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Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Church in Panjim, Goa | Most popular Churches in Goa

Our monsoon Goa getaway sightseeing started with a visit to The 'Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Church'  located in Panjim, Goa, India. It is the most popular and visited church in Goa and has featured in many Hindi films.

[caption id="attachment_5290" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Church in Panjim, Goa[/caption] (more…)

Sushmita Sarkar
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St. Augustine’s Tower and Church in Goa | UNESCO World Heritage Site – Churches and Convents of Goa

On our monsoon getaway to Goa, one of the most charming sites we visited was the St. Augustine’ s Tower and Church in Old Goa (or Velha Goa). It is actually a ruined church complex and not many visitors come here, though it is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site - Churches and Convents of Goa.  I found this place having a charming aura of times gone by and a beautiful fading memory of glorious days of Portuguese rule in Goa.

[caption id="attachment_5272" align="aligncenter" width="300"] St. Augustine's Tower and Church - Views from Entrance gate[/caption] (more…)

Sushmita Sarkar
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Mario Miranda Gallery in Panjim | Offbeat things to do in Goa

Mario Miranda and Goa are synonymous with each other. The iconic Goan artist, cartoonist and illustrator is famous for its illustrations of Goa, goan life among many of his works. I grew up seeing many of his cartoons on The Times of India newspaper. So when on monsoon getaway to Goa, One of the first visits I did was to the Mario Gallery in Panjim.

[caption id="attachment_5255" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Mario Gallery at Panjim Market, Panjim, Goa[/caption] (more…)

Sushmita Sarkar
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Visit to Fontainhas in Panjim, Goa |Goa Travel Diaries

On the list of the top most things to do in Panjim city, for me during our monsoon getaway to Goa was is to visit Fontainhas quarters.  The Fontainhas is the old Latin Quarters in Panjim city and the Portuguese traditional architectural and town planning  influences have been preserved here. Visiting Fontainhas heritage quarters is taking a walk back into time, to the days of Portuguese rule in Goa. We spent the most delightful time walking around in Fontainhas, admiring the stunning colors, architecture and decor of the area.

[caption id="attachment_5240" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Private Villa is Fontainhas, Goa[/caption] (more…)

Sushmita Sarkar
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Monsoon Getaway to Goa, India | Long weekend monsoon getaway with Girl friends

Goa ~ the name conjures images of endless beaches, carefree beach bummers, churches and a laidback life. I wanted my ‘virgin’ experience of Goa to be unique and for years I avoided the beaches of Goa for the very reason people thronged to them; somehow crowded beaches full of people has never been my thing. So when my girl friends suggested we meet up for a long weekend monsoon getaway somewhere, Goa came up instantly first thing in our list! It then took us months of research planning, booking and some more research to finally have our Monsoon Getaway to Goa….and boy was it fabulous!

[caption id="attachment_5208" align="aligncenter" width="300"] The mellowed down Miramar beach in monsoons[/caption] (more…)

Sushmita Sarkar