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In terms of area, Goa is the smallest state in India. Lying on the shorelines of Western India, the state of Goa forms a part of the region known as the Konkan. The capital of the state is Panjim or Panaji. Till 1961, Goa remained as a Portuguese colony and it ranks as one of the most favorite tourist destinations for both Indian and foreign travelers for its world heritage architecture, diversity of animal and plant life, picturesque seashores, and religious sites. Goa is considered as a popular ecotourism site in the country as well and is dubbed as the “Orient of the East” or “Pearl of the East”.
The state of Goa is precisely situated in between 14°53′54″ North and 15°40′00″ North latitudes and 73°40′33″ East and 74°20′13″ East longitudes. The state shares its boundaries with the state of Karnataka to the south and east, Maharashtra in the north, and the Arabian Sea in the west.
The state of Goa is split into two districts: South Goa and North Goa. A district collector oversees every district, who is essentially an executive assigned by the Government of India.
The headquarters of North Goa district are located at Panaji. This district can be additionally subcategorized into four divisions – Bicholim, Panaji, Ponda and Mapusa. There are six taluks – Bardez (Mapusa), Tiswadi (Panaji), Bicholim, Pernem, Ponda and Sattari (Valpoi).
The headquarters of South Goa district are situated in Margao. This district can be additionally split into three parts – Mormugao (Vasco da Gama), Margao, and Quepem. There are six taluks as well and they are Salcete (Margao), Mormugao, Canacona (Chaudi), Quepem, Dharbandora, and Sanguem.
Goa is currently the most happening tourist destination in India. This captivating tourist spot has been attracting international visitors for centuries. Initially, Goa was a Portuguese settlement and the legacy is still evident in many areas of the state, starting from the cuisines, architectural wonders, dialects and definitely, the inhabitants. Stunning beaches and vibrant nightlife add to its attraction. The peaceful ambience of the area is a top charm for visitors who are looking for an ideal seaside vacation. The climate of the place is ideal for vacationing. In spite of the fact that it is the smallest state in India, the GDP of Goa is quite high as compared to the Indian mean, courtesy the phenomenally growing travel and tourism sector of the state. There are two UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Goa and they are the churches and convents of Old Goa and the Bom Jesus Basilica. In addition, there are a lot of historic architectural sites, major religious hubs, and museums. The most visited tourist attractions in Goa are as follows: Read More….Read More....
By Air: The busiest airport in the state of Goa, Goa International Airport, is a public territory at INS Hansa, an airstrip belonging to the Indian Navy. It is situated at Dabolim, close to Vasco da Gama. This airfield offers planned overseas and domestic flight facilities. Scheduled flights are available to overseas destinations in the Middle East such as Dubai, Doha, Sharjah as well as Kuwait. The airlines that operate from Goa to these destinations are Air India, Air Arabia, Indigo, GoAir, Jet Airways, SpiceJet, Qatar Airways and JetKonnect. The Dabolim Airport takes care of a considerable number of chartered flights in the ‘winter months. Flights from Germany, the United Kingdom, Russia and the Netherlands arrive particularly between November and May. Flight operators from Europe such as Thomson Airways, Monarch Airlines, Condor, Thomas Cook Airlines, and Arkefly provide a number of chartered flights along with other operators. Approximately 700 overseas charter flights depart from Goa every year and they comprise about 90% of foreign chartered traveler flights in the country. It is projected that chartered flights bring around 150-200 thousand foreign travelers to Dabolim. Read More….Read More....
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