India is a place with contrasting charms that fancy just about anyone. Majestic landscapes in the North, sun-baked beaches in the south, tourist magnets such as Agra’s Taj Majal and exotic Indian cuisine, extensive rail network unmatched, and rich culture overall. But each attraction bears a unique characteristic (or combination of multiple traits) that suit one’s personality and personal preference.
Enter Goa, quickly one of the most popular tourist destinations in India. What makes it a must-see destination?
For one, Goa manages to pack different sorts of attractions into its limited geographic feature. You can find rivers, mountains, forests, jungles, and, obviously, the beaches, which may be your primary reason to visit Goa. Goa is classified as one of the world’s biodiversity hotspots along with Japan, Himalaya, and the Philippines.
It’s a given that you’ll probably see lots of natural attractions, but you still ask, what are the reasons that make Goa a special place to visit?
While most of India traces its influence to the British Raj, Goa mainly traces its roots to Portuguese and Iberian contribution to the subcontinent, with the city of Margao manifesting this cultural influence and world heritage architecture. Bom Jesus Basilica and the Church of the Immaculate Conception harken back to Goa’s centuries as a Portuguese colony.
Dance clubs are all over the place. With relaxed and friendly locals, it’s easy to feel like a local too. The famed Goan trance parties continue to draw people of all ages from all over the world.
Blessed with abundant natural diversity, Goa is famous for fresh seafood and a variety of dishes comprising of coconut milk, local spices, and rice. Chili was introduced to Goan cuisine
by the Portuguese and became immensely popular among locals.
Those escaping the frigid winters of the Northern Hemisphere can take refuge at Goa’s beaches, swept by the warm currents from the Arabian sea. There are numerous resorts and accommodations from budget to luxury hotels, and housing is often included when you opt for a Goa holiday tour.