It’s 5.30 in the morning, a ridiculously early start to the day and I think our ride is just arriving. Big rocks, flying eagles and secluded beaches. We go rock climbing and set off in search of hidden bays. This is Drone and Phone. It’s episode four in our Goa adventure and I am here with Shubham from the Hindustan Times who was out very late last night after I left him. How was it? It was really tiring. I am too tired to do anything right now and we have to go rock climbing. This guy is half asleep. We are going to go rock climbing over here somewhere right Shubham? That’s right somewhere over there. And after that maybe a walk to a pristine beach. Let’s get going. Let’s get going. For this series, we have travelled to India’s smallest state, Goa, on the Arabian Sea. It’s a popular beach destination for both Indians and international holiday makers but we are seeking to lose the crowds and get into nature. Today we are along with Ashwin and Pancham from Adventure Breaks, who have been charged with keeping us safe along the way. What you do is you take both your hands and you bring your foot closer and switch. Try not to get your legs crossed OK? We drove to Agonda beach and began a short hike past fishermen and early yoga enthusiasts along the beach towards the rocks. Shubham was looking a little nervous. Yea I am a bit scared about that. I was much more confident until we reached the top of the rock face and peered down to the water. Well it’s a beautiful morning and a fantastic view down here from where we stand. We are going to go up this slab here. It’s about 100 feet or so. It looks quite steep, I thought it was going to be a bit easier than this. So I am a bit apprehensive. After walking down a steep gully to the start of the climb we set up the ropes and waited for the call to start climbing. As the only one of the two of us who had climbing experience, I went first and very quickly found this was going to be no easy task. About fifteen minutes later I reached the summit. You are really reliant on the grip on the rock. Fortunately the rock is reasonably grippy. It does not seem to give way but there is very little to get your hands on for an amateur climber like myself. Next up was Shubham who, to my surprise, took to the sport straight away, racing up the rock face. I got stuck twice over there and hurt my knee. It’s always fun to have some kind of drama Obviously on tape you looked like you were much faster than me and much more able but I was doing that just for the dramatic effect. So I hope you realize I could have been up there with no problem. Yes I saw you stuck down there. You couldn’t get up. What’s that all about? No no it’s just for the cameras. I’ll teach you more about this as you get older. So Shubham, great performance on the climbing wall. We are now off to find a pristine beach. Is that right? A lot of people think of Goa as very touristy beaches but if you are prepared to put some walking in I guess you can find some places less covered with people. That’s right. You can see it yourself out here we have very few people around here and the best part is you get to listen to the silence and at the same time listen to the waves which is very interesting. OK let’s try a bit of that! On the half hour walk from the end of the track to butterfly beach I had a chance to ask Ashwin which were the most popular of his tours. The most popular tours are the kayaking. The morning kayaking and the sunset kayaking. They are absolutely the most popular. Tell us a little bit about Butterfly beach and other similar kind of beaches in Goa. There are only about three or four of them that don’t have any roads leading to them. So you have to walk so it makes the beach much less popular. There are people who come there by boat from other beaches. Other popular beaches around. But they are really quite quiet and nice. While we were there several groups of tourists did arrive by boat and then disappeared leaving us alone to enjoy the beach to ourselves. There are lots of rocks to scramble around and jump off if you can avoid the odd jelly fish. And of course swim in the pristine blue sea. Well, that’s the end of this last episode and a great way to finish at this beautiful little secluded beach. How was that whole experience for you. Amazing, although I have been a local over here I have seen Goa through the lens of both a local as well as a North Indian. I think this trip was one of the best I have ever had. We’ve done a few things on this trip you have never done before right? That’s right! Like climbing was the first time. Climbing was the first time, Kayaking was the first time. I still don’t know how to swim but! It’s been a really good trip. Now if you like this show and never want to miss an episode, please like our Facebook page on You will find our previous episodes nicely catalogued on This is? Shubham Raheja. From the Hindustan Times. My name is DJ Clark and this is Drone and Phone. In China everyone wants to take their picture with me in India they just want to borrow my sunglasses.