Hiring a bike, car or jeep is one of the most important thing for exploring goa in best way and make best of your trip to this beautiful destination, which is popular for it's beaches. Goa beaches are very well connected through roads and best way to commute is through personal vehicles which can rented for as many days as you want. This Photo Journey shares some information about Car/Bike renting in Goa and some photographs from Goa which were clicked while driving across the city.
Before going to Goa, we reached to few of the folks who rent vehicles in Candolim area. Actually we planned to stay around Candolim beach and wanted to rent out a vehicle around this place. One of our friends recommended someone and we confirmed our booking to him over phone. He picked us from the airport in same car and we took charge of the vehicle after that. It's overall very economical to hire a car or a bike instead of hiring a taxi. So essnetially travellers hire a vehicle for a fixed amount per day and then we need to bear the cost of Petrol/Diesel. And you would surprised to know that prices of Petrol are almost same of Diesel in Goa.
Monsoon is not main season is Goa so we got reasonable rates to rent out a Maruti WagonR. We paid 800 rs per day, when we took this car for 4 days, which was pretty reasonable if we calculate the cost of hiring a taxi for pick and drop from Aiport & travelling between the beaches of Goa.
Driving on your own in Goa adds more excitement to your vacations. Now you can roam around the places as per your wish and no restrictions on timings. Goa is generally a safe place to wander at any time. Locals understand the importance of security of tourists and privacy. Major economy of Goa is dependent on tourism and hence overall environment is quite favorable for tourists. And Goa is happening during late nights as well.
Driving on your own also brings lot of opportunities to explore the least explored parts of Goa. When we were coming back from Aguada Fort, as noticed a beach on our right with lot of coconut trees around it and an array of boats parked on one of the corners. Then we made a plan to visit this visit and have a closer look. It looked like a typical beach we usually see in photographs or television :) . When we drove to this beach, it was a great experience. Only we were there on that beach with all fishermen who stay around this beach. The very first photograph of this photo journey was shot when we were driving towards this beach through lush green paddy fields.
Similarly when we went to Old Goa and spent some time around the churches and Magesh temple, we explored some beautiful roads which were not on our way to these places. All these drives exposed us to vegetable farms in countryside and the places where colorful flowers are used to make local wines in Goa. Even smaller waterfalls look awesome during these random drives.
Most of the times, when we are in Goa we spend most of the time on beaches, casinos and comparatively lesser driving time. Although, if time allows one should spend more time driving around various parts of Goa as it has lot of things to explore. We had real fun driving in Goa and this made us explore lot more than what we planned. And personally I love exploring things which are least known or not so popular. These less commercialized places always bring a very different experience of holidays.