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Come And Party To Your Heart’s Content – Best Things To Do In Goa!

I am Debanjan Basu, and  I run a business. The hectic  schedules of my work, makes it necessary for me to relax at regular intervals and let loose. This is the reason I travel and over time it has developed into a passion. Recently I visited Goa and well, I had one of the best days of my life. I hope to share a few things, along this blog post.

The western, coastal region of Goa, has a rather lucky disposition. The sandy beaches, the resorts, the  carnival like atmosphere, etc. has made this place a special city in the world map. The things to do in Goa list is enormous, but I would like to mention a few important ones.

Experience The Waters, With A Journey On A Cruise – Things To Do In Goa

backwaters in Goa

Backwaters in Goa | Image Resource : goakayaking.blogspot.com

The backwaters in Goa are admired with both excitement and enthusiasm. Not only for its scenic beauty, but also for the existing animal life  in these waters. A trip across the backwaters are offered, and one could spot the crocodiles and migrating birds, along the journey. The trip costs close to five grands, but it is totally worth the expense.

offbeat portrait by Sunny ParianiOffbeat Portrait by Sunny Pariani

A few other important things to do in Goa includes binging on the local cuisine and getting yourself an offbeat portrait by Sunny Pariani at Calangute in Goa. The thought of a candid picture, adorning the walls is a beautiful thought, and now it could turn into a reality. However the cost hovers around Rs 12,000.

Dance Workshops at GoaDance Workshops at Goa | Image Resource : thelifesports.in

The dance workshops in this resort city are something to look out for. Workshops in Zumba, Merengue, Jazz, Hipp Hop and a few other dance forms are conducted  at regular intervals by famous artists.

Indulge In Adventure Sports Such As Parasailing – Best Things To Do In Goa

parasailing in goa

Adventure Sports parasailing in goa | Image Resource : chalopicnic.com

Now that you’ve successfully filled your things to do in Goa list, it is time to get the backpack ready and set the wheels rolling. Do not forget to carry a pair of shades, binoculars  and a  camera. Have fun!

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The King Of Water Sports In The Land Of Beaches: Parasailing In Goa!

Hey folks, this is Debanjan Basu. I am a businessman by occupation and have a lovely family. Any trip planned with my family is always special and to see the happy smiles of kids and wife would make any man feel blessed and satisfied. I am no different and the Goa trip was one such where we not only got to spend some quality time together, but also managed to experience an adventure beyond comprehension.

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Scenic View of Parasailing in Goa | Image Resource : india.gobananas.com

Goa is a vacation paradise, with numerous beaches and resorts serving fancy food and liquors. But one thing that stands apart is the number of activities that people can engage in throughout their stay.

Parasailing In Goa Is Performed Under Expert Supervision

There were various activities that we engaged ourselves in. A few of them were: Nature trails, Heritage hunt, Shopping, Trying out Goan Delicacies, and numerous water sports.

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Breakthrough View of Parasailer At Goa Beach | Image Resource : apnacoupon.com

The most enriching experience was Parasailing in Goa. It is an activity where a person sails on a specially designed canopy wing, while a speed boat tows this setup. It is very similar to Parasailing, only that in this activity, the person glides over the sea and the view makes for a surreal experience.

In Recent Times, Parasailing In Goa Is Most Sought After Water Sport Adventure

The adventure was enthralling as well as safe, much safer than other water sports where one needs to undertake training and lots of precautionary measures. It costs anywhere around 1000-2000 Indian Rupees and the flight duration is close to fifteen minutes. On a personal note, I assure you that it would seem much longer than that, when you’re in the sky, gliding like a bird.

Calangute is one of the most popular spots for Parasailing in Goa. The best seasons for undertaking this adventure are in the months of October and April. Should the weather conditions permit, this experience could live up to the standards of any adrenaline junkie.

Overall, the experience was fascinating and the fact that my family returned back with a handful of memories to cherish was the icing on the cake! Hopefully I will return back to Goa, in the future and create some more unforgetable moments!

Basilica of Bom Jesus: The Roman Catholic Late – Renaissance Structure

The ShriMangesh temple is a marvellous piece of architecture and the calm and spiritual environment of the place is really reviving. We had a very soulful and divine experience at this ancient temple of lord Shiva. The next destination that we visited while in Goa is also a place of sanctity. The Basilica of Bom Jesus is one of the most famous basilicas located in Goa. It is known for its unique architecture that dates back to the year 1950.

Entrance to the Church

Entrance to the Church | Image Resource : wikimedia.org

The Basilica of Bom Jesus is the most distinctive monument in the sense that it has a very unique architectural style and stores the mortal remains of St. Francis Xavier. The basilica is one of the most revered holy places among the Roman Catholic community around the entire world. The body of this holy saint is preserved in a glass coffin that is stored in the mausoleum of this church.

The mortal remains of St. Francis Xavier

The mortal remains of St. Francis Xavier | Image Resource : wikimedia.org

The construction of sacred place is believed to have started in the year 1594 and it was completed after toil of 11 long years in the year 1605. This elaborate monument holding the architectural elegance of the late – renaissance period is cherished by Goa as one of the most visited tourist attractions. The frontal portico of this monument holds a blend of elements from the Corinthian, Doric and Ionic designs.

Basilica of Bom Jesus

Basilica of Bom Jesus | Image Resource : the-south-asian.com

What makes the church peculiar is that it is the only church in the entire state which is not coated with plaster on the exteriors.An enthusiastic Portuguese preservationiststripped off the plaster from its outer walls in the year 1950 so as to expose the laterite stone out of which the structure is actually made up of to the environment so as to make the church more resistant to climate.

The church is over whelmed with visitors on the 3rd or December every year when the Feast of St.  Francis Xavier is organized here. The gallery of modern art housed in the church is also one of its kinds. The collectibles of contemporary art kept on display in the gallery are really exquisite and awe – inspiring.   We took a tour of the entire structure and then headed back to our hotel to get fresh to visit the next destination on our itinerary list.

A Visit to the Holy Shri Mangesh Temple of Lord Shiva in Goa

We had an awesome time at the Dudhsagar waterfall. The sound of the gushing water still echoes in my ears and I feel so thrilled remembering he cheerful and lively time that we spent there. Hereafter we planned to visit a famous religious site of Goa i.e. the Shri Mangesh temple. It is a renowned holy destination for followers of lord Shiva, the destroyer. Tourists from all parts of the country visit this famous hotspot to pay tribute to the presiding deity.

The temple is located at the apex of a small hill and the lush emerald surroundings that envelope this pristine place of worship add to its charm and popularity among onlookers and tourists. The distinctive white towers constructed at the entrance of the Mangesh temple give it a very majestic feel. The temple is one of the richest and most visited temples in Goa.

The distinctive white towers constructed at the entrance of the Mangesh temple

The distinctive white towers constructed at the entrance of the Mangesh Temple | Image Resource : wikimedia.org

Located at a distance of 22 kilometres from the capital city Panaji and 26 kilometres from Margao the temple is easily commutable via public transport. The temple architecture is exquisite and is a treat to art and history lovers. There is a prominent sculpture of a bull i.e. Nandi which is supposed to be the Vahana or carrier of Lord Shiva according to Hindu mythology.

There is a sprawling courtyard in the premises which is surrounded by a number of buildings which comprise of the main temples and rooms for accommodating pilgrims as well as for organizing weddings.

Shri Mangesh Temple

Shri Mangesh Temple Goa | Image Resource : wikimedia.org

The magnificent tank that lies in the temple premises is the most significant and oldest part of this monument. The chandeliers dating back to the 19th century still adorn the temple interiors. Moreover the walls are engraved with figures of lord Shiva in various poses and forms. The SabhaGriha is the meditation hall where devotees of Shiva assemble twice a day to attain solace and blessings of the presiding deity.

The temple depicts the traditional Goan Hindu style of architecture. The view from the top of the hill where this glorious temple is located is enchanting. The view of the sprawling farmlands and gentle breeze that pampers devotees and visitors allure more of tourists to his prominent site.

Shantadurga Temple – The Shrine of the Goddess of Amity

Goa is full of places of historic and cultural importance strewn all across the region. We had a lot to explore in the city. The ambience of the Goan culture and lifestyle itself is very alluring and peaceful. Hence we headed towards a very popular place of sanctity in Goa i.e. the Shanta Durga temple located at Kavlem in the Ponda Taluka. The shrine of the goddess of peace is a very famous and holy place of pilgrimage as well as tourism in Goa. The architecture of the temple is awe – inspiring and the environment is very soulful.

Entrance to the Shanta Durga Temple

Entrance to the Shanta Durga Temple | Image Resource : indiamike.com

You can spot the dome of this holy site even from the distant highway that connects Panaji to Margao via Ponda. Apart of the great architecture even the lush green surroundings and majestic hills that fall on the way to the temple serve as a delight to nature lovers. The verdant paddy fields and tall coconut trees adorn the way making it equally beguiling. We all felt so peaceful and relaxed and were quite eager to reach the temple.

Shantadurga Temple

Shantadurga Temple | Image Resource : wikipedia.org

You need to climb a fleet of stairs to reach the main entrance of the temple. There was pin – drop silence in the temple premises nothing but the sound of the rustling of leaves and winds echoed against the walls. It was a truly mesmerising feeling. The Deepastambha is a typical feature of Goan temple architecture which can also be seen in the Shanta Durga temple. The Deepastambha is a lamp tower that has tiny sparkling lamps lit up to welcome visitors and is placed right in front of the presiding deity.

Deepastambha of the Temple

Deepastambha of the Temple | Image Resource : wikipedia.org

The goddess of peace is draped in a nine yard green and purple sari. The dome of this temple is topped with a Gumti that holds a golden Kalash and is the most prominent feature of the place of worship. The entire setting of the temple offers a very historic and mythological feel to visitors. The smell of incense sticks and flowers that are offered to goddess Shanta Durga seem like purifying the entire vicinity. You must visit this ancient temple to have a wonderful and calming experience.

Photo Of The Week : Shikara Ride Jammu Kashmir

Shikara Ride Jammu Kashmir

Shikara Ride Jammu Kashmir | Image Resource : sekslike.com

Shikara Ride Jammu Kashmir : This is one of the most soothing and relaxing rides you’ll ever have. Long boats that take you across various mountains and valleys are generally two hours long. Time flies when you are witnessing the beauty that nature provides! A lot of wildlife can also be viewed while on this boat ride.

Photo Of The Week : Amarnath Temple Jammu and Kashmir

Amarnath Temple Jammu and Kashmir

Amarnath Temple Jammu and Kashmir | Image Resource : flickr.com

Amarnath Temple Jammu and Kashmir : Being a Hindu and not visiting the Amarnath shrine when in Kashmir is considered a mortal sin! So we left for the temple. The legends surrounding one of the holiest shrines in Hinduism is very interesting. The cave is covered by snow for most of the periods except for a short time in summer. Visiting the shrine was awe inspiring.

Photo Of The Week : Ocean Park Gandipet Hyderabad

Ocean Park Gandipet Hyderabad

Ocean Park Gandipet Hyderabad | Image Resource : hyderabadtourism.travel

Ocean Park Gandipet Hyderabad – It’s a great theme park where the young and old can enjoy to their heart’s full as there are a wide variety of water games. Just make sure that you have your swimming costume with you as it is a must…you can also buy it from there and don’t carry any eatables inside the park as they do not allow it.

Golconda Fort: The Fort on the Hill

After the amazing trip to the Chowmahalla Palace of Hyderabad it was time to visit another extraordinary destination of the city known as the Golconda Fort. Golconda Fort was built in the 13th century by the kaktiya kings of the region. The present structure was renovated by later Qutub Shahi Kings into a massive fort. The fort is situated about 11 kilometres from the city of Hyderabad and is one of the most magnificent fort structures in whole of India.

We went to visit the Fort which is located on a hill about 400 metres above the surrounding plain. The outer wall of Golconda fort is quite long stretching 10 kilometres and has structures like 87 semi circular bastions a few of which had cannons.

Golconda Fort Hyderabad

Golconda Fort Hyderabad | Image Resource : columbia.edu

There are 80 gateways to this massive fort and Royal apartments are inside the Fort. We entered the fort through the Fateh Darwaza or the Gate of Victory. The door of the Golconda Fort is said to be 13 feet wide and 25 feet high and equipped with steel spikes that protected the fort from the Elephant during the wars.

The fort looked amazing and one from those movies made on the life of kings and ancient wars. We had a great photography session in the complex of the fort and some of the pictures captured by us of the Fort complex and its features were simply amazing inspiring. The gateway that impressed us all was the Balahisar gateway.

Golconda Fort Rani Mahal

Golconda Fort Rani Mahal | Image Resource : en.wikipedia.org

The fort comprises of a gateway, palace, and a magnificent parade ground, a mosque, armoury and some other buildings. There are more than 380 unequal steps which connects Balahisar Darwaza to the Golconda Fort.

The palace is amust visit place for all the tourists who visit Hyderabad. This is one of the few palaces which reminds about the ancient history of the state before the rule of the erstwhile Nizams. We had an amazing time at the Golconda Fort and were in an awe with the rich history and heritage of the city of Hyderabad.

The next place that we decided to visit was the Treasure Island at Gandipet.

Chowmahalla Palace: The Architectural Marvel Built By Nizams

After visiting the historic Salar Jang museum, the next place in our itinerary was the Chowmahalla Palace. Chow in local language means four and hence Chowmaholla Palace translates as the four palaces. The Palace belonged to the Nizams of Hyderabad and it was used to hold ceremonial functions like the accessions, receptions of the British generals during their reign. Some historians are of the view that palace is an exact replica of the Palace of Shahs of Iran.

Chowmahalla Palace Hyderabad

Chowmahalla Palace Hyderabad | Image Resource : picturingworld.wordpress.com

The palace is said to be initiated by Salabat Jang in 1750 and was completed during the reign of Afzal Asaf in 1869. The architecture of this palace is magnificent and resembles a blend of the Indian Persian, Rajasthani and European styles. When we entered the Palace we were spell bound to see both the Northern as well as Southern courtyard of the palace decorated we lavish fountains. The Southern side of the palace has four places inside and are known by the name of Aftab Manzil, Afzal Manzil, Tahniyat Mahal and Mahtab Mahal.

The Northern side of the palace has a Bara imam which consists of an array of rooms stretching across a large corridor which once used to be the administrative wing of the Nizams. The heart of the palace is known as khilawat Mubarak, which used to be the seat of th rulers during the reign of the erstwhile Nizams. The Darbar hall of the Palace was equally fascinating with huge pillars and a big marble platform where the Royal Seat known as the takth – E – Nishan is placed. The most intriguing part of the palace is its vast collection of books and manuscripts kept in the council hall.

Chowmahalla Palace Interiors

Chowmahalla Palace Interiors | Image Resource : rmaarchitects.com

The trip to Chowmahalla Palace was a fascinating one and provided a lot of beautiful pictures. It is one of the must see attractions of the city and a reminder of the monarchical past of the Princely state of Hyderabad which became part of India after too much struggle by our freedom fighters. The Palace is opened from 10 Am to 5 PM every day.

The next place which we visited was Golconda Fort.

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