Holidays in winter: why not go to Goa?
New Year’s holidays are coming and you don’t know how to make the celebration truly unforgettable? Want something unusual? Why not have fun in Goa? The hot tropical climate, the best beaches of India, the world famous culture of parties and fun – make this place the best winter tourist destination.
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Why is it worth spending the winter holidays here?
The smallest state of India is very popular with tourists. There are many lovely, touching holiday traditions. Christianity left its mark on the local culture, because once Goa was a Portuguese colony. The extraordinary churches of the 17th century attract attention, and the cathedrals in Old Goa are the largest in Asia. More than a third of the local population are Catholics. Each small village is proud of its own parish church.
Come for impressions from mid-December. Street singing, concerts, scenery, rural nativity scenes show Goa on the other, unusual side. Buildings are decorated with multi-colored five-pointed stars.
Local establishments prepare special holiday dishes: traditional fried turkey and sweet Portuguese bebinca puff pastries, made from eggs, flour and coconut milk. Goa special Christmas sweets, dodol, similar to ordinary caramel, are also prepared. Beachfront establishments offer mainly seafood dishes, but during the Christmas and New Year holidays you can find traditional Slavic dishes on the menu.
During Christmas in Goa, be sure to visit the magic churches. They are decorated in honor of the holiday, and tourists are struck by the majestic Mass. Fans of architectural delights will be interested in:
• Basilica of Bom Jesus, Old Goa;
• Church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception, Panaji;
• Church of St. Alexander, Calangute;
• Church of St. Anthony, Siolit;
Goa even spawned a whole musical genre that was used to arrange hedonistic trance parties until morning. Alas, there are no such legendary raves here for a long time: the notorious beach parties have long been limited, because since 2000 it is forbidden to make noise after 10 in the evening. With rare exceptions: but these places know only “their”.
New Year’s dance parties usually begin on Ajuna beach and other beaches of North Goa, where most of the events take place. In addition to New Year’s parties, such interesting festivals fall in the winter months:
• Sunburn Festival (www.sunburn.in) A large three-day dance festival has been held in Wagator since December 27th. Ticket price 10 thousand rupees.
• Curlies (www.curliesgoa.com) is the most popular festival. Occurs on the coast of Ajuna. The entrance is free.
• Leopard Valley (www.leopardvalley.com) Between Agonda and Palolem, this is a charming place where you can always dance until the morning.
• LPK Waterfront (www.lpkwaterfronts.com) a wonderful klup overlooking the Nerul River across from the popular Candolim Beach.
• Club Cubana (www.clubcubanagoa.com) Surrender to the top of a hill in Arpora, an open-air nightclub.
• Club M (www.marbelabeach.com) – the most popular club where the most beautiful people of Goa gather. Located on Morjim Beach.
If you want something more restrained and elegant, head to the local Nine Bar (see on the map). In Vagator, tourists can visit the psychedelic bar Hilltop (see on the map) for real party-goers. Not far from Baga beach is another institution – Lane Tito (see on the map).
Do not think that the main reason to visit Goa in winter is the holidays, which fall at the end of December – early January. At this time of the year, it is ideal to simply lie on the beach, sit back, swim in the sea – there is practically no rainfall, and the air temperature sometimes rises above 30 ° С. If you can get out of an attractive beach trap, you can always go shopping for gifts for relatives and friends. Ajuna is famous for its huge market, which opens every Wednesday. There are also sometimes fun evening fairs in Baga and Arpora, Panaji and Margao.
Choosing the best beach you will have the opportunity to explore as much as 100 km of coastline. First, it is worth deciding- North or South Goa. Remember, the difference is not only in geographical location.
South Goa is great for family or private retreats. There are no such noisy parties, clubs, and prices are slightly higher than in North Goa. Beautiful nature, various spa centers, yoga and Ayurveda centers – all this attracts Europeans and wealthy Indians to come here to relax.