Goa, one of the most popular beach destinations in India, basks in its glory in the month of December due to festivities as Christmas and New Year. Ranging from backpackers and honeymooners to families and friends, people visit Goa in large numbers during this time of the year. The vibrant celebration of Christmas and New Year parties in Goa is almost proverbial.
If you are planning a trip to Goa this yearend, here is a handful of useful information as to how you can make the most of your trip.
Visit Old Goa and its Churches: Old Goa sparkles with enthusiasm during Christmas time with people celebrating with absolute delight and exuberance. Streets are beautifully decorated with stars, ribbons and Christmas trees. Wafts of home-made chocolates and cakes will make you feel heavenly while walking along the bazaars. Temporary stalls are set up everywhere where you can find other Goan delicacies. The Grand church, the Basilica of Bom Jesus, their architecture and Portuguese history, along with a spiritual air; it’s an experience you’ll cherish forever. It’s better if one avails a full day car rental in Goa to explore all the important places.
Visit Arpora’s Saturday Night Bazaar: This famous bazaar in Goa operates from November to April, but the enthusiasm and celebration reach its zenith in December. During this time, the retailers offer their best products and discounts to lure the large influx of tourists. The market functions every Saturday from 6 pm in the evening until Sunday early morning. Apart from shopping, live music and dance shows act as cherries on the top. Even foreigners are allowed to set up stalls. Tourists can buy imported items at reasonable prices. Explore the night bazaar for handicrafts, clothes, shell jewellery, junk jewellery and bags.
Water sports: The weather during December (temperature varies between 22°C to 30°C) in Goa is ideal for water sports such as wakeboarding, jet skiing, windsurfing, scuba diving, sailing and many others. The famous beaches to enjoy water sports are Dona Paula Bay, Candolim Beach and Cidade De Goa. Make sure to take the hospitality and services of a registered operator who provides basic training and equipment covering all necessary safety procedures and guidelines. Many activities are safe for families and are full of an adrenaline rush.
Parties and Nightlife: No place in India celebrates New Year like Goa. The famous Goan nightclubs offer the best of foods, drinks and music to thousands of tourists. Goa is also renowned for its beach parties, especially the Vagator, Baga and Anjuna beach. The parties at few clubs and shacks go all through the night and, it’ll be a lifetime experience to be a part of the adventure. The Silent Noise party at Palolem beach is a unique event in Goa. Individual headphones are given to guests and psytrance music is played. If you are in Goa for a short time and, if you are fond of club-hopping, you can try visiting various clubs on a single night to make the best out of your trip. Hire one of the trusted cabs in Goa for a safe travel.
Relish the food: Almost all the restaurants and beach shacks in Goa serve mouthwatering seafood. The gastronomical delights are exotic and endless. One can start with a Goan Pomfret Vindaloo followed by Prawn Balchao, Pork Sorpotel curry and Chouricos. Your sweet tooth will say a thank you for trying Bebinca, Kulkuls and Neureos and Baath. Trust me, they are sinfully delicious!
Casinos: Perhaps, casinos attract the highest number of tourists during Christmas and New Year. Apart from the regular ones, casinos during this time are operated on huge boats and ships docked on River Mandovi. Even if you are not into gambling, you can just visit one to have a different experience. The packages offered by most of the casinos include unlimited drinks and food as long as you’re playing.
So, chalk out your plan for December and welcome the new year in a Goan way!
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