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Plan your trip to Goa | India

For those who choose to make a trip to India, Goa is a must-visit destination: it is one of the most beautiful and fascinating of the entire Indian state and the one tp allow you to enjoy a few days of relaxation after dealing with the chaos of Delhi or Calcutta. Goa has a lot to offer for tourists, as it is a place that boasts a perfect blend of tradition and modernity, from the exotic white beaches, the beautiful churches and colorful festivals to the breathtaking natural beauty. Let’s see how to plan a trip to there!

Goa

Goa

Goa is one of the hottest places in the country. But do not worry because every hotel features rooms with air conditioning. The transportation options available are varied, designed for every need and taste so moving around is not a big deal. However the most convenient way to travel around Goa is to do it in a taxi or rent a car and drive yourself, so that you will be able to stop at its best beaches. If you choose to get a car, however, you have to be careful as the way that  Indians drive is kind of different than normal, thus requiring much more attention on your behalf!

Entering Calangute Beach

Entering Calangute Beach

The beaches of Goa are ideal for leisure travelers, especially if Goa is your next destination after the chaotic and hectic Delhi. Here you can soak up the sun and enjoy a real experience of peace and relaxation. One of the most beautiful beaches is definitely Varca, located 3 km south of Benaulim, that is one of the longest beaches in south Goa with clean white sand and unpolluted waters. Another beach that is definitely not to be missed is Calangute. You can get there in a quarter of an hour from Panaji and is well worth a visit. Take a dip in the ocean and try the pranzetto fish in one of the restaurants by the sea, admiring the beautiful landscape.

Calangute Beach

Calangute Beach

The best part of Goa is certainly its beautiful churches: to leave Goa without visiting the churches make your trip to Goa quite incomplete. Some of the most beautiful and compelling are the Basilica of Bom Jesus and the Church of St. Francis Xavier.

Basilica of BOM Jesus

Basilica of BOM Jesus

From the sacred to the profane, Goa is also very famous for its casinos. The particular thing is that its casinos are not located on the land of Goa but on cruise ships, anchored a few hundred meters from the coast. Each casino has its own space on the pier and there are boats that take you from one casino to the other, for you to enjoy playing!

Casino Royale

Casino Royale

Goa photos by: Anoop Negi, Chris Goldberg, Aaron Geddes, Bikash Das, A K

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