Reflections of 2016 – My Travel Round-Up

Thrilling Travel Reflections of 2016

Happy New Year to all of you! I intended writing this article out last week as a befitting end to a great 2016 — What better way to wrap it all up than a travel round-up. However, since the year was quite good, I decided to relish those last few moments of 2016 in the … Read more

A Guide to best places to pick Hotels in Goa

Hotels in Goa, along the beaches

One of the destinations that seem to beckon people over and over again in Goa. Not surprising as it seems to have something for everyone – from its sunny beaches to an active party life to some heritage and lots of adventure sports. Moreover, it has an easy connectivity to the rest of India – … Read more

7 Things to do in Goa beyond beaches

My last trip to Goa was quite an unusual one – one where I almost did not go to any beaches. I say “almost” – for it was only on the last day, we hopped onto the Fort Sinquerim that is along a beach. Again, we did not get onto the beach but just gazed … Read more

Discovering the Houses of Goa Museum

Goa is a perfect confluence of East meets West. The blend of the Portuguese culture with the Indian roots is what makes is such a colorful and delightful place. This fusion was evident to me during the heritage tour of the Fontainhas with its narrow streets and bright houses. However, it was a visit to the … Read more

Indian Customs and Central Excise Museum, Goa

One of the interesting things that I did to discover “Goa beyond beaches” was visiting the Indian Customs and Central Excise Museum in Panaji. I know that a name like “Indian Customs and Central Excise Museum” does sound uninteresting and you kind of wonder – What??? Is that even a museum? I did too, but when … Read more

Guide to White Water Rafting in South & West India

One of my latest adventure activities was during my last trip – White Water rafting in Goa. Interestingly, when I shared my experience on my social channels, a lot of people were surprised to hear that this was available in Goa. Indeed it is and in my opinion, it is one of the “must do things … Read more

5 reasons to do a Spice Plantation tour in Goa

India is often referred to as a “Land of Spices” and rightly so, given the spice-enriched flavors that one encounters across the length and breadth of our country. It is not unusual to find visitors to India carrying back myriad packets of these colorful and fragrant spices. However, the best way to appreciate these better is to … Read more

Exploring the Santana Church, Goa

I hope you had fun reading about my experience at the unique Cucumber festival or the Touxeachem feast at the Santana Church. While I had shared a cultural experience in my last post, I had also, mentioned that I found the venue of this experience interesting enough for me to explore further.  This 17th century … Read more

Touxeachem Feast – The Cucumber Festival in Goa

With my recent trip to Goa, I was fortunate to have experienced a unique festival – the Touxeachem Feast. “Touxeachem” means “Cucumber” in Konkani and hence, its popular name – the Cucumber Festival. This is an annual celebration held at Santana Church in the town of Talaulim, where childless couples visit St.Anne to request her for a child in … Read more

A Heritage Walk through Fontainhas in Panjim, Goa

Sloping roofs and eaves are common among the heritage homes of Fontainhas

Goa has always enthralled us with its gorgeous beaches – so much that not many of us realize or even explore what is beyond these beaches. We forget that it has a fabulous history. Thanks to my numerous visits to this state, I have had numerous opportunities to delve into the by-gone heritage and history … Read more

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