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GOA : The Land of Sun, Sand and Sea

Goa , variously known as "Rome of the East", "Tourist Paradise" and "Pearl of the Orient", the state of Goa is located on the western coast of India in the coastal belt known as Konkan. Goa is the land of beauty and celebrations and the ecstasy of hope and dreams. Goa’s fame and glory is largely due to its natural scenic beauty, golden and silvery sand beaches, manmade monuments, springs, lakes ,waterfalls, temples and churches . The extending coastline of Goa holds a potent lure for the swimmers, anglers and sun bathers. If you are a person driven by your adrenalin rush, then the call of the beaches is hard to resist. A blend of the eastern and western culture, very friendly and hospitable people make Goa a veritable tourist paradise. Goa is not only a haven for sunbathers, anglers and swimmers but also encourage water sport enthusiasts to try their skills. It is difficult to match the beauty of the beaches in Goa.

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History of Goa:

History of Goa is rather old. Its reference is found in the Ramayana and in the Mahabharata. Its old name accordingly were Govapuri. Later it became Gomantaka(fertile land). In the 3rd century BCE, Gomantaka (Goa) formed part of the Maurya Empire. From 2nd century BCE to the early age of AD it was ruled by the Satavahana dynasty. Eventually, it became a part of the Chalukya kings of Badami, who controlled it from 580 to 750. Over the next few centuries settlements grew in Goa under successively by the Silharas, the Kadambas and the Chalukyas of Kalyani. The Kadambas ruled Goa for centuries and gave it a distinct and cultural and architectural identity. In 1350 CE, Goa was occupied by the Bahmani Sultanate after the era of Kadamba kings. However, in 1370, king Harihar I of Vijayanagar empire, a resurgent Hindu empire situated at modern day Hampi, reconquered the area from Muslims. In 1469, Goa was reconquered, by the Bahmani Sultans of Gulbarga. When this dynasty broke up in 1492, Goa reverted to the Adil Shah's Bijapur Sultanate.

Since then Goa became the focal point for the foreigners. The Portuguese set sail and discovered Goa in 1510 and that lasted for 451 years was a benchmark in its history. Alfonso de Albuquerque captured Goa after defeating the Sultan of Bijapur in 25th Nov 1510. Goa was granted the same civic privileges as Lisbon. Since then, Goa became the free trade zone between east and west. Missionaries also came with the traders. The Portuguese demolished temples, built churches and converted people to Christianity. In 1757, King Joseph I of Portugal issued a decree penned by his prime minister, the Marquês de Pombal, granting the Portuguese citizenship and representation to all subjects in the Portuguese Indies. In 1787, there was a rebellion started by some priests against Portuguese rule. It became famous as the Conspiracy of the Pintos which inspired by French Revolution was an important development in Goan history. It was the first ethnic rebellion against Portuguese rule in Goa. Portuguese were encouraged to marry the local Goan women and to settle down in Goa. Offspring of these unions, the Mestizo or mixed were considered favorably by the Portuguese rulers, but the Mestizos were looked down upon by the locals.

In the mean time, the British engaged in a struggle against Tipu Sultan, marched towards Goa in 1797 but they left a year later. The 20th century began with a welcome development for Goa. The period of Republic(1910-1926) in Portugal brought a mini-renaissance in Goa.

The Portuguese chapter in the historical saga of Goa was about to come to an end after India gained Independence from the British in 1947. At first, Portugal refused to agree to India's demand to hand over the control of its enclave. Finally, on 17th December 1961, the Indian army marched into Goa forcibly and took political control by force. Fighting lasted for twenty-six hours before the Portuguese garrison surrendered. Goa, along with Daman and Diu was made into a centrally administered Union Territory on India. This operation is known as "Operation Vijay” which brought freedom to Goa on December 19, 1961. December 19th is now celebrated as the Goa Liberation Day. The UN Security Council considered a resolution condemning the invasion which was vetoed by the Soviet Union. Most nations later recognized India's action, and Portugal recognized it after the Carnation Revolution in 1974. On 30th May 1987, Goa spilt from Daman and Diu and was officially recognized as the 25th state of Indian Union.

The State of Goa has a Legislative Assembly with strength of 40 elected members. Besides, Goa has three elected representatives in the Parliament. The Governor is the Head of the State and is advised by a Council of Ministers headed by Chief Minister. Panaji, a small picturesque town on the left bank of river Mondovi, is the seat of the State Administration. However, for administrative purposes, the State has been divided into two districts: North Goa and South Goa with headquarters at Panaji and Margao respectively, and six divisions comprising 11 Talukas.

Climate At Goa:

Goa spread in an area of 3,702 square kms lies between the latitudes 14°53'54" N and 15°40'00" N and longitudes 73°40'33" E and 74°20'13" E. Goa, with a coastline of 105 km, is a part of India’s western coast and western Ghats known as the Konkan. Except some places, the average height of Goa is 1020 meter above the mean-sea level. About one-quarter of the state is covered by forest. Goa has maritime equable climate, it is moderate and remains humid and sunny for most of the part of the year, with average January temperatures ranging from 19° to 29° C (66° to 84° F), and average June temperatures ranging from 25° to 33° C (77° to 91° F). Goa experiences a monsoon season from June through September; accounts for four-fifths of the state's average annual rainfall. 350 cms approximately from June to September. Humidity levels touch almost 95 percent during monsoon and fall to about 55 percent in the winter.

Best season to visit Goa is mainly between 15th September to April end, but from November to February is the peak tourist season- the atmosphere, at this time, is mild and pleasant.

Summer in Goa is a good time for a budget holiday- Summers mean fewer crowds and more discounts. The average daily hours of sunshine is nine to ten hours in summer. In summer during daytime heat will perhaps keep the visitors off the beaches and In the evenings one can take a stroll down the beaches and the soft breeze blowing through the leaves of the palm trees.

Goa in monsoons is largely empty of tourists, a good thing as you can enjoy a comfortable state of mind. It’s especially beautiful during monsoon time from June to August, when you discover a unique Goa with overflowing rivers and estuaries which criss-cross Goa, are swollen with rainwater, flowing with renewed gusto giving up their usual shades of blue-green to turn a deep orange-yellow, hills and vast expanses of fields coverd with green carpet, the rain brings refreshment and romance, and Goa takes on a more traditional flavor. Swimming in the sea at this time of the year is out of the question as the sea is very turbulent and the waves treacherous. It is the best time to explore ecotourism , spice plantations and walking barefoot along the beach and listen to the roar of the ocean.

Tourists Particulars:

Two types of tourists visit Goa; the first is the domestic tourists, who comprise 80 percent of all tourists. The second is the international tourists who visit Goa purely for the natural environment of tropical climate. Within the category ofinternational tourists there are two sub-categories: backpackers and charter tourists.

The backpackers are not found in areas of charter tourists; they prefer to mingle and live with the local communities. Whereas, the charter touriststend to stay in the luxury starred hotels.

The domestic and international both categories of tourists visit Goa for the beaches, they stay away from each other. Domestic and international tourists also differ in terms of the areas. For the domestic tourist, the beaches hold limited appeal, so domestic tourists remain away from the places frequented by the international tourists. The timings of visits are clearly different for the domestic and the international tourists. The domestic tourists come throughout the year albeit in larger numbers in the non-monsoon months whereas international tourists avoid the monsoon months; as for them the use of the beach is the prime attraction to come to Goa.

In 2002, a total number of 2,71,645 foreign tourists visited Goa. In 2004, a total number of 3,63,230 foreign tourists visited Goa. The foreign tourist visit during 2004 was higher by 14.4 % than the previous year. During April 2005-March 2006 a total number of 3,48, 396 foreign tourists visited Goa.

Goa's tourism business has suffered due to the economic slowdown in the last two years. While in 2007, 82,515 foreign visitors came to Goa by chartered and scheduled flights
between September and December, in 2008, the number dropped to 71,918 in the
corresponding period - a 13 per cent drop. Though the tourist season began in 2009 with a promise with 4,120 foreign tourists coming to the state in the month of October as against 2,837 in the previous year, the number of tourists arriving in November,2009 declined considerably with only 22,180 foreign tourists coming to Goa as against 25,788 during the same month last year, recording a fall of 3.608 tourists.

In 2004, a total number of 20,85,729 domestics tourists visited Goa. The domestics tourists visit during 2005 was 19,65,343. During 2006 a total number of 20,98, 654 domestics tourists visited Goa.

About Goa - FAST FACTS:

  1. Name of the State : Goa
  2. Capital: Panaji
  3. Districts: South Goa and North Goa
  4. Talukas: 11
  5. Languages: Konkani (official), English, Marathi and Hindi
  6. Religion: Hinduism( 65%), Christianity(30%) and Islam
  7. Area: 3,702 sq.kms.
  8. Population: 13,43,998 (2001 Census)
  9. Literates: 9,89,362 (2001 Census)
  10. Climate: Tropical
  11. Altitude: Sea level to 1,022 metres
  12. Summer: Mean Max. 33 C and Mean Min. 24 C
  13. Winter: Mean Max. 32.2 C and Mean Min 21 C
  14. Rainfall: 3,200 mms. from June to September
  15. Tourist Season: Throghtout the year
  16. Peak Season: November to February
  17. Time Zone: GMT/UTC +5.5
  18. Currency: Indian Rupees (Rs)
  19. Airport : Dabolim
  20. Railhead: Vasco-da-Gama and Margao
  21. Main Rivers: Mandovi, Zuari, Chapora, Tiracol, Sal
  22. Country Code: 0091
  23. STD Code: Panaji( 0832), Margao (08342), Ponda ( 08343), Mapusa (0832), Vasco ( 083451), Varca(08344)
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GOA: Travel tips

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Goa….. Travelling in Goa is easy and convenient with a moderate transportation system, choice of accommodation and dining options and superb hospitality. You will find Goa’s cultural, Goa’s historic and natural attractions along with “Goa Special” fabulous nightlife.
Over 65 percent of Goa’s population is Hindu and near about 30 percent of Goa’s population is Christian, with Muslim animist minorities. The official language of Goa is Konkani, though English and Hindi is widely spoken in cities and larger towns. Goa borders the Arabian Sea, Maharastra and Karnataka states in India.
Goa’s tropical climate has three main seasons: Hot : March to June. Rainy: July to September. Cool : October to February. Average January temperatures ranging from 19° to 29° C (66° to 84° F), and average June temperatures ranging from 25° to 33° C (77° to 91° F). Goa experiences a monsoon season from June through September; accounts for four-fifths of the state's average annual rainfall. 350 cms approximately from June to September. Humidity levels touch almost 95 percent during monsoon and fall to about 55 percent in the winter.

Best season to visit Goa is mainly between 15th September to April end, but from November to February is the peak tourist season- the atmosphere, at this time, is mild and pleasant.

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Everyone needs a visa for India and it must be obtained before you enter the country.
Passport Requirements: Original, signed passport valid for 6 months from day of application, and with at least two blank visa pages preferably back to back. Amendment pages are not acceptable for visa stamps.
Tourist visa and cost: £30 (multiple-entry; six months); £50 (multiple-entry; one year). Visa fees vary from country to country.
Validity: Indian visas allow multiple entries into the country, however, there must be a gap of at least 2 months between two visits to the country on a Tourist Visa. Visas are valid from the date of issue. Travelers must leave India on or before the expiration of their visa. Travelers who remain in India beyond the validity of their visa could face detention and significant penalties. If your intended length of stay in India exceeds the validity of your existing visa, you must apply for a new visa. If re-entry permission is granted, travelers intending to return to India for a second visit within two months must register at the Foreigners Regional Registration Office (FRRO) within 14 days of arrival in India.
Applications to: Embassy or high commission (or consular section at embassy or high commission); There are also Indian Visa Application Centres in London, Hayes, Birmingham, Cardiff, Manchester, Glasgow and Edinburgh.
Working Days Required: Personal applications can normally be processed the same day. Applications made at the visa centres will take at least 2-3 working days. Postal applications take a minimum of 10 working days. Where referrals are required, applications may require 20-25 working days.

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Customs: Duty-free allowance for visitors is 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 250g of tobacco , one litre each of alcoholic liquor and wine, goods for personal use and reasonable quantities of medicines.
  1. Import by non-residents is only permitted if the national has entered India for a stay of not less than 24 hours and not more than six months, provided they visit not more than once a month.
  2. Domestic pets (cats, dogs, birds etc) are permitted to be imported into India as long as they have a health certificate from the country of origin. Importing weapons, livestock, live plants, gold , silver bullion and pornography is prohibited. Cash/travellers cheques totaling more than US$10,000 are supposed to be declared at customs.

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Getting Around in Goa:
  • Airport: Dabolim, the Goa International Airport(GOI), is located approximately 4km (2.5 miles) from Vasco da Gama to the northwest and 5km (3 miles) from Dabolim to the east. State capital Panaji is around 30km (19 miles) away to the north. The domestic and international terminals are housed in the same building. Construction of a modern new integrated terminal building began in February 2009. Parking facilities at the airport are limited. There are 114 parking spaces for cars and six for coaches. The parking lot is located near the terminal building. Car hire services are not available at the airport. A bank, currency exchange booths and post and telegraph services are available in the terminal building. The airport has free baggage trolleys for travellers navigating their way through the airport. Wheelchairs are available from the airline counters. There are no hotels at the airport. Hotel reservation desks are available in the airport's arrivals area.
  • Rail: The nearest railway station is in Vasco da Gama, and can be reached by local bus, taxi or auto-rickshwa. Train services are available to a number of destinations, both local, and with connections nationwide.
  • Bus: Local buses, which are often very crowded and not very frequent, go to Chicalim and Vasco da Gama nearby.
  • Taxi: Pre-paid taxis are available at the airport. The pre-paid taxi service counter is located outside the terminal building.
  • Auto-rickshaws: A typical Indian mode of transport which are considered the best options for short trips. These three-wheeled vehicles, run by the meter, charge per kilometer.
  • Shuttle: Locally operated minibuses provide links with the Panaji area. There are information desks both in the domestic terminal and the international terminal.
  • Motorcycle Taxis: Motorcycle taxis are the normal way to get around in Goa. Licensed operators ride black bikes with a yellow front mudguard.
  • Renting a Motorcycle or Moped: Many people rent motorcycles and mopeds in Goa. Rental rates vary depending on the season. Often a large deposit is required, or you will be asked to leave your passport. If you plan to rent a motorcycle during the Christmas-New Year week and you arrive a few weeks before, ask for a monthly rate and pay for it in advance. If you don’t, there is a good change the owner will not want to rent it to you at the same rate, but will double or triple the normal rate.You should carry all the paperwork with you, such as your license, registration, and insurance papers. Officially, most people need an international driver’s license to ride any bike more powerful than a 25cc moped. UK residents do not require an international license, but USA residents need one. Rental companies do not usually enforce this rule. You may be stopped by the police and asked to show your license, and if you do not possess one, you will be fined. Insurance is required, so ask to see proof that a rental vehicle is insured. If you get into an accident, you will be expected to pay for the repairs of the rented bike.

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  • Indian Currency: Indian currency is the Rupee (INR; symbol Rs), divided in to 100 paise. Notes are in denominations of Rs1,000, 500, 100, 50, 20 and 10. Coins are in denominations of Rs5, 2 and 1, and 50, 25, 20, 10 and 5 paise. The import and export of local currency is prohibited. Currency can be changed at banks, airports or authorised money changers. It is illegal to exchange money through unauthorised money changers. US Dollars and Pounds Sterling are the easiest currencies to exchange.
  • Traveller's Cheques: Traveller's Cheques are widely accepted and may be changed at banks and larger hotels. The most widely accepted currencies include US Dollars and Pounds Sterling.Charges for changing travllers cheques vary from place to place and bank to bank. Foreign currency can be exchanged at most of the Banks and few leading hotels, shops ad travel agents who have been authorised as restricted money changers.
  • ATM/Credit Cards: Major credit/debit/ATMs including American Express, Diners Club, MasterCard and Visa Cards are widely accepted in hotels, restaurants and shops. There are lot of ATM centers available all over Goa for the convenience of the people. These take international cards using the Cirrus, Maestro, Master Card and Visa networks.
  • Tipping: Give a 10% tip at restaurants/shakes if a service charge is not included. Tip porters and bag boys Rs.20 to Rs. 50. Don’t tip taxis but you must pay expressway tolls.

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Travel Insurance: A travel insurance policy to cover theft, loss and medical problems is definitely a wise idea.You should not ignore the travel insurance wherever you travel. In covering medical expenses and emergency flights, it is also insures your money and belongings against loss or theft.Travel Insurance act as an additional security in the case of cancellations or interruption in travel plans, lost goods or damaged goods, travel delays, illness or even accidents.
Travelling In other parts of India: Indians and other domestic airlines operate regular flights to cities, towns throughout the country from Goa. India’s rail service and bus services are medium standards.
Car Driving: An international license is required for drivers. Driving is on the left side of the road. Both self and chauffeur-driven cars are available on rent for a local tour of Goa.
Local Time:Indian time is GMT/UTC +5.5 hours.
Electricity: Electricity current is usually 220 volts A/C. Various plugs and sockets are used.
Business Hours: Government offices are open Monday to Friday from 9.30 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. except on public holidays. Business offices generally operate between 9.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m. with some opening Saturday. Banking Hours: Mon-Fri 1000-1400, Sat 1000-1200.
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GOA: How to get there

Goa is a travelers' paradise, squeezed between the seas and the lush forested hills. Goa's glistening sands, swaying coconut palms and ultra fresh seafood are sure to make your Goa travel a whopping success. Goa is the best place for nature lovers, beach lovers, travelers and honeymooners. Though Goa is a small state, Goa deserves the attention of tourists from all over the world.But it is really important to know how to get around in Goa. Being a top tourist destination in the world map today, tourists can travel to Goa by air, rail, road and also by sea route. The only airport in Goa is the Dabolim Airport. Goa also has flight schedules with almost all the major airline operators.Many chartered flights connect Goa with United Kingdom and other European countries. Goa also offers international flights for some destinations in Gulf countries. India's all important and major metro cities are connected to Goa through railways. The 760 km long Konkan railway project between Mumbai and Mangalore has facilitated trips to Goa. There are bus services operating between Goa and most towns and cities in the neighboring areas such as Mumbai, Pune, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Mangalore etc. These modes of conveyance can be availed at fairly regular intervals throughout the day. For details click on the respective links:
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