Tuesday, 21 January 2020

Top 14 experiences in Goa and Mumbai

Goa stands out in India for its Portuguese colonial architecture and heritage, while Mumbai boasts the finest Victorian-era colonial architecture in India. From beach bounty, spice plantations to wildlife encounters and cultural and spiritual experiences, Goa and Mumbai offer a lot to the traveller. Here are the top 14 experiences for both the places combined.

1. Panaji (Panjim)

Slung along the banks of the broad Mandovi River, Panaji is an easy-going city with the delightful old Portuguese districts of Fontainhas and Sao Tomé the perfect setting for a lazy afternoon of wandering. Sip firewater feni with locals in a hole-in-the-wall bar, gamble the night away on a floating luxury casino or poke about in boutiques and book shops.

2. Historic Goa

The 17th-century Portuguese capital of Old Goa once rivalled Lisbon and London in size and importance and was widely known as the ‘Rome of the East’. Today all that remains of the oncegreat city is a handful of amazingly wellpreserved churches and cathedrals – but what a sight! The Basilica de Bom Jesus contains the grizzly ‘incorrupt’ body of St Francis Xavier, while Se Cathedral is the largest in Asia. Stop by for Mass on a Sunday morning, marvel at the intricately carved altars, and imagine religious life here four centuries ago.

Also Read: A walking tour of Mumbai’s architectural wonders

Also Read: Going local, for the locals

3. Mumbai to Goa by Train


via Lonely Planet India

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