Wednesday, 30 July 2014
Nestled in the rocky wooded headland, Baga Beach is an endearing abode of scenic beauty and a paradise for nature lovers. If you are looking to enjoy a lie-down on a hut, Baga Beach is an ideal choice for you. When it comes to most touristy beach in North Goa, Baga Beach is definitely sky-high on the popularity chart. From beach shacks to food to adventure games, all kinds of facilities are available at your disposal.
Crowd is really lively at this place, and if you are in a mood to laugh & party, then Baga has got no rival. Water sports are the perfect attractions of this beach, which drive the tourists to experience its wonders. The major attractions at Baga Beach include wake boarding, windsurfing, kite surfing, Jet Skiing and Para-sailing.
· Sun Village at Sankvaddi
The Sun Village at Sankvaddi, where a stream of the river flows towards Anjuna, practically outshines the bottle green hill which separates Baga from Anjuna.
· Chapel of St. Annie
The Church of St. Annie is considered as the master-piece of Indian Baroque style. It is sad to know that this marvelous church is in a crumbling state at present. The festivity at St. Annie, which falls on 26th July, is celebrated all throughout Goa. It is a recorded fact that although the Portuguese introduced their Christian festivals to Goa, however, Goan modified these festivals to befit their seasons without changing the dates.
There is a large black rock, known as the Chor Biam, positioned at the foot of the hilltop. It is believed that treasures of wreckage are hidden here, along with anchors, bells and cannons etc.
· The Coffin Bridge
Built after the visits of international tourists, The Coffin Bridge is a bizarre box which locals used for crossing to visit to Calangute Beach, a neighboring beach.
Water sports are a huge attraction. Here you can go Para sailing, wind surfing, kite surfing, wake boarding and jet skiing. Dolphin spotting trips and island trips are on offer. However, many people just want to laze around on the sun lounges in front of the beach shacks all day and feast upon steady supply of beer, cocktails and food.
· Anjuna Flea Market
The Anjuna Flea Market attracts too many people from all North Goa on every Wednesday. If you’re going on a 2-wheeler, you are required to pay a few rupees for parking. Inside the market, you’ll find all the shops that are on the street.
· Saturday Night Market
The Saturday Night Market at Arpora is a must visit attraction for sightseeing which every tourist should visit while travelling in Goa. On Saturday evenings, the entertainment spots are usually empty as tourists flock to the market.
Both these markets are located nearby, and will satisfy even the best of shopaholics.
Monday, 14 July 2014
If you are visiting Goa, you will look to rent cars and bikes for intra- and inter-city travel. This blog is the definitive guide to Car and Bike Rentals in Goa.
A major highlight of every Goa holiday is cruising on a two-wheeler and feeling the cool coastal breeze running through your hair. Or if you have an inclination for four wheelers, maybe a longish, calm drive along Goa’s coastline will do the trick. For this you must have adequate knowledge of car and bike rentals in Goa. Let us first look at your options:
Bike Rentals in Goa
Bikes are the best way of local communication in Goa. But when you’re in Goa, there is no need to bring your own bikes. As locals have that facility and this is quite very common in Goa. Goa has the facility for hiring bikes at various rates, on the basis of power and model numbers. You can hire a bike model, ranging from Enfield to gear free kinetic scooters. The price ranges from Rs. 300 to Rs. 500 per day, according to the power, speed, season and capacity.
Apart from bikes, bicycles are also a wonderful way of local transportation. Those who are not comfortable with bikes can easily opt for less complicated ones. It serves both ways, as a transport and a workout device. Helmets are mandatory for bike riders.
Documents Needed for Foreign Nationals in Goa
There is no need for an internationally permit driving license, but it’s wise to bring one. The first thing a policeman would want to see if he stops you is your license. However, an international permit is unquestionable. Permits are available from your home automobile association. If you are leaving the state, you are not required to produce any original documents for the vehicle you’re driving.
Other than the high season, you might avail a scooter for as low as Rs. 100 per day. If you get an old kinetic down to Rs. 130 or so, you’re doing very well. You are expected to pay Rs. 600 for an Enfield and Rs. 400 for a 1000cc bike.
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Tuesday, 1 July 2014
Goa is not only referred to as the ‘Beach Capital of India’, but also famous as the ‘Party Capital of India’. Talking about party destinations, there are a lot of happening and famous beaches in India. The beaches of Goa are famous for their crowd, music, entertainment, adventure sports and water sports etc. In this blog, I will mention some beaches that have been harbored by Goa over the years.
If you are a party animal, then Goa is a party zoo also. Rave parties became the centre of attraction in Goa in 1960’s with the advent of hippies. Drugs, drinks and loud music were the main elements of nightlife in Goa. With Goan government’s approach to promote up market tourism instead of backpacker’s tourism, the rave parties have now become trance parties. ‘Trance’ is the unique Goan music style developed by local music bands. There are several nightclubs in Goa wherein people celebrate trance parties, which are now called Trance Parties with dance, music and boozing.
Anjuna Beach, often known as the ‘Freak Capital of the World’, is quite popular for its trance parties. There is a pulsating music system here on the beach. It is a rave party venue around Christmas and New Year. But it is not just Anjuna Beach raving with parties; there are several other party venues such as Baga, Colva, Calangute and Dona Paula beach.
Some popular party destinations are as follows:
- Ziggy's at Colva
- Lido's at Dona Paula
- Tito's at Baga
- Temptations at Red Cab on Vagator
If you idea of Goan party is all about a laid back evening with friends, Goa has some really charming beach shacks wherein you can spend the evening gorging on sea food and chilled bear in a beachside shack.
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Tuesday, 17 June 2014
Located in the western part of India, Goa “the land of beaches” is one of the most admired tourist destinations in India. Goa travel tools help you to have a safe, pleasant and fun-filled trip. The tranquil atmosphere, scenic beauty, rich culture and tradition, wildlife reserves, water sports, vast architecture and the amazing nightlife attract tourists from all over the world to Goa.
Goa travel tools provide you with all the valuable information you require to make the most of your trip.
BEST TIME TO VISIT
The ideal time to visit the state is from October to February, when the weather is pleasant. Being in the tropical zone and near the Arabian Sea, Goa experiences tropical marine climate with hot and humid summers and mild winters.
PRIME TOURIST ATTRACTIONS IN GOA
Among the many tourist attractions spread throughout the state, the prime sightseeing attractions include Santa Monica Convent, Aguada Fort, Mapusa, Vasco, Panaji, Naval Aviation Museum, Se Cathedral and Margao. The pristine beaches of the Northern and Southern Goa are quite prominent for the adventurous water sports they offer.
LODGING, DINING AND SHOPPING
Goa travel tools also provide the valuable information on lodging, dining and the shopping facilities in Goa. A home to both luxury as well as economic hotels, Goa offers various types of local and international cuisines. Crabs, prawns and squids are a must try for every non-vegetarian person.
With the plenty of pubs and clubs present in the city, visitors can enjoy live performances of various local and popular bands. Visitors can also shop for cashews, beautiful handicrafts, jewelry and local artifacts from the local shops and markets. Make sure to bargain to get the best deals.
Equipped with excellent transportation systems, Goa is a well developed and well-linked state with other major towns and cities of the country by Air, Rail and Road transport.
Apart from these, travelers can get all the useful details on essential services provided by the tourist board and various travel agencies.
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Friday, 6 June 2014
Have you ever heard about a couple who’ve decided to venture into a holiday, just before, or after, the arrival of their child? This kind of an excursion is given a special term called ‘Babymoon’. A ‘Babymoon’ is referred to a vacation taken by a couple either soon before, or soon after, the birth of their baby. It is just like the honeymoon which follows a wedding. This concept gained popularity and momentum in the 1990’s as a time when parents spend bonding with a recently born baby.
In the west, the concept of babymoon is quite common for parents to go on a romantic getaway, or to take a babymoon. Although in India, the concept of a babymoon is still new, there is a certain section of parents or soon to be parents to make out time for a special trip.
However, when you’re wife is expecting, male members happen to deal with a great number of concerns about health and safety. If you plan your trip in an appropriate manner, and you obtain the correct advice from your physician, one should be able to take his holiday with ease and comfort.
Ideal time for going on a Babymoon
Take a look at the pregnancy calendar, the second trimester, from 4th month to 6th month, is a good time to go for your babymoon. The simple reason is that, during this time, morning sickness is over and you can still move around comfortably. This does not mean that you cannot travel during your first and third trimesters. Make sure to check your airline policy on flying in pregnancy before you leave and don’t forget it applies to your return trip as well.
Places which have a high incidence of Malaria or Dengue are also best avoided. If there are mosquitoes, wear long sleeved clothes and use safe repellent creams & netting. Make sure you carry your emergency kit which contains important items such as medical reports, medications, travel insurance and emergency contact information.
Places to go for Babymoon
It is a good idea to opt for comfort over adventure and go to places that will not need long hectic hours to reach the destination. Therefore, rafting, camping, hiking trips are a big no. Also, be careful, while visiting places such as ancient forts, ruins and old places. Some may have slippery stairs or crumbled pathways. Instead, try places where you can relax, such as sandy beaches or a scenic hill station.
There are several tour operators which offer pregnancy friendly holiday packages for domestic and international travel. There are several options such as Ooty, Coorg, Kasauli, Deolali, Manali, Mussoorie, Dalhousie, Shillong and Kashmir.
For a winter holiday, you may want to go to Rajasthan, Varanasi, Agra, Goa, Pondicherry and Kerala. Most cities also offer great getaways that are just a few miles away. In Goa and Kerala, there are certain hotels and spa retreats that offer special holiday packages with services such as Ayurvedic Massage, hair & skin treatments and healthy gourmet meals.
It really doesn’t matter for how long you plan to stay. You can plan your vacation from 1 day to several weeks. It’s all about whatever you feel comfortable with. Whether or not you want to include overnights is also something that depends on your personal situation, feelings and preference. You don’t have to plan an extravagant trip to some fancy and exotic place. You can choose to go to a spa that is conveniently located close to home or go out for a romantic dinner. This little vacation is all about the parents and what they want to do. Have a little vacation which you can enjoy and remember for many years to come.
If you find yourself confused as what to do or where to start from, you may need the help of a tour operator or consultation from somebody who had gone for a babymoon trip. They offer a wide selection of destinations and amenities for you to choose from. No matter what kind of getaway you want to plan, they will be able to come up with some great ideas.