A place with picturesque landscapes
Bestowed upon by innumerable gifts of picturesque landscape, sun drenched beaches, historic monuments, pleasant climate, culinary expertise and above all hospitable people creates Goa as the perfect destination to relax and chill. Create your own kind of holiday at the idyllic seaside stretches. Once the capital of erstwhile of Portuguese colonial rule, Old Goa today is a serene locale dotted with majestic churches and imposing cathedrals. Enjoy a romantic evening under the starlit sky with luscious lobsters, jumbo prawns and other local seafood delicacies while a local musician captures the mood with every note he plucks on the strings of his guitar.
Here we have selected a few of the sights and experiences that you really should see on a visit to Goa.
Fort Aguada and its lighthouse is a well-preserved 17th century Portuguese fort in Goa, on Sinquerim Beach overlooking the Arabian Sea. The word “Aguada” means “watering place” in Portuguese. It was once the grandstand of 79 cannons. It has the capacity of storing 2,376,000 gallons of water, one of the biggest freshwater storages of the time. The upper fort comprises of Moat, an underground water storage chamber, light house, gun point room and bastions.
Fontainhas is beautiful for its architectural design and its natural surroundings. It is bordered by the creek of Ourem and the Altinho Hill. Fontainhas, the city's oldest district, still maintains its Portuguese influence such as the narrow and pretty winding streets as found in many European cities, old villas and buildings with projecting balconies painted in the traditional tones of pale yellow, green, or blue, and roofs made of red coloured tiles.
Basilica of Bom Jesus
The Basilica of Bom Jesus is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and houses the remains of St. Francis Xavier. The Church is located in Old Goa, which was the capital of Goa in the early days of the Portuguese rule. Built in 1605, the facade of the church, though un-plastered, is a magnificent example of baroque architecture. The Basilica also contains a modern art gallery with paintings depicting various Biblical scene.