No squad is a squad unless they have at least three to four Whats App groups for Goa plans that never came true. Every youngster’s bucket list has a center stage reserved for a trip to Goa, and that trip has an increasing level of priority as we go deeper across the country. For someone residing in Delhi, Goa can be a highly attractive place to visit, as the contrast in culture and lifestyle acts like a fresh breath of air. Especially if you’ve just those dreaded mid-term exams, or if you’re fresh out of college.
Indeed, we all deserve a week or two away from our exhausting academic schedule to just whip out our sunscreen and flip flops and let the sun evaporate our worries. So, if you and your friends have made another of those “Let’s go to Goa!” groups, don’t let it sink in the sea of other failed plans and book flights online right away. Travel websites and airlines offer a lot of student-friendly discounts on Delhi to Goa flights and you’ll be sorry to miss them when you see your other friends making use of them.
To help you out with your travel itinerary, we’ve made a list of suggestions of places you shouldn’t miss in Goa:
For Those Beachy Waves & Golden Tan
Let that Goa sand tickle your toes and explore these amazing beaches that have a charm of their own:-
Vagator Beach is the northernmost beach of Bardez Taluka, Goa. It is located on the opposite bank of the Chapora River from Morjim in Pernem. To the south of Vagator is Anjuna, one of the first hippie haunts of Goa.
Calangute is a town in North Goa, famous for its beach. The beach is the largest in North Goa and visited by thousands of domestic and international tourists alike. The peak tourist season is during Christmas and New Year, and during the summer in May. During the monsoon season, from June through September, the sea can be rough and swimming is prohibited. The beach offers water sports activities like parasailing and water skiing, among others.
Sinquerim is a coastal village in North Goa that includes the pristine Sinquerim Beach. It is famous for the imposing Fort Aguada that flanks it’s southern tip and the scores of Bollywood movies that were shot here. It is a very popular tourist attraction and the massive Sunburn Music Festival happens here each December.
Arambol is a traditional fisherman village, located approximately a one-hour drive from the Dabolim Airport (GOI) within the Pernem administrative region of northern Goa, India. The beach attracts many international tourists, mainly during the winter season between November and March.
For Those History Lessons
The state of Goa has a rich history of a Portuguese past that is still kept preserved in its many forts, churches, and caves. Visit these places to see a quaint side of the state:
Fort Aguada and its lighthouse is a well-preserved seventeenth-century Portuguese fort standing in Goa, India, on Sinquerim Beach, overlooking the Arabian Sea.
The fort was constructed in 1612 to guard against the Dutch and the Marathas. It was a reference point for the vessels coming from Europe at that time. This old Portuguese fort stands on the beach south of Candolim, at the shore of the Mandovi River. It was initially tasked with the defense of shipping and the nearby Bardez sub district.
Chapora Fort, located in Bardez, Goa, rises high above the Chapora River. Before the Portuguese arrived in Goa in 1510, this location was the site of another fort. The fort changed hands several times after Portuguese acquired Bardez. Trying to end the Portuguese rule in Goa, Prince Akbar joined his father’s enemies, the Marathas in 1683 and made this place his base camp. It became the northern outpost of the Old Conquests. After the Portuguese recovered from an encounter with the Marathas, they strengthened their northern defenses and provided shelter to the people there.
Basilica of Bom Jesus
The Basilica of Bom Jesus or Borea Jezuchi Bajilika (Portuguese: Basílica do Bom Jesus) is located in Goa, India, and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.The basilica holds the mortal remains of St. Francis Xavier. The church is located in Old Goa, which was the capital of Goa in the early days of Portuguese rules.
Apart from the admirable beaches and waterfalls, Goa is also one of the most sought after destinations for heritage architectures. Goa is an ancient state and so is the architecture found here. A beautiful example of the historical monuments present in Goa is the Arvalem Caves or the “Pandava Caves”. Located in the Bicholim town of North Goa, these caves are ancient rock cut caves that give us a chance to steep into the mythological tales. The origin of these caves dates back to the 6th century.
For Those Shopoholic Cravings
You will find some of the best stuff to shop in Goa at dirt cheap prices. Get the best deals for everything from shoes to jewelry to clothes to incredible handicrafts in these markets:
Anjuna’s weekly Wednesday flea market is as much part of the Goan experience as a day on the beach. More than three decades ago, it was conceived and created by hippies smoking jumbo joints, convening to compare experiences on the heady Indian circuit and selling pairs of Levi jeans or handmade jewellery to help fund the rest of their stay.
Mapusa Friday Market is a traditional, regional weekly market in Mapusa, North Goa, and a major tourist attraction. It is located within and around the Mapusa Municipal market area.
Bicholim, pronounced ([ɖicoːlĩː]), also known as Dicholi, is a city and a municipal council in North Goa district in the state of Goa, India. Bicholim is same as Bardez. It is a town in the territory of Goa, and the headquarters of the concelho (district) of the same name; the Concelho of Bicholim, located in the northeast quarter is one of the seven that make up the Novas Conquistas or New Conquests, territories added to Goa comparatively later than the first three of the Velhas Conquistas. The town is located about 30 kilometers from the capital Panjim. It is in the mining heartland of Goa.
The above article information is taken from wiki2.org, maps of India & lonelyplanet
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