Bangalore by Overnight Bus from Goa
Although we had flown in to Goa, we wanted to visit other areas of India too but apart from plans to visit some friends in Mumbai, we had not decided where we wanted to go. We asked the staff at our hotel to tell us what time most of the overnight buses left from the bus station in Panjim, Goa's capital and then travelled there, arriving about an hour early to find out which buses had seats available. The one to Mumbai was fully booked, so we decided we'd have to visit our friends at the end of our trip but the one to Bangalore had three seats available, so we took these instead. As we had not booked in advance, we ended up with seats in the back row of the bus which did not recline and were not so comfortable. The windows were all open wide but it still seemed rather warm on the bus, until it started and we were able to feel the breeze.
Although it got dark fairly soon after we set off, we were lucky enough to travel on the night of an almost full moon, so we could see the landscapes we passed fairly well. Once the bus left the town, it passed through a thickly forested area, which had steep winding roads leading into the hills, often with sheer drops alongside the road, often causing us to wish the driver would go more slowly! It was much cooler up in the hills, so the three of us were glad to have my huge shawl to keep warm. As the sun came up in the morning, we were travelling through a desert area, with sandy looking ground and large rocks all the way around. It quickly became much hotter and we seemed to go through the same landscape for ages and looking at the small portion of the land we had travelled across, on a map, made us realise what a vast country India is.
We arrived an hour early in the city, at the main inter-state bus stand and once our case was unloaded, had no trouble finding a rickshaw to take us, with our luggage, to look at hotels.