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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