Best Places in Goa – Must Visit!

It’s been long overdue for a Goa Trip and I finally decided to pull it off. Planned with my friends but ended up going with my wife. It was fun nonetheless. So, here are the best places in Goa (according to me), which deserves your time and presence. I planned my stay in Radisson Blu Candolim and it was worth the price.

Aguada Fort

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The first place I visited in Goa still holds strong in my mind. It was raining that day and added grandeur to the already bliss setting. With lots of greenery and sea backdrop, the fort stands tall with beautifully built structures.

Vagatoor Beach

Best Places in Goa - Vagatoor Beach
Vagatoor Beach

Goa is known for its beautiful beaches. There are a hell lot of them. I visited a lot of beaches and found just a few among them worth visiting. Vagatoor Beach is one of the best beaches I’ve been to. A place that seems built for photography and has lots of shops just near the shore.

Panjim Boat Cruise

Best Places in Goa - Panjim Boat Cruise
Panjim Boat Cruise

There are a lot of boat rides available in Goa. Then there is the Casino. But the casino can be visited only after 6 pm. You’ll have dances and party over there.

This boat cruise for about 40 minutes costs Rs.300 per person and is totally worth it. You’ll be educated with famous movies that were shot there in nearby boats/ships and other ancient builds. Totally worth it!

Best Places in Goa - Panjim Boat Ride
Panjim Boat Ride

Basilica of Bom Jesus & St. Francis Church

Best Places in Goa - Basilica of Bom Jesus
Basilica of Bom Jesus

The Basilica of Bom Jesus is a beautiful place. Besides being a very scenic spot, there are lots of things to explore and learn. There was a service going on and the chorus lit the surrounding. FYI – I visited the place on a Monday, around 5 pm.

Best Places in Goa - St. Francis Church
St. Francis Church

Goa Snow Park

Best Places in Goa - Goa Snow Park
Goa Snow Park

The driver suggested us this place and as it was humid outside, I thought of giving this snow park a go. It was an amazing visit. Loved the chillness and the way things were put up. There was a bar inside and that added much more fun element.

Mangeshi Temple

Best Places in Goa - Mangeshi Temple
Mangeshi Temple

A place filled with calmness and peace. Loved this temple. The road to Temple has a lot of shops and is worth spending money and time on. Don’t forget to yum the wine chocolates!

Spice Farm

Best Places in Goa - Spice Farm
Spice Farm

This is a medicinal farm. The place is filled with greenery everywhere and the guide will educate you on the medicinal benefits of the different variety of plants on a short tour inside the field. There is a separate store where you can purchase plant oils and other healthy drinks. They also have a lot of showcase items in the store. They have a buffet lunch organized for the visitors and is yummy!

Dona Paula

Best Places in Goa - Dona Paula
Dona Paula

A very good place to visit and I would call it another shopping spot. Looks cool and a treat for photographers.

Calangute Beach

Best Places in Goa - Calangute Beach
Calangute Beach

Another beach I enjoyed visiting. There was a lot happening around. Few kabaddi matches. basketball matches and police shouting at young guys going beyond a point. Lots of restaurants to choose from.

Best Places in Goa - Calangute Beach
Calangute Beach – Time for a Drink

I find these places to be the best places in Goa that deserve your time. There are a lot of other places in Goa like the Chapora Fort and Wax Museum. But I Didn’t find anything special in them. The road to Chapora Fort is a traffic hub. We had to wait for more than an hour to exit the Chapora Fort. I would suggest people visiting Goa to rent a car or bike and use their GPS to visit places there.

Visit my Instagram page to see more images from my Goa Trip.

Best Earphone Below Rs. 10,000 – RHA MA750i

I’ve been a frequent user of beats solo for a very long time. Though it provides a “certain” desired quality of music, I was still unsure of what would Real music sounded like. With Apple Music providing a streaming of 256kbps, it isn’t quite effective in replicating actual music quality. Moreover, you need very good quality earphones to extract quality from this music streaming service. Even though wynk music, saavn, gaana promise to provide 320kbps I don’t think it’s actually true, but definitely a tad better than Apple Music. So being a music freak, I was looking for the best earphone in the ₹10,000 range to experience music at a more exquisite level. That is when I started to check for earphones in Headphone Zone (probably the best place to order headphones), and that is where I found  RHA MA750i.

Best Earphone - RHA MA570i
Best Earphone – RHA MA570i

It’s priced exactly at ₹10,000 and based on the extremely positive reviews both on Amazon as well as on headphone zone I thought of giving it a try. The earphones were delivered the second day from the order as promised. I was forced to use it that whole night to kill time as I had to travel to my hometown in a boring 14-hour bus journey.

Premium – the word which struck me right from viewing the package to unwinding the earphones to exploring the various earbuds (10 pairs of them!! 😳👌🏻). Loved the hard and tough feel of the earphone cables. I’ve seen a lot of reviewers saying that if you don’t pick the right pair of earbuds for your ears, the sound quality is gonna be abysmal. So I spent about 20 minutes in figuring out which had the best fit for my ears.

Best Earphone - RHA MA570i
Best Earphone – RHA MA570i

 

This device is a musical treat plus beast. I’ve never experienced music at this quality and at this price range.

Best Earphone - RHA MA570i
Best Earphone – RHA MA570i

As the reviews suggested, I just burnt the earphones through continuous use. Which started as a good musical affair, just started getting better and better. It almost felt like the earphones started to get the better out of my musical taste. The Bass and effects produced (based on the equalizer) are top notch. I could even hear musical instruments that I’ve never heard before on a very frequently listened to track. These earphones felt like recreating music with an extremely new magical touch. Ever since I started using these earphones, I’ve never gone back to the apple AirPods or beats solo headphones. In this price range, I’m pretty sure this is the best musical experience you can ask for.

Check this link to purchase RHA MA750i from headphone zone.

Best Apps – Free for Apple Watch

I’ve been using the Apple Watch for more than 2 weeks now and I find the following apps as the best apps for my daily use.

Best Apps - Apple Watch
Apple Watch App Layout

 

Uber/Ola

These Apps help you get a cab with just a click. These are very useful travel apps which help you book a cab with just a few taps in your watch instead of pulling your iPhone from your pocket. Yes, it saves few seconds but is definitely worth using!

Best Apps Apple Watch - Uber
Uber – Apple Watch App

UpWord

UpWord is a free note application which helps you save notes as well as create separate folders for the to-do list. Save the list to your mobile. And find it in your Apple Watch. This App is of great use when you go shopping and just need to look at your watch to guide your purchase.

Best Apps - Apple Watch - UpWord
UpWord – Apple Watch App

Instagram

To view your Instagram and Twitter feed on the go, these apps serve the purpose. All you can do in Instagram is view the Feed and activity. Yeah, you’ve got the photos application in your Watch, but can’t be used for uploading pictures to Instagram.

Best Apps - Apple Watch - Instagram
Instagram – Apple Watch App

Twitter

In the Twitter App, you will have access to two screens – The Recent Tweets and the Trending ones. This is very much similar to Instagram, where you can like, retweet or comment. It serves the purpose of an app in your smart watch. Cool to use!

Best Apps - Apple Watch - Twitter
Twitter – Apple Watch App

iTranslate

iTranslate helps you translate words to almost any language you want. Serves the purpose of having a dictionary in your hand.

Best Apps - Apple Watch - iTranslate
iTranslate – Apple Watch App

FotMob

FotMob keeps you updated on the live updates of any football match. All you need to do is create notification alerts for selective matches/leagues as per your preference.I found it very useful when I was traveling. All I had to do was raise my wrist to view the latest updates on matches I prefer. With so many happening news about the club transfers, this App helps keep you updated.

Best Apps - Apple Watch - FotMob
FotMob – Apple Watch App

CricBuzz

If you are an ardent cricket fan and want to see notifications for every over, every 5 overs, wicket or milestones, this is the App to go for! You can also have notifications for happening cricket news or the squad before a match begins. Everything in your wrist!

Best Apps - Apple Watch - CricBuzz
CricBuzz – Apple Watch App

These are few of the many best apps I use for my daily needs. Leave your comments on the comment section below and light me up with Apps that you love to use!

Check my first-week usage experience of the Apple Watch Series 1 here.

Best Smartphones 2016 – Still a Good Bet in 2017!

Smartphones keep evolving each and every year. The benchmark to define which mobile out-shines the others varies from person to person. But here are few smartphones that were hugely acclaimed in 2016, and still remains a good bet in 2017! Let’s have a brief look at the best smartphones 2016 with just the key features highlighted.

Samsung Galaxy S7

Best Smartphone - S7
Samsung Galaxy S7

The Samsung Galaxy S7 comes with a 5.1 inch super AMOLED screen, 4 GB RAM, Octa core Snapdragon 820 processor,12 MP Primary Camera and a 5 MP Front Facing Camera. In addition to this, this comes with a 3000mAh battery and a fully Dust & water resistant IP68 certification. This smartphone’s look and feel are so premium, with the camera being one among the best in the lot. Low light photography is, in fact, the best in S7. The battery life isn’t that good but is far better than the abysmal previous flagship device of Samsung – Galaxy S6. It supports fast charging and wireless charging which makes it match the slightly below par performance of the battery. The phone is fast and streaming video content is a treat because of its super AMOLED screen supporting a 577-pixel density.

It runs on Android OS but has its Samsung Software TouchWiz over shadowing the stock Android feel. At the end of the day, it comes to personal preference as to which software feel suits you more.

With an external memory card slot expandable up to 256 GB, the base 32/64 GB version isn’t really going to bother you if you are a hardcore multimedia user.  The music quality through the in box headphones is okay, but not up to the mark. A better pair of headphones would definitely enhance your experience.The main issue which I’ve personally faced with Samsung Models (S3 and S6 in particular) is its late roll out Android Software updates to different devices according to their location. And Samsung mobiles have long been known for their gradual speed degradation as years pass by.

At the end of the day, it comes to personal preference as to which software feel suits you more. With an external memory card slot expandable up to 256 GB, the base 32/64 GB version isn’t really going to bother you if you are a hardcore multimedia user.  The music quality through the in box headphones is okay, but not up to the mark. A better pair of headphones would definitely enhance your experience.The main issue which I’ve personally faced with Samsung Models (S3 and S6 in particular) is its late roll out Android Software updates to different devices according to their location. And Samsung mobiles have long been known for their gradual speed degradation as years pass by.

Apple iPhone 7

Best Smartphone - iPhone 7
Apple iPhone 7

The iPhone 7 comes with a 4.7 inch IPS LED display with a pixel density of 326ppi. It comes with 2 GB RAM, Apple A10 Processor, 1960mAh, 12MP Primary camera and 7MP Secondary camera. It also comes with an IP67 certification as well. The main Pros of this Device are its software, the enormous list of AppStore Apps, front facing speakers (good to an extent) and its camera. The iPhone 7 Plus comes with a better dual sensor camera with certain additional features, but I am more concerned about the single hand usage factor. This being the main reason I opted for the 7 instead of the 7 plus.

The 3D Touch feature is good but I find myself using it just at times. For example, making calls to people in the favorite list, switching to different camera modes or when I have to quickly take notes in the note App. The camera produces excellent pictures and I would rate it equal to the Samsung Galaxy S7. But the low light performance is something where the S7 kills the iPhone 7 with lots of details. The audio experience is good but with a better pair of earphones like the RHA MA 750i (which I currently use), the experience is great. Yes, the iPhone 7 is costly, but with the iPhone 8 releasing next month, prices are going to fall. This makes it an even better deal.

The Touch ID feature is good but I find myself using it just at times. For example, making calls to people in the favorite list, switching to different camera modes or when I have to quickly take notes in the note App. The camera produces excellent pictures and I would rate it equal to the Samsung Galaxy S7. But the low light performance is something where the S7 kills the iPhone 7 with lots of details. The audio experience is good but with a better pair of earphones like the RHA MA 750i (which I currently use), the experience is great. Yes, the iPhone 7 is costly, but with the iPhone 8 releasing next month, prices are going to fall. This makes it an even better deal.

Check my review on the Apple iPhone 7 here.

One Plus 3T

Best Smartphone - OnePlus 3T
OnePlus 3T

The OnePlus 3T is one of the best budget high-end smartphones of 2016. With the recently released OnePlus 5 opening to mixed reviews, this seems a safe bet for its striking top end features at a very good price. The OnePlus 3T comes with a 5.5-inch screen, 6 GB RAM, and 3400mAh battery. The phone runs on Android OS over its OxygenOS. The software experience is far better than TouchWiz and provides a breezy performance thanks to its Snapdragon 821 processor. The 16 MP Front and Back cameras click good images, but not the best. But the front camera is far better than the one on OnePlus 3. Dash charging is a great feature, you can charge your mobile from 0% to 100% in less than an hour. The touch sensor unlocks the phone in a flash. Overall, this phone is a premium device at a budget price.

Other Best Smartphones 2016

In addition to these premium devices, there are two other devices worth mentioning- The  HTC 10 and The Google Pixel.

The Google Pixel is the highest rated smartphone camera by DxO rating, and HTC 10 being a great multimedia streaming device with an excellent pair of built-in earphones are close competitors to those phones I have discussed in detail upon. But the HTC 10’s camera isn’t up to the mark and its battery is something that disappoints very much. The Google Pixel has the advantage of stock Android experience and excellent camera. The design looks a bit odd but comes to personal preference. Battery and music quality are below par.

At the end of the day, with the prices of all the above-mentioned smartphones dropping down, it provides you with great value for money. All you need to check is your personal performance!