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The major attraction of Goa is its charming nature complementing local historical and religious monuments. Idalkao Palace is notable among the historical monuments of the capital; that’s an incredibly beautiful and large building built in the 15th century. The palace is located on the banks of the Mandovi River; once it was used as fortifications. Currently this luxurious palace is the seat of the secretariat. One of the most picturesque and interesting places for fans of excursions is Fontainhas area in Panaji, as this charming old quarter is rich in important tourist sites. Many centuries ago, Portuguese have lived there. These days, their descendants are main inhabitants of the historic district. Fontainhas consists entirely of unique architectural monuments; there are old houses and several lovely whitewashed churches in the neoclassical style. Travelers that are interested in the history of Goa are certainly recommended to have a stroll through the ruins of Vijayanagar. This archaeological site is located near Hampi; it consists of large-scale ruins of the ancient city, the former capital of a large empire. According to scientists, at least 500 thousand people have lived in the city until the 15th century. Vacationers can see large-scale markets as well as stroll through residential areas. Vijayanagar was completely looted and destroyed in the mid16th century, when a great empire went into decline; today, only ruins of large-scale buildings are reminiscent of its … Read further

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3. The high tourist season in Goa is from November to the end of February. The air temperature at this time is not more than +33C, so guests would have a great opportunity to combine beach holidays with walks and excursions along scenic places. 4. One of the most popular souvenirs is spirits. A selection of alcoholic beverages is just huge; they are of high quality and affordable prices. 5. Many manifestations … Open

Travel guide to Goa

In a small picturesque bay, there is Bogmalo that will really charm those who want to vacation in a peaceful atmosphere. There are calm picturesque beaches that are perfect for admiring the sunset. These places attract shopping enthusiasts too. At the resort, there is a large shopping mall called Manolis Tailors. Here, you can find beautiful clothes in the national style and the most popular beach accessories. … Open

Traditions and mentality of Goa

The very reverse of the colorful and noisy spring festival is the celebration of Shivaratri; it is also one of the most important cultural events. As you might guess from the name, this festival is dedicated to Lord Shiva, but its main attributes are rigor and restraint. It is noteworthy that Shivaratri is held during the waning moon and Shigmo takes place during waxing gibbous. In addition to Hindu festivals, … Open

Cuisine and top restaurants

There are many vegetarians among locals and some allow themselves to eat meat dishes only a few times a week. Delicious seafood is a perfect replacement of meat; all national restaurants will offer it. Fairly common treat is Codd, curry with seafood, which will certainly appeal to those accustomed to European cuisine. Curry lovers will have an opportunity to taste hundreds of variations of their favorite dishes. … Open

Attractions and active leisure

Close to the beach there is renowned Yog Nisarga health center, which will be useful not only for fans of yoga, but also for those who have long wanted to get the help of highly qualified health specialists. Travelers can make their vacations more amazing by visiting outstanding natural attractions; Dudhsagar Falls enjoy high popularity. All visitors can not only admire beauty of waterfalls, but also swim in the … Open

Cultural excursion through Goa - things to see

In addition to curious religious facilities, Goa features diverse fortifications; the most famous among them is Fort Aguada. It has been built in the first half of the 17th century and has played a crucial role in battles with the British and German conquerors. The fort has survived massive attacks and kept the status of unassailable. It was able to fully preserve its unique original appearance, so all the arches … Open

Overview of festivals and celebrations in India

In July, the Hemis festival is organized at Hemis Monastery. It is dedicated to the birthday of the master Padmasambhava, the founder of Buddhism in Tibet. Dalai Lama attends this holiday. Participants of the festival dress in national clothes, which have not changed at all since ancient times. The festival offers an opportunity to talk with Lamas who have become masters in the Tibet monasteries. On August 15th, India celebrates its Independence Day which they gained in the year 1947. The main event of the holiday is the hoisting of the Indian national flag at the Lahore Gate of the Red Fort. Hundreds of thousands of Indians, including the country leaders, government officials, and politicians, attend this event. After the flag has been raised, the head of the Indian government delivers a speech to the people of the country. A big reception timed to the holiday is hosted in the President’s Palace. In the middle of August, Indians celebrate the Raksha Bandhan holiday, the favorite holiday of Indian women. During the celebration, sisters tie a red thread around the wrists of their brothers. The threads symbolize the strengthening of their protection from trouble and illness. … Open

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