|Goa is lively and modern, with loads of entertainment for everyone. There is a wide choice of luxurious hotels with plenty of night life, or simplicity and tranquility in one of the inexpensive, clean and comfortable hotels with a charm of their own the hotels could be right on the beach or near a tranquil river. The Portuguese food is mouthwatering with a wide variety of fish and other seafood at unbelievable prices!!. Choose massive fish steaks fresh from the sea cooked in your choice of both continental and Indian style. Panaji, the capital, is an easy-going town with Portuguese styled cafes, whitewashed churches and overhanging balconies; a delight after your journey.
Old Goa, east of Panaji, was once the capital of the eastern Portuguese Empire. Now, it is a fascinating small village surrounded by huge convents and churches dedicated to the zeal of Christianity, including the Convent and Church of St. Francis of Assisi and the famous Basilica of Bom Jesus. The mortal remains of St. Francis Xavier, who spread Christianity among the subjects of the Portuguese colonies, are entombed here.
There are several reathtaking beaches to choose from along the 100km long coastline of silvery sand. There is Colva with its warm turquoise sea and fishermen hauling in their nets by hand in the clear morning light as they chant an ancient sea song; or maybe sophisticated Aguada, with its jet-set beach and sixteenth century fort. Try the experience of a full-moon party at Anjuna, or mingle with the variety of people in Calangute selling handicrafts, jewellery and modern fabrics. Enjoy the old Portuguese fort in Chapora, surrounded by secluded and sandy beaches and dense green coconut palms.The party beach of Baga where the music never stops. You could visit all the beaches or just adopt one and make it your home just like hundred of foreigners have done visiting the same same beach every year, year after year. One thing is for sure you have a vast variety and number of beaches to choose from between North and South Goa.
Wild boar and sambar in their natural habitat in the hills of the Western Ghats can be seen in Bondla, one of the Goan wildlife sanctuaries.
In addition, the region is justly famous for its many colourful festivals, including Mardi Gras, celebrated with Christian fervour. There are so many delights in Western India and so many glorious choices; from the vibrant life of commercial Bombay to the home of the indomitable Mahatma Gandhi then down to the peace and magic of sunny Goa - the choice is yours. As a matter of fact Goa is for relaxation and experiencing the idyllic peace hard to find elsewhere in this fast paced life we all lead.
How To Reach
By Air Dabolim is the main entry point for Goa situated at a distance of around 29 km from Panaji on the coast near Vasco da Gama.
Most domestic airlines operate in Goa apart from chartered private airlines operating from UK and Germany. Indian Airlines has direct flights from Delhi and Mumbai daily. Air India
also flies to Goa.
By Rail It is not difficult to reach Goa by trains, especially after opening of the Konakan Railway that connects Margao and Vasco da Gama to major cities in India. You can take trains from Delhi 1,874 km), Mumbai (490km), and Bangalore (430 km) to reach Goa comfortably. From the railway stations, you can hire taxis and motorcycle taxis to reach the desired destinations.
By Road Goa, Maharashtra, and Karnataka state transport corporations operate from the Kadamba bus stand at Panaji. Frank Shipping operates a boat service between Mumbai and Panaji.
Moving around in Goa is quite easy. One can find bus as well as car rental services. A unique experience is that of the motorcycle taxi. Several ferry services are also available.
Capital : Panjim
Languages : Konkani, Marathi, Portuguese, and English.
Area :3,702 sq. km.
Population :1.3 million.