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  • Checking the Day's Catch
    Checking the Day's Catch
    by Donna_in_India
  • Fishing Boats - Panaji Fish Market
    Fishing Boats - Panaji Fish Market
    by Donna_in_India
  • Niti at the Goa Boat Expo
    Niti at the Goa Boat Expo
    by y2ketan2007
  • Halal / Muslim Restaurant Goa panaji margao

    by MohammedarifK Written Nov 23, 2014

    I have googled for Halal restaurants. Please erify before you eat anywhere from below list.

    Halal restaurant / Muslim Restaurant in Goa panaji margao

    Hotel Aflatoon
    Ango Vaddo, Mapusa, North Goa
    +919923040510, +919423820821

    Aslam's Authentic Wazwan Restaurant (On Google map)
    Calangute-Baga Rd, Bardez, Baga Beach Baga, Goa 403516, India?
    +91 832 227 6846

    one in candolim, it's in a small alley behind axis bank

    near titos on the way to baga beach

    Pakiza Restaurant
    31st January Road, Fontainhas , Near The Crown, Panaji, Goa

    Shalimar Restaurant (Panaji)
    18th June Road, Panjim, Goa 403001
    Tel: (+91) 832 2222487

    Budday Miyan, India
    Outside sun city resort, baga, Goa, India
    Phone Number: +919923484002

    Niyaaz Fine Dine
    Shop No. 1 & 4, Athaide Building 'A', M.G. Road, Panaji-Goa
    Phone No.8380066545

    Niyaaz Restaurant
    Salida Del Sol Hotel, Mezzanine, Menezes Braganza Road, Panaji, Goa, 403001.

    Niyaaz Take Away (in the city)
    Kalapur Junction, Santa Cruz, Near Mosque, Goa - 403005
    +(91)-832-6527222, +(91)-9665518678

    Janata Hotel
    Station Rd Margao, Goa 403601, India?
    +91 832 273 7269

    Al Akbar
    margoa, Goa, Bardez 403601, India
    9886284605

    Note: Verification of serving HALAL is required before eating. This is just Google search of 2 Hrs. Allah knows best.

    Hyderabadi Biryani Halal Cut
    Abade Faria Rd, Madgaon, Goa, India


    Below given are may be halal as they do not sell alcohol & serve mughlai dishes.

    Biryani King
    Baga, North Goa
    +919096906085, +919096903531, +919096905249

    KG's Chicken Biryani Centre
    Block By, Naikawaddo , Near Calangute Beach
    (+91) 9890703496, (+91) 9594311386

    Mughlai Munch
    Manguirish Building, Ground Floor, 18th June Road , Opposite Bombay Bazaar, in Panaji, Goa

    Note: Again, verification of serving HALAL is required before eating. This is just Google search of 2 Hrs. Allah knows best.

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  • Live Music Festivals in Goa

    by tushjones Written Jan 16, 2014

    I have been visiting Goa a long time now, and last year I got introduced to a brilliant concept f bringing cross cultural bands on one stage at Great Live Music Festival 2013.
    I am huge Rock fan ,and getting to hear to rock bands from India, Russia and England,,was surely a cherry on top for my Goa vacation .

    This year also they are organizing this festival on 31st Jan and 1st Feb 2014 , at Elliot Grounds, Baga Bridge.
    I have already planned my itinerary in a way that I be in Goa at that time of the month .
    Sure don't want to miss.
    Would recommend every Rock and Jazz lover to surely attend this festival .

    Check out their fb page if you want : https://www.facebook.com/InternationalFestivalGreatLiveMusic2013GoaIndia

    Great Music, beautiful place, just perfect food and drinks, what else you want for a great vacation !

    GLM 2014 Enjoy !! What a scene ! ! Soothing tunes !
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    Goa International Marine & Boat Expo

    by y2ketan2007 Written Jan 13, 2013

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    A wonderful event held every December , the Goa International Marine & Boat Expo attracts a lot of visitors and trade participants.The latest in international boating and marine equipment are on display.

    Niti at the Goa Boat Expo

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    Fresh Fish at the Market

    by Donna_in_India Updated Aug 6, 2011

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    Early each morning the fisherman head out into the Arabian Sea. Late each afternoon they bring in their daily catch. Kingfish, prawns, mackerel, pomfret, crabs, etc. line the tables. The smell is overwhelming but it is a visual treat. Buyers go from table to table bargaining for their fish. Watch as the fish is skillfully cleaned, talk to the fisherman, take some photos, and enjoy the atmosphere.

    ** There is a market in the city of Panaji where locals go for fish, fruits, and vegetables. This is not the market described in this tip. You must cross the river to access this market. This is where the fisherman leave from and come into each day.

    There is a very small charge to enter.

    Checking the Day's Catch Fishing Boats - Panaji Fish Market Buying Prawns - Panaji Fish Market

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    Good company, Cheers

    by Pete.Gibson Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    There is nothing better than meeting up for a beer and a natter, this beach side bar at the Leela beach hotel, is a ideal place to meet before dinner as well as cocktails, beers and soft drinks you can also get snacks and some nice seafood dishes

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  • Out in India

    by quirkynav Written Mar 7, 2011

    The gay scene isnt all that bad in India anymore, most big cities have large communities and organize events, there are pubs which have gay nights on certain days of the week. Their are travel agents which do exclusive gay tours such as http://www.outjourneys.com and indjapink.com.

    One of these guys will surely be able to guide you to the right places where you can experience the gay life in India.

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    PLACES: Vasco da Gama

    by Rupanworld Written May 29, 2009

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    Many people have the wrong information that Goa is a city in itself. It is not. It is a state, the tiniest Indian state composed of many small towns, townships and villages. Being a very small state, the towns are very close to each other and are easily accessible. Here I discuss about the places/towns in Goa to visit.
    Vasco da Gama (named after the explorer who discovered the sea-route to India) is the biggest town of Goa and majority of the state population lives here. In this town one comes across old and modern buildings standing side by side. It is the commercial centre of Goa. It is very industrialized and has an important port, the Mormugoa Harbor, from which ship vessels carrying iron ore, steel and spices depart for other countries. Ships from all over the world are docked here.
    In this town one can see the Bogmalo Beach. The naval aviation museum at Dabolim is also close to this town and so is the only airport, Dabolim airport of Goa. The Japanese Garden is also located here.

    Mormugao harbour An old building

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    Villages of Goa

    by Justin_goa Updated Nov 9, 2008

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    Goa's life and beauty lies in the villages.
    While you are in North Goa, take a trip to some of the villages Assagao, Saligao or if you have the time take a trip to Diwar island. You have to cross Mandovi river from Ribandar, on the way to Old Goa. The old Goan houses are fascinating. It's a shame to see most of them are poorly maintained and in shambles. Very few are well maintained and if you are lucky, you could get a chance to visit one of the local homes and have a look inside. Don't miss it!! it's worth trying..!!!

    Old portugese house in Goa
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    Meeting up with new friends

    by Escadora7 Updated Oct 5, 2008

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    Even if you're the type who's not too much of an extrovert, it does not take much to get chatting with these travellers who come in from the rest of the world.

    Whether its out on the beaches, or out in the markets; while you're having a drink at one of the clubs/pubs/rave parties, walking around on the streets, lazying around on the verandah of your hotel or just crashing at one of the many shacks sprinkled around the beaches, you're bound to get into a conversation with someone/anyone on something/anything!

    Its amazing how just about anyone wants to let you know,

    * where they were the night before,
    * why they went there,
    * how they got there,
    * who they met,
    * what they imbibed, and
    * when they got back from where they were.

    It probably comes from the theory that if almost everyone in a room is a tourist, they'd all be looking to exchange notes, (if their cultural differences do not get them springing on each other's throats, that is. But the environment is so friendly, that is just about the last thing to happen here).

    It's true that you could sometimes bump into the weird one though, but then again use logic and good sense to filter out the ones you would want to hang out with and you're on your way to having a great holiday!


    Friends I met for the first time Friends partying Say Whiskey ... oops Cheese! That's not really classified as a trance dance! Friends & teeth
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    Shopping at sea beach

    by umashanker Written Apr 13, 2008

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    Sales woman from rural area comes at sea beach and sell cloths & handlooms to tourists. Although these women comes from near by Karnataka tribal village and from poor starta but many of them speak English good enough to make business transaction.Some men of thier clan sells fulte and other wooden crafts. we enjoyed fresh coconut water and pineapple chat very much at beach. Indeed very fresh and tasty.

    Business at beach View from the cliff Lovely Goan boats Fort Chappora Freah coconut water

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  • Report the abuse of Animals

    by godinheaven Written Sep 3, 2006

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    If any one sees the use of wild animals. For example snake charmers or the sale of monkeys they should report the matter to the local International Animal Rescue Centre located in Goa or the police. If you are brave enough take the monkey from the traders and refuse to pay them. then take the animal to the centre.(see Int Animal Res centre web site for info and phone numbers)

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    Monsoon in Goa

    by Justin_goa Written Jul 21, 2006

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    In June the monsoon arrives and everyone goes crazy. The arrival of the rains is a big celebration and the Goans hold parties outside where everyone gets slaughtered on coconut arak, feni. The rice paddies fill with water and reflect the dramatic skies.

    The monsoon transforms this land to a green paradise. This is the best time to see Goa in it's true, natural and vibrant nature...

    Fields Road to Mapusa
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    What a load of BULLOCKS!

    by budapest8 Written Feb 11, 2006

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    You can find these bullocks with cart all over India.
    I couldn`t resist the urge to jump on this cart carrying dung
    down this small road. I asked my friend Alex from Birmingham
    my travel partner I met at Delhi Airport to take the piccy.
    He just arrived from a 2 month trip in Pakistan and I was the first
    Westerner he met in 6 weeks.
    I knew of this Guru through an English Indian friend,
    he had an address to one of his asrams on the outskirts
    of Delhi. We joined up with the Indian followers and travelled
    south with them, after 2 weeks we had enough and travelled
    south to Bombay (Mumbai) where we stayed a week before
    taking the 24 hr trip by steamer to Panjim in Goa.
    For info about the Guru check out my Nasik Pages and tips.

    What did I think of the "meditation for masters" .preached by
    Guru Takar Singh... A load of bullocks!

    You can`t see what I can smell! Bullok and cart.......DUNG POWER RULES!
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    Full moon parties

    by budapest8 Written Feb 10, 2006

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    Full moon parties usually happen between in the months between
    November to Feb, when the season is in full swing.
    Location is a beach in the main beach resorts.
    Christmas lights in the palm trees and maybe a small bonfire
    on the beach.
    Time is just as the sun sets onward.
    For the chemical or organic stimulants people consume hash
    cookies and other illigal substances.
    Looks like a chapter out of one of the "Freak Brothers" comics!
    I was in Colva Beach but Anjuna Beach has bigger parties
    with fireworks and DJ`s flying in from Western capitals.

    Here is an account written by an Ozzie traveler in 2005

    Groove on!!
    Since the New Year was near , the party was crowded with varied kind of people.
    The party included people from those who love hip-hop parties to those who enjoys nature
    more than music and sound. The party had oodles of excitement and colorful lights that
    took me to another high. The dance floor and the loud music was something that I found
    really impressive. While dancing on the floor I made a friend Patrick, from Australia who
    told me that such parties are held in other beaches also and I should not miss them.
    We both admired the exotic drink and tasty food, served for free. He also told me that on a
    very few occasions the food is served for free.

    Well! To add a little more excitement , it had fireworks which made the dark night much
    more brighter.

    As the evening spins with the enthusiasm people like us brim with the magic that
    overwhelms us every moment as we enliven it here in Goa.

    Full Moon Party Anjuna Beach 1976 Anjuna Beach Party 1975
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    "Hey! It's the Fruit Guy!"

    by JessH Updated Jan 18, 2006

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    The more people are found lying on the Goan beaches, the more you'll see fruit vendors with big baskets on their heads trying to make some business.

    They're generally not too pushy; they simply inform you of the variety they have and then they move on.

    Some people may be concerned about the hygiene of the fruit knife, the basket or the vendor's hands - but we had pineapple & little bananas quite a few times and our tummies were fine :-) Especially when it's fruit that you have to peel, you're pretty safe anyway.

    A bag of pineapple cost about 5 Rupees - but of course you'll always get the occasional wise-guy that thinks he can make some extra money from the "dumb tourists":
    (we saw a Russian couple that got ripped-off by a different fruit-guy, paying 40,- Rupees for the same!)

    Our local Hilke & me enjoying pineapple, Goa
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