Goa is popular throughout the year & displays its own charm
in every season.
Generally known as Holi, the month of Phalgun signifies the onset
of what in Goa is known as Shigmo. Celebrated mostly by the masses
in the close religious
association of religious rites, the festival of Shigmo is accompanied
by the fanfare of drum beats and the epic enactions of Mythology.
Colour in vivid vibrancy hues the festivities that bedeck every
area that is celebrating Shigmo. Today, the Shigmotsav has highlighted
its festivities with the performance of troupes in the form of parades
and cultural dances. The streets in the townships, at dusk resound
with the music of the Dholl, the drums and conches as huge effigies
of wondrous colour and light effects parade their way to prize winning
The month of March, 'Carnival' - is an event celebrated by Goan
Christian community. It is a 3-day festival of fun and merry making
and colourful floats, a 3 day orgy just before the 40-day Lenten
period of fasting. Huge parades through the cities are organised
with bands, floats and dances and balls in the evenings. The final
day concludes with the famous red-and-black dance held by the Clube
Nacional in Panjim. The origins of carnival are apparently the hedonistic
feasts of ancient Rome and Greece. It made its appearance in the
Spanish and Portuguese colonies, where it metamorphosed into the
very Latin singing-dancing. The carnival is presided over by King
Momo, who on the opening day declares the countdown to fun and merry
making. Hotel bookings must be done in advance for carnival as the
festival attracts thousands of tourists.
The capital of Goa and headquarters of North Goa District, a small
and charming city on the left bank of silvery Mandovi River, with
beautiful red-roofed houses, built in Latin style, also boasts of
many modern houses, well laid gardens, statues and avenues lined
with Glmohar, Acassia and other trees. Enchanting panorama unfolds
from atop Altinho (Hill Top).
13kms. The capital of Bardez Taluka, on the National Highway 17,
is at the cross roads of the network of highways covering whole
of North Goa. Weekly fair on Friday is held at the modern streamline
market, attended by large crowds.
11 Kms. Important religious and eductional centre of Christian Missionaries.
The Church, Seminary and School atop hillock command a magnificent
panorama of the countryside around and a fine view of Mormugao Harbour
& Zuari River.
33 Kms. The capital of South Goa District in the hinterland of Southern
Goa in Salcate Taluka is a thriving commercial metropolis linked
by rail to the rest of India & Mormugao Harbour and by National
Highways, with Maharashtra and Karnataka. It has imposing old mansions
and modern buildings.
30 Kms. A modern, well laid out city close to Mormugao Harbour,
has beautiful and extensive avenues. The air terminus of Goa at
Dabolim lies on the outskirts of the city. It is also the railway
terminus for passenger service on the South Central Railway.
34 ksm. (4 kms. From Vasco-Da-Gama) is one of the finest natural
anchorages on the West Coast of India and the hub of intense maritime
9 kms. East of Margao the menezes Braganza House, mostly late 18th
Century and previously owned by Lemon nationalist and Journalist
Luis De Menezes Braganza has a series of magnificent rooms especially
the great salon with its fine furniture and the largest private
library in Goa.
Temples and Mosques
Forts in Goa
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