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Although Goa is India’s smallest state and one of its least populated, it is also its richest. It is a popular destination for international visitors, thanks to the proliferation of flights to Goa. Its history as a Portuguese colony is still visible today in the state’s culture and architecture, and this gives it a distinctly different feel to the rest of India. Book a flight to Goa with Qatar Airways to discover beautiful beaches, colourful villages and a diverse range of wildlife.
More than a million overseas visitors make the trip to Goa each year, drawn by its attractions, culture, exotic atmosphere and fabulous beaches.
For many though, a trip to Goa is a chance to relax on silver-sand beaches.. Then there are the colonial mansions of South Goa to be explored, the wildlife-packed wildernesses of North Goa, and the famous Mesolithic rock carvings of Pansaimol.
Goa’s beaches have long been admired by visitors from the West. Arambol Beach in North Goa draws large crowds and is accompanied by an ever-growing host of restaurants and shops. There are still plenty of quieter seaside havens though, such as Asvem Beach, Vagator Beach, Calangute Beach and Paolem Beach.
Scuba diving is a popular activity between October and May, while there are opportunities for paragliding and jetskiing. It is also possible to see local wildlife such as cobras, pangolins and macaques during your trip to Goa, at the Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary.
Goan cuisine offers visitors an invigorating fusion of Indian and Portuguese flavours. The state’s long coastline means that seafood is a key component of many traditional dishes, while rice is also an everyday staple. If you’re a fan of curry you may have already tasted some of Goa’s culinary creations, such as the famously hot vindaloo.
There are plenty of restaurants and traditional eateries in Goa, ranging from the high end dining of Panaji to the multitudes of homely yet exotic seafood shacks along the west coast.
Travel to Goa and you’ll find a wide range of shopping experiences. In Panaji, the state’s capital, you’ll find large bookstores, craft markets and food emporiums selling spiced sausages, roasted cashews and other local delicacies. Goa’s second city, Margao also has an eclectic range of markets to explore.
In Old Goa you’ll find ample opportunity to pick up souvenirs to commemorate your travels to Goa.
Flights to Goa arrive at Dabolim Airport in the city of Vasco da Gama, with many flights heading to the airport in Goa via Mumbai.
Visa restrictions for entry into the country will depend on your country of origin, length of stay and whether your trip is for business or pleasure. So before you fly to Goa please check the visa and passport requirements.
Currency: Indian Rupee (INR)
Voltage: 230 V 50 Hz
Plugs: Type C / D
Language: Hindi / English
International dialing code: +91
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