id=”mod_48493833″>This was my first and a long-awaited trip to Goa. A highly appreciated tourist destination worldwide, Goa glitters in its rich diversity of people.
My family and I stayed at a beautiful resort, five minutes from Baga Beach. We visited a large number of beaches in North Goa like Calangute, Arpora, Anjuna and Chapora. I was particularly taken with my trip to Chapora Fort. It is an artfully constructed structure permitting a complete 360-degree view of the surrounding high slopes and the distant sea blending into the horizon. I was fortunate enough to experience a mesmerizing vermillion sunset which proved to be quite a spiritualistic encounter.
The Beach Fever
My husband and I spent the evenings at Baga beach sipping cocktails and grooving to ‘house’ and ‘psychedelic trance’. The beaches provide a long row of restaurants with cuisines from different parts of the world. It also caters to many hawkers providing anklets, earrings, laser bangles and services like foot and neck massages.
A City Rich in Heritage
Basilica of Bom Jesus The Basilica of Bom Jesus is a remarkable church engulfing the grandeur of baroque architecture. I found its peaceful atmosphere and rustic pillars extremely charming. It also holds the grave of St Francis Xavier and the various paintings depicting his life. The simplistic interiors of the church, with the exception of its jeweled altar, sets it apart in its own unique character.
Right opposite the Basilica is the Archaeological Museum and Portrait Gallery. Located in the former Portuguese colonial capital of Old Goa, it holds many items, spread out over eight galleries, depicting the history of Goa including its Portuguese rule as well as its prehistoric and early days.
A Wide Range of Cuisines
One of my favourite things about Goa is the food. I believe the large number of international tourists over many years have moulded the state into adapting and improvising various gastronomies. I loved the steaks and roasts as well as the authentic Goan sorpotel, 실시간카지노 cooked with hygiene and care. A restaurant called Meiphung offered some traditional food from Nagaland which I found delectable.
The locals are in general of a calm and friendly disposition. They like to take life as it comes and concentrate on living happily. The common people have an inherent sense of honour, thus making the roads and the tourists feel very safe and relaxed.
Being a hill person myself, I usually plan my tours towards the Himalayas. But Goa is somewhere I would like to frequent as many times as I can in future. For me it was a trip of multiple varying experiences from fun and frolic to an aesthetic sense of self-discovery.
© 2019 Tiyasha Maitra
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3 days ago from New Delhi
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2 weeks ago from New Delhi
Yes John, it’s a great place to visit. The beaches, the food and the general lifestyle are very relaxed and happy.
2 weeks ago from Queensland Australia
Thank you for sharing details of your trip to Goa, Tiyasha. I have heard that it is a truly wonderful holiday destination. I would love to go there one day.
2 weeks ago from New Delhi
Thanks Manatita. Yes, the Portuguese culture definitely still has its touch. A very simple bunch of people who love food and enjoy life.
Lora, do let me know if you ever decide to visit. I’ll try to accompany you. Food is in abundance and though I am a non vegetarian, I noticed a lot of delicious vegan dishes at the restaurants. Thanks for reading.
3 weeks ago
A superb job on your article, Cattaleya! After reading your wonderful account of your trip there, I certainly would like to go there myself. It sounds like the people are very friendly there too. I hope that they have some good vegan options for food at the restaurants too as I don’t eat meat. Thanks for sharing!
3 weeks ago from london
Looks like the Portuguese added flavour and the people sound wonderful and simple, like villages. You portrayed the scenery well. Great!
3 weeks ago from New Delhi
You are right Liz. A lot of tourists visit it during winter. Thanks for reading.
3 weeks ago from UK
This is an interesting account of your trip. I have come across some people who travel there in the winter to miss the cold weather in England.