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Reminiscence Of A Dying Culture; A Visit To Old Goa

Take a meaningful trip to Goa this time and experience the rich historically side of the state as opposed to the normal trips for the beach parties. Witness a whole new side and appreciate its beautiful architectures. This article talks about a visit to Old Goa and what travelers can expect on their trip to this side of Goa.

Goa is regarded as one of the most fun places to be in India. The cost of living is low, booze is cheap and is the beach party capital of India. This is the one place people flock to experience the best beach rave parties. People normally visit Goa for a few days during the peak seasons, have the time of their lives partying their socks off and leave. A vacation such as that can be fun and memorable but travelers fail to understand what they miss out to see and experience in the rich cultural background of Goa.

Located just 9 kms from the state capital of Panaji is Old Goa or Velha Goa (Velha means old in Portuguese). A walk along the streets will showcase the strong influence of the Portuguese culture in Goa. Most of the buildings in this part were built during the Portuguese rule around the 16th to 18th century. The structure of the buildings are built in the style of Portuguese architecture. Even the hotels in this part will resemble the same built and while staying in shacks can be a fun and exciting experience, a stay in one of these hotels in Goa with rustic interiors and beautifully designed buildings and cottages weighs so much more.

The main attractions of Old Goa are its churches. There are dozens of old churches, cathedrals and chapels around this part which will make a holistic tour for any Catholic. Even if churches are not a place of worships, you will definitely fall in love with the breathtaking architectures. Standouts include the Church of St Francis of Assisi, the Se Cathedral and the Basilica of Bom Jesus which holds the remains of St Francis Xavier. The Basilica de Bom Jesus and the Se Cathedral are the two most important sites and it is also recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. These beautiful churches, chapels and cathedrals mostly lie along a stretch which covers around 1.5 kms. The best way to explore it is by going out walking and slowly taking your time exploring each of these holy places. St. Francis Xavier’s feast is celebrated with huge grandeur each year on the 3rd of December.

Old Goa is often an oversight for many visitors and it is sad as it is a beautiful place with such historical importance. It is the part which showcases what Goa was essentially about before it became the party capital. Make a visit to Goa and exclusively visit this part of Goa. You will be required to do a whole lot of walking so get your gears to brace yourself for the tour. Check your backpack for sunscreens, water bottles, sunglasses, hat and the most important thing, your camera! Book your travel ticket online and with facilities like PNR prediction available for booking a ticket is no longer a hassle.

2016-06-12

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