Goa as a holiday destination needs no introduction. From families,
friends, couples to individuals and groups, Goa has something for everyone.
With its 'let your hair loose' lifestyle it is a favorite 'Romantic Getaway'
for honeymooners, couples and the bohemian. Goa's acclaimed hotel industry with
the warmest of Goa’s hospitality makes it a popular conference venue too.
Its picturesque locales, ancient Portuguese architecture and vibrant
nature make it a favorite among Filmmakers. Acclaimed schools and universities
have also made Goa a Campus Ground for students. Whatever your reasons for
Variously known as "Pearl of the Orient" and a "Tourist
Paradise", the state of Goa is located on the western coast of India in
the coastal belt known as Konkan. The magnificent scenic beauty and the
architectural splendours of its temples, churches and old houses have made Goa
a firm favorite with travellers around the world. But then, Goa is much more
than just beaches and sea.
It has a soul which goes deep into unique history, rich culture and some
of the prettiest natural scenery that India has to offer. Much of the real Goa
is in its interiors, both inside its buildings and in the hinterland away from
the coastal area. Legends from Hindu mythology credit Lord Parshuram, an
incarnation of Lord Vishnu with the creation of Goa. Over the centuries various
dynasties have ruled Goa.
Rashtrakutas, Kadambas, Silaharas, Chalukyas, Bahamani Muslims and most
famously the Portuguese have been rulers of Goa. Goa was liberated by the
Indian Army from Portuguese colonization on December 19, 1961 and became an
Union Territory along with the enclaves of Daman and Diu. On May 30, 1987 Goa
was conferred statehood and became the 25th state of the Indian Republic.
Having been the meeting point of races, religions and cultures of East and West
over the centuries, Goa has a multi-hued and distinctive lifestyle quite
different from the rest of India. Hindu and Catholic communities make up almost
the entire population with minority representation of Muslims and other
religions. All the communities have mutual respect towards one another and
their secular outlook has given Goa a long and an unbroken tradition of
The warm and tolerant nature of the Goans allows them to celebrate and
enjoy the festivals of various religions such as Ganesh Chaturthi, Diwali,
Christmas, Easter and Id with equal enthusiasm. The state of Maharashtra
borders Goa on the north, the state of Karnataka on the south and east. The
vast expanse of the Arabian Sea on the west forms the magnificent coastline for
which Goa is justly famous.
Terekhol (Tiracol), Mandovi, Zuari, Chapora, Sal and Talpona are the
main rivers which weave their way throughout the state forming the inland
waterways adding beauty and romance to the land besides being used to transport
Goa's main export commodity of Iron and Manganese ore to Mormugao Harbour.
Along the way to the coast these waterways form estuaries, creeks and bays
breaking the sandy, palm-fringed coastline behind which laid the fishing
villages among the coconut groves. Panaji (Panjim) is the state capital located
on the banks of the Mandovi River and Vasco, Margao, Mapusa and Ponda are the
other major towns. Goa is serviced by an international/national airport located
at Dabolim near Vasco. An intra-state and inter-state bus network also plays an
important role in getting locals and visitors alike in and around Goa. The vast
green expanse of the Sahyadri mountain range ensures that Goa has an abundance
The sea and rivers abound in seafood - prawns, mackerels, sardines,
crabs and lobsters are the most popular with the locals and the visitors. Along
with English which is widely spoken all over Goa, Konkani and Marathi are the
state languages. The national language Hindi is also well understood in most
areas around the state. Goan cuisine is a blend of different influences the
Goans had to endure during the centuries. The staple food in Goa is fish and
rice, both among the Hindus and the Catholics. Unlike the Christian food the
Hindu Goan food is not strongly influenced by the Portuguese cuisine. Since the
arrival of the Hippies in the sixties, Goa has been a major destination on the
itinerary of international and domestic tourists. The tourist season in Goa
begins in late September and carries on through early March. The weather in
these months is usually dry and pleasantly cool.
Then the weather gets fairly hot around May and by end of June, Goa
receives the full blast of the Indian monsoon with sudden downpours and
tropical thunderstorms. However it is also during the monsoon that Goa is
probably at its most beautiful, with greenery sprouting all around. Besides the
natural beauty, the fabulous beaches and sunshine, travelers to Goa love the
laid-back, peaceful, warm and friendly nature of the Goan people. After all,
more than anywhere else on planet earth, this is a place where people really
know how to relax.
Return Railway Ticket Sleeper Class Ex-Delhi.
Accommodation in Deluxe Resort.
Group transfers from Railway Station.
Daily buffet Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner.
Complimentary usage of the Swimming Pool.
Sightseeing by Sharing Non A/C Coach.
Terms & Conditions:
Above mention rates are on Four occupancy.
Inclusive of all applicable taxes.
GST 3.09% Extra on Total Billing