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1. Posted by krjessica (Inactive 4 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

Hi everyone, I'm planning on backpacking around India for a month this winter
I am planning to fly to and from Goa for 5 days. I want to explore sensuous beaches and historical forts of Goa.

1. Please help me to fine the famous beach destination in Goa?

After that I am planning my next destination to Delhi for 5 days? It doesn’t seem like there is much to see there but I definitely want to go.

2. Please provide me detailed information on Famous Places of Delhi?

Also, what's the best time to go?
Thanks in Advance :)

2. Posted by arif_kool (Travel Guru 1757 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

If ur in India for a month why do u want to go to Delhi straight from Goa, there are so many places to be seen in between !!

From Goa, u can travel to Mumbai and then to Jodhpur, Udaipur, Pushkar, Jaipur, Agra and then onto Delhi.

Delhi has lots of places to visit, the India Gate, Qutab Minar, Temples, Red Fort and Humayun's tomb and many other historical and contemporary sites. Apart from these, it is experience in itself to walk along the streets of the old Delhi town


3. Posted by salian (Budding Member 4 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

1. Please help me to fine the famous beach destination in Goa?
A. The beaches in GOA are different from each other....From a tourist perspective if you are in Norther goa then the beaches of BAGA and Vagator are the best....the water is safe and the sands are clean...the beaches are lined up with cozy shacks....places to stay are reasonable priced....You can also try Anjuna though the quality of the beach aint that great....Arambol is also very pretty and secluded [but stay away from the Russian drug peddlers]and u have some small virgin beaches on the way there...STRICTLY AVOID Calangute beach [ Too commercial] and Aguada[Unsafe quick sand-like].

There are 2 forts in North Goa....Chapora fort and Aguada fort which was a jail in the Portuguese Era.

South goa has some very clean beaches like Palolim and Colva too.....

Best time to go......From Oct - Feb

[ Edit: Edited on 01-Oct-2009, at 14:33 by salian ]

4. Posted by salesian (Budding Member 28 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

Avoid North Goa like the plague. Go to Patnem in South Goa. It's just south of Palolem and the beach and vibe is fantastic. Tantra bungalows on Patnem are great value for money.
Definitely visit Mumbai as well. It's a nuts place.

5. Posted by Clanger (Respected Member 202 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

Calangute may be commercial, but it has a friendly vibe, and feels quite safe if you are travelling around alone. There are some superb eateries, like Hotel Clisher, and the Tibetan Restaurant, and the Plantain. And has good bus links to Mapsua and surrounding areas.

Plus it is a walk down the beach to Candalem and up to Baga. Although be wary of using the beach at night, as lots of men sleep there at night. And also, do not get called into the dunes, stay on the beaten track.

If you want to meet up with the hippie community, head to Baga beach for sunset.

Candolem is full of ex-pats, but beware because the prices go up too.

I never got to the Southern beaches, but I did do the Spice Plantation tour, and the waterfall & monkey tour. I would recommend the Spice Tour, but not the latter.

Whilst Goa is okay, I wouldn't say they are the best beaches in the world. Southern Thailand, and Cambodia have some incredibly beautiful places, and the people there, do not want to have photographs taken with you, nor do they want to touch you all the time...