I am very fond of my dad, and my dad is very fond of RCI. When I was just 6 months old, my dad became a member of RCI. Till today, he has taken me to a number of places in India and abroad, out of which most holidays have been in RCI affiliated resorts. I love travelling with my family.
I have visited Goa at least five times, the last visit being in September 2009. The Club Mahindra resort in Goa is our favourite, and that is why papa likes to take me and my family there again and again. He also enjoys going there with his friends. This time, too, I had a wonderful experience spending my holidays in Club Mahindra Varca Beach.
We started exactly at 6 am by car from our Pune home. I had packed my own bag, without forgetting anything important: such as swimming costumes, swimming goggles, my PSP, playing cards, and my favourite TT racquets and football. I also took some biscuits for the monkeys—I knew that we would see many monkeys in Amboli Ghat, which is one of the best tourist spots between Goa and Pune.
Our route was Pune-Kolhapur-Ajara-Amboli-Sawantwadi-Panjim-Madgaon. My father is a very good driver and a good planner too. As planned by him, we reached Amboli Ghat at 11:00 am. Our Innova was really super fast.
We spent an hour having vada pav, bhaji pav and sweet corn near the beautiful waterfall in Amboli Ghat. I was very happy feeding the monkeys and I took some photographs of them.
The Ghat was so beautiful... it was drizzling all the time there, along with dense fog. If you love to travel, you should visit this Ghat, that too in the rainy season. The experience of having hot roasted sweet corn in such weather was mind blowing.
After this short break, we left for Goa, and reached Panjim at 2 pm sharp. We had lunch at The Ritz, where we had awesome Goan food. The fish platter at this hotel is very popular in Panjim.
After our heavy lunch, we proceeded to Madgaon, and the Club Mahindra resort. We reached our destination at 4.30 pm, and took possession of our massive 2BR unit just next to the recreation hall.
As this was my fifth visit to Club Mahindra, I was very familiar with it; my mother left me free and told me to just take care of myself. We had a nice dinner, and chef Sunil became my friend. He gave me a sizzling brownie, which was not a part of the buffet!
Next day, I slept till late, but my mom and dad had got up early morning and gone for a long beach walk. As usual, after that, we had fun at the swimming pool, and then great “time pass” in the recreation hall.
Our routine was fixed: have breakfast at the resort, and good lunch at shacks like Martin’s Corner, Jocan’s, Fisherman’s Wharf and Brito’s. Don’t miss the cakes and pastries from Infantaria if you are in Goa. We spent the evenings at Club Mahindra, swimming and playing table tennis, tattoos and video games. As I am an interschool TT player, I took part in a tournament at the resort, and got first prize!
I learnt magic tricks from Sanjeev Daniel, who really inspired me to try my hand at magic. As for my dad, his motto was just to relax and give company to me, my brother, Sahil, and my cousin, Vishesh! We saw all the beaches in South and North Goa, visited old churches, and took the dolphin ride at Palolem beach. It was a wonderful sight to see the rising moon and the setting sun at the same time from the small boat.
- Ansh P. from Pune, Maharashtra, India