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:
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.
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.
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.
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)
Ticket cost includes packaged drinking water and newspapers.
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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
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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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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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…
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.