TOURIST PLACES TO VISIT IN GOA

‘Goa’ , also known as the jewel of the East Coast, is visited by millions of tourists every year. Planning a beach holiday in India is synonymous with planning a trip to Goa. Thanks to its breathtaking beaches, vibrant nightlife, pristine waterfalls, delicious food, historical monuments and adventurous  activities. An amazing mixture of Indian and Portuguese cultures, sweetened with sun, sea & sand , spiced up with different varieties of food and with some tint of spiritualism, ‘Goa’ is every traveler’s pocket-sized paradise.

So, Here’s all you need to know to plan a vacation in Goa: 

ANJUNA BEACH:-

If you don’t visit Anjuna beach, while being in Goa, you have not lived Goa! We’re serious. Anjuna Beach is not just famous for its breath-taking ambience, it is  also popular for its resorts and ever-so-lively nightlife! Quite famous amongst foreigners.This beach offers  some really cool sports activities. The serenity that the beach holds with the waves crawling gently to shore is just SURREAL! 

However, Anjuna Beach does not open all day. Be sure about the time you visit the beach. In terms of seasons, Winters and Springs saw the most of the crowd here.

BAGA BEACH:-

Baga beach is popularly known for its nightlife. Here you are more likely to come across tourists breaking into impromptu dance-moves and doing interesting activities like jamming, fire-eating, and a lot more.It also offers sports activities such as snorkeling, paragliding and much more, making Baga top the bucket list of travelers. .

CALANGUTE BEACH:-

The palm-fringed white sands, calm water  and the warm rays of the sun, this beautiful eye-captivating Calangute beach has it all!. This beach is also called ‘Queen of beaches’ and is among the top ten beaches in the world. This beach with its serene beauty is really incredible and spell-binding. It has a beautiful spell binding aura and vibe that would enchant you. Are you a nature lover and fond of peaceful places? Then my friend, you will love us to suggest you Calangute. .

FORT AGUADA:-

If you are a history buff and want to get intrigued by the wonders of a bygone era, do visit this famous Fort Aguada which is a heritage from the Portuguese. This fort faces the Arabian Sea and  stands as a landmark that divides the Sinquerim beach and Candolim beach.

 

BASILICA OF BOM JESUS:-

It is a central place for Catholics in Goa and the incorrupt body of St.Francis is kept here.This church was built  in 1605 and is one of the best examples of baroque architecture in India. . This church contains many cultural and historical values and is undoubtedly among the  top tourist places to visit in Goa.

DUDHSAGAR FALLS

If the beautiful beaches and monuments were not enough, an experience that you should definitely NOT MISS  at all cost is taking a beautiful 90 km ride from north Goa all the way to Dudhsagar falls, which will definitely remind of the blockbuster movie Chennai Express. The tremendous view of sparkling milky white water drizzling  down through the rocks in the Mandovi river of this 600m high waterfall will make your jaw drop. The gurgling sound of this beautiful waterfall is enough to calm your chaos and senses.

Apart from beaches, monuments and waterfalls,  Goa also  has much more to offer: Such as the famous sound buzzing retro bars and Nightclubs like Titos bar, Cubana Night club, Cafe Mambos, and many more.

 For adventure loving souls who don’t like to stay indoors, Goa beaches offer host of adventure water sports including paragliding, Kitesurfing, snorkeling and much more. Enjoy a deep sea diving at Grande island and get up close with the enchanting underwater world.

So dear readers,   if you haven’t planned a trip to Goa with your friends yet …Then, seriously, up your game and pack your bags!

TOP DESTINATIONS TO VISIT IN KERALA

Kerala also known as “GOD’S OWN COUNTRY” is a beautiful state situated on the India’s tropical Malabar coast alongside the sea shoreline draped with spectacular Palm lined beaches, the lush green valleys and mountains, the graceful lakes and backwaters and the opaque waterfalls and much more graceful places that your eyes will never tire on feasting upon…

This beautiful state enchants the tourists because of its endless list of destinations and is also popular for its scenic beauty, rich heritage and culture. Also, this place is well known for relaxing your soul, for awakening the wildness in you by Jungle safaris, and trekking along the mystic hills .To be honest,  the list is endless.

So, let’s explore these amazing destinations that are ready to captivate you by their charming and scenic beauty.

 FORT KOCHI:-

 Fort Kochi, located on the southwestern coast of India, is a beautiful city of Kerala. This city is famous for its enchanting rural, commercial and industrial life. It is popular for its charming seaside area, where there are a handful of water bound regions interconnected with each other. Fort kochi is also known for its Dutch, Portuguese and British Colonial architecture. You can also enjoy food and shopping at upscale eateries and cafes and also, shopping in the markets. Truth is, the admirable city awaits you at every turn!

MUNNAR:-

Munnar, located in the western ghats and above 1600m from the sea level is a beautiful town in Kerala. It is a beautiful hill station carpeted with lush green tea plantation valleys and hills. This beautiful town is a dreamy gateway especially for nature lovers. As the sweeping view across the valleys can’t be absorbed in a quick glance. Beyond the lush green hills and valleys the land also have beautiful resorts for honeymooners. Also, make sure to enjoy village folk songs that will croon your heart.

 The above picture doesn’t do justice to this breathtaking place. So this beautiful place with its astonishing views tops the bucket list.

KUMARAKOM:-

Kumarakom, is a small but serenic tourist destination in the Kottayam district on Vembanad lake. This beautiful village is laced with the oppressive canals, where the houseboats ply on the water. The lake surrounded by the luscious mountains with a dazzling view will make you awestruck. Kumarakom also boasts of a bird sanctuary, with birds from as far as Siberia and Europe.

And not to miss! The astonishing resorts in Kumarakom are popular amongst India and are worth staying.

ATHIRAPALLY WATERFALLS:

The Athirapally waterfalls in the Sholayar ranges of Western Ghats is one of the most picturesque places in India. The symphony created by the strings of dazzling white water cascading down the rocks into the turquoise water is  such a wonder that we have been blessed by mother nature that will surely make your jaw drops and leave you awestruck. It is also rich with its variety of flora and Fauna.

VARKALA BEACH:

Varkala beach also known as “Papanasam Beach” is the cliff beach which is a pearl of Arabian sea. It is situated in the coastal city of Varkala in Thiruvananthapuram District, and is among the most beautiful beaches in India. The long seeping bay of striking white sand, the blue water mischievously crawling under your feet and the bent palm trees swaying with the air this spectacular place will leave you in awe…

The feel of this beach is really exotic and is such a wanderlust that travelers in you crave for!

Besides pristine beaches, tea plantation, the waterfalls and backwaters, Kerala is also home to rich culture, architectural museums, and also the exquisite cuisines and spices with a vast variety of food and beautiful resorts.

This place is purely magical, the more you wander the more you will explore as the rare and serene sights reveal at every turn and are hard to behold. You will surely not regret coming here because while going back  you will have with you a treasure of  beautiful memories of your heart warming journey.

Explore one of the most beautiful ancient cities of India ” AGRA”

          

Agra, is one of the most popular and a historical city located on the banks of the Yamuna

river in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. This beautiful city is not only famous for its UNESCO world heritage sites like Taj Mahal and Agra fort  but also for its interesting historical era. Agra holding many beautiful sites forms an Golden triangle of tourism

and people from around different corners of the world come here to visit them. It has a rich history which can be clearly seen by the numerous historical monuments in and around the city. 

Talking about Agra’s history, there’s a lot to dive into. According to some research this city was discovered back in the time of the mythological era of Mahabharata. Earlier during that period it was named as “Agravan” meaning paradise by the priests. After sometime the notable historical period of Agra began under the rule of Sikander Lodhi.

But later, it came into light under the golden age of Mughals. And hence, Agra then became the foremost city of Indian subcontinent and the capital of Mughal Empire and was ruled by mughal emperors like Babur, Humayun, Akbar the great, Jahangir and Shahjahan.  This was the reason that the city became a popular centre of learning arts and commerce.

Foreigners refer to this city as an epitome of the Architectural beauty as it leaves behind a trail of fascinating tombs, monuments and museums to explore. This city offers mild winters, hot and dry summers and a monsoon season. This city is home to a number of festivals and events that take place throughout the year  to give tourists a remarkable experience and memories to behold. The festivals and events  are:- Taj Mahotsav, Taj literature festival, Ram Barat, Kailash Fair, Eid, holi and Deepawali. Not only popular for monuments, culture and festivals, Agra is also famous for its food items like ‘petha’ a sweet dish made with pumpkin, mughal cuisines and a lot more.

HOW TO REACH THERE ?

BY AIR:-  Agra has a fair connectivity of flight from all over the country. It also has its own airport  in the main city known as Kheria airport. Daily flights are available from Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Lucknow and many other cities. Air India, Indigo Airlines, Jet Airways, spice jet and Air India express promises a good and safe journey.

BY TRAIN:-  As Agra is located in the middle of main the following trains lines: Delhi-Mumbai, and Delhi-Chennai, it is quite easy to reach here by train from anywhere. Cities like Delhi, Jaipur, Gwalior, Kolkata, Mumbai, and Chennai are well connected to Agra with regular trains.

BY SURFACE:- Agra is well connected by state and roadways buses to several cities and towns like Delhi, Gwalior, Kanpur, Lucknow and Jaipur. The recently constructed Delhi-Agra taj expressway has reduced travel time to the city substantially, making the drive itself highly pleasurable.

AMAZING PLACES TO VISIT IN AGRA:-

TAJ MAHAL:-  Taj mahal is an iconic ivory-white marble mausoleum situated on the southern bank of the river Yamuna in the city of Agra. The beautiful intricate carvings and architecture of this monument leaves everyone mesmerized. This beautiful monument certainly draws millions of tourists to Agra every year and rightly so. Taj Mahal is also referred to as one of the seven wonders of the world. It was commissioned in 1632 by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in the memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal.  This beautiful monument is the signature  and reminder of true love and devotion. No matter how many times you have been there, it will leave you awestruck on every visit. This popular UNESCO world heritage site tops the list of every traveler who comes here.

AGRA FORT:- Agra fort is a historical fort in the city of Agra in India. It was the main residence of the emperors of the Mughal Dynasty until 1638, when the capital was shifted from Agra to Delhi. Agra is a Mughal Stronghold on an ancient site. It was built under the rule of  Mughal Emperor Akbar and is made of red sandstone  and was the seat of the mughal empire.This Fort is a Legendary fort that resembles a sheer magnificence and architecture which leaves everyone amazed. It was also declared as a World heritage site in 1983 by UNESCO.  Do pay a visit to this fort as it also offers one of the best views of Taj Mahal.This fort is an epitome of Mughal architecture and shouldn’t be missed.

ANGURI BAGH:- Anguri Bagh in Agra is a beautiful sprawling historical courtyard in the front of the khas Mahal, with a formal Char-bagh style garden. This Garden is a jigsaw-patterned Mughal garden with numerous 

wonderful fountains and water channels as well as screens that once offered a private area for the emperor and his entourage. This serene grape garden is a sight not to be missed especially for nature Lovers!.

JAMA MASJID:- The Jama Masjid is a 16th century congregational mosque in the UNESCO world heritage site of fatehpur Sikri, Agra. Constructed by Mughal Emperor Akbar, it is one of the largest  and oldest mosques in India. It is a most sought after pilgrimage site by the devotees. This beautiful, immense mosque was completed in 1571 and contains elements of persian and Indian designs. 

The main entrance, at the top of a fight of stone steps, is through the spectacular 54m-high Buland Darwaza, build to celebrate Akbar’s military victory in Gujarat. Inside is the stunning white marble tomb of sufi saint Shaikh Salim Chisti, where women hoping to have children come to tie a thread of the jails.

On the east wall of the courtyard is a smaller entrance to the mosque- The Shahi Darwaza( kings gate), which also leads to the palace complex

PANCH MAHAL:-  Panch Mahal is a palace located in Fatehpur Sikri, Agra. The Panch Mahal meaning ‘Five level Palace’ is an elaborated and pillared five-storey building built by king  Akbar in the memory of the great Sufi saint Salim Chisti. The palace was used to relaxation and entertainment. Built on an open sided theme, each floor of this palace is smaller than the lower floor and each floor stands on asymmetrical pillars.

This palace was specially built for the emperor’s queens and princesses. A special screen was installed for women watching the show from inside. This palace is located near Anoop Talao, which is a beautiful pond of its kind which adds to its beauty. 

Be it monuments, art, culture, museums, forts  and mosques ,Agra is surely one of the most beautiful iconic and historic city holding many beautiful world heritage sites declared by UNESCO. There remains certainly no dearth of places to explore in Agra . Above are some of the best locations to stop by in Agra, which you should and must explore, dine, capture

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