day today work  didn’t let me to complete it. But this weekend ,I finally took some time and decided to write a blog on my couchsurfing experience in India.

This is the best gateway for all those who don’t know what couchsurfing is and how much prevalent it is in India.

What Is couchsurfing?

Couchsurfing also abbreviated as CS in netizens language is a service created by  Casey Fenton. Couchsurfing is a hospitality service offering travellers a place to sat in more than 70 countries for free of cost. The funda is very simple. Couchsurfing.com is having more than 1000000+ registered users who can offer say or bed to follow travellers in their apartment or home, by simply uploading pics and some basic information about themself. And travellers travelling to that place can ask for stay at their place through portal.

Why couchsurfing?

Budget! Yes this is the first and foremost reason for Couchsurfing. To lower down the trip expense, solo travellers prefer couchsurfing over hotels and hostels. This is  a great way to save money during your trip to any place in world. Believe me you can save heavy by couchsurfing. Also Couchsurfing helps solo traveller to get some friends and know local people and stay with them, have food with them etc . But for me the main purpose of couchsurfing is local exploration. I ask my host to show me unpopular places where tourists seldom goes and tell stories about their city and culture.

Is it safe?

If you are hardcore traveller then trust me, nothing in this world is  safe place. You need to face the consequences whatever come in front of you while travelling. Same applies to couchsurfing. Profile on couchsurfing looks very luring and safe but sometime the ground reality is totally different. You cannot be 100% sure  who will host you and what will they offer you. But don’t worry much, community rating are thankfully true most of the time.

Couchsurfing or Sexsurfing?

In India it is now becoming popular that girls seeking boys as host and boys seeking girls as host. But for what? For some it’s absolutely normal to get an opposite sex as a host or guest but for some its also an opportunity for a one night stand known as “No string sex” or if it is through couchsurfing also called as “Bed Surfing” or “sexsurfing”. I heard about it recently but never thought that it could be possible. But to my surprise 5 out of 8 guys offer sex to girls and two of them said that  they were expecting sex. Only 1 out of 8 didn’t offered anything. To my surprise even girls are looking for wild couchsurf experience. 1 out of 4 girls offered sex in return on couchsurf.

Most of the girls say NO to these kind of offers and they believe in travelling rather than sleeping with some random guys.

Most commonly used phrase by couchsurfer host to guest to offer sex is “The door to my bedroom is open all night”!

The first time I came across Sexsurfing was in Goa. My host told me some stories from local that they have slept with 3 of 4 girls they have hosted as guest and he also  mentioned that “White girls are easy and hot”. At first I thought they are joking but surprisingly i found that girls are more pushy than a guy.

I also came across a shocking story of a girl from Delhi she wanted to do couchsurfing in Mumbai, India at a guys place. In the middle of the night the guy came in the room and started touching her and offered her, but she refused so he asked her to either have sex or leave. She left in the middle of the night. And the funny thing was, that guy had a good reputation at couchsurfing and the girl met him day before the say at some restaurant. So everything seemed alright.

You can also check out our blog 5 safety tips while travelling in India

 

Whats are your thoughts for couchsurfing? Have you ever faced anything like that before? Share your experience and comment down below. I would love to know more about experience you guys had at your trip and couchsurfing.

 

PS: I might sound like a old age person in this post but trust me, I am not against Couchsurfing or anything, Through this blog post I am just trying to put my points of view and what I faced personally.

Peace!

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Top 10 places to Visit in Pune

When people travel from Mumbai or some other place to Pune and ask you where to go in Pune to spend some quality time, I feel like most of the time people are black with the list of places which they can visit in Pune, and the first worry I have is – How am I going to entertain them or what should I suggest them to see.

Well, staying in a city like Pune and worrying about all this is not a problem anymore. Just take a look at top weekend getaways listed here, and I am sure you would be amazed to find out how much fun this city has to cover in.

  • Sinhagad Fort

One of the nice fort’s built by Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaja. There is a  saying associated with Sinhagad fort ” Gad aala pan simha gela” in Marathi language it means “fort is conquered but Lion is lost”.

It is advisable to visit during the weekdays as weekends are very crowded. You can also enjoy the scenic drive way back along the backwaters of Khadakwasla dam.

  • Osho Auditorium

You must be wondering what Osho Auditorium is doing in this list at number 2 but let me tell you arrival of Osho to the Pune city gave it international flavour. The Osho International Meditation Resort has acquired international recognition among thousands of people around the world, and visitors comes to this place from more than 100 countries every year.

  • Rajiv Gandhi Zoological Park

A Nice place to spend half a day in Pune as it is almost in the city. There are not many animals but its an open enclosure type park. Animals are well kept by the government officials. Nice to see them in their natural habitat type environment. Children enjoy watching zoo animals. The place is overall cleaned and maintained  but toilets are dirty.

Ticket line was of 200 persons when I visited this zoo
Also be prepared for walk of 4-6 kms. You can also opt for battery Operated car which is an option inside the park

  • Khadakwasla Dam

Khadakwasla is located near Pune city around 40min drive from center of town. This dam supply water to most of Pune city. There are two sides from where you can go to Khadakwasla dam, one road goes to Sinhagad fort and another one passes from NDA side which is also known as peacock bay.

One the Sinhagad road side you will find lots of food venders selling Bhel, Corn (Bhutta) and other stuff, nothing fancy all street stall kinds. If you want long peaceful drive then go on other side of this.
Good to visit in weekdays evening time, on weekends and Holidays this will be pack with people and cars, as roads are small you might stuck in a jam.

  • Okayama Friendship Garden

Pune-Okayama Friendship Garden or Pu La Deshpande Udyan is one of the largest garden located on Sinhagad Road in Pune, Maharashtra, India.

This place is very good for photo session and selfie, lots of beautiful trees and water lake in the middle of the garden which makes Okayama garden more beautiful. You can have a  good time over there with your family away from city noise and pollution.

  • Mulshi Dam

The Mulshi dam is one of the magical place far away from the hustle of the Pune city. The clouds, mountains and lake make this dam looks too beautiful and the water change color through the day. A great place to just sit down and watch nature’s painting on vast canvas.

Common people are not allowed inside the dam so you have to take a distant view of the dam.

  • ISKCON NVCC Temple

Iskon temples are known for their National and International Shri Krishna followers. This is very nice place to which reflects Vedic culture. The temple is designed beautifully and very clean and well maintained.

Attending 7 PM aarti at evening is highly recommended and enjoy free food which is very tasty.

Also there are shops where you can find number of matchless Gift, most of the items are related to Krishna. Govinda’s restaurant and a Govinda’s stall offers clean and freshly prepared food of all kinds(south Indian, north Indian, Chinese etc.) at very nominal price.

  • Darshan Museum

This Museum is about the life and teachings of Swami Revered Dada Vaswani and they are presented so beautifully in this museum that you will love it.

The museum play a 90 min 3D show on the life, times and teaching of Swami Vaswani both in Hindi and English.

Nicely maintained, clean and aesthetic place with heart touching simple messages of life. This is a place where we can find peace of mind free of cost

  • Neelkantheshwar

Neelkantheswar is a Hindu temple devoted to lord Shiva, which is about 40 minutes drive from Pune. This temple is situated on hill top so you need to do a lot of climbing to reach the temple.

The temple displays almost all Indian Mythology stories. The temple is having more than 200 scenes depicted. You will get a very beautiful views from hill top. Keep in mind to carry food items and edibles as you won’t find any up there.

  • Malshej Ghats

Known for its scenic view and waterfalls Malshej ghat is must to visit in the rainy season if you are around Pune or Mumbai. Enjoy several view points or  take a chance to stay at the MTDC (only residence in Malshej) and enjoy bonfire. Be it the first time or hundreds of time you will still feels as new and refreshing always. Don’t forget to get your natural car wash done.

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