Goa, India Travel Guide - What To See & Do
by Ashley Gupta
Our illustrated travel guide will take you to Goa, India a former Portuguese colony with a rich history. Goa is a hub of tourism in India.
With a population of 1.4 million, Goa has a unique mix of native and Portuguese cultures and architecture that attracts an estimated 2.5 million visitors each year (including about 400,000 foreign tourists).
Panaji, Goa's state capital (also known as Panjim, Ponnje or Pangim) is one of the most charming cities in India. From the 1960s, Goa has been attracting a steady flow of visitors - first the hippies and returning expat Goans, then the charter tourists (starting with the Germans in 1987), pilgrims visiting Catholic and Hindu shrines, those opting to settle in Goa as their home, people going for medical treatment, and a growing number of visitors that attend seminars and conferences in Goa.
Goa is visibly different from the rest of India, owing to Portuguese rule which isolated it from the rest of India for 451 years.
Finding Internet access when out and about can be problematic so carry your mobile guidebook in the palm of your hand. We include a fully linked Table of Contents and internally to access context-specific information quickly and easily when offline. Many web links are included as well for additional information.
Welcome To Goa
Goa's links with Portugal
Old Portuguese forts
Wild life sanctuaries
Language & Dialect
Art & culture
Bars, Clubs & Drinking
Consulates and High Commissions
Safety & Security
Local & Day Trips
- KWL, July 2012
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