mercoledì 19 giugno 2013

Goa: India with some Portuguese style

Goa is a state of India overlooking the Indian Ocean that was, until 1961, a Portuguese colony.
This state has distinguished itself from the rest of the country, that was a British colony until 1947, and today we can still see the great difference of the two colonizers.




The thing that struck me immediately while visiting the state of Goa is the very south-European footprint that was given by the Portuguese domination.
Here, more than in any other part of the country, there are numerous Catholic churches and even homes have a style that recalls the southern European ones.



The state of Goa has enjoyed the greatest fame during the '60s.
Many were the hippies who moved into these areas and even today, many are still living here.

Goa has always been very popular among  tourists, both foreigners and Indians, who spend their holidays in the resorts on the beach that offer luxurious treatments at good prices,easily affordable for the Europeans.




Equally affordable are the meals that are offered by a variety of restaurants in every resort.
The seafood here is delicious and so are the shellfish. If you love lobsters, you can enjoy eating tem here!
Choose the one that you like, let the chef the time to cook it as per your request and you will eat a delicacy at a very reasonable cost!

Wanting to visit the towns of Goa, between a day at the beach and one by the pool, during a sleepy afternoon, we ventured to Margao.
Public transportation [small buses that transport both tourists and locals] usually depart just outside the resorts gate.
Alternatively you can ask reception to order you a taxi, but I warmly recommend to try the 
more "local" experience.



A few rupees, twenty minute journey on a small bus with an engine far from silent and we arrive in Margao, the capital of the district of South Goa, a city of about 70 thousand inhabitants.
What strikes us in Margao, more than anything else, are the buildings of classical Portuguese footprint and numerous Catholic churches and chapels scattered throughout the city.



After visiting other cities in India, like Mumbai, Delhi, Jaipur, visiting Goa seems  to have landed in another country.
Even the standard of living, the way of life of the people here is different: you rarely find people or beggars who harass you.

The vegetation found in this area of ​​India is impressive.
The greenery surrounding villages and getting to lap the beaches gives a sense of coolness even in the humid and hot summer days.
And in the midst of this vegetation is not unusual to see some monkey that jumps from one palm to another!




My advice is to spend some days in Goa ...
If you are planning to visit India; take some relaxing time for you and book a few days at a resort here

I have been to Majorda Beach Resort and I was really satisfied.
It is quiet, well-maintained, with common activities but without the hassle of animators who want to involve no matter what you'd like, attended by more Indian tourists than foreigners.




To reach Goa you can book an internal flights at affordable prices from the main Indian cities.
We flew from Jaipur to Goa with Kingfisher airline which is in my opinion one of the the best airlines in India.
Dabolim International Airport, where also international flights from Europe land [mainly from England], is the most comfortable way to get in the district of South Goa.

For me Goa is  "India that you do not expect to find in India".




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