Lives in Crans-Montana, Switzerland
Since May 2013
A resident of India, a student in Switzerland and an enthusiastic traveller who never misses an opportunity to take off... that pretty much summarises my logistics! My travel style is quite eclectic, sometimes local life and other times the luxury route! Usually the first thing I look up when I look up a destination is the cuisine... being a pescetarian can be quite the pesky thing while travelling! I love to see the super touristy stuff but not without adding my own off-beat touch! I truly believe travelling is the most rejuvenating thing in the world, leaving the confines of comfort to explore the expanse of our world! Safe travels always!
Landmarks & points of interest
Flea & street markets
Flea & street markets
Ancient ruins, Historic sites
Bars & clubs, Dance clubs & discos
Located in Ponda, the Mangeshi Temple is situated amid beautiful surroundings and is a perfect example of Hindu Goan architecture. This area is also the birth place of the famous singers Lata and Asha Mangeshkar. A visit to this Goan relic is a great way to auspiciously commence your trip to this beautiful city.
The Sahakari Spice Farm is also located in Ponda so is the perfect next stop. All types of spices are grown here like cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom, bay leaves and curry leaves. A visit to India (known as 'the land of spices') would definitely be incomplete without a visit to a spice farm, where you'll find the guides who will provide you with the explanations of the various spices' uses and properties. Plus, you'll have an opportunity to bathe elephants here! It is not a place many locals visit, but one I would definitely recommend to a tourist on a first trip to Goa to get a feel for the local culture.
The Bom Jesus Basilica, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, was built by the Portuguese when they colonized the region and inside lies the body of St. Francis Xavier, kept here in a tomb which is uncovered every 10 years to display to the public. Although photography is permitted, it is difficult to get a good shot of the casket owing to the height it is placed at. This Basilica is located in old Goa, a charming part of Goa that has a rustic and pre-colonial lure to it.
This bazaar is great place to spend the late afternoon post sightseeing. It's bustling with a vibrant atmosphere and offers a huge variety of local products at great prices. Just prepare yourself for the crowds and noise levels...basically the full-on local Indian experience!
Panaji, the capital of Goa, is the ideal place to end Day 1. Pick up your souvenirs here, go to local markets, buy the famous cashew seeds, and possibly grab a glass of the local Vinicola wine.
Anjuna Market is extremely lively, bustling, and huge. Take time to window shop, bargain and then settle only if you're satisfied with the value for money. The best way to get here is by bike or take a taxi to Baga Beach and then board a water taxi to the market (just off Anjuna beach). When you are finished, you can rest at one of the Anjuna shacks and enjoy a typical beach meal there too.
This Fort was built in the 19th century by the Portuguese and also includes a lighthouse which lies close by. Standing tall on the southern beach of Candolim, it was initially tasked with the defense of shipping and protecting the shoreline, but now provides visitors with a beautiful view of Goa. Fort Aguada allows you to get a glimpse of the Portuguese influence on the Indian state and is a definite must-see on a first trip to Goa — plus, it's free to visit!
A 30-minute drive from Fort Aguada, Club Cubana is perched on a hill in Arpora in Goa. I suggest you arrive at sunset to get a good spot and spend the evening here. The view is spectacular and the ambiance is too energetic not to be contagious. The club goes on until the early hours of the morning so it's a great way to unwind after all that sightseeing. Drink, dance, and let loose!
If you're not into the party scene and just want to enjoy a good local meal, Martin's Corner is the perfect place to unwind from the day's exhaustion. It's popular among tourists and locals alike for its fabulous seafood and lively ambiance. Plus, they often host karaoke nights that are just too fun to miss!
Start your third day with breakfast at La Plage nestled in Ashwem, a beautiful beach that provides a welcome contrast to the commercial beaches that have become common in Goa. The French food at La Plage perfectly compliments its gorgeous ambiance. It also has an exclusive beach where you can go for a swim, which makes spending a morning here perfect!
A great place to continue sunbathing is Chapora Beach: a quieter beach with its own unique charm. One of my must-visit places every time I go to Chapora is the Chapora Juice Center — if you do decide to find it, I highly recommend trying the fresh strawberry juice — simple yet perfect!
Thalassa is one of my favorite restaurants in Goa for its stunning ambiance — I would definitely recommend it for watching a sunset and the ultimate in dining relaxation. The cuisine is Greek, which may be a bit odd to indulge in when in Goa, but I promise you the atmosphere is not to be missed, especially if you're on a romantic getaway! Surprisingly, the food stays quite true to its Greek roots without adding too much of an Indian twist to it, which I quite like.