The resort of Goa is located in southern India on the coast of the Arabian Sea. It is 105 km of sandy beaches that attract tourists from all over the world. The territory of the current state began to be populated from the 3rd century BC. From the 14th to the 16th century it was under the rule of the Arabs. When the Portuguese needed a port in India, they retook Goa. It has since become a Portuguese colony. From here, spices and jewelry were exported to the countries of Europe, due to which this region of India developed and flourished. In 1961, Indian troops liberated Goa, and in 1987 Goa became the 25th state of India. Recently, this is one of the most famous places for a beach holiday.
According to areacodesexplorer, State Goa is divided into North and South parts. The southern part is the most developed in terms of tourism. Here are the best beaches and resort hotels. The main ones are Colva, Majorda and Benaulim. They are suitable for those who want to relax by the sea, lie down on the warm sand and sunbathe.
Fans of “wild rest” will appreciate Palolem beach. Here you can enjoy the untouched nature of civilization. It is also called “Paradise Beach” for its white sand and clear sea water.
The northern part of Goa is more suitable for youth recreation and round-the-clock fun. In the 60s and 70s, it became a favorite place for hippies and rock musicians. It was they who asked on the beaches of the North coast of Goa such a pace of life. Vacationers settle mainly in neighboring villages with local residents. The most popular beaches are Calangute and Baga, where you will find many shops, bars and discos. Parties and discos are constantly held on the local coast, and there are even healing springs in the vicinity of Bagh.
The coastal zone of Goa is a great place for diving. Countless dive clubs will offer you equipment and help you with your dive. The main season is from October to April. Usually tourists are attracted by the rather colorful underwater world of Goa, where you can meet sea turtles, sharks, rays and barracudas.
But do not forget that Goa is a fairly ancient area. A lot of historical sights have been preserved here. In the past, the capital of Goa was the city of Old Goa. Here the influence of Portuguese culture is most noticeable. The most striking example is the Basilica of Bom Jesus. It was built in the 16th century in the Baroque style. Inside there are many paintings and frescoes, but it is known for the fact that the relics of St. Francis Javier, who is considered the patron saint of Goa, are stored here. The Arch of the Viceroys is interesting, which was built in 1597 in honor of the traveler Vasco de Gama. It is also worth seeing the Church of Santa Monica, the Church of St. Augustine, the Cathedral of Francis of Assisi, inside which is located the Archaeological Museum and the Cathedral. Now the administrative center of Goa is the city of Panaji. Among its attractions are the Church of the Immaculate Conception, which was built in 1541, and the Temple of Mahalaksmi, which became the first Hindu temple built by the Portuguese.
The international airport is located in Dabolim near Vasco. It is about 29 km from the state capital of Panaji.
Jaipur, Rajasthan (India)
Jaipur is the capital of the state of Rajasthan. The city is named after the founder Jai Singh II. Another name of this city – “pink city” – owes its origin to the color of most of its buildings.
Hawa Mahal. The name of this palace, built in 1799, translates as the Palace of the Winds. Its facade overlooks the main street of Jaipur. The design of the windows is made in such a way that allows women to observe the daily life of the city, while remaining unnoticed themselves. From the top floor of the palace you can see the entire city. In addition to Hawa Mahal, the city palace complex also includes Mubarak Mahal (Guest Palace), built at the end of the 19th century.
Jantar Mantar. This is an obesvatorium built by the founders of the city, Jai Singh, who was very fond of astronomy and astrology. He built five observatories. Jantar Mantar is the largest and well-preserved.
Fortress-palace of Amber. It is located 11 km north of Jaipur. Behind the austere façade are magnificent interiors, in which the Mughal and Hindu styles are perfectly combined.
City Palace. This building makes up one seventh of the area of the old city and is a combination of architectural styles such as Mughal and Rajasthani. In addition to the City Palace, the complex of the ancient city includes Chandra Mahal, the Sri Govind Dev Temple and the City Palace Museum.