Wednesday, 12 November 2014
Out of everything you have possibly fantasized till date, it is probable that you could grab a hundred times better things here: in Goa. I didn’t want to drag the topic right to its beaches, but its magnetic pull got me to do it. Now that we are talking about Goa’s Beaches, they are more of a canvas of your own. You can paint any of your masterpieces here and dig into your heart and memories forever. You may sit in the secluded seashore or attend exuberant parties in the shacks, or opt for a romantic candle light dinner (Though the enticing breeze would blow off the candle, but it’s okay! you can go for a modern version. Perhaps “Smartphone Torch Light Dinner”)
While the beats of EDM move the state, there are chants that soothe it as well. Goa is not only home to best clubs and casinos; it has got some really enlightening holy sites. And yes! Its past has given birth to amazing monuments which today hold national importance. And with the intense amount of foreign tourists, we can say “International importance”.
There is no second thought needed. If we are talking about the best beaches of India, we surely have Goa in top considerations. Notorious tidal waves firmly hit the beige sand here, and the beaches are constantly charged up with tourist activities. And in some beaches, there are no activities at all; just some travelers laying down, sunbathing and reading novels, or having beer. If Goa was a person, he would say, “You want to shout and party? Come and get it. You want peace? Come and get it too.”
You cannot point out at any beach of Goa and claim “That’s not nice”. It is likely that you prefer one beach over other. So, Goa’s most preferred or popular beaches are Baga, Anjuna, Candolim, Mandrem, Vegator and Calangute.
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Don’t get mistaken that Goa’s asset is just its beaches, it is not like that. Goa has some of the most revered religious places of India as well; and Churches being the most notable of all. The state has second largest Christian community of India; most of them are Catholic Christians. Even the invasion of the Portuguese led to a major influence and charm. Some of the most venerated shrines are Se Cathedral, Our Lady of The Immaculate Conception, Basilica of Bom Jesus, Shantadurga Temple and Mangeshi Temple.
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Monuments of Goa exemplify dedication and perfection of architecture, and narrate the stories of a legendary past. These monuments are scattered all over the state and add charm to the heritage. Fort Aguada and Chapora Fort are well-known for the awe-inspiring view. Basilica De Bom Jesus, Church of St. Francis of Assisi and St. Augustine’s Tower are the religious monuments of Goa.
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And where a thousand colors fall into one place and get blended with glitter and laughter, it’s in Goa Carnivals. This state is always brimming with festive spirits and the carnivals only increase it to a greater level. There are different festivals to celebrate the existence of heritage, spiritualism and youth. Goa Carnaval, Suburn Festival and Bonderam Festival are the most influential celebrations of the state.
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When you hop into Goa’s market, you will get puzzled. Puzzled, not because of the dearth but rather the vastness of the variety for what you are looking for. Right from local flea markets to international brands, you can never feel any shortage. Also, the local signature charms of Goa, like the bamboo hat, almonds, beach t-shirts and everything else would make you totally ignore the pain in your legs that you get from walking miles.
Some of the best markets of Goa are Calangute Bazaar, The Saturday Night Market, Wednesday Flea Market (Anjuna) and Friday Mapusa Market.
· Casino and Clubs
It is actually pitiful if you are coming back home with nil experience of the discotheques or casinos of Goa. If you are a party animal, it is hundred times sadder. Even if you are on a short trip here, make sure you are not missing out LPK, Cabbana, Casino Pride, Tito’s Deltin Royale and Mambos.
· Wildlife Sanctuary
Pacing up with the upscale facilities, Goa has embraced nature like an efficient part of itself. This makes up for a cherishing Jungle safari and bird-watching activities for you. Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary, Mhadei Wildlife Sanctuary, Bhagwan Mahaveer Sanctuary and Cotilago Wildlife Sanctuary are the best places to explore if you are a wildlife enthusiast or adore beautiful birds.
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Dudhsagar is derived from milk (Dudh) and water stream (Sagar). This milky waterfall has four streams dribbling down to Mandovi River. This is amongst the tallest waterfalls in India, falling from the height of 310 meters. Dudhsagar Fall is located in Madgao-Belgaum rail route, in Bhagwan Mahaveer Sanctuary.
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