The offseason in Goa naturally attracts lots of Indians tourists, and they are the only source of income for the tourism industry during the Monsoon. But what happens when these tourists face problem while on their trips to Goa? Just one terrible experience is all it takes to make up their minds and spread negative publicity about the tourism industry in Goa. Here is the story of a family from Gujarat who came down to Goa for the first time with their families for a short vacation and had to face a bad experience.

According to the report published on the Times of India, Juggling 10 bags and two feisty toddlers, the Thakkar family from Ahmedabad had come to Calangute looking for their first idyllic experience of Goa. It, however, turned out be a far cry from the tourist haven they had heard of, particularly because they got a first-hand experience of the state’s truant taxi operators.       

Before flying back to Gujarat, the two young couples had planned to visit the churches of Old Goa, but the tourist taxi strike not only poured cold water on their plans, it also made the journey to the airport arduous. “This is frustrating. We will never come to Goa again,” said Jitu Thakkar.

For him and his brother Jaindra, this was the third trip to Goa, but it was the first time they had decided to bring their families along. “To carry our bags and a small child is a big hassle. Even our hotel refused to drop us. This is not how tourists should be treated. “We will not come again,” said Jaindra’s wife. The family finally boarded the Kadamba bus for the Goa International Airport for their 8.30pm flight.

The ongoing taxi strike made all their plans in Goa fail. According to the sources, the Thakkar family came down to Goa for relaxing after completing the 24-km trek to Vaishno Devi in Jammu & Kashmir, But the taxi strike forced the couple, along with their friends, to walk nearly 2km to their hotel from Candolim as no taxi was at hand.     

Despite the tourist taxi strike, the impact was minimized partially as tourists hired vehicles from the App GoaMiles while some of them also booked rent-a-cab and rent-a-bikes, although at prices well above the usual market rate.

Tourist Taxis on Strike

The taxi operators had warned motorcycle pilots and rickshaw operators not to ply, some of them defied the diktat. “I got a call from the local union leader told me not to take customers today. I agreed, but at the end of the day, I need to earn something,” said a rickshaw driver at Tivim railway station.     

Three autorickshaw drivers chose to take a risk and ferry customers, though they charged a premium for it. Musician Khitij Verma, who arrived on the Dadar-Margao Jan Shatabdi Express, was unlucky as he missed out on all three.

“I have to go to Corlim and even my friends can’t come to pick me up,” said Verma. The young musician was hesitant to take a motorcycle pilot as he feared the rain would damage his guitar.

Source: Times of India | India Times

14 COMMENTS

  1. Thank you Gujus Bhai.
    Because of strike if you are saying this then you please tell all Gujus not to come Goa again.
    I will be happy.
    And you don’t forget what Gujus are doing in Goa and still Goans don’t tell you not to come.to Goa .
    So happy journey

  2. We have never gone to goa since then…
    Lots of thieves romes in Goa, who are waiting for their hunt with a great plans. We had a worst experiance of this. Such people gain your trust on initial 1 or 2 days by guiding you in goa, 3rd day will take money in advance for the sake of booking water rides and to guide you. As soon as you handover money to them they escape by any reason.
    In our case we had reported a police complaint but we never get any call or respose from goa police.
    Such a worst experiance !

  3. Gujjus will never stop coming to Goa. Blame your fortune. idot. All tourist destinations are looters anywhere every where . Once i went to kerela, it was ATF and diesel shortage my flight was delayed for 16 hrs. Then taxi charged doubbled thought out the trip. I never stop going kerela or blame any one , if taxi charged high take a bike, cant afford bike , take bicycles . Like they tour in Netherlands . Real tourist should not be affacted by any stimulus . Go to enjoy fillup some energy to your life come back , dont think of budget .

  4. Stop coming to Goa please , leave the goanness as it is , please Promod Sawant make some policy and drive away all bhiknakar also. Pej joun ravoya .! But cant stand the spoilt image of Goa , Daru free sex free ?? Portugase culture ?? F**k off!!

  5. Had been into Goa for alMost 9years.. I hadn’t faced any sort of issues. But the given the fact v shud also consider d need of d tourists who cum. Pple shud return vth good memories not passively.. n it’s a matter of expenses tht those families must have born.. it’s hard earned. I know goa is a western oriented State,commonly speaking this is actually a minor topic to talk . But beautiful hearts are there around Goa…

  6. Those people are mostly outsiders… Can be from your state only… Jus speaking konkani doesn’t make them goana

  7. The Goan Taxi service is nothing short of a Mafia with drivers who are goons. The rates as compared with the rest of the country is way too inflated and its a complete extortion besides having to deal with errant arrogant taxi drivers. This system should be taken care of by the government and ola and uber should come in asap.

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