The coolest things to do in Old Goa if you’re visiting in February-March 2020…
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What excites you when you hear ‘Goa’,? Beaches? Partying? Casino? There’s more to Goa than meets your mind’s eye actually.
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In addition to sun-kissed beaches and a thriving party scene, Goa boasts a fascinating cultural, religious and architectural heritage, which is well worth listening to
Every Sunday, the Basilica de Bom Jesus offers an experience as unsterotypically Indian as any across the subcontinent. Beyond the weathered, rust-red walls of this venerable church, the dusty roads of Old Goa (Velha Goa) are thronged with buses and auto-rickshaws, many carrying day trippers from the sugar-soft beaches of the nearby coast. But inside, beneath stone cherubs, gilded reredos and a vaulted wooden ceiling, the start of Catholic Mass brings order and religious repose.
As the choir performs the first of the morning’s Latin hymns, melodious sopranos and rich tenors fill the hallowed space with harmonies of haunting beauty. With closed eyes and a vivid imagination, this could just be the Goa of five centuries past.
It was 1510 when swashbuckling Portuguese general Alfonso de Albuquerque snatched the port city known today as Old Goa (now part of the Goan capital, Panaji).
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PANAJI: The Basilica of Bom Jesus at Old Goa, a Unesco world heritage site, will be shut for tourists and devotees between Thursday to Saturday this week.
While no services will be held at the Basilica from March 29 to 31, devotees can attend the same on those days at the nearby Se Cathedral.
“Tourists and other visitors will not be permitted inside the Basilica during this period,” said Fr Patricio Fernandes, rector of the Basilica. “Liturgical services will not be held at the Basilica on Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday. The Basilica will be reopened at 6:15 am on Sunday. Masses on Easter Sunday at the Basilica will be held at 8am, 9.15am, 10.15am (English) and 6pm (Konkani).”
The Basilica will resume its regular weekly (Monday to Saturday) masses on April 2, at 7am, 8am, and 6pm.
On April 7, the 512th birth anniversary of St Francis Xavier will be celebrated at the Basilica, which holds the saint’s mortal remains. A mass will be held at 5.30pm after the devotion at 4pm.
Read more from source: Basilica shut for Holy Week triduum – Times of India
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The first thing you’ll learn about traveling to Goa: you’ll want go back again.
India has certainly gained traction in recent years as a popular holiday destination among us in Southeast Asia. While you’re probably familiar with cities like New Delhi and Agra which draw throngs of Southeast Asian tourists every year with its iconic landmarks like the Taj Mahal and the Agra Fort, you might be less acquainted with Goa, India’s smallest state. Just an hour’s flight south from Mumbai, the tropical paradise is known world-over as a party central.
GOA: A DIFFERENT TASTE OF INDIA
The state has been indelibly shaped its 450 years of Portuguese rule, followed by rush of hippies in the 1970s. This much becomes immediately apparently the minute you set foot in the city and take in the Portuguese-influenced architecture and distinctive meat-heavy cuisine.
Goa is a tiny state with a population of 1.4 million people, situated on the west coast of India, and widely known for its spectacular, palm-fringed sand beaches, and party scene. For many visitors, Goa is just that, the very definition of tropical tourism: lounging on the beach, partying at night, and perhaps some souvenir shopping at local markets. But for those who would like to delve a bit deeper into Goa’s nature, history, and culture, there are a wide range of alternatives to explore, from colonial history and architecture, Hindu temples, sleepy rural villages, and wildlife sanctuaries, to spice farms, Indo-Portuguese cuisine, and traditional Konkani folk music and theater (tiatr).
1) Walk Along Portuguese-Style Heritage Houses