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Tuesday, 4 June 2019

6 Budget Hotels Near Calangute Beach that Have Excellent Reviews (4/5 and above)

Here are six budget hotels that are close to Calangute beach and have excellent reviews from guests who have stayed there. The prices range from Rs 1000 to Rs 3500. These hotels are ideal for those who do not want to spend too much on their stay. Each hotel has its special features so you can read through what they are offering and then make your choice based on what your needs are. 

This hotel is located on Holiday Street. 
The price is approximately Rs 2000 a night. It has excellent reviews based on location, cleanliness, service and value. They offer free breakfast, laundry service, and they have a swimming pool. 

This hotel is located on Adventure Street.
The price is approximately Rs 2000 a night. This hotel also has excellent reviews based on its location, cleanliness, service and value. There is a swimming pool with a poolside bar, free internet and baggage storage. Car hires are possible from this hotel. 

This hotel is in Gauravado and is centrally located. 
The price is approximately Rs 1000 a night. The reviews are almost as good as the first two hotels. They have free internet, a bar and restauarnt, 

This hotel is located in Khobra Vaddo. 
The price is approximately Rs 1300 a night. The hotel has excellent reviews. There is free internet, baggage storage, children's television network, children's activities and airport transportation. 

This hotel is located about 2.2 km from Calangute, in Little Baga, Arpora.
The price is approximately Rs 3500 a night. There is free breakfast provided, and they have an outdoor pool. There is also a SPA. Free internet and bicycle rentals are also provided by the hotel. 

This hotel is located in Candolim, about 2.5 km from Calangute.
the price is approximately Rs 2000 a night. apart from free high-speed internet, this hotel has an indoor pool, offers free breakfast, and airport transportation, and has fax and currency exchange. 

Sunday, 19 May 2019

Get Off That Beach!

Get Off That Beach!

People generally visit Goa to spend time on the sunny beaches. Well, Goa has a long coastline extending for about a hundred and sixty kilometers with some very beautiful beaches. The sand is silvery white and the water is crystal clear, and warm and inviting. You can just lie in the sun on a sandy beach, or you can lie on a beach bed under a huge beach umbrella and listen to the sound of the sea as you read your book and sip your favorite drink. Beach holidays are ideal for a quiet, peaceful escape from the humdrum of everyday life. But if you are the kind of adventurous person who wants much more from your holiday in Goa, than just a lazy time at the beach, I have some great ideas for you to keep that spirit in you burning strongly. So, after you have had some quiet time at the beach and you feel rejuvenated, GET OFF THAT BEACH and experience a different side of Goa! 



Take a bicycle on hire. The roads in Goa are narrow but in most places, they are good roads without any potholes. And of course, it is very warm during the afternoons, but you can ride your bicycle in the mornings and evenings. Riding a bicycle will enable you to enjoy the countryside much more than if you were riding a bike. You can stop at the lakes to admire the flora and fauna, or just gaze at the lush green fields as you pass them by. 
Goa-cycles on hire
cycling tour of Old Goa
more cycling trips
some interesting cycling trips



The rent for a bike depends on the type of bike you opt for and the season in which you are in Goa. You have to keep a deposit of about Rs 500 and pay about Rs 300 a day for an Activa but about Rs 900 a day for an Enfield. . They will ask you for some original ID which will be kept with them until you return the bike. With the bike, you will get all the original documents and a helmet. According to the traffic rules in Goa, the pillion rider does not need to wear a helmet, but I would advise you to wear one for your own safety. Besides, it will protect your head from the sun.
The best thing you can do when you have hired your bike is to ride along the coastline right from the north of Goa to the south. This is an excellent way to see every single beach and you can stop at any beach you like for a refreshing drink and a snack at a shack. 
You can also explore Goa much easier on your bike. You can go beyond the places that you see on Google maps. 


and better still... 


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It is interesting to walk around a cashew plantation collecting cashews. The process of making the feni and the lighter Urak, is very interesting. I have watched the workers gather the fruit, wash it and then crush it with their feet in a huge vessel that had a tiny opening on one side where the juice would collect drop by drop. After all the fruit was ground, the juice was taken to the distilling unit and distilled into urak and then a stronger feni. Cashew feni has a peculiar odour that lingers on for hours after it is consumed. The feni made from coconut is tastier and does not smell so much. 
You can also taste the alcohol as it is being distilled. The best way to have feni is with limca or any lime juice. The lemon brings out the flavor of the alcohol.
Visit the cashew orchard and old distillery at Cansaulim where the world's first feni cellar has opened recently. There is a tasting room where you can sit and enjoy the rich flavor of feni in the midst of a cashew orchard.



Kesarval means 'eagles'. The name probably comes from the fact that eagles make their nests in the cliffs near the spring. The gushing, pure spring water is a welcome sight to a tired traveller passing that way. The springs are almost on the main road between Panaji and Margao (Closer to Margao). They are in a place called Verna. It is about 22 km from Panaji. The spring is more prominent during the monsoons when it looks like a waterfall. However, at this time of the year, the rocks are very slippery. During the summer, the water in the spring is just a trickle. It is a quiet, peaceful place. There are stairs leading down to the spring. The locals believe in the medicinal benefits of the spring water and hence they visit the spring. There are a lot of minerals in the water due to the fact that it comes from the rocks. This probably has health benefits. Also, the algae in the water is found to have beneficial properties. 


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a) Rivona Caves: These caves are situated in a place called Rivona in South Goa. It is believed that they were dug in the 6th or 7th century by Buddhist monks. They are also known as the Pandava caves. There is a pitha that has been carved out of laterite. It is believed that this was the seat of the teacher. The main entrance to the cave near a well at the bottom of the rock.
Photo and video of Rivona Caves

b) Arvalem Caves: Arvalem Caves are also known as the Pandava Caves. These caves are in North Goa, about 9 km from Bicholim. According to legend, the Pandavas sought refuge in these caves during their exile. There are five compartments in the cave complex which goes to prove that the Pandavas actually did live there. But there is a large statue of Buddha there which shows that the caves may also have been of Buddhist origin. Anyway, the architecture is one to be marveled at!

c)Lamgao Caves: These caves are at Bicholim. To get to the caves, you will need to take a trek along the base of the hill or follow a path through some paddy fields. There are two caves of Buddhist origin. The smaller cave is very artistic. It has a stone linga and a tulsi vrindavan. There is also a small nandi bull image in the courtyard. There are some iron ore mines above the caves and a stream close by.
Photos of Lamgao



You will get to fly in a beautiful wicker basket. The basket is big enough for everyone to enjoy the entire flight to the fullest. You will be taken to about 2,500 feet in the air and get an amazing view of the surroundings. These flights take place at Assolda Football Grounds, Chandor, South Goa. The timings are 6.30 to 8.00 am every day. The balloon will be inflated about twenty minutes before sunrise. Watching the balloon getting inflated is also very exciting. The balloon will land about 40 to 50 minutes after sunrise. These are amazing and unforgettable rides though a little expensive, but you will get about 45 mins to an hour in the sky. The cost of a shared balloon ride is about 11,000 per person, and the cost of a private ride is about 55,000 per person.
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A Tiatr is a musical performance that is popular all over Goa. There is music, dancing and singing as the actors enact their scenes. They revolve around political, social and religious themes and are very entertaining. You will enjoy the drama and the singing and dancing, even if you do not understand Konkani. This dramatic art form will hold you in splits. A good tiatr will have songs with comic themes in between each of the acts. Comedy is the most important element in a tiatr. Almost every church and chapel feast is followed by a tiatr. There is a State level tiatr contest every year organized by the Kala Academy.
A short video clip from a tiatr
Another short video clip from a tiatr



Cumbarjua is an island on the banks of River Mandovi close to Panaji. Crocodile sightings are very common in this canal. These are the mugger crocodile species that are commonly found in mangroves. They are 13-16 feet in length and though they look scary, they are not known to attack humans. According to legend, the Portuguese brought these crocodiles from Mozambique during the 16th century to keep intruders from entering Old Goa. There are organized boat trips that take you down the canal to see the crocodiles and also the birds by the sea. You will see birds like the drongo, pied kingfisher, the common sandpiper, and the white-breasted kingfisher. These trips last for two and a half hours. The canal connects the Zuari River with the Mandovi River. As you go down the canal, you will see fishermen catching crabs. There are mangroves lining the canal. Forty five species of mangroves are found in Goa.
Crocodile and Bird-Watching Safari
Boating in the Goan Backwaters


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Crab fishing is an interesting pastime for both, the young and the old. There are organized crab fishing trips where you will be picked up at your hotel, taken out to sea and brought back to your hotel late in the evening. The crab fishing trip will be set for the afternoon when the tides are high. Crabs can be caught easily during high tide. You will be taken into the backwaters to catch crabs. There is a technique which you will be taught. You can choose to have a private or a group tour. You are usually provided with nets and bait. Free water and drinks are also provided. At the end of the day, you will get to enjoy a tasty meal consisting of the crabs that you caught. The crabs will be cooked the Goan way. Apart from enjoying yourself catching crabs, you will get to see a lot of birds and also enjoy the sunset during your trip.
Crab Fishing Trip-AquasportsGoa
Crab Fishing Trip- Thrillophilia
Crab Fishing Trip- Wandertrails


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Mayem Lake is in Bicholim, North Goa. It is a quiet place surrounded by hills and cashew plantations. The lake is close to Mapusa and can be easily reached by public transport. The best time to visit the lake is during the monsoon when it is full of water. On your way to the lake you will see a small water fountain that was built in 1927. This fountain still supplies water to the neighboring residents. You can go for a boat ride on the lake and enjoy the serenity of being on the placid water. Small pedal boats are available for this. You may be lucky enough to see some migratory birds there as well. There are also some interesting places close to the lake that can be visited. You can visit the Corjeum fort which is a short distance from the lake. The Arvalem Caves are also close by. The Arvalem waterfall is surrounded by dense vegetation and those who visit can see the amazing flora and fauna of the Western Ghats. The Mhadei Sanctuary is also close by and has many rare animals and plants.


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Usgulimal village is in Sangeum, South Goa. It is situated on the banks of River Kushavati. These rock engravings were discovered in 1993 when some villagers saw them by chance. the river had washed away the silt that covered them. Later, archaeologists uncovered several more of them. These engravings are from the earliest humans in India. This rock art belongs to the Upper Paleolithic or Mesolithic Era. The engravings are believed to have been created by the people of the Kush tribe. There are images of bulls, labyrinths, and humans carved on the hard surface of laterite rocks. The fact that they have been carved into hard laterite makes them unique. The engravings are spread over an area of 500 sqm. This area is usually submerged during the monsoon and hence that would not be a good time to visit this place. The rock carvings can be best admired in strong daylight when the sunlight lights them up completely.


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Street food is readily available, affordable and tasty. You will be amazed to see how the streets get transformed as soon as the sun sets. Little carts are brought to the sides of the roads. There are delicious eats sold there. There is rose omelette, bread omelette, sorpotel, beef roast, etc that is sold at the carts. The choris pav (Goan bread with Goan sausages in it) is amazing. Rose omelette ( Omelette with gravy poured on top) is a hot favorite too. The snacks are tasty and eating at the side of the road in the light of a lamp and a street light adds a mystical glow to everything. People stop by to grab a quick snack on their way home from work, or they just meet and hang out at the cart while they eat.
watch me eating street food at a cart
The different street food in Goa


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Big Foot is a center for Art, Culture and Environment, located at Loutolim, 9 km from Margao. The place gets its name from a legend associated with the existence of the impression of a big foot in the ground. Big Foot is an open air museum which has been set up to replicate village life in Goa in olden days. You can see exactly what life used to be like in rural Goa about a hundred years ago. There are houses built the way they were built in olden times, with people doing different kinds of work, like fishermen, farmers, feni distillery, a liquor shop, etc. It is interesting to see the market place and the barber shop. The main highlight of this model village is a limestone model of Mirabai which is 14 meters high. It has been carved by MJA Alvares. It has been mentioned in the Limca Book of Records as the tallest limestone statue in India. There is a guide who will explain everything to you and you can also purchase souvenirs on your way out. This museum is open from 9.30 am to 6.30 pm every day of the week. When you enter, you will be greeted with a tikka and an aarti. Then the guide will show you around. you can choose what language you are most comfortable with.
About Big Foot
The legend of the Big Foot


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Yoga can help to rejuvenate you and doing yoga at a beach while you listen to the sound of the water drawing closer to the shore, and you have the soft, crunchy sand beneath you, is definitely a unique experience. The warm weather will make you feel even more wonderful. Goa has all forms of yoga and spiritual exploration to fill you with an inner peace. You can couple this with a relaxing massage to help you feel even better. The effects of yoga and meditation have been proven to be profound. Goa provides the perfect atmosphere to get rid of stress through yoga and meditation. It is a refreshing experience that gives a complete mind and body overhaul. At the end of the sessions, you will feel like a new person. The yoga and meditation package lasts a couple of days and you will have the best of amenities at hand. At a retreat, you can pamper yourself further by spending time at the spa. The restaurants at these retreats offer healthy organic food to enhance your experience and help you to feel even better. Some resorts have sacred rituals and devotional songs as well. You may also be able to enroll in an Ayurveda course.
Some of the best yoga retreats in Goa
5 Best Options For A Yoga Retreat



Celebrate a festival with the Goans. Each festival is warm and lively. The people go out of their way to make it glamorous. There is delicious food prepared, music and dancing, games, stalls selling traditional Goan sweets, etc. If you can be in Goa during Christmas, you will have an unforgettable experience. The whole state is transformed into a different land full of lights and music and laughter. There are crowds of people everywhere and the festive spirit is in the air. Carol singers are busy creating the mood with their carols. All other festivals are great too. The Carnival is full of singing and dancing, huge parades with King Momo who orders his people to party. This festival is held 40 days before lent.  Sao Joao Festival is celebrated to honor St. John the Baptist. People wear leaves and jump into wells. There are several other exciting festivals that you can be a part of while in Goa.
Festivals in Goa

Saturday, 11 May 2019

The Pros and Cons of Visiting Goa in the Monsoon

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A Starless, Rainy Night
I watch a spark light up the sky,
On a starless, rainy night.
I hear the thunder from afar,
And it rains with all its might!
It's cold,... it's wet,
And I won't hesitate to bet,
That this is gonna last all night,
And then, when morning dawns,
I fear it won't be bright!
The roads full of water,
Will be quite a sight!
I dislike a rainy day,
that seems to want to stay!
But I do so much enjoy,
a starless, rainy night!

The Monsoon Months

The monsoon in Goa lasts from the end of June to the middle of September. The heavy rains are brought in by the South-West Monsoon Winds that blow over the Arabian Sea during that time. 

Water, Water Everywhere!

Visiting Goa In The Monsoon

Do you want to visit Goa in the monsoon? Do you want to know what it will be like? Let me paint a vivid picture for you! 

In The Morning- Waking Up!

You wake up in the morning feeling cool and feel like snuggling up in bed under the covers. It is cool and dark outside. It has been raining all night, and still is! You can't stand the thought of going out into that rain and getting wet, but you have no choice since you need to get to work.

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Leaving the House

Slowly you crawl out of bed, still feeling cold. You get dressed and step out into the rain in a long raincoat and an umbrella for added protection. Your rain shoes are on because you know that you have to walk down the road that is quite full of water. 

Rain, Water, Drops, Rainy, Rainy Day, Umbrella, RedWalking in the Rain! (Picture Courtesy: Pixabay)

In The Bus

You get to the bus stop and wait for the bus. When you get into the bus, everyone starts yelling at you to take your rain coat off quickly. You manage to get it off and realize that you are drenched in spite of having that raincoat on. Only your hair seems dry for some reason. You see an empty seat by the window and rush to take it. The lady in the seat near it gladly lets you go in. You sit by the window that is all fogged up and moist. It is impossible to look out of it and see anything because it is still pouring cats and dogs outside. The bus slows down and you look ahead. you see that the water from the fields has come onto the road and the driver does not know where the road ends and the field begins. However, thankfully, he knows the road well so he maneuvers the bus safely to the stretch ahead which does not have fields on either side. In the mean time you are trying to wipe the panes of the window so that you can have a better view outside. The lady who was sitting near you gets off the bus and her seat is now taken by a young boy.  The minute he sits near you, the water from his umbrella starts dripping down the side of your leg. You bite your teeth. Then suddenly there is a shower from above that drains on to your head. Bah! the one part of your body that was dry, is now finally wet too. You sigh.

Rain Stoppers, Water, Window Pane, Drip, Drop Of WaterA Wet Window Pane! (Picture Courtesy: Pixabay)

The Rest of The Day

The day goes on with you looking outside longingly, waiting for the rain to stop. It has been raining continuously like this for the past few days. The clothes are not drying at home and everything is damp. 

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It's Time To Go Home

Soon it's time to go home. You go through the same ordeal in the bus. 

Cat, Red White, Mackerel, European Shorthair, BeautifulCat Cuddles! (Picture Courtesy: Pixabay)

Back Home

Finally you are back home. The good times begin. It is cool and nice. You have a bowl of hot soup and get into bed. It's so nice and cozy there. You invite all the cats to cuddle with you and they accept willingly. It is not possible to watch TV because either the current is off, some electric pole has fallen somewhere, trees have fallen on the wires, or the cable connection is lost due to the heavy rains. You lie awake for a while, listening to the sound of the rain drumming against the tiled roof. It's a relaxing sound that drains out all other sounds. The rain is falling in torrents by the window. You fall into a deep, peaceful sleep with the cats warming your toes!

 Wet Roads in Velim, South Goa



  • The temperature is just right. It is cool all through the night and not too hot during the day.
  • Everything looks fresh and green. 
  • The beaches are practically empty.
  • Hotel stays are cheaper. Bookings do not need to be done much in advance. 
  • The rivers and all other water bodies are full. 
  • It is very pleasant to go for walks and treks at this time of the year. 
  • You can experience the fertility festival called 'Sao Joao' in June. 
  • Traffic is much less and Goa is much less crowded. 
  • You can expect better service at restaurants and hotels. 


  • Sometimes it pours heavily for days on end. It could hamper all your plans as moving around in such heavy rain is very difficult. 
  • There are flooded fields everywhere.
  • The shacks are all closed down and the beaches are bare.
  • It is not advisable to swim in the sea. 
  • There are electricity cuts very often as the heavy rains cause trees to fall. 
  • Water sports are closed for the season as the sea is rough.
  • Even though the temperature is lower than it was in summer, the humidity is quite high. 
  • Most of the places that are popular for their nightlife are shut down. 
This is what Goa looks like in the monsoon- Lush Green!

Interesting Things To Do In Goa During The Monsoon

  • Experience the feast of St John The Baptist (Sao Joao)
This is the fertility festival of Goa. Men are seen jumping into wells to gather the feni bottles there. 

  • Visit the Dudhsagar Falls
The falls are in South Goa and look even more magnificent when full of water in the monsoon. 

  • Spend some lazy time in a cottage in a village
Read your favorite books, enjoy a hot cup of tea, relax in bed and listen to the sound of the rain on your tiled roof. 

  • Go for a walk in the rain
It is fun and feels refreshing. 

  • Visit the wildlife sanctuaries
Wild life sanctuaries are full of flora and fauna at its best during this time of the year. 

  • Go on a river cruise
The water will be a little rough but it is quite safe. You can enjoy the soft swaying of the boat and the sight of the raindrops as they hit the water. 

A Wet, Sandy Beach Full of Shells

Thursday, 2 May 2019

A Detailed Guide To Dressing For India (And For Goa)!

If you are planning a trip to India, and/ or to Goa, and if it is the first time you are visiting, I'm sure you must be quite confused about what to pack. 
I have tried to put together a detailed description of the most favorable clothing to be used in different parts of India. 

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   An Indian Bride in a Saree
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The Weather Will Affect Your Dressing For India

Dressing for India depends on the time of the year you plan to visit, and which places in India you plan to visit. Most of India is very hot in summer and very cold in winter, but the coastal areas are cooler and have the same kind of weather all through the year, except for a heavy monsoon. The west coast has heavy rains from June to September due to the advancing South-West Monsoon winds over the Arabian Sea, and the east coast has rains sometimes in winter from the North-East Monsoon winds that carry moisture from the Bay of Bengal.

North India

North India is quite cold in winter so you will need a warm jacket. It is also very hot in summer. The rains are not very heavy, except in the Himalayan region. But if you plan to visit during the monsoon, carry an umbrella with you, and bring plastic or rubber sandals along. Extra sets of clothes will be necessary as clothes take much longer to dry in the monsoon.

South India

South India does not have that extreme a climate as the north. Places along the sea coast have an equable climate so the weather is almost the same throughout the year. As you go farther south towards the equator, it gets warmer and more uncomfortable. For example, Chennai is much warmer than Goa. I remember visiting Chennai in early January one year. It was very warm and uncomfortable even during the nights. Goa is warm and humid, but quite bearable compared to Chennai. It is advisable not to visit any place in the west coast of India from June to September due to the heavy monsoon. The rest of India will also have a heavy monsoon, though not as heavy as the places along the west coast. If you have to visit during this time of the year rain gear will be needed.

The Traditional Indian Dress

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The traditional dress in India is the sari. It looks elegant and is meant to cover up the entire body. The latest designs are more modern and reveal more of the woman's body.

Many younger women also wear a churidaar, lehnga, salwar kameez, or kurta and pajama. All these clothes are worn in such a way that the woman's entire body is covered from shoulder to ankle.
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                                         What the lady is holding in her hand is called a dupatta.
                                         A dupatta is a piece of cloth meant to be worn over the shoulders.
                                         This outfit can be used as casual as well as formal wear.
                                         It is ideal for use while traveling within India and while visiting
                                         the more conservative places.
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                               An Indian Man in a Kurta and Pajama, doing yoga.
                               This is the ideal outfit for a gentleman travelling within India
                                or visiting the more conservative parts of India.
                                (Picture Courtesy: Pixabay)

                                                woman in yellow shalwar kameez standing on concrete floor holding her hair during daytime 
                                                 A woman in a salwaar kameez
                                                This outfit can be used at formal or casual occasions.
                                               This outfit is best for traveling within India, and for use in the
                                                more conservative parts of India.
                                                 ( Picture Courtesy: Unsplash)                               

The Modern Side of India

There are many places in India that are very westernized. The people in Bangalore, Mumbai and Goa are very modern and broad minded. Almost everyone walks around in western attire like jeans and tee shirts, skirts and dresses. There are youngsters who wear shorts too.
While traveling within Goa, you can wear dresses, skirts, long shorts, long tee shirts, etc. Whatever you choose to wear, you need to be conservative to gain more respect. Keep the skirts and dresses to knee length. At the beaches, beach wear is absolutely fine.

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You can wear an outfit like this comfortably in places like Bangalore, Goa, Mumbai and Calcutta.
(Picture Courtesy: Unsplash)

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In the more modern parts of India, you will feel comfortable and welcome in this kind of attire.
(Picture Courtesy: Pixabay)
woman standing on seashore
If you plan on wearing shorts, longer ones like these are advisable.
The top should be loose and long too.
(Picture Courtesy: Unsplash)

 woman standing on rock under white sky
These kinds of shorts and tops are better suited for the beach. It is not advisable to wear this kind of an outfit even in a place like Goa. (except at the beaches) 
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The Not-So-Modern Side of India

The people in the North of India are much more conservative. Many areas of Delhi are also quite backward.
 I was at the Delhi Railway Station in a pair of jeans and the men were glaring at me like I was  under dressed. They made me feel very uncomfortable.
I also learnt another important thing. Traveling in North India is more comfortable if you wear a salwar kameez (These are loose pants with a long top as seen in one of the pictures above.) or a churidaar (as seen in the picture below). The kurtas( the top) of these outfits sometimes have pockets. I find the ones with pockets more convenient. Also, the pants of these outfits are tied with a naada (thin rope). I find it more convenient to remove the naada and replace it with elastic. These outfits are comfortable to travel in, and gain a lot of respect from fellow travellers. If you are travelling in South India, you can wear a pair of loose jeans and a tee shirt that isn't too short.
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A Lady in a  Churidaar

woman walking on brown boardwalk under cloudy skies outdoors
Wear a pair of jeans with a long top like this one anywhere in the north or south of India, and you can't go wrong!
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Advantages of Dressing Like The Locals

The saying,'While in Rome, do as the Romans do!' is very appropriate. If you want to feel comfortable and accepted while in India, do as the Indians do!
There are several advantages of dressing like the locals.

  • You can blend in easily when you dress like the locals. 
  • You are less likely to get cheated. 
  • People are more likely to help you. 

How To Blend In 

While in North India, wear a salwar kameez or a churidaar, with a dupata. Get some cheap, cotton ones. They are very comfortable and will help you blend in well. Another modern option is a pair of jeans with a kurti or a long blouse on top of it. ( A kurti is a short kurta) Of course the scene at night clubs will be different. You can wear your short skirts there if you are traveling to the club with a group of friends and you know you will be safe. Otherwise, stick to Indian wear. You can obtain some pretty fashionable sets online. I haven't mentioned the sari as it is harder to wear and manage but if you don't mind trying it out, you might get to love it. You can wear jeans more easily in South India, without having people glaring at you. But if you're not sure what kind of place you are going to, stick to Indian wear.

If you want to purchase Indian outfits online, there are several websites that allow you to do so. You can try Myntra, Limeroad, Amazon, Shoppersstop, Amazon, Flipkart, etc. Most of the churidaars and salwaar kameez are semi-stitched. But you do find some that are ready for use.
Another new yet conservative option is to buy the kurtas and pajamas separately. That will allow you to mix and match your outfits differently each time.  You can  get different types of Indian pants to wear with your kurtas. You can buy teh loose salwaar pants or the tight churidaar pants. Many people also wear palazzo under their kurtas.
You could buy these online before you come to India, and give the delivery address of the hotel where you will be staying. Inform the hotel management to keep the package for you, or time the order in such a way that it comes to the hotel around the time you arrive there. That will save you the hassle of extra luggage. Alternately, you could just purchase these outfits from a local clothing store.
If you are keen on wearing a saree and want to know how to wear one, watch The Beginner's Guide To Wearing A Saree on YouTube. This video will show you how to wear a saree.  Many shops now have saris that are already folded and set. You can wear them like skirts.  If you need an outfit for a special occasion, you could also try a lengha choli. It is much easier to wear than a saree.

Dressing in Goa

My Experience

I have lived in Goa since I was a child and have worn short skirts, dresses, jeans, etc. Goa is very westernized. No one will stare at you and make you feel uncomfortable unless you are dressed indecently.  Even till today I walk around in my jeans and tee shirts, or  a pair of shorts that extends up to my knees, and that's not a problem for anyone. I have always lived in a little village in South Goa and yet had no problem with that kind of dressing.

Tourists in Goa 

I have seen tourists walking around the market areas very scantily dressed and in inappropriate clothing that is actually meant for the beach. Those kind of things will definitely draw negative attention. You cannot go shopping in a market area, or visit a holy place scantily dressed.

8 Tips For Dressing For India (And Goa!)

  • Skirts are more comfortable than jeans. Jeans tend to stick to your skin in the warm, humid weather. If you prefer wearing pants, wear cotton ones. 
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A Cool, Summery Skirt
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  • Keep the jewelry to a minimum. Gold and silver will attract undue attention. Wear artificial junk jewelry if you have to. 
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  • Tattoos are not looked upon very kindly so no matter how awesome you may think yours is, it might be wise not to try and show it off anywhere except at a beach in Goa. 
Woman, Tattoos, Female, Model, Fashion, Girl, Lingerie
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  • If you are coming to India on a business trip, by all means wear your pretty dress and high heeled shoes at your business meetings. Many Indians do. But again, it should not be revealing. 
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  • If you are visiting a religious place especially in North India, it would be advisable to wear Indian clothes. 
                                        India, Face, Young, Indian, Woman, Cute, Girl, People
                                         Women usually cover their heads at religious places.
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  • Carry a stole, scarf, or shawl with you at all times. You can use it to cover your head when it gets too hot, or to throw over your shoulders if you suddenly need to look more conservative. 
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Woman wearing a scarf
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  • Lighter colors will keep you cooler in summer, darker colors are more advisable for winter. However, depending on your schedule, you might want to carry only darker colors if you plan to move around a lot. They will gather dust easily. 
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  • Keep away from tight and revealing clothes that show off the midriff, cleavage, or too much of the thighs. 
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These kinds of clothes are much better appreciated
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  • The roads are very muddy. If you plan on wearing long pants and long skirts or dresses, consider wearing shoes with a slight heel or wedge. 
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Lady wearing wedge shoes
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And, of course, Indians will love to see you wearing Indian attire as it shows how much you appreciate their culture. They may stare at you anyway, because they know that you are not an Indian and are wearing Indian clothes, but you will see the appreciation in their glances. Some of them may even step forward with a few tips for you. 

My Thoughts and My Experiences

Right now I live in Bangalore and I can tell you that hardly anyone walks around in a saree or any other Indian outfit. It is very westernized. Having lived in Goa for about eighteen years, and being such a frequent visitor there, (Since Goa is my hometown) I can tell you that Goa, too, is very westernized. Having lived in North India for many years of my life, I'd say that one would need to be very careful there. While I worked in the north, I always wore Indian outfits. Now I'm back to my western wear in Bangalore. 

Clothes To Pack For Your Trip To India

  • One pair of jeans ( not too tight )and two tops
  • two pairs of palazzo or any other loose pants. 
  • two sets of cotton Indian outfits (Churidaar or salwaar kameez)
  • two sets of formal clothing ( Indian or western, if you are going to be faced with the need)
  • two pairs of shorts and tee-shirts
  • scarf or shawl
  • a sweater or jacket, rain gear ( depending on the place you're visiting and the time of the year)
I do hope that after reading this, you will have a very clear picture of what to expect when you visit India, and what kind of clothing you should wear in different parts of India and for different occasions. In case you have any further questions, please message me and I will be happy to be of assistance. 

Saturday, 27 April 2019

Goa Nightlife- 10 Best Party Places To Go To!

Goa Nightlife- Best in India 

Goa nightlife is something that every visitor must experience. It is the best in India because it has the best party places to go to. There are beat shows, dances, beach parties, and lots of other fun activities. There are several places in Goa where the music flows continuously many hours of the night. Rave parties in Goa have become very popular in recent years. 

What is a rave party? 

A rave party is an electronic music dance party. It lasts all night. There are usually DJs and/ or live music performers at such a party. These parties usually take place in a dark room with laser lights and strobes. This organized dance party takes place in a warehouse, on a street, or at a night club. The main feature of a rave party is the uninterrupted flow of electronic music.  

How to Decide Where and When to Party in Goa 

A party in Goa is never complete without good music! 
It all depends on what type of music you like listening to. If you like Bollywood music, you can go to Baga Beach or Calangute Beach. If you are interested in psytranceAnjuna Beach and Vagator Beach is the place for you.  
If you want to experience the best parties in Goa, then you should visit Goa during the Christmas Season. Of course, everything is much more expensive during this time, but this is the time of the year when you can have a wonderful time.  

The Best Place in Goa to Party

South Goa does have some great parties, especially the Silent Noise Party at Palolem Beach. However, if you want a lot of fun and a continuous flow of music, North Goa is the best place in Goa to party. 

Top 10 Party Places in Goa 

If you want to experience a thrilling, mind-blowing party in Goa, here are the top ten party places that you should visit.  


  2. Concert, Music, Crowd, Dancings, Dancing, Moshpit
This club is very popular. It is one of the first clubs that opened. They play a lot of Indian as well as International music. In fact, their main specialization is Bollywood music. They are open  every day of the week except Mondays. On Wednesdays, ladies can enter and drink for free.  The open air dance floor is huge. There are two bars. The bartenders are known for their special feats as they do some amusing tricks when they serve drinks. Saturday nights are the best time to be at this club. There are also theme parties and karaoke evenings from time to time.  Many consider this one to be the best nightclub in North Goa, but some visitors feel that it is not worth the hype. 
Address: Tito's Lane, Baga Beach, Bardez, Goa
Phone Number: +91 98227 65002
Cost:  aprox. Rs. 2000 per couple
Timings: 10.30 pm to 3 am
Places to stay close by:  


  2. Bar, Drinks, Glasses, Alcohol, Cocktail, Beverage
This place is near the flea market in AnjunaCurlies is open all night long from sunset to sunrise. But the main crowd arrives at around 2 am, when all other clubs shut down for the night. Curlies was one of the first shacks in Goa. It used to be frequented by many visitors after they went shopping at the flea market on Wednesdays. Their main techno party night is every Monday and their main trance parties take place on Thursdays. Curlies mainly features psychedelic trance music. The first floor allows only couples for more privacy.  These parties start at 4 pm.  Besides parties, Curlies offers a wide range of water sports.
Address: Near Flea market, Anjuna, Goa
Phone Number: +91 9552471720 { Call – Kevin}
+91 9822489473 { Call – Linette }
+91 9822168628 { Call – Edwin} 
Timings: Sunset to Sunrise
Places to stay close by:  Curlie's offers its own accommodation. There are guest houses, beach huts and bungalows. 


Concert, Performance, Audience, Lightshow, Music, Party

Shiva Valley is very close to Curlie's. It is famous for its Goa trance parties on Tuesdays. As the sun sets on Anjuna Beach, the music levels rise and the party begins. Trance devotees from all over the world visit the place and the best of DJs  play at Shiva Valley. The neon lights glow in the dark and transform the place into a magical, ethereal universe. When you get tired of dancing, you can take a walk outside and have tea and omelets at the chai stalls. 
Address: Near Flea Market, Anjuna, Goa
Cost: Rs. 1000 for two people, ladies free
Phone Number: 91-9689628008
Timings: Sunset to Sunrise on Tuesdays, special parties on full moon nights
Places to stay close by: Places to stay near Shiva Valley


  2. Dancing, Clubbing, Dancers, Nightclub, Disco, Party
Mambo’s Night Club is situated at Baga Beach. It is owned and managed by Tito’s Group of companies. It has a lot of Bollywood music. Many international DJs play here. The place is also famous for world-class entertainers. This club is open every day of the week, between 6 pm and 3 am. The average cost for a couple is between Rs. 500 and Rs. 800. There is a huge indoor dancing stage and also an outdoor place, hookah and pool table. It is a beautiful beach front club.  
Address: Tito's Lane, Baga Beach, Goa
Phone Number: 098227 65002
Cost:  No Entry Fee
Timings: 6 pm to 4 am (seven days a week)
Places to stay close by: The Closest Hotels to Cafe Mambo

  1. HILL TOP 

  2. Concert, Stage, Music, Entertainment, Performance
Hill Top is on Ozran beach Road at Vagator Beach in North Goa. This is an open-air venue for psychedelic beach parties. It used to be a small restaurant but is now a great party place with hosted artists from around the world. The place has some groovy art that will create a vibe. The decor will stun you. The best parties happen here on New Year's Eve. Day parties take place here on Sundays at around noon. This place is open from October to April, and on special occasions during the other months. Hill Top also hosts a Goa Collective all-day market on Fridays. 
Address: Ozran Beach Road, Vagator Beach, Goa
Phone Number:  0832 227 3665
Cost:  It differs depending on the day and occasion. (Between Rs 500 to Rs 2000) 

Timings: 4 pm to 10 pm. 
Places to stay close by: Hotels Near Hill Top Club


  2.  Night Club, Silhouette, Party, Club, Music, Night

  1. Chronicle is situated on Little Vagator Beach. It is one of the trendiest places to party in Goa right now. The music is Deep House, Techno and Trance. There are an Italian fine dining restaurant and cocktail bar, with a huge open-air dance floor. Chronicle is spread on five levels. It is carved out of a rocky cliff. There is a creative cocktail menu that will charm everyone. There are Sundowner sessions from 3 pm on Fridays and Saturdays featuring great musicians from all over the world. Happy Hours last from 5 pm daily. 
  2. Address: Ozran Beach Road, Vagator Beach, Goa
    Phone Number:  088066 80601
    Cost:  Different events and occasions have a different cost. 
    Timings: The timings are also different for different events. 
    Places to stay close by: Hotels Near Chronicle


  2. Dj, Music, Party, Entertainment, Nightclub, Mixer

LPK Waterfront is in Nerul. LPK stands for Love, Passion, Karma. It is on the banks of the Nerul river and is surrounded by two lakes. The unusual architecture in this place will amaze you. There is a cavernous dance floor. The terracotta statues add to the unique look of the place. As the sun sets, this place is lit up extremely well. There are not many foreigners at this place. Single guys are not encouraged here. Entry is quite strict. It is open all year round and they play House, Bollywood and Commercial music. The club serves a lot of Indian snacks like tikkas. The cost for entry is Rs.1000 for couples. Single ladies can enter free of cost.  
Address: Nerul Road, Nerul, Goa
Phone Number:  093267 33295
Cost:  aprox Rs 1700 for couples


  2. Party, Lights, Music, Night, Club, Nightclub, Fun Laser
This café is situated on the Tito’s Lane of the Baga-Calangute Road. There is a three-sided bar which allows you to enjoy the party, as well as the street outside. The warm lightings and the array of drinks, together with the good music, makes it a great place to be at. This place is perfect for dinner. You can enjoy the bands and DJ while you eat. The music ranges from jazz funk to retro pop. There are Sunday Champagne Brunches organized every Sunday. One can have a relaxing time here with family and friends. It would cost about a thousand rupees for two people.  
 Address: Tito's Lane, Baga-Calangute Road, Goa
Phone Number: 099233 25638
Timings: 6 pm to 4 am ( seven days of the week)
Places to stay close by: Places to Stay Nearby

  2.  Toast, Nightclub, Party, Stemware, Goblet, Festive

Club Westend is situated on a hilltop in Saligao. This place is known for its sensational music. It is spread on three levels. The scenic beauty of the coastline from the top of the hill truly makes it one of the best party places in Goa. This place has different dance floors and a huge swimming pool. It is open seven days a week and every Friday night is Ladies’ Night. The entry fee is Rs. 800.  
 Address: Near St. Alex Church, Saligao, Goa
Phone Number: 9823920987; 9371194502; 9370697969.
Cost:  Rs. 800 ( Free entry for ladies every Friday)
Timings: 6 pm to 1 am (Seven Days a week)
Places to stay close by: Places To Stay Near Club Westend


  2. Dj, Live, Live Music, Hang Up, Sound, Concert
Club Cubana is located high on a hill in Arpora. It has canopied lounges and a Jacuzzi. The dance floor has mirrored pillars. It is a multi leveled club. There are bars at every level. This club is well organized and is one of the most popular clubs in North Goa. The DJ will captivate you with his excellent choice of music that ranges from funky to tech, vocal to progressive, and then the bare beat. The surroundings are peaceful and enchanting.  
 Address: Calangute-Arpora Road, Arpora, Goa
Phone Number: 098235 39000
Timings: 9.30 pm to 4 am
Places to stay close by: Places To Stay Near Club Cubana

Is Goa Nightlife the Best in India?  

With this kind of scintillating music and mind-blowing parties, Goa nightlife is certainly the best in India. After you visit the 10 best party places mentioned above, I’m sure you will agree! If you want to party hard, party in Goa. But, avoid the monsoons which last from June to September. The rains are very heavy and the weather will make partying difficult. 

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  •  All pictures used are from Pixabay.