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Goa

Goa, a former Portuguese colony located on the scenic Konkan coastal region on the western coast, is India's smallest state with a population of approximately 1.5 million. It is also referred to as "Pearl of the Orient" and "Tourist Paradise" as it unfolds its beauty with the view of golden sand beaches accentuated with blue waters of the sea kissing the horizon far away.

The magnificent scenic beauty and the architectural splendors of its temples, churches and old houses have made Goa a favorite with travelers around the world who have also named it as "Rome of the East".

This tiny coastal state of Goa is synonymous with fun, music, food, entertainment and merry- making, without doubt the only place in India that breaks away from the general image of the country as a conservative Nation.

The heart of the city contains some of the grandest colonial-era architecture on the planet. Goa stands out in India for its Portuguese colonial architecture and heritage. Their indelible mark is still evident in the state's baroque architecture, whitewashed churches, crumbling forts, colourful Catholic ceremonies, mournful fado music and the stunning cathedrals of Old Goa.

The scents, spices and flavours of Goan cuisine will surprise and tantalize even seasoned travelers. Whether it's the classic fish curry rice, morning bhali-pau (bread roll dipped in curry), piquant vindaloo, with its infusions of wine vinegar and garlic, or a spicy xacuti sauce, the Indo-Portuguese influence is indeed a sumptuous treat for the taste buds.

Goa's beaches have been popular with tourists around the world since time immemorial. This year-round vacation destination, known for its marked Portuguese influence and famous cuisine, is just an hour flight from Mumbai and Bangalore, and two hours from Delhi.

Goa's biggest draw is undoubtedly its virtually uninterrupted string of golden-sand beaches. This shimmering strand stretches along the Arabian Sea from its tip to toe of the state, and each of the various beaches has developed their own personalities and reputations since the hippie days of the seventies. Besides, the sylvan forests, Palm swathed hills, islands and riverine waters truly encaptivate our senses.

Tourism in Goa is on its boom these days. There are lots of places to see in Goa and it's well worth poking around the churches, exploring the temples, savouring deliciously authentic Goan delicacies or taking a sunset saunter along the beaches. There is a plethora of sightseeing places in Goa, namely Basilica de Bom Jesus Church, St. Cathedral Church, Shanta Durga Temple, etc.

Basilica de Bom Jesus Church was constructed in 1605 and is world famous for housing the tomb and mortal remains of St. Francis Xavier who is considered by Catholics as one of the patron saints of Goa. The body of the saint is still in very good condition even after more than 400 years, surprising for many scientists. It is taken out and kept for public display once in every decade. The basilica is constructed in Portuguese style and its overall architecture is mesmerizing.

St. Cathedral Church was commissioned in 1632 and it took 62 years for its completion. It is considered as one of the largest church in Asia. The church is dedicated to St Catherine, it was on her feast day, 25th November 1510 that Alfonso de Albuquerque conquered Goa. The church is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Both the interiors and exteriors present a mesmerizing view.

Shanta Durga Temple is dedicated to the Goddess of peace. The temple is set amongst the lush emerald hills. The temple houses an impressive idol of Goddess Shree Durga who mediated between Shree Vishnu and Shree Shiva and stopped the fierce full war going on between the two.

Another major attraction is an excursion to Dudhsagar Waterfall. The grandiose Dudhsagar Waterfall is perched in the hills of Western Ghats on Goa Karnataka border. It is a sight that would feast your eyes especially after monsoons. It is one of the highest waterfalls in India. The waterfall looks like a stream of milk flowing down the mountain.

Every Wednesday a flea market is held at Anjuna Beach. The market is spread over the Anjuna coast line and is very popular among tourists. The market offers everything and anything you could think of, from merchants across India, to locally produced apparel, spices, tea, coffee, jewellery and international designers.

Mapusa Market is the market hub of North Goa since ancient times even before proper roads were constructed. It is also known as 'Mapusa Friday Market' as it takes place every Friday. The market is very lively and is loaded with wide variety of shopping options of coir, clothes stalls, glass bangles, sausages, channa baskets, meat market are added features of the Mapusa Market.

The best period to visit the beautiful beach town – Goa – is October to March.

Your visit to Goa will be a great moment of your life as the location offers its patrons a select variety of accommodation catering to the comfort and style to suit everyone's need and requirement.

How about quietly whisking away with your family to a location beyond imagination…??