Exploring Goa – Parties, Architecture and More

From parties to serene solitude, Goa’s amazing landscape, towns and villages offer a lot for those who are ready to explore. A Mumbai to Goa trip would be best topped up with a drive to some of the most iconic shores of the country. After negotiating the verdant mountain highways of the Ghats, a wide spectrum of seaside scenery awaits along the coast of Goa. Informed travellers are choosing car rentals over regular cabs as they get more privacy and freedom to enjoy India’s favourite holiday destination.
Hitting the Beach- Some of the best beaches of Goa include the iconic Baga beach, Vagator beach, Anjuna beach, Morjim, and Querim beach, and these are just a scratch on the surface. When travelling from one beach to another, one can pause at the many eateries and shops for some local cuisines and retail therapy.More than sun and sand- A Goa trip is not just about sandy beaches and cocktails. The Portuguese had ruled this region for more than four centuries and their architectural and cultural legacy remains in many aspects of Goan life. The churches and forts of Goa are a delight to explore and there are many famous ones which one can visit while on holiday here. Drive around and discover these architectural wonders that offer a glimpse into a lost age. The Se Cathedral was built over a period of 80 years and main features include the 14 intricately carved altars. The Bom Jesus Basilica is five hundred years old and holds the relics of Catholic saint, St. Francis Xavier. Its Baroque architecture is another defining feature. Located in state capital Panaji, the Church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception is arguably the oldest major church in Goa.Located in Bardez, close to Vagator, the ruins of the Chapora fort are also becoming a popular attraction. The Aguada Fort is a more well-preserved area and is a must-visit, offering mesmerizing views of the Arabian Sea from a vantage point. Another fort in Bardez, the Reis Magos has been restored and is a cultural centre where visitors can learn more about the rich history of the state.
Getting Around- Exploring Goa’s landmarks will need a bit of driving around, and a lot of stops. This can cost a lot with a regular Mumbai to Goa Cab. Prudent travellers who opt for self drive car rentals to get the best out of a Goa vacation. Modern rental companies like Zoomcar offer app-based booking and payment plans that can be changed anytime, depending on the requirements at that specific time. All-India permits ensure an easy inter-state transit. Choose the independence of driving oneself; experience what Goa has to offer.

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