Tuesday, January 6, 2009
“Goa” – A place in India you cannot NOT visit
Like every year, this year too, I celebrated Christmas and New Year in Goa and I must proclaim it loud and clear that there is no better place than Goa, where you can usher in the New Year and you can actually experience Christmas.
Goa is famous for its beaches, its greenery, its landscapes, its lakes, its food (fish curry, rice and pork sausages), the Portuguese styled houses, its beautiful churches, the cashews nuts and the Kaju Feni (liquor made from cashews), the port wine, the kokum juice. And I make sure, I do it all when I visit Goa every year for that very short vacation period of 10 days.
The Goan’s in Goa love eating bread and if you are in Goa, you just cannot miss out on relishing the bread. A variety of bread is baked in Goa, like the poaye (big round sweet breads), butter bread, brown breads, to name a few. The Goans are hence nicknamed the “Pavwala’s” (the bread man) because of their liking for bread. And yes, I too am a pavwala ;-).
The locals in Goa speak Konkani which is the local language and which is my mother tongue too. But Goa is a place, where language is not a barrier, people speak English, Hindi and Marathi, so you can never feel or be out of place when it comes to communication.
This time though, the tourists visiting Goa was down by 50% because of the terror threat and the security was too tight with checks at all tourist landmarks. Yeah, it is a kind of an intrusion to privacy but one needs to comply with the additional security checks that the authorities think necessary for the security of its citizens, in this time when the country and the world is being terrorised.
In short Goa is all about fun, entertainment, food and drinks.
So all you folks out there, if you are planning a vacation in India, then I suggest you must visit Goa (atleast for a week) and believe me the best time to be there is during the Christmas week.
Let me take this opportunity to wish you and your family a very Happy and Prosperous New Year 2009. May all your dreams come true.
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Before I sign out, as I always say take very good care of yourself and God Bless!