Goa Tour Package
Goa Tour Package
Don't miss Goa. Not because it's visited by millions annually. Nor because everyone seems to suggest it. But because a holiday in Goa is truly fabulous . Crystalline white sands, sparkling waters and swaying palm trees - that's Goa - blessed with stunning natural beauty, a seamless concoction of mountains, plateau regions and coastal plains. This tiny slice of India on its western coastline is the perpetual international hotspot, a holidaymaker's paradise due to its exquisite beach life and heavenly night life as well.
Goa beaches cover 80 percent of its coastline. Home to some of the finest beaches in the world, its sun kissed beaches are not just about the clear waters and shimmering sands but flea markets and open shacks selling mouthwatering Goa cuisine and a whole lot of music and dance.
The beaches in North Goa are meant for party lovers, South Goa beaches are more serene and tranquil. Many hotels in Goa are situated close to the major beaches offering panoramic views. Many have water sports like parasailing, jet skiing, water skiing, wind surfing and scuba diving. Candolim , Baga, Arambol, Vagator, Benaulim and Palolem are some popular beaches.
A Goa Tour Package is considered synonymous with beaches. However Goa has loads of other popular spots like wonderful museums and art galleries. And the flea markets of Goa provide excellent shopping sprees, from sea food to ground masalas, clothes to accessories and at very low prices.
Goa was under Portuguese colonial rule for 451 years and attained freedom in 1962. With a blend of colonial and modern charm, it is dotted with historical monuments, delectable cuisine and unique culture. Some spots are Anjuna Beach Flea Market, Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary, Churches, Dudhsagar Waterfall and Springs, Dr. Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary, Goa Carnival and Old Goa.
Goa is dotted with beautiful churches. The most famous is Basilica de Bom Jesus in Old Goa (UNESCO World Heritage Site) and the Church of Saint Francis Assisi which has the mortal remains of Saint Francis. Others are : the Mary Immaculate Conception, Reis Magos Church, St. Anne Church, Church of St. Augustine, St. Paul Church. Goa is also home to numerous forts and museums.
A Goa Tour Package is incomplete without a slice of Goa nightlife which boasts of night clubs, pubs, discotheques, bars, casinos and shacks and unique party cruises held on Mandovi river. Goa is the only state in India where gambling is allowed. There are two types of casinos, on shore casinos located inside premium hotels and off shore located on yacht and ships.
With the beach stretch in North Goa lit up with lights and fireworks, there is a party happening everywhere between November and March. Goa is popular for rave parties . With foot-tapping frenzy being the norm, and discos to lounge bars to restaurants to beach shacks to informal parties on the beach, there is plenty of partying to keep you rocking. Goa beach parties happen at Anjuna, Morjim and Palolem with music and drinks.
Goa is famous for its spectacular Goa carnival. Held in the middle of February, the carnival of non-stop festivity goes on for three days with lively processions, floats, bands, vibrant dresses, huge parades with a whole lot of dance and singing all night on the streets and grand balls held in the evenings. The carnival concludes with the famous red-and-black dance held by the Club National in Panaji. The Sun Burn festival, the biggest musical fest in Asia, is also held here in Goa.
Panaji is the popular capital of Goa and literally translates as "land that never floods". A quaint little city, built in Latin style, for those who enjoy the English charm and feel. Vasco is the largest city in Goa and dates back to 1543. It is located in South Goa and is a major port.
Goa also has a number of wonderful wildlife resorts and sanctuaries. Goa weather can be summed up in one word - moderate. Neither do the summers get very hot nor do the winters get extremely cold.
The hotels in Goa have managed to establish an unmatched reputation over the years. Some of the well known hotels are ; Park Hyatt Goa Resort and Spa Dona Alcina Resort Hotel Park Plaza, The Majestic Hotels Goa, Coconut Grove Hotel Goa etc. Hotels in Goa can range from chic, luxury to the budget and dirt cheap as well.
Goa is well connected to other parts of the country by rail as well as national and state highways. The best way to travel to Goa is by bus from Mumbai or Pune. Trains from Mumbai take about 9 hours to Goa. Also most of the domestic and international flights fly to and from Goa.
As for some tips for Goa travel, like any other country you need to travel safe in Goa too. Concerns range from weather, water and crowds. Swim at least 300 meters away from any river along the Goa beach. Currents come up mostly where a river or stream joins the sea. Unless you are a strong swimmer, don't go in deeper than your waist. Use a flotation device like a life jacket or an inflated tire tube. If you do get swept off your feet, don't thrash your hands and feet . Use the power of the waves to get back to shore.
Don't drink before diving! Swim only in the swimming area marked with large orange floating beads on each Goa beach, where life-guards are keeping watch.