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GOA

 

Goa is a holiday paradise on India's westcoast. Come to Goa for an Indian Holiday and you won't be disappointed. Goa has something to offer to every tourist. If its sun, sand and sea that you're looking for, Goa's got it all in abundance. Miles of golden sandy expanses stretch along the west coast of India, beside the Arabian Sea. The rolling waves wash the beaches of Goa, on which sunbathers, holiday travelers and the local residents of Goa relax and have the time of their lives.

India, is famous the world over for the unique charm of its beaches.The famous beaches Calangute, Miramar, Dona Paula, Agonda, Aguada, Benaulim and Colva to name a few, were sought after by hippies and flower children in the 1970's. Today Goa's beaches attract international tourists who seek aplace to relax and unwind in the sunny weather of Goa, India.

The dance parties on the beaches and the carnivals and festivals in Goa provide many occasions for party lovers to dance and have fun to their hearts content.

If its history and culture that interests you, Goa has many historic churches and colonial buildings. Panaji the capital of Goa has lots to offera tourist with an interest in history and architecture. The colonial monuments built by the Portuguese in Goa, make a fascinating tour. With fabulous beaches, cultural attractions and warm and friendly people, there can no better place than Goa for your Indian Holiday.



Architecture
Khajuraho temples are perfect example of Indian architecture, adhereto North Indian Nagara style and to a Panchayatana plan. The whole area of the temples was surrounded by a wall, with eight gateways flanked by two golden palm trees. The temples are dedicated to the Jain panthe on and Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva and various Devi forms. Khajuraho temples were built in coarse granite, grained buff, pink and pale yellow sand stone. The temples of Khajuraho can be divided into three major groups - Western, Eastern and Southern. The Western Group of temples include the Kandariya Mahadeva, Jagadambika Temple, Chitragupta Temple and Lakshmana Temple. The Eastern Group of temples comprises of the Brahma Temple, Vamana Temple and Javari Temple and Jain shrines like the Ghantai Temple, Adinath Temple and Parsvanath Temple. The Southern Group of temples include the Duladeo Temple and the Chaturbhuja Temple.



Why Goa Beaches?
'Life is a party'. If you live by this phrase then Goan beaches are the place you ought to be holidaying at. And even those who don't believe in the merriment of life will start giving second thoughts once they are here. Goa beaches, by nature, are most versatile. From the peppy ones which are kept awake all night by trance parties to the long stretches of virgin beach territories, Goa has something to offer to every holiday mood. Being washed twice a day by tides and getting a new look every year courtesy the monsoons, each of the hot Goa beaches exude a personality of their own.



Leisure Activities & Water Sports at the Beaches of Goa
There are beaches in Goa which are fully commercialized, have upmarket stores, massage centres, gym, night clubs and then there are ones which have no signs of habitation. While some are fairly safe for swimming, at others swimming is a complete no. The beaches in Goa are packed up with thrill with water sports ranging from parasailing to jet skiing, windsurfing to speed boating. The beach shacks serve all the sea food, the grilled and the roasted. Feni is more then a drink, it's the staple drink and at night every second house on the beach will be open for the public offering cheap sea food and drinks.
Most beaches in Goa are named after the closest village. The scenic beauty of the beach is complemented with the red brick small houses of the village and white washed churches.



Tourism in Goa
Goa Carnival - Goa Carnival, as the name suggests, is exclusively celebrated in the Goa mostly by Christians. However, what is remarkable about the festival is that it refuses to be recognised as a religious event.Instead it is a symbol of Goan culture...

Churches of Goa - The churches of Goa are not just religious places where people come to offer their prayer, rather they are reminiscent of the era in the Goan history when Portuguese held sway of this small Indian state...



Sant Mirabai
Visitors can beamazed by the life like statue of Mirabai measuring 14 meters singing the devoted lyrics to the almighty and her eternal Lord strumming the ektara to her best. This wonderful monolith was created single handedly by MaendraJocelino Araujo and artistic style done in Greco-Roman.. Made of laterite stones in just a month one can see a tinge of Buddhist influence. But the kumkum on the forehead, the patti on her wrists and the parizona around her ankles gives the sculpture an Indian appeal. She can be seen garlanded onher neck with the ornament called Fullam made of flowers generally worn by the Goan Hindu women. A Precious lotus and a half-sun adds mystics to her posture. The sculpture is the longest latenite sculpture in india.



Goanese lifestyle
Apart from the beaches and the churches, Goa has a lot more to offer to its visitors. The plenty of rubber plantations, the fruit gardens, Goanese music and dance especially the music played with the violin, the guitar and the piano are the best. The typical hoses that resemble the Portuguese influence, the farmer's huts with the thatched structure,the common village market selling feni-the favourite local alcohol, spice yards with the paddy fields makes ita living paradise.



Goanese Handicraft
One of the prime attraction is the handicraft of the place. From the baked pottery tothe mahars making decorated bamboo and cane baskets with the hands as well as clay structures, sea shell crafts, terracota products, local garments are all unique, that adds importance to the place as an destination to visit for the tourist coming to India.

 

 

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