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One would wonder what would words like this be doing in an English daily.. These Sanskrit words, which mean “Guest is God” are an initiative of the Government of India to promote and enhance tourism and educate our citizens of the importance of a guest and tap the full potential of tourism to our country. Goa proudly being a leading recipent of international & domestic tourists, needs to be a forerunner of this initiative.

It’s possible to find cuisines from all over the world in Goa – Mediterranean Italian, Greek, Continental, Pan-Asian, all-American diner. But most visitors come to sample the unique local cuisine, an exotic blend of Indian spices, Western influence and local traditions, alongside the less well-known but just as mouth-watering Saraswat cuisine. It’s a wonderful gastronomical experience for all!

The average Goan is laid-back and easy-going, starts working at dawn but doesn’t forgo a siesta, and enjoys a spread of home-cooked delicacies with the family. Many are involved in the tourism and fishing industries, and the state holds the highest GDP per capita in the country.
A great meal includes fish, coconut curry and red rice with a shot of the fiery local brew – feni. A Goan’s warm hospitality is well-known and we’re more than happy to prove it. 

You could stumble upon a heady mix of eclectic electronic music, bodies moving in time like half-imagined shadows in the dark, glowing in the light of fluorescent paint décor on the trees of a deserted valley or beach and think it is a dream. But it isn’t. It’s a Goa Trance party, and you are part of a globally recognized party scene that was born on the very soil you stand on.

Often considered the ‘French Riviera of India’, Goa’s location on the country’s west coast with more than 100 kilometers of white sandy beaches makes it a major draw for tourists. Being equidistant from the cities of Mumbai (Bombay), Bangalore and Kochi (Cochin) makes it even more accessible and alluring for international tourists.

Between November and February, Goa witnesses ideal climatic conditions for events and is usually most visited during this time. Sometime in February, the Goa Carnival is celebrated, heralding the Christian holy season of Lent with a slightly more subdued atmosphere.
More recently, the monsoon period between June and October has begun gaining popularity with tourists too, as thousands arrive to enjoy verdant landscape, thundering sea and magical rains. 

Goa’s history dates 20,000 to 30,000 years, as evidence of ancient rock carvings and tools suggests. After centuries of rule by different regimes (from the Mauryas in the 3rdcentury to the Adil Shahis of Bijapur in the 14th century), it was invaded by a powerful fleet of Portuguese colonizers to secure cargoes of valuable spices, mostly pepper, from the Arab Muslim rulers. The attack in 1510 with the support of local ally Timayya, marked the beginning of 450 years of Portuguese rule in Goa.

Goa’s popularity lies in its beaches, with hundreds of thousands of domestic and international visitors descending on those strips of white sand flanked by the blue Arabian. But there’s more to Goa than that.

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