Goa

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Goa - Best 6 Places To Visit

Goa is widely known as the Pearl of the Konkan zone and visitor heaven. It is situated in India’s beach front belt on the western called the Konkan coast. It has a disturbing grand magnificence. The structural work of Goan Temples, Churches and old houses, Portuguese and British culture, various beaches and its prevalent festivals has conveyed awesome glories to Goa.

 

Goa

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Goa, is acclaimed for its beaches and spots of adoration, and State tourism is playing an important role to attract tourists from all over the world. Most of the tourist centered places are around the beach front territories of Goa. Foreigners especially, from Europe, touch base in this lovely place, in winter while the mid-year and rainy seasons see an expansive number of Indian travelers. In 2011. About 2.29% of all the foreign visitors who visited India, has landed in this dream land to experience its beautiful beaches and to enjoy the unique experiences it offers. This is comparatively a small state is located on the western shoreline of India, between the outskirts of Maharashtra and Karnataka and is better referred to the world as an old Portuguese region on Indian soil. Tourism is said to be the foundation of the state's economy. Influenced by more than 450 years of Portuguese govern and Latin culture, Goa introduces to some degree, a distinctive representation of the nation to outside guests. Real vacation destinations include: Bom Jesus Basilica, Fort Aguada, a wax exhibition hall on Indian culture and a legacy historical center. The Churches and Convents of this legendary city have been announced a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

How To Reach Goa

  • By plane : The Dabolim airport in Vasco da Gama is Goa's only airport. Some airlines fly directly to Goa, but most international flights arrive via Mumbai.
  • By bus : Goa is connected with all major cities of India
  • By train : Indian Railway connects Goa with direct train service from Delhi, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Mangalore, Kochi, Kolkata, Thiruvananthapuram, Bangalore, Chennai and Hyderabad.

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Beaches in Northern Goa Anjuna Beach, Arambol Beach, Baga Beach, Bambolim Beach, Calangute Beach, Candolim Beach, Chapora Beach, Dona Paula Beach, Miramar Beach, Morjim Beach, Sinquerim Beach.
Beaches in Southern Goa Agonda Beach, Benaulim Beach, Bogmalo Beach, Cavelossim Beach, Colva Beach, Majorda Beach, Mabor Beach, Palolem Beach.
Wild Life Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary, Bhagwan Mahaveer Sanctuary and Mollem National Park
Museums The Gova State Museum, Naval Aviation Museum, Gova Science Center, Archeological Museum and Portrait Gallery in Old Goa, The Museum of Christian Art, The Ancestral Goa, in Loutolim, The Big Foot Cross Museum, The Pilar Museum is situated on the Pilar hillock, The 'Wax World' Museum in Old Goa, and Goa Chitra.
Forts Fort Tiracol, the seventeenth-century Portuguese Fort Aguada, and Chapora Fort.

Old Goa

Old Goa The city was developed by the Bijapur Sultanate in the fifteenth century, and served as capital of Portuguese India from the sixteenth century until its surrender in the eighteenth century because of a plague. Under the Portuguese, it is said to have once been a city, populated more than 200,000, before the torment. Today, the monuments of the city are a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Old Goa is roughly 10 kilometers east of the state capital Panjim. Brimming with history, today it is a home to many grand places of worship and religious convents, that are all well protected by state tourism and worth a visit. Ensure you have sufficient time to spend and to evaluate the specialties of this place.

How To Reach Old Goa

  • By Train : 3km from Karmali Railway Station (30-45 min).
  • By Bus : Panjim (Panaji), the state-capital of Goa, is barley 9 kms from here. So it is easy to take a bus from Panjim to Old Goa
  • By Plane : The Dabolim airport in Vasco da Gama is Goa's only airport. Some airlines fly directly to Goa, but most international flights arrive via Mumbai.

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Get around Old Goa It is best to visit the place on foot, since there is so much of history to seep in. Local guides, some approved by the tourism department of Goa, are available.
To See around Basilica of Bom Jesus
Museum of Christian Art
Se’ Cathedral Church
Church and Convent of St. Francis of Assisi
Chapel of St. Catherine
Chapel of St. Cajetan
Church of Lady of Rosary
Church of St. Augustine
Archaeological Museum and Portrait Gallery.
Pilar Seminary Museum.
Sound and Light Gallery Museum. You can get a Christian religious tour.
What you can do here Spent time strolling around the landmarks and perceive how Old Goa fits into worldwide history and the details of values of old century.
Shopping Visit the shop at the Museum of Christian Art, at the annexe to the Santa Monica Convent. A good place to visit, and good price.

Panaji

Panaji:  (Panjim) The center of the city is the Church Square or Municipal Garden with the Portuguese Baroque Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Church, initially built in 1541. Other vacation destinations join the old and reconstructed Adilshahi Palace dating from the sixteenth century, the Mahalakshmi Temple, the Jama Masjid Mosque, the Institute Menezes Braganza, the Chapel of St. Sebastian and the Fontain has territory—which is thought to be the old Latin Quarter—and also the close-by shoreline of Miramar. Hanuman Mandir at Mala on the slope (Altinho) and its yearly zatra in February are a remarkable attraction of Panaji Goa. It also have the relics of Saint John Bosco.

How To Reach Panaji

  • By plane : The nearest airport is at Dabolim, 35 km away.
  • By train : Madgaon Junction, 45 km to the south, being the main junction on the Konkan Railway all trains stop here.
  • By bus : A wide range of buses are available, Karnataka to the south and Maharashtra to the north.

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To See Goa State Museum, Kala Academy, Fundação Oriente, Goa Science Centre and Planetarium, Gallery Gitanjali, Gallery Boa Arte, Picturesque.
Miramar Beach - A lovely golden beach of soft sand girdled with palm trees. Dona Paula A beach outside Panaji and beyond Miramar.
The Old City, Panjim Church, Bishops Palace at Altinho, Heritage houses along the altinho slope, Maruti Temple, Mahalaxmi Temple, Customs Museum, Santa Monica Jetty Boat Rides, Old GMC Complex, INOX theatre, Salida Del Sol (one of its kind Hotel in India) on Bernard Gues Road, Kala Academy at Campal, islands that are just across the river.
To Do Visit the Central Library, the oldest open library in India, Relax under a palm tree on Miramar shoreline. Bird Watching, Dive Goa, Casinos, go for a watercraft ride on rented vessels. Spend time with plays, dramatizations and Music at the outside theater.
Shopping Goan Handicrafts, shell and earthenware product, the celebrated internationally Goan Cashew Liquor, and port wines, Cashew nuts of different assortments, Spicy Goa Sausages "Choricao", made of salted dried Pork,

Margao

Margao is near the focal coast with long white-sand beach, evaluated by UNDP in 1970 as one of the best ten beaches on the planet. This shoreline, with areas named Velsao, Cansaulim, Arossim, Utorda, Majorda, Sunset, Betalbatim, Colva, Sernabatim, Benaulim, Varca, Fatrade, Carmona, Cavelossim and Mobor, traverses 26 unbroken kms. from Sancoale in the north to the Mobor Peninsula in the south. This beautiful place lies almost in the center side of this beach, five kilometers inland. Individuals from all over Goa assemble at the unique market to purchase spices and dried fish to be consumed amid the approaching stormy season. The typical specialities that are found in the food of Goa are also to be found in this area. The curry of Margao is very popular in this area. Margao is known for his colossal Indo-Portuguese style manors - more visible around here than in other parts of Goa.

How To Reach Margao

  • By air : The nearest airport is Goa Airport, at Dabolim (28 km).
  • By Road/Bus : Buses are available to other cities like Karwar, Ratnagiri, Mangalore Udupi, and Mumbai through national highway 17
  • By train : Margao station is the terminus for several Konkan Railway trains and almost all trains passing through Goa stop here. There are direct trains from most parts of India.

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To See Municipal Building, believed to have been built around 1770.
Indo-Portuguese styled Houses along Margao - Borda Rd
Holy Spirit Church, and the Church Square at Margao. Dating back to the 1564-1675 period.
Monte Hill. From atop this hill one can see the whole of Margao.
Colva Beach, some five kms out of Margao
Old Market, dating back to the pre-Portuguese era.
District Court (1777) and jail.
Peace Cottage Fine Art Gallery.
To Do See the melodic wellspring by end of the week nights, close to Nanutel inn.
Visit the new Municipal Market.
Shopping Its brimming with little shops offering garments, Goan treats, occasional Goan luxuries, hand crafted materials, imported items, artificial jewelry, refreshments, and so on. It’s like a labyrinth that you can never lose all sense of direction in.

Mapusa

Mapusa: Friday Market is a notable weekly market, it’s in the northern side of Goa and an important vacation spot. It is situated outside the Mapusa Municipal Market. Friday invites numerous merchants to the small shops and temporary tents offering a stunning assortment of local goods produced by ranchers and small scale business people from all over Goa to offer directly to the purchaser. The market winds up by nightfall and Mapusa turn back to its original form. This market mirrors the substance of Goa and its old style of living. Goan merchants wearing their colorful dress and come to the market from the nearby towns to offer their own developed or manufactured products, including spices of various sorts, fresh vegetables and fruits, mostly developed without using any chemicals, is sold in plenitude. The market is outstanding for its handicraft and artificial jewelry, ceramics, spice, and carpet shops.

How To Reach Mapusa

  • By Bus : Easily reachable by bus from Panjim (the state capital) and the north Goa beach belt.
  • By Train: The nearest railway station is Thivim, a few kilometers away from Mapusa. If your train doesn't stop at or doesn't pass Thivim, you'll have to get off at Madgaon station, then connect by bus via Panjim.

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Get around Mapusa Mapusa, a local residential area, with a hillock at its northern end, can be effortlessly reached by a walk. Bike taxicabs will likewise take you around the place, as well as help you to discover the address you're looking for.
To Do Rush your way into the Mapusa fish market, and find how local people purchase their fish. Taste Goan-style fast-food around the Alankar Cinema, late night Friday market visit. Visit the exceptionally old Athaide Municipal Library at Mapusa. Visit the numerous "deals" of low-end modest things accessible in Mapusa.
Shopping Customary Goan bread from the special area inside the Mapusa showcase. Top notch Goan flavors from the Mapusa Market Customary Goan things from the Mapusa Friday Market. Gold and silver adornments from the line of shops at the passage to the market.

Dona Paula Beach

Dona Paula Beach is 7 km from Panaji, is an exceptionally well known territory frequented by travelers. Amid the visitor season, Dona Paula changes into crowded which is generally a quiet lovely place amid rainy season. A standout amongst the most inquisitive attractions in Dona Paula is a whitewashed statue placed on the stones close to the famous wharf. Etched in 1969 by Baroness Yrse Von Leistner, there are distinctive variants to its motivation of inception. The shoreline is named after Dona Paula de Menzes, daughter of an emissary (in frontier India), who threw herself from the bluff, when denied permission to wed a local fisherman, Gaspar Dias. As per Goa Tourism Board's web page, it is named "Image of India" and delineates the figures of Mother India and Young India, one looking toward the East and the other toward the West.

How To Reach Dona Paula Beach

  • By plane : The nearest airport is at Dabolim.
  • By train : Madgaon Junction, being the main junction on the Konkan Railway all trains stop here.
  • By bus : A wide range of buses are available, Karnataka to the south and Maharashtra to the north.

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Tourist Attractions The Dona Paula Sports Club offers fishing, snorkeling, harpoon angling, kayaking, yachting water-bike, cycle, and speedboat rides. It also includes windsurfing, para-cruising, water-skiing, toboggan ski-biscuit, skibob, and sports.
Excursions The primary attractions close to Dona Paula Beach are Reis Magos Church and the Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary. Roughly 10 km from the beach is one of the most established holy places in Goa, is the Reis Magos Church.
Fairs and festivals The celebrations of Janmashtami and the Feast of St. Lawrence are specific to the Dona Paula Beach. Also, the shoreline additionally has an interesting water sports celebration in November. The highlights of this celebration are the water bike and cycle races and surfing.
Shopping Fishermen turned-native merchants likewise offer straw caps, hankies, and spices in these shops. Feni and port wine—the two Goan alcohol are very popular among Goan visitors and is unavoidable in your shopping list. Indian art craft work and gems are accessible at the Indian Arts Emporium in Dona Paula

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Viceroy’s Arch Goa

Viceroy's Arch Goa, denote the Portuguese triumph of the city, while the engraved plaques record earlier reclamation of the passage by the Governor Francisco da Gama (1557-1600) in memory of his great grandfather Vasco da Gama. Many developments has been made under the initiative of Goa Tourism in this area. A road advances to the Mandovi River from the St. Cajetan church and passes through the Viceroy's Arch. It is also known to have been one of the entry way of the Adil Shah Citadel and is made of laterite. The arch experienced extensive changes. The arch was totally re-worked in 1954 holding the statues with the exception of the bronze statue of St. Catherine

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Reis Magos Fort

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Reis Magos Fort: Reis Magos is the Portuguese name for the Three Wise Men from the Bible. This Fort, encompassed by solid laterite dividers studded with ordinarily Portuguese turrets, was raised in 1551. It is a town situated on the northern bank of the Mandovi River in Bardez, Goa. The town is well known for two of Goa's popular structures; the Reis Magos Fort, and the Reis Magos Church. It was developed during various events lastly re-built in 1707. The fortification in the past obliged emissaries and different dignitaries touched base from, or on the way to, Lisbon, and in the mid eighteenth century demonstrated as a hub in the wars against the Hindu Marathas. The bastion was utilized as a jail. In spite of the fact that far substandard in size to the fortification of Mormugao, yet remaining on a greatness, it summons a breathtaking perspective all around. It is in a proper condition of safeguarding and is shielded by 33 cannons and settlement for a small army. Towards the east, at a small separation from it, streams a spring with wealth of brilliant water, while at its base ascents the church of the Reis Magos, ascended by a lovely flight of stairs. The fort is currently changed over into a social center, other than being utilized a vacation destination.

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The Church Of St. Francis Of Assisi

 St. Francis Assisi Church Goa, was constructed in 1661 by the Portuguese in the Portuguese Viceroyalty of India. This is a popular destination under State Tourism The three level exterior have octagonal towers on every side and in the focal space there is a statue of St. Michael. The primary passage is embellished with roundabout pilasters and rosette band. The focal nave is barrel-vaulted while the intersection is rib-vaulted which underpins the choir. The inner brace dividers, isolating the chapels and supporting the display on top, have frescoes indicating flower plans. Over the tabernacle in the main alter is a big statue of St. Francis of Assisi and Jesus on the cross, statues of St. Dwindle and St. Paul are seen beneath.

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Fort Aguada

Fort Aguada and its beacon is a very much safeguarded seventeenth-century Portuguese fortress remaining in Goa, on Sinquerim Beach, opposite the Arabian Sea. It was built in 1612 to protect from the Dutch and the Marathas. It was a reference point for the vessels originating from Europe around then. A freshwater spring inside the fort gave water supply to the boats that used to stop by. This is the way the fortification got its name: Aguada, which means Water. On the fort stands a four-story Portuguese beacon, raised in 1864 and the most ancient of its kind in Asia. Constructed in 1612, and it was once attracted by its cannons placed around it. It has the volume of putting away 2,376,000 gallons of water, one of the greatest freshwater stockpiles of the time in the entire Asia.

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Shri Mangesh Temple

Shri Mangesh temple is situated at Mangeshi Village in Priol, Ponda taluk, Goa. This temple is one of the biggest temples in Goa. In 2011, the temple alongside others in the range implemented a dress code on guests of the temple. This temple had its sources in Kushasthali Cortalim, a town in Saxty (Salcette) which tumbled to the invading Portuguese in 1543. In the year 1560, when the Portuguese began Christian transformations in Salcete, the Saraswats of Vatsa Gotra moved the Mangesh Linga from the first site at the Kushasthali or Cortalim on the banks of river Aghanashini to its present area at Mangeshi. The temple has been modified and remodeled twice amid the reign of the Marathas and again in the year 1890. The last altering happened in the year 1973 The 450-year-old Shri Mangesh temple devoted to Shiva. The temple architecture comprises of a few vaults, pilasters and balustrades. There is a conspicuous Nandi Bull and a delightful seven-story deep stambha (light tower), which remains inside the temple complex. Additionally, it has a glorious water tank, which is accepted to be the most important part of the temple.

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Mahalasa Narayani Temple

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Mahalasa Narayani Temple is a Hindu temple to the goddess Mahalasa, situated in Mardol, Ponda, in Goa. Mahalsa's older temple in Old Mardol was pulverized by the Portuguese in 1567, however the idol of the Mahalasa was protected. It was moved here from Velham to dodge obliteration amid the coercive Christianization in Salcette. At the point when the present temple in Mardol (which was outside Portuguese control) was built in the seventeenth century, the idol was reconsecrated. The temple is renowned in Goa for its immense metal ringer. The chime does not have a ringer. The ringer was connected just when some person needed to testify. It was assumed that the goddess will rebuff the individual by killing the individual in three days who lied while ringing the bell. The conviction was strong to the point that amid the Portuguese administer the declaration in the temple was viewed as satisfactory in the official courtroom. It is also popular for its oil light.

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The Temple Of Ramnathi

Image credit : Drshenoy CC BY-SA 3.0 The temple of Ramnathi

The temple of Ramnathi is situated in Ramnathim, Bandivade in Goa. This temple has a place with the Saraswat Brahmins and Daivadnya Brahmins. Like other Goan Brahmin sanctuaries, Ramnathi too consolidates the system of Panchayasthan, accordingly this temples house 5 fundamental gods specifically - Shri Ramanath (main divinity), Shanteri, Kamakshi, Laxmi Narayan, Ganapati, Betal and Kalbhairav, alongside other family purushas. The first temple of Ramnathi in Goa, was situated in Loutolim in salcette Goa. The Idol of Ramnathi was moved to the present site in the sixteenth century to keep its annihilation by the then Portuguese powers. In May 2011, the Ramnathi temple finished 450 years at its present area

 

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Saptakoteshwar Temple

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Saptakoteshwar Temple: The Saptakoteshwar Temple at Narve, Goa, is thought to be one of the six awesome locations of temples of Lord Shiva in the Konkan area. With its shallow Moghul vault mounted on an octagonal drum slanting tiled rooftops. European style Mandapa, or assembly corridor and tall light tower or Deepastamba. The temple has a small entry hall with chimes. The major five pillared great hall is adorned with arches and is complexly painted and chandeliers elevate the attractiveness of the ceiling while the sanctorum wall is made of pure wood.  The temple is located in an archaeologically vital zone. The surroundings of the sanctuary are tinged with a few Brahminical laterite and stone caves. In the region of it existed a Jain sanctuary, the vestiges of which are still visible.

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Mahadev Temple

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Mahadev Temple Tambdi Surla is a 12th.century Shaivite temple of the Lord Mahadeva and a lively place of Hindu adoration. It is striking as the most established temple in Goa. The temple was made by Hemadri, the minister of the Yadava King Ramachandra. The Jain style development has prompted to debates about the inceptions of the temple, since the Kadamba Dynasty ruled Goa between the tenth and fourteenth hundreds of years. The temple is constructed in the Hemadpanthi style from basalt rock. It is thought to be the main example of Kadamba-Yadava engineering in basalt stone safeguarded and accessible in Goa. The temple survived attacks and the Goa inquisition because of its remote area. The temple comprises of four columns, adorned with intricate carvings of elephants and chains bolster a stone roof designed with finely cut Ashtoken lotus blooms. There is a headless Nandi (bull, Shiva's vehicle) in the focal point of the mandap, encompassed by four coordinating segments. The logo of the Kadamba dynasty, an elephant stomping a steed is cut on the base of one of the segments.

 

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The Basilica Of Bom Jesus

Image credit : P.S.SUJAY CC BY-SA 3.0 The Basilica of Bom Jesus

The Basilica of Bom Jesus is situated in Goa, and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This world legacy landmark has developed as a point of interest ever. It encloses the body of St. Francis Xavier. The Basilica of Bom Jesus is over 408 years of age is open to public. The body of St. Francis Xavier is adorned in a coffin. The church additionally holds artistic creations of scenes taken from the life of St. Francis Xavier. The church is situated in Old Goa, which was the capital of Goa in the beginning of Portuguese controlled. 'Bom Jesus' (truly, 'Great (or Holy) Jesus') is the name utilized for the Ecce Homo as a part of the nations of Portuguese colonization. The Jesuit church is India's first minor basilica, and is thought to be one of the best cases of florid design in India.

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Carnival In Goa

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Goa Carnival is a popular celebration that is rejoiced amid the month of February for four days. The celebration is connected with the famous ruler named as Momo who bought tranquility, soundness, music and encouragement to various parts of Goa. Many shows and street programs are conducted under the guidance of Goa Tourism. Sightseers enjoy their festival food, fun, and drinking for the whole day. The merry inclination is considerably more activated by the immense parades that move the different roads of Goa.   These parades are joined by live music and dance. Individuals wear stunning ensembles. Govan Carnival invites thousands of people from various parts of India and different parts of the world. It displays the way of life, socialization and legacy of Goa.

The Three King Festival

The Three King Festival

The Three King Festival South Goa is well known for its Three Kings celebration, which draws tourists from all around the state of India. Three young men are chosen from the three neighboring towns of Quelim, Cansaulim and Arrosim to present the traditional offerings of gold, frankincense and myrrh in a parade. Boys selected from the local area may serve as King; pariahs are banished from the part. The parade includes the three lords wearing jeweled red velvet robes and crowns, riding white steeds decked with blooms and fine material, and they are shaded by vivid parasols, with an entourage of hundreds. This is usually celebrated in the first week of January.

Ganesh Chaturthi

Ganesh Chaturthi

Ganesh Chaturthi Goa:  Public Preparations for the celebration starts months ahead, typically it falls amid the months of August/September. They are normally supported financially by neighborhood occupants, organizations and associations. The idols of Ganesha are brought to "pandals" or impermanent structures normally 15–20 days prior. The pandals are well decorated with beautiful lighting. At home the celebration starts with the purchase and after that the formal placing of a murti (icon).  Families embellish a little clean corner with flowers and other bright things before placing the idol. At the point when the idol is introduced, it and its place of worship are decorated with flowers and different materials. Toward the end of the celebration, the idols are drowned in a river, ocean, stream or a lake. The State Tourism also make arrangements to facilitate the foreign tourists who reach Goa to enjoy the festival.

Christmas And New Year

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Christmas and New Year Goa:  December is the time where sightseers from everywhere throughout the world stream to Goa to rejoice the season in its full swing and achieve its pinnacle. Christmas is a standout among the most commended celebrations in Goa, large number of programs are organized in different parts through Goa. State Tourism plays an important role in  conducting special programs to boost the celebration. Firecrackers, music, shows, dances and traditional celebrations and different festivals are performed all through the state. It's a custom of Goans to go to the midnight mass upon the arrival of Christmas eve. December 31st. is likewise celebrated in its full eminence during the whole night till morning to celebrate the New Year. Christian holy places will have midnight mass took after by dances and distribution of cakes. Festivity is an important part of Goan life; and they will not miss any opportunity. Similarly, all the religious celebrations of India are celebrated in Goa. All festivals of Goa are well celebrated by the Goans in its full spirit.

Shigmo

Shigmo

Shigmo  is a spring celebration renowned in the state of Goa, where it is one of the real celebrations of the Hindus. Since last few years the state government has encouraged open Shigmo parades comprising of conventional folk and street artists and extravagantly molded floats describing scenes from traditional mythology and religious scenes. In the interim, this celebrations also proceed in different village areas of Goa, crossing over a fortnight, with various days reserved for festivities in various territories. This celebration is commended around March every year. It is connected to the Hindu lunar calendar, consequently its date as indicated by the Gregorian calendar differs.

Goan Food Is Served On A Leaf-sewn Plate

Image credit : Joel's Goa Pics flickr Goan food is served on a leaf-sewn plate

Goan food is served on a leaf-sewn plate

Seafood Platter

Hindu Plate

Fried Pomfret With French Fries And Salad

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Fried Pomfret with french fries and salad

Chicken Grilled

Traditional Pork Vindaloo

Crab Leg Masala

Goan Prawn Curry

Goan Fish Curry

Crab Xec Xex