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TOURISM:
Sunny Side Up: Destination Goa

‘Besides the the fabulous beaches and sunshine, travelers to Goa love the warm and friendly nature of the Goan people.’ Goa government’s department of tourism was in San Francisco to invite tourists to the old country. A Siliconeer report.



(Above): Kids who gave a wonderful performance show their certificates at the Goa Tourism event at New Delhi restaurant in San Francisco, Calif., Feb. 28. Goa government’s chief secretary Sanjay K. Srivastava (2nd from r) presented the kids with the certificates and director of tourism Swapnil Naik (r) presented a slide show on Goa. (Siliconeer photo)

Government of Goa’s department of tourism hosted a reception to promote the tourism industry in Goa. Inviting members of the media and travel industry at the New Delhi restaurant in San Francisco, Calif., Feb. 28.

Goa government’s chief secretary Sanjay K. Srivastava and director of tourism Swapnil Naik presented a slide show and talked about what Goa has to offer as a tourist destination and highlighted the features of this hot favorite destination for foreigners and NRIs worldwide.

The evening came alive with kids performing Goan dances on “Galiyan Sankli Soniyachi,” a song from Aamir Khan-Pooja Bhatt starrer, Dil Hai Ki Maanta Nahi. The New Delhi restaurant in San Francisco served a variety of Indian dishes for dinner.

Variously known as “Pearl of the Orient” and a “Tourist Paradise,” the state of Goa is located on the western coast of India in the coastal belt known as Konkan.

The magnificent scenic beauty and the architectural splendor of its temples, churches and old houses have made Goa a firm favorite with travelers around the world.

Much of the real Goa is in its interiors, both inside its buildings and in the hinterland away from the coastal area.


(Above): An afternoon at a beach in Goa.

Legends from Hindu mythology credit Lord Parshuram, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu with the creation of Goa.

Over the centuries various dynasties have ruled Goa. Rashtrakutas, Kadambas, Silaharas, Chalukyas, Bahamani Muslims and most famously the Portuguese have been rulers of Goa.

Having been the meeting point of races, religions and cultures of East and West over the centuries, Goa has a multi-hued and distinctive lifestyle quite different from the rest of India.

The vast expanse of the Arabian Sea on the west forms the magnificent coastline for which Goa is justly famous.

Panaji is the state capital and Vasco, Margao, Mapusa and Ponda are the other major towns. Goa is serviced by an international/national airport located at Dabolim near Vasco.

Goan cuisine is a blend of different influences the Goans had to endure during the centuries. The staple food in Goa is fish and rice. The sea and rivers abound in seafood – prawns, mackerels, sardines, crabs and lobsters are the most popular with the locals and the visitors.

The tourist season in Goa begins in late September and carries on through early March. The weather in these months is usually dry and pleasantly cool.

Besides the natural beauty, the fabulous beaches and sunshine, travelers to Goa love the friendly nature of the locals.

Interested readers can visit www.goatourism.gov.in for more information on Goa.

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COVER STORY
Corruption At Large:
India Calls for Action
2010 would have gone down in the history of modern India as the year of scams, but 2011 appears not too different either. It is time for the ball to roll towards wiping out corruption, writes Priyanka Bhardwaj.


SOCIETY
Urban Challenge:
Berkeley in India
UC Berkeley Faculty will be in New Delhi for a symposium on the 21st-century Indian city, writes Ashok Bardhan.


RESEARCH
Mumbai Lessons:
Harvard Case Study
Twelve employees were killed inside the Taj Hotel during the 26/11 Mumbai attacks. The Harvard Business School is studying the staff’s selfless service, writes Siddharth Srivastava.


OTHER STORIES
EDITORIAL: Battling Corruption
NEWS DIARY: February
U.S.-INDIA TRADE: Gary Locke Visits India
CULTURE: Maximum India: Kennedy Center Fest
SUBCONTINENT: Top Guns Tussle
SYMPOSIUM: Remembering Agyeya
PHILANTHROPY: Mijwan Fashion Show
TOURISM: Destination Goa
AUTO REVIEW: 2011 Subaru Forester
RECIPE: Vegetable Rogan Josh
BOLLYWOOD: Review: Patiala House
BOLLYWOOD: Guftugu
TAMIL CINEMA: Review: Nadunisi Naaygal
BOLLYWOOD: Interview: Akshay Kumar
COMMUNITY: News in Brief
INFOTECH INDIA: Briefs
HOROSCOPE: March

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