India is revered as a mysterious, mystical corner of the world, attracting curious holidaymakers who wish to discover the many wonders that it offers. Colour, spice and hustle and bustle make up just a few facets of India’s personality, yet you also have the tropical beaches, the secluded hideaways, the lush jungles and the deep, rushing rivers.
Of course, the most famous landmark in India has to be the stunning Taj Mahal, an impressive marble love token and one of the Seven Wonders of the World. If you do wish to see the splendour of the Taj, it’s a day’s journey from India’s most popular coastal resorts in Goa, but it’s perfectly possible if you factor in an overnight stay in Agra.
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Goa is the place to head for if you want to experience India by the sea. However, with over 60 miles of stunning beaches to choose from, you have a decision to make as to which Goa resort to book. In South Goa the white sand beauties of Arossim Beach and Cavelossim entice holidaymakers. Calangute is the place for loud and lively India holidays, whereas Baga and Candolim take it down a notch or two.
Aguda Fort in Candolim is a popular excursion, perched high on a rocky hillside that overlooks the sea. As well as being a great place to take snaps over the Indian coastline, the natural springs surrounding the Fort are also well worth a look.
Holidays in India aren’t all about the beaches, as glorious as they are. Inland, thick jungle and rushing rivers await the avid explorer. An excursion to the Dudhsagar waterfalls is a must for nature lovers. Bathe in the crystal clear waters, surrounded by thick jungle – who knows, you might even spot a monkey or two in the trees!
If it’s stunning beaches that you’re after, Cola Beach is one of the most beautiful in Goa. As a secluded hideaway, a trip to this beach provides amazing respite from the busier beaches on the coast, and you can even arrange to stay in a beachfront tent if the fancy takes you, for the real desert island experience.
India’s deep, palm-flanked rivers are one of the country’s most stunning natural attractions, away from the white sand beaches on the coast. Book a boat trip down the Siolim River to take in jungle villages and crumbling temples as you cruise.
The Goan markets are a shopper’s paradise, and the flea and craft markets in particular can hide some real gems. Wander the bustling bazaars full of bright colours, pungent aromas and rich fabrics for some authentic souvenirs to remember your holiday to India by. The night market in Baga is one of the best.
This stretch of stunningly beautiful Indian coastline boasts a resort for everyone, from the lively to the laidback. Take your pick from the white sand beaches, wander the bustling bazaars, and take in the splendour of Old Goa, where you’ll find the impressive Cathedral of St Catherine - the biggest church in Asia.
After dark, Goa comes alive with bars lighting up the beachfront. Dine on a freshly caught fish supper before sipping on a coconut cocktail or two, for Indian nights to remember.
The busiest of the Goan resorts, Calangute is the place to go if you like your holidays with plenty of life in them. Enjoy watersports at Calangute Beach, shop or hit the bars and restaurants on the beachfront and on Baga Road, for an exciting holiday in India.
Baga is a quieter option for holidays to India, having remained as true as possible to its fishing village roots. By day, the golden sands beckon. By night, you can browse the evening market by candlelight, for a magical shopping experience, or hit the nightlife, which manages to strike the right balance between fun and relaxed.
Candolim is a beautifully serene spot on the Indian coast, where gleaming sands and crystal clear waters draw the tourists. The vibe in Candolim is relaxed and peaceful, for those who really want to kick back on their holidays to India.
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