The best way to travel in India is by far to take the train. It usually takes a lot of time, but it is the most comfortable way, especially if you are in the sleeper coach. Not even the car is as comfortable.
Just like in Sweden.
Indian railways is the worlds biggest employer. 1.2 million employees I think I have heard somewhere.
The only thing that is a bit tricky is to get on the train in time. Often it only stops for a few minutes and all the trains are loooong, so that finding the right coach in can be a bit stressful.
When you are on the train, it keeps on going forever. Hampi to Goa takes about eight hours. A fast train in Sweden would probably make it in less than two. If it get there at all that is.
And then you have to get off at the right station of course, that is always a challenge.
In Margao in Goa you can easily spot the portuguese heritage. It’s almost like being in a different country, which in many ways it is too.
Many things are different here, more adjusted to tourism, less traffic, world famous beaches and easy to get alcohol.
I take the bus to Panaji. Change to a bus to Mapusa and then change again to a bus to Arambol, the northernmost beach in Goa. More remote than most of the other popular places in the state.
Totally I travel for thirteen hours. To transport myself about 350 kilometres.
Despite this I notice that everything just moves on. I am completely relaxed, nothing bothers me or stresses me out.
To find the correct bus, sweating like hell in the crowded buses, listening to Indian pop music from someones lousy cellphone, carrying a huge backpack and at the same time not had a proper meal for the entire journey doesn’t bother me at all. All is well, I am enjoying to see the world.
Two hours later i walk out on the beach with my backpack, throw myself down in the closest chair I find and get a cold Kingfisher.
To sit there and drink a cold beer on the beach, watching the sunset is wonderful. This is probably the closest you can get to paradise in India.
I sleep the first night in a hut on the beach. It is quite lousy and has neither toilet or shower inside, but it is cheap. It will do well as a temporary place to sleep and drop my backpack while I explore the area.
The day after I started looking for a new place to stay. I walk towards that area.
I find a room that is large, has a clean bathroom and a wonderful terrace facing the sun and just next to the water. Everything that the hut didn’t have. I manage to haggle it down to about €4 a night. The most expensive place so far if you don’t count the hotel in Mumbai I never stayed in. I don’t really think I can find anything better for this price.