Goa the 'party capital' of India. Goa's pristine white sand beaches and swaying palms of Goa attract more than 2 million tourists every year. This region enjoys over 125 kms of coastline which is roughly divided into North Goa and South Goa.
In the North, popular beaches include Baga, Calangute, Vagator, Dona Paula, Anjuna, Miramer and Vainguinim beach. In the South, you can explore Colva, Varca, Majorda, Bagmola, Cavelossim and Agonda beach.
Over time, this region was ruled by the Mauryas, Shatavahanas, Bhojas, Kadambas, the Bahmani Sultanate and several other dynasties. In 1510, Afonso de Albuquerque, a Portuguese admiral battled against Ismail Adil Shah and took possession over Goa. It remained under Portuguese rule even after India's independence from the British regime but was finally liberated on the 19th of December 1961.
Goan cuisine is highly influenced by Portuguese cuisine and is mostly based on seafood and rice. You can choose between Kingfish, shark, pomfret, mackerel, tuna, lobster, mussels, squid, tiger prawns, crabs and other delicacies. Some of the local fish dishes include fish Suke, Udid Methi, Kalputi and Kismur.
You can even try the Goan samosa called the chamuças; sorpotel or vindaloo made from pork; or croquettes which is made from beef. Most sweets are made from rice flour, coconut milk, palm jaggery and eggs. You can try the Bibinka, Dodol and Dosh to satisfy your sweet tooth.
If you are thinking of buying souvenirs to remember your vacation in India, then look no further. The two best known places to shop in Goa are the weekly flea markets at Mapusa and Anjuna which happen on Wednesday and Friday.
There are also several other locations such as Baga Beach Market and Calangute Market Square where you can shop for terracotta, brassware, crochet, bamboo work, papier- mâché, carved furniture, old coins, salted and masala cashew nuts, curios etc.
Nightlife and cafes
In Goa the sunset marks the beginning of a lively and vibrant nightlife. At hotspots such as Calangute, Arpora and Candolim you can sit by the beach shacks and enjoy live entertainment or party at the trendiest clubs. From nightclubs such as Tito's and Club Cubana to discos housed in 5 star hotels, you'll find it all in Goa on your India tour.
**Nearby cities best included in the tour