Day one of National Trekking Expedition at Goa with Youth Hostels Association of India (YHAI) is more of reporting at Youth hostels base camp which is located near Swimming Pool, Campal, Panaji and is about 3 to 4 kilometers from Panjim Bus stand. You may reach the campsite at any time of the day if you have already booked for this trek online or over phone.
The campsite is located in an ideal place close to Mandovi river and has good connectivity. Just outside campsite is a store where you can buy anything that you need at the last minute. From Panjim bus stand, it is about 5 to 10 minutes to the campsite and they charge approx. 8 to 10 rupees. Get down just before Times of India building or at Swimming Pool stop. Cross the road and walk for about 50 meters and to the right is the YHAI campsite.
If you reach early, then you have the entire day to spend. Ideal place to go around close to campsite would be the market which is in between campsite and Panjim bus stand. You can either go by bus or just go for a long walk next to Mandovi river. You get to see the casino and cruise all set ready for the late night party. On the other side is the Miramar beach. Visit in the evening and enjoy the low tide walk along the coastline and the sunset. You can spend more time till its dark at Miramar beach and is at a walkable distance from the campsite. Or, you can be at senior citizen park next to our campsite and enjoy the evening view of sailboats.
Keep things ready for the next day – day 2 where we go for an acclimatizing hike from campsite to Raj Bhavan via Miramar beach. Then to Dona Paula and back to the campsite. Follow me on social media and subscribe to my blog for free to know more about the coming days of trekking, travel and photography tips. Watch the video below and don’t forget to share.