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Goa: The jewel of India

Written By : SHRATIKA NAIDU. Goa, the jewel of India, famed with its natural beauty, culture, hospitality and secular nature of its people is ranked amongst the top tourism destinations
04 Feb 2011 12:00

image Written By : SHRATIKA NAIDU.
Goa, the jewel of India, famed with its natural beauty, culture, hospitality and secular nature of its people is ranked amongst the top tourism destinations of the world.
The image of Goa in India is that of a nice paradise for tourism and beaches.
The Island beauty, Goa is a land of sun, sand and sea.
Chief Minister of Goa in India, Shri Digambar Kamat at the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas convention in New Delhi, India said that the focus of tourists when they come to Goa is a clean life.
“Goa has an immense potential in adventure tourism,” Mr Kamat said.
He said that Goa is the ideal holiday destination in India, thanks to its beautiful weather throughout the year.
It is not too hot in summer and not too cold in the winter, making it a favourite tourist destination all year through.
“Goa has a rich culture,” Mr Kamat said.
He said that once ruled by the Portuguese, this tiny Island was also ruled by Hindu and Muslim dynasties thus evident from the co-existence of churches, temples and synagogues.
“There are many things that tourists can do in Goa,” Mr Kamat said.
Pristine beaches offer all the fun while the excitement comes from many water sports options like para-sailing, snorkeling, wind surfing, jet skiing, scuba diving, deep sea fishing and more.
Travellers can sightsee to places like Aguada Fort, Naval Aviation Museum and more.
Due to the huge flow of tourists, Goa has plenty of luxury hotels, budget resorts, cottages, villas, and home stays to suit any budget.
“No holiday is complete without shopping,” Mr Kamat said.
He said that Goa offers lots of excitement through street shopping but the roadside stalls or flea markets were the best.

*Ms Shratika Naidu is our reporter based in Labasa. She was invited by the High Commission of India to attend this year’s Pravasi Bhartiya Divas in India.


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