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Old April 17th, 2005, 07:28 PM   #1
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GOA city and beachscapes

GOA- The Fun city of India..Variously known as "Pearl of the Orient" and a "Tourist Paradise" , but i would call it as 'Amsterdam of the East'..

Goa is best known as a tourist paradise, both in India and abroad. Lavishly gifted by nature for its scenic beauty, virgin beaches girdling its 105-km long palm-fringed coast interspersed with enchanting coves, bays and estuaries, paddy fields, shady coconut, cashew and mango groves dotted with tiny picturesque villages, temples and churches renowned for worship and pilgrims, forts and monuments and above all, friendly and hospitable people, Goa presents an ideal tourism profile.Tourism is so prominent that the number of tourists almost equals the number of state population.

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Goa Beaches



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Old April 17th, 2005, 09:45 PM   #4
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Old April 18th, 2005, 01:00 AM   #5
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Matt Damon (Bourne Supremacy) in Goa - Gomantaktimes



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Road to the Mandovi Bridge



Mandovi Bridges and Panaji city

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Panaji



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Velha Goa (old Goa)



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Old April 25th, 2005, 03:10 PM   #9
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Panjim's most distinctive and photogenic landmark is to be found at the Church square. The toothpaste-white Baroque facade of the Church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception looms over Church Square


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Fontainhas - the picturesque Portugese quarter - lies south of Town square, and is Panjim's oldest and most interesting district. Here, a dozen or so blocks of neoclassical houses rise in a tangle of terracotta rooftops up the sides of Altinho hill

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many have retained their traditional coat of ochre, pale yellow, green or blue - a legacy of the Portugese insistence that every Goan building should be colour-washed after the monsoons

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The road that runs north of Church Square brings you out at the riverside, and it is here that you'll find Panjim's most striking statue. Glaring down from his pedestal, a long-haired, haggard-faced man is bent over the supine body of a curvaceous woman, unconscious at his feet. Contrary to appearences this is not a scene from a nineteenth century melodrama, but a memorial to one of Goa's more illustrious sons - Abbe de Foria - priest, revolutionary and the founding father of modern hypnotism

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Old April 25th, 2005, 03:12 PM   #10
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Nestled 9km southwest of Panjim, Dona Paula takes it's name from a viceroy's daughter who threw herself off the cliff when refused permission to marry a local fisherman

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10 km east of Panjim are found - by any measure - the states most impressive historical monuments. Now refered to as "Old Goa", it was known as "Goa Dourada" (Golden Goa) in the past and was the lagest, richest and most splendid city in Asia. At one time the grandest building there - the Augustinian Monastery - now lies in ruins

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...though the partially collapsed belfry remains one of the city's most distinctive sights
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...the nightlife is just beginning , and as the locals are proud to point out - "In Goa, the FUN never sets!!!"

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...for while the sun may have gone down on Goa, leaving abandoned beach chairs in its wake...


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...along with the last of the paragliders



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...by oneself.


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... that rapidly fill up as the sun climbs higher in the sky
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...sun beds awaiting visitors...

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Gone are the days when Candolim was a virgin beach where sanyasins from the Rajneesh Ashram at Pune used to pull yoga poses on empty sands - the beach today is filled with shack cafes

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Dona Paula is thronged by Indian tourists who come here to enjoy water sports...


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The distinctive domed Church of St. Cajetan was erected between 1612 and 1661 by the Theatine Order. Sent to India by Pope Urban VIII, the priest-missionaries were refused entry to their original destination, the Sultanate of Galconda, and settled instead in Goa, where they built this miniature replica of St Peter's in Rome, naming it after the founding father of their Order.


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Site of the world-famous mausoleum of St. Francis Xavier, the Bascilica of Bom Jesus is India's most revered and architecturally accomplished church. Work on the building was completed in 1605. In 1964, it became the first church in South Asia to be promoted to a minor Bascilica by order of Pope Pius XII, and today forms the main focus for Christian Worship in the old colonial capital.

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Anniyan, Lucky, Sun.............Nice images.



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hindustani..anniyan.....
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The russet and cream-coloured temple is crowned with a huge domed sanctuary tower.



The courtyard is dominated by a brilliant-white six-storey deepmal.
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...and chapels, all fashioned very much in the Portugese mould

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However, not all of Goa is Christian as is evident by this small (relatively) temple near Anjuna in Bardez district.



Scattered around Ponda are a dozen or so Hindu temples founded during the seventeenth or eighteenth century. Though the temples are fairly mordern by Indian standards, the deities are ancient and held in high esteem. Adjacent to most temples, one usually finds a stepped water tank or "tirtha", in which devout worshippers bathe before proceeding to the shrine. The most distinctive Goan feature to their temples is the lamp tower ("Deepmal", also known as "deep stambhas - literally "piillars of light"). Their many ledges and windows hold tiny oil lamps are illuminated on several occasions. Pictured here is the water tank of the Shri Manguesh Temple, along with it's deepmal - the tall white structure - in the background.
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A strange looking Hotel in Goa

Hotel Old Anchor, Marmagoa
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...main shrine where the idol of Vishnu in his fourth incarnation as the man-lion Narsimha is housed


Move on to Velinga and you reach the Shri Narchena Lakshmi temple - one of the most picturesque temples in Goa. This conventional eighteenth century structure is surrounded by neat lawns, pilgrim hotels. A brightly painted assembly hall leads to the...



A few kilometers away is the Shri Mahalsa Temple. It originaly stood in Salcete district, but was destroyed in the 16th century during a seige by Adil Shah's Muslim army after a platoon of Portugese soldiers took refuge in it. The deity survived, having been previously smuggled to Mardol, where it was installed in a new temple which has been rebuilt several times. The temple is crowned by rising tiers of red pyramidical roofs. The presiding deity here is Vishnu's consort, the black-faced Goddess Mahalsa (aka Lakshmi). In the courtyard is an unusual brass lamp pillar (featured here on the right). It symbolises the Hindu "Axis Mundi", Mount Kailash, which the gods placed on the back of Vishnu's second incarnation...


Established at the begining of the fifteenth century, Shri Naguesh is older than most of it's neighbours, although stylistically in the same mould, with the usual domed "shikara" (visible in the background), terracotta-tiled roofs, and of course the ubiquitous deepmal.
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