According to legend, the first European to step onThe land of Goa - the Portuguese Afonso Albuquerque - wanted to exclaim "Wow!", But he choked on the port - he was so amazed at his open appearance. The colonialists immediately made Old Goa the capital of Portuguese India, recognizing that the buildings they found outweighed all the temples of the previously subordinate East.
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The youngest and smallest Indian state is Goa, but it is probably the most popular among tourists, especially those who like "lazy rest". Where to find it, how to get there and what is worth seeing?
Goa follows on the south-west coast of India, this state is washed by the ever-warm Arabian Sea. Goa is not an island, but a state in India.
Goa differs significantly from the rest of India. First, it is much cleaner here, the sanitation conditions are close to optimal. In the restaurant you will be offered two or three menus - in English, Hindi and Russian. This is explained by the fact that Goa liked Russian tourists for a long time, so much so that many here stay for a long time, if not forever. Therefore, Russian speech here is a familiar phenomenon. The cuisine in Goa is also more adapted for European stomachs. Spices, of course, a lot, but it gives piquancy and does not cause a sense of fire in the mouth.
The territory of Goa is conditionally divided into 3 districts -Northern, Central and Southern. The tourist business began to spread from the North. Northern beaches, such as Arambol, Chapora, Vagator, Anjuna and others, have the most developed infrastructure. This is a real paradise for those who like to lie on the beach. Beaches are wide, clean, there are even deserted secluded areas. The northern regions are a favorite holiday destination for young people. Famous "trance" discos are concentrated here.
In the South, Goa is calmer. There are few hotels, markets, peace and quiet in the absence of noisy discos and bars. It is better to go here family with children.
If you want to get maximum impressions, youIt is necessary to go to the State Center and enjoy the excursion program. Despite the fact that the staff is quite small, there is something to see. And, it is not necessary to book a guided tour, if you want to travel on your own, you can easily get to the right places by public transport or rent a scooter or a motorcycle. Here, this method of travel is very popular with tourists.
The Goa Center is ready to show you howGrow the most real spices on a special plantation. Also nearby are several reserves, one of which, almost in the jungle, conceals the beautiful waterfall Dudhsagar. You can get to it on special off-road cars or on elephants.
On the coast of Goa are scattered many different forts, in a different state of destruction. This is a legacy from the Portuguese ancestors. Admire the ruins advise in the rays of the setting sun.
The capital of Goa is Panaji. All the sights of this largest city of the state are concentrated near each other, therefore to travel in the center of the capital is a pleasure. Excursions to you can offer a huge variety. You choose - travel alone or under the supervision of a guide.
Goa is an unforgettable vacation yet and thanks toLocal contingent. The people here are friendly and friendly. With joy she goes to the contact, always sincerely tries to help and prompt. But do not yawn! For all its goodwill, the real Hindu will not miss the opportunity to cash in on the tourist. In the markets, it's a must-have trade! So you can significantly save by buying a thing several times cheaper than its initial cost.