Panaji is the capital vity of the Indian state of Goa located in the south of the country. It is located on the banks of the Mandovi River, which at this point is a delta. It is a small town of only 70000 inhabitants, a nice quiet colonial town with small white churches and one storey houses. Called New Goa by the Portuguese, it replaced Old Goa as the administrative capital of the Portuguese Indies. The Portuguese left in the 1960s, allowing the state to be integrated to the rest of India, independent of the Biritsh since 1947. The main square of the town is the square of the Immaculate Conception Church, a Baroque church built during the 16th century. The places to see are the Miramar Beach, the neighbourhood of Mala, and the old quarter. Miramar Beach is the closest to the capital, and the most visited in the whole state. It is still beside the Mandovi river, not the sea. Just across the river, there are several islands which you can visit and they are much quieter than here. Dona Paula Beach is also just beside Panaji where some Bollywood movies are filmed.
Stalls, Stalls and more stalls. One of the typical destinations are usually traditional markets. This overcomes the few that I've already seen. People from all around India and even beyond, meet in Anjuna, close to Colva, to sell their merchandise. From fur coats to sandals, pipes to hats and all kinds of arts and crafts. It's difficult not to get lost among the 100s of makeshift alleys. We need to be patient because the art of haggling here is in the blood, but you can get good prices if you persist.
Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception is the main church in the city of Panaji, India. Panaji was formerly known as Nova Goa and was the capital of the state of Goa, during the time of the Portuguese colonies. The Portuguese occupation in India lasted for over 450 years and they left the imprint of their faith with the construction of many churches and cathedrals in the region. The church is very well preserved and well maintained. It is all white, with side stairs leading to the top on each side and above there are lamps to light the way. The Virgin is situated in the middle of the stairs on a pedestal and also below the church steeple. The church is not necessarily impressive but it is certainly nice to look at. The white adds a pure feel, like the rest of the city which is very clean. The church is Baroque style and Mass is celebrated every Sunday in Portuguese. It is certainly worth visiting to appreciate the history of the area.
Old Goa is inscribed to the World Heritage List of UNESCO sites, and they are little houses that make you think of the Portuguese colonization, and there are lots of churches. Goa was abandoned in the mid-19th century, when the capital moved to Panjim. Now, most of the remnants of colonial structures and churches are protected by the Archaeological Association of the city. The main church is the cathedral, which is the biggest in India. The original building was dry mud, and it was constructed in the 16th century and dedicated to Santa Catarina. The cathedral took 75 years to finish. LA wanted it to be worth of wealth, power and with the reputation of the Portuguese, which also included Brazil. Another is the church and convent of San Francisco de Asisias, which was constructed by the Franciscan monks to evangelize the people of the area. Velha Goa also has many palaces, mosques and temples. The population was reduced to nothing after epidemics of cholera and malaria, but it began to be populated again in the 18th century.
Goa is located in southwestern India, with beaches that have the international reputation as earthly paradises and draw tens of thousands of tourists from all countries, from the hippies in the 60s, who arrived in a van from Europe and never returned home, to sweethearts on honeymoon, or backpackers who stop at the beaches to rest for a few days before continuing their adventures around the country. When you come to Goa, it is all about resting. Everything is quiet. For a few euros you can get a lovely cottage on the edge of the beach which is a gem, with white sand, turquoise sea, coconut trees for shade and cheap beer. It's hard to spend more than 15 euros per day, all inclusive. The food is very tasty, with curry and fried or grilled fish, as little meat is eaten in India. The region is divided between southern and northern Goa. It is a former Portuguese colony but apart from in the churches of Old Goa, you cannot really feel the legacy. The most fashionable beaches, the ones you see in movies, are in the center, such as Anjuna, Palolem, Patnem and Dona Paula.
A 32 km northwest of Mapusa (which is the closest railway station), in Goa, is the town of Arambol, a place that is quiet (especially compared to the influx of tourists from Goa) and there are a couple of lovely beaches. Walking through a small jungle (which is not hard to cross wearing sports shoes,), you reach the Banyan Tree, a tree that is huge and impressive), a place of peace. Usually you can find someone making coconut ashtrays or putting incense by the statues of mini-temple to Shiva, or sitting down and observing.
The village of Arambol is about 30 km from the city of Mapusa in North Goa - here you can lose yourself from the rest of the world. The main beach is quite long with a supply of cheap eating places - the food is very simple but rich. Since the village is largely devoted to fishing the fish is delicious, sometimes you wait for the fishermen to arrive to see what is available. Although there are very few hotels it's easy to find accommodation in houses, huts or restaurants - it is very simple, but a paradise. A freshwater lake is north of the town, just behind one of the quieter beaches, it is remote and just before the jungle leading to the Banyan Tree. A place to forget about everything. See more at: Http :/ / www.Minube.Com/rincon/25073)
The best time to visit Arambol is from early December to late February. I went in early December, it was quiet(it was after New Years Eve, and I struggled to find accommodation and prices had gone up, not the amount of people). We were paying 150 rupees for a large room on a very sparsely populated area and super quiet, the bathroom was shared, yes, but it was a clean and in a perfect setting. In high season you can pay up 800rps. Depending on the site, the accommodation on the beach is more expensive. The village offers a considerable amount of small restaurant of all kinds, Tibetan food, typical local Indian, very fresh fish in the restaurants of Cliff. There are many craft shops at great prices, you have to haggle (not normal in the shop run by Tibetans), but can have a very good time(especially in the early season. Lots of places to connect to the internet, cafe, restaurants, parlors, ...
Goa is a corner of India that was discovered and colonized by hippies. Today it's legacy are sandy beaches full of palm trees we you will find parties full of alcohol, marijuana and other drugs. Slightly more calm is Colva beach. Not much is terms of accommodation so it is not crowded. Some bars by the sea, in which there are tourists scorched by the sun drinking beer, it also provides an excellent place to enjoy the views of the spectacular sunsets. Children working in the ditches on the side of the road is a constant in India.
Anjuna is one of the most northern beaches in Goa, it is a collection of beaches, and to get there you have to come from the city of Mapusa, where there are several local buses that connect it with Anjuna. Anjuna can get quite busy during high season, as there are many travelers. I was there during off-peak season, so the beaches and the hotels were not too crowded, but Christmas season can be pretty full. It is a beautiful place, with magical sunsets and sunrises. In Anjuna there is a famous market once a week, where you can find everything, there are a variety of handicrafts, and you'll find some Westerners and old hippies. It is a good place to use as a base from which to explore both the rest of the beaches.
Palolem es para el relax... La playa es esquisita se puede caminar y hay restaurantes en el borde entre las palmeras, es muy rico para bañarse porque hace muchisimo calor! Es bastante limpio no como en otras playas de goa que hay basura y vacas.
Para ver el sunset caminar hacia el lado ''norte'' de la playa es el unico lugar q se ve, es muy romantico, y silencioso hay que buscar un lugar entre las rocas y se ve increible.
With coconut trees on the horizon, the rice fields of Goa are a particularly decorative landscape. We can see them on "interstate" 17 to Margao. It is always an interesting spectacle for us Westerners: the tender green buds and the country workers. In December, the fields are covered with water, and look like mirrors.
This popular tourist spot has gorgeous beaches and is the perfect place take pictures. The beach is rocky, so swimming is not an option. Not the best for young kids, it's quite dangerous if you fall. There are several nice restaurants including the ever-popular Mediterranean Thallassa. Be sure to make a reservation. Great for a day visit, I would definitely recommend Vagator-just not during the more crowded days (holidays, party season, weekends)