Of the golden sand and the gleaming sea, of the shacks doting the beaches and the vintage architectural grandeur, of wild parties and soothing starlit nights, of delicious food and cheap beer– Goa is a perfect rendezvous of nature in all her glory and a vibrant culture. Lying along the Arabian Sea, in the lap of the Western Ghats, it offers a treat for all senses and is a ‘paradise’ in the truest sense of the term. Goa, indeed, has something to offer for everybody, no matter where you are from or how old you are.
The glistening sandy shores of Goa are the reason why it is flocked by tourists from the world over, year after year. Every beach in Goa has something unique to offer. If you are looking for some quiet time by the sea while you sunbathe, Anjuna beach is the place for you. Sprawl yourself by the sea-side, soak up the sun, sip on a beach cocktail and experience the ultimate relaxation. For shopaholics, the Anjuna Beach Flea Market is a must visit. This huge, colorful marketplace offers anything and everything at extremely reasonable prices. Other beaches that you must visit are the Bagha beach, Miramar beach and Calangute. And while you are there, do not forget to try the water-sports. Hop on that banana-boat or the water-scooter and experience the thrill of a lifetime.
If you are a foodie and do not mind experimenting, you cannot miss the delectable sea-food that Goa has in store for you. Make sure you try everything from crab to mussel to squid to prawn to fish.
Goa is known for its calm and laid-back culture, popularly known as the ‘sossegado’. During the day while people relax and enjoy their afternoon siesta, once the sun goes down, Goa is all about partying and letting your hair down. Mambo’s and Tito’s are the most happening clubs of Goa, where you can shake a leg to some trance and hip-hop and party till the wee hours of morning.
For a large part of its history, Goa was a Portuguese colony. It is this Portuguese culture interspersed with various others that pass through its portals which are the essence of the very vibrancy Goa is known for. A very integral aspect of Goa’s persona is its architecture. Be it the antiquity of old churches, the historical forts or the make-shift shacks, Goa has it all. Make sure you visit the Bom Jesus Basilica, which houses the mortal remains of St. Francis Xavier, regarded as the patron saint of Goa.
However, more than the beaches, the food, the partying and the architecture, Goa is about the good vibrations. Time seems to slow down when you are in Goa. The feeling of leaving all your worries behind the peace of mind, the rejuvenation and the fun makes you feel alive like you have never felt before. Come to Goa, discover yourself and embark upon a journey of a lifetime.
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