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Head to GOA for GOA CARNIVAL 2018

The popular annual GOA Carnival will be held across the coastal state from February 10 to 13. The main float parade of the festival will be held in the State capital Panaji on February 10. So now when Goa Carnaval is around the corner, and the state of Goa is all gearing up for the much-awaited festival of the year, you can choose to be there this weekend!

My friend Angela has flown from London for the Goa Carnival, I will keep you posted with some live updates from her! A true blue and proud Goan!

Here you can enjoy the four-day festival in different cities that will keep you on your toes all through the festivity. Enjoy the parades, the dances and the Goan traditional music that will keep you energetic and enthralled throughout the show.

The Goa Carnival has over 500 years of history and dates back to the times when Goa was a Portuguese colony. This event is unique to Goa and is celebrated only here. You can enjoy amazing parades full of colourful costumes, lots of music, beautiful floats, and attractive dances. Huge street celebrations are organized all over the state. Evenings and nights are for non-stop parties. All these festivities are usually held in February or March, before Lent. This is one of the most anticipated events for local people.

The most amazing thing about Goa is that fun and festivities that begin in December with the holiday season does not stop upon arrival of the New Year but continues up to the celebration of Goa Carnival or the pre Mardi Gras revelry, a tradition that dates back to the arrival of Portuguese in Goa way back in 1510.

Based on the Christian tradition of Mardi Gras (also known as Fat Wednesday) which refers to the events of the carnival celebrations; Goa Carnival is a festival that celebrates the culture and cuisine of Goa on a grand scale every year.

Originating from the tradition of Mardi Gras, a tradition of hedonistic feasts and dancing & drinking bouts before the fasting and abstinence associated with the penitential season of lent, Goa Carnival is a 4-day razzmatazz that is observed all through the state with great gusto and zeal.

Goa Carnival features a frenzy of tourist activities. Tourists indulge in feasting, merrymaking, drinking throughout the day. The festive mood is even more aggravated by the huge parades that move the various streets of Goa. These parades are accompanied by live bands and dances. Goa forgets to sleep during the carnival as these parades continue throughout the night. Most of the streets are decorated with attractive lighting and grand balls.

The festivities during Goa Carnival include dancing troupes, revellers wearing masks and costumes usually, electrifying music which is generally performed live, sports competitions, floats & parades and hedonistic pursuits like great food and drinking.

During the Carnival, you can see lots of traditional things: Goan art, short plays, Goan culture, food, music, etc. The final day of the festivities is the most spectacular. Try not to miss the famous red-and-black dance held by the Clube Nacional in Panjim. Altogether, these celebrations are about eating, drinking, and having fun. ‘Kha, piye, and majja kar’—says the legendary King of Chaos, Momo, to lead the crowd. Fire-eaters, acrobats, clowns, jesters, dancers, brass bands, and others follow him during the parade down the main street of Panaji.

Enjoy Goa Carnival

Summertime Villa, jewel in the GOA’s Crown!


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When at the end of the year, you plan to hit GOA for obvious reasons, you can explore a new boutique hotel, Summertime Villa…Let me introduce you to Summertime villa in Goa, Asia’s Most Romantic Boutique Hotel 2016, winner of World Boutique Hotel Awards in London! A luxury hilltop villa in Goa with tropical gardens, koi pond, and infinity pool. Total privacy in a secluded location, yet close to the famous beaches on the coast of North Goa. Summertime is also a preferred sanctuary for Bollywood celebrities who want to escape the paparazzi for some me-time.

Summertime villa in Goa makes a winning combination of a location close to north Goa’s hotspots yet surrounded by two peaceful acres of lush tropical gardens. This sort of generous private space is simply unheard of in Goa, especially in north Goa. The two acres are spread around the villa in such a way that maximum amount of privacy is assured, as several high-profile celebrities have discovered.

Summertime is built in contemporary Bali style, the preferred holiday destination of the owners. Large glass walls bring in views of the two pools and every window and door opens out to stunning greenery. The double height living room is the heart of the villa. A large rattan and wood sofa flanked by deep armchairs invites hours of convivial catching up with family members and friends. Summertime villa perches on a hilltop just outside Calangute overlooking paddy fields and a lush tropical garden. It is a rare luxury villa which enjoys two acres of private gardens, shared with birds, butterflies and tranquillity which is fast disappearing even from Goa. There is a large infinity pool which overlooks the gardens and the valley, a waterfall and a koi pond.

The three massive suites of 75 sq meters each are all done up in happy colours and hand-picked furniture from Bali and from other places from the owners’ travels. There is a large separate wall to wall wardrobe, exquisitely done large bathrooms with walk-in showers and twin vanities. Just outside the Koi suite is the large koi pond where colourful koi fish await some snacks. A burbling waterfall ends in the koi pond and this presence of water is a huge attraction to birds, both resident and migratory.

Another strong presence is of books, books and more books. In a bright corner of the living room is a Bibliochaise – a chair built around a mini-library. Obviously, the house belongs to big-time readers and their collection keeps on expanding.

The impressive frontage of Summertime overlooks the large infinity pools. Folks who want to do laps can do so in the whopping 14 x 7-meter length while the lazy swimmers can perch on the benches built inside the main pool overlooking the gardens or immerse themselves in the smaller lounge pool.

Summertime is fully staffed with an amazing cook, a very versatile caretaker and well-trained housekeeping staff. The grounds care for three staff members who live in a charming bungalow at the bottom of the property. Summertime’s staff and the wonderful food has also been a huge highlight and just about every guest leaves raving about the quality service and food.

Summertime’s owners also run the Solita, a classic luxury yacht available for exclusive charter. A completely different way of exploring Goa, the Solita will take you out to sea to spot dolphins and down Goa’s secret backwaters and past quaint villages – an experience from a more elegant time.

Both the Solita and Summertime can transport you into a novel world, into the Goa you dream about, one filled with balmy sea breezes, soothing greenery, gently lapping water and birdsong.

 

Happy New (Travelling) Year 2015, travel fraternity welcomes you!

Friends you would remember my blog post few days ago for Holiday (Holics) 2015 is for you where I had shared with you how you can club your leave with paid holidays and fulfill your sigh-seeing / travel plans which you have been yearning for from years. This is the ideal year for holiday seekers who want to explore more & more travel destinations but are unable to do so because of lack of leave/ holidays. You are privileged that this year – 2015, you need not disturb your official commitments, spouse’s maika trips and children’s school schedule – you can squeeze in so much in just one year, obviously if you plan wisely. As a first measure – list out those destinations which have been on your wish-list. Oh! Difficult!

So many, don’t scratch your head, I am presenting before you the photo-essay of some exotic national and international destinations, you can certainly take your pick from there:

PHOTO – ESSAY

1. Skiing in GULMARG, Kashmir

Skiing in Gulmarg

2. DUBAI Shopping Festival

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3. MAHABALESHWAR Strawberry Farms

Mahabaleshwar

4. GOA Carnival

Goa Carnival

5. PUSHKAR MELA, Ajmer

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6. JAISALMER Music Festival, Rajasthan

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7. COORG

coorg

8. MUSSOURIE

Mussorie

9. JIM CORBETT, Nainital

Jim Corbett
10. DARJEELING

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11. MALAYSIA for FESTIVALS

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12. GANGTOK international Flower Festival

Gangtok
13. KERALA BACK WATERS

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14. BHUTAN

Bhutan
15. OMAN

Oman
16. LONDON

London
17. RISHIKESH River Rafting

rishikesh river rafting
18. MYSORE Dussehra

mysore dussehra
19. TARKARLI for Diving

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20. THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA for Christmas

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21. AUSTRALIA

australia-sydney

22. NEW ZEALAND

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23. KENYA

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24. SOUTH AFRICA – DURBAN, BOTSWANA

south africa