Goa Tejas Express: All You Need To Know

Posted on May 24, 2017 by Beach Bum @ The Beach Company | 0 Comments

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A new high-speed air-conditioned train will take you from Mumbai to Goa in nine hours, all comforts included. Here’s what you need to know about the Tejas Express:

Route
The Tejas Express will start from Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) and end its journey at Karmali in North Goa. The Mumbai-to-Goa train will halt at five stations along the way: Dadar, Thane, Panvel, Ratnagiri and Kudal.

What to expect
Mod cons such as LED screens (with a foldable snack table and USB point), Wi-Fi, and tea-coffee vending machines are the highlight of the 15 Linke Hofmann Busch (LHB) coaches of the Tejas Express, which include one Executive Class coach with a 56 seats. The Tejas Express coaches have been fitted with CCTV cameras, as well as fire and smoke detectors. Similar to flights, each seat has an attendant call button and a berth-reading light.

The Tejas Express also has bio-vacuum toilets, with hand dryers, water-level indicators and touch-less taps. The way inside this Mumbai-to-Goa train is through an automatic entrance door, a first in Indian railways when it comes to non-suburban trains. And of course, you have fab views of Konkan for company.

Meals
Catering cost is included in the ticket price. However, if you don’t want to pay for food at the time of booking, and wish to buy it on board, you will need to pay an extra amount of Rs50 per service, along with the prescribed catering charges.

And what’s on the menu? Everything from croissants, doughnuts and French fries for breakfast to lachha paratha and Malvani chicken curry for lunch and dinner.

The Tejas Express featurs LED screens, foldable snack tables and USB points. Photo: Hindustan Times / Contributor | Getty Images
The Tejas Express features LED screens, foldable snack tables and USB points. Photo: Hindustan Times / Contributor | Getty Images

Frequency
During the non-monsoon season (1 November–9 June), the Tejas Express will run five days a week—on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. The Mumbai-to-Goa train will ply thrice a week in the monsoon (10 June–31 October), i.e. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays.

Timings

  • Non-monsoon: The train leaves from Mumbai at 5am and reaches Goa at 1.30pm. The return service starts from Goa at 2.30pm and arrives in Mumbai at 11pm.
  • Monsoon: The train departs from Mumbai at 5am and arrives in Goa at 3.30pm. The return journey from Goa starts at 7.30am and ends in Mumbai at 7.45pm.

The Tejas Express has been built to attain a speed of up to 200kmph. However, track constraints will restrict it to 160 km/h

Fares (Mumbai to Goa)

  • Non-monsoon: Chair car at Rs1,185 without catering and Rs1,310 with catering; Executive Class at Rs2,585 without catering and Rs2,740 with catering.

  • Monsoon: Chair car at Rs1,185 without catering and Rs1,530 with catering; Executive Class at Rs2,585 without catering and Rs2,985 with catering.

Ticket cost includes packaged drinking water and newspapers.

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Our Guide To Panjim-The Cheerful Capital Of Goa

Posted on May 20, 2017 by Beach Bum @ The Beach Company | 0 Comments

Where to Stay In Panjim

1) Mariott Resort and Spa  

2) Vivanta By Taj

3) The Leela 

4) Cidade de Goa

 5) The Crown

       

The Best places to Eat/Drink/party

1) Hospedaria Venite

2) Horseshoe Bar & Restaurant

3) Ritz Classic

4) The Black Sheep Bistro

5) Baba’s Wood Café

Local Attraction

1) Old Goa

A large number of protected historical monuments like the  Convent of Santa Monica and Sé Catedral de Santa Catarina. Also visit the Dona Paula beach, which
 is beloved by locals

2) An art gallery in a heritage hotel complex

Another must-visit in the Fontainhas area, also known as the Latin Quarter, is the heritage complex, comprising Panjim Inn, Panjim Pousada, and Panjim Peoples hotels. The corridors and public spaces of this heritage complex exhibit classic and contemporary works by eminent artists

 3) Art and culture centre in a Portuguese home

Also immensely popular in Goa’s art circles
 is Sunaparanta – Goa Centre for the Arts, which occupies a charming Portuguese-styled home in the elite hillside neighbourhood of Altinho

4) Jazz in Goa
        In Panaji, Jazz Goa, a group of Goan jazz musicians host a weekly live    music evening every Sunday at Deltin Royale casino, docked on River Mandovi.

 

5) Own art by Goa’s legendary cartoonist
Mario Miranda’s legacy lives on in witty caricatures and his hilarious take on traditional Goan lifestyle. His works and licensed merchandise are available in select boutiques
 and galleries in Panaji, including Gallery Gitanjali and Marcou Artifacts.

 

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How To Stay Hydrated At The Beach

Posted on March 29, 2017 by Beach Bum @ The Beach Company | 0 Comments


Summer is officially here, and like always, it’s bringing the heat. If you’re outside at the beach for more than a few minutes, you probably notice yourself needing to hydrate. Unfortunately, the defining attributes of summertime—hot temperatures, humidity and direct sunlight—are a recipe for dehydration.



Of course, that doesn’t mean you have to stay inside all day if you want to stay healthy and hydrated. But it does mean that you’ll need to take extra measures to make sure your body is getting the right hydration it needs to function properly despite the heat.

Here’s a quick list of dos and don’ts for keeping yourself hydrated throughout the summer!

WHAT TO AVOID:

1. Coffee, sodas and energy drinks. An ice-cold Coke or iced coffee might sound like the perfect solution to a hot day, but in reality these highly-caffeinated beverages will only dehydrate you more. Caffeine is a diuretic, so drinking a lot of it when you’re out in the heat is only going to make you thirstier.

2. Extended periods of time in direct sunlight. The longer your body is exposed to sunlight, the more dehydrated you will become. If you’re spending a day at the beach, make a point to hang out under a tent or go inside every so often to give yourself a break from the direct sunlight.

3. Alcohol. Although it’s often a staple at pool parties and outdoor barbecues, alcohol, like caffeine, pulls water from the body, causing dehydration. If you’re going to be drinking in the heat, make sure you’re taking in extra water to make up for all the water you’re losing.

WHAT TO GO FOR:

1. Pure, cold, filtered water. There’s just no substitute for the real thing. Water is the No. 1 way to hydrate. More than half of your body is made of water, and dehydration is your body’s way of screaming at you to replenish that water.

2. Other hydrating beverages. Coconut water is a great alternative to traditional sports drinks that doesn’t have added sugars or chemicals. It is naturally hydrating because of its high electrolyte content. If you want to go for a sports drink, try to find one that isn’t high in sugar or high fructose corn syrup. Often the tastiest sports drinks are the most loaded with sugar and other unhealthy additives.

3. Fruits and veggies high in water. Many fruits and vegetables can help you stay hydrated because they are made up of mostly water. Among these hydrating foods are tomatoes, watermelons, strawberries, grapefruit, lettuce and cucumbers. Try to include cooler snacks when you head to the beach or your next cookout this summer.

THE BODY PARTS YOU’VE FORGOTTEN NEED SUNSCREEN

Posted on March 28, 2017 by Beach Bum @ The Beach Company | 0 Comments

Cleansers, moisturizers, and a minimum of 8 hours of sleep each night are all measures we take to keep our glowing skin looking young. Although, one common mistake we often forget about is sunscreen. We head to the beach, lay out reading our favorite book as the warm rays kiss our skin - whether your skin tans or burns is irrelevant when it comes to skin damage. Even those with beautifully dark undertones should wear an SPF 25 or higher when exposed to the sun. When doing so, here are a few places on our bodies we’ve forgotten to apply the screen to and we’re sure you have too. So next time you head out for a beachcation, don’t forget to apply SPF to these forgetful body parts!

  1. Behind the ears

This area is common for many beach babes to forget about. It’s an area on the body that almost constantly receives attention from the sun. So don’t forget to apply the lotion next time you throw your luscious locks in a pony and head for the sand.

  1. Tops and bottoms of feet

We’re guilty of being extra forgetful of this body part. The tops and bottoms of your feet aren’t common places you think to rub sunscreen into. You most likely stop or start the sunscreen application at the ankles and continue upwards. However, when your soothed to sleep from the therapeutic sound of the ocean waves crashing on the shore, the tops AND bottoms of your feet are aging and gaining irreversible skin damage. So before your next afternoon beach nap, rub some zinc on those feet before dozing off.

  1. Back of the neck

Most girls may not think the back of the neck is important since our hair tends to cover it most of the time. However, it’s exposed to the sun a lot more than we think. When our hair is up, flopped to one side, and especially when we’re swimming in the salt water (since the water reflects sunlight) we’re exposing our necks to the sun and therefore need to protect it like any other body part.

  1. Tops of hands

An area many don’t think to apply sunscreen to, but such a crucial body part. We are constantly using our hands and our hands are constantly exposed to the sun every single day. Whether you’re at the beach or driving your car to work each morning, the hands gain a ton of sun exposure which equals a ton of skin damage. If you want young wrinkle-free hands when your older, don’t neglect your two most important body parts!

  1. Under arms

Most important for the beach days that begin with a beach volleyball game or an accidental snooze- the underarms, believe it or not, can still capture a good amount of sun exposure. So, before you hop into the next volley match to show off your spiking and setting skills, make sure to spray some liquid screen on the under sides of your arms.

If you avoid Sunscreen because you have sensitive skin, or don’t like the way it effects your skin, to check out our favorite face sunscreens (don’t fret, they can be used on other spots too!) that are gentler on the skin but still provide you with the protection you need…

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No Age To Learning

Posted on March 23, 2017 by Beach Bum @ The Beach Company | 0 Comments

There is no age to learn swimming. Encourage your babies to explore the water and be familiar with it, as a first step to learn swimming. At The Beach Company, we provide aqua learning accessories that will aid your babies to pick up the sport of swimming. The aqua learning accessories consist of buoyant swim vest, swim belt, kick boards, armbands, noodles etc. These accessories will help your baby enjoy while being in the pool.

We also have a wide range of baby swimming costumes to help that are comfortable to wear and are light.

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