Goa invites tourists to Christmas and New Years

Goa invites tourists to Christmas and New Years

The party capital of India is full of activities this winter


22 December 2021

With Christmas and New Years knocking on doors and the winter holidays in the bag, people can’t wait to have a good time in Goa (Photo: Alexey Turenkov, Unsplash)

Goa, a state that is home to Portuguese culture in India, is a train of festivities, colors and lights over Christmas and New Years. With a drop in the number of Covid-19 cases and an easing of travel restrictions in the country, people are eager to travel again and with Christmas just around the corner, Goa is the perfect destination for tourists.

Christmas and New Years have become a major holiday season for Indian families as schools and colleges close, proving parents the perfect excuse to take their children on vacation to destinations across the country and beyond. more and more in the world.

For those looking to savor Christmas in its unfiltered form two states stand out, Kerala and Goa, the latter has long been a major attraction not only for Indians but for tourists around the world as the compact state offers all that a vacation brings – lots of beautiful beaches, forests, sunny days and balmy evenings.

With Christmas and New Years knocking on doors and the winter holidays in the bag, people can’t wait to have a good time in the state. In 2020, people were forced to stay indoors due to the high number of Covid-19 patients in the country, but now with a drop in the number of active cases, the demand for tourism has exploded and for many people wanting to avoid the hassle. of international travel, Goa is the perfect getaway.

When traveling to Goa, as the year draws to a close, people have a plethora of different activities to choose from. Midnight Mass is a popular Christmas tradition in the state on Christmas Eve and makes it a suitable activity for tourists, with December 24 arriving in a few days. As Goa is home to nearly 400 churches, residents and tourists alike can easily attend mass in one of the churches which is never too far away. The Basilica of Bom Jesus is one of the oldest churches in the country and its companion the Church of St. Francis makes it the ideal destination for the day before.

Besides the places of worship and beaches which are the state’s main attraction, tourists are drawn to the local market and the quaint shopping experience it has to offer.

“When it comes to Goa, the favorite destinations for travelers have always been beaches and places of worship, which we believe will continue to be. An additional attraction this time among foreign tourists is the introduction of electric bikes which are very useful for visiting places in the hinterland. Apart from that, the local markets and the picturesque shopping experience that the local markets have to offer are very attractive to tourists, ”said Jyoti Mayal, President of the Travel Agents Association of India (TAAI). India Media Group.

Goa is also a foodie’s paradise, especially for those who love seafood. With the Christmas season underway, restaurants across the state serve up seasonal specialties such as roast turkey, pork sorpotel, plum cakes, stuffed chicken and a variety of grilled seafood.

With the lifting of restrictions for Covid-19 for tourists this year, the grounds of Vagator Beach will be swarming with fans of electronic dance music (EDM). With the Sunburn Music Festival scheduled for December 28-30, fans can’t wait to be a part of the magical music experience. This year, authorities allowed the participation of people who are only fully vaccinated with the looming threat of Covid-19 in mind.

Adding to the allure of this most popular western music festival in India, this year 60 international and local performers will entertain people on three stages. The promoters of the show have teamed up with various clubs for the event. The event will also be broadcast live for those who cannot physically attend.

With plenty of festivals and activities to keep tourists glued to Goa, tour operators say most tourists spend a good number of days in the state. “On average, the national tourist stays for five days and the foreign tourist about nine days,” explains Mayal. by TAAI.

Tourists who visit Goa prefer leisure travel, as the state offers dozens of opportunities and environments to let off steam. “Leisure tourism is the most privileged. With no international travel, Goa has emerged as one of the most popular leisure travel destinations for domestic travelers. There are many reasons for this, such as safety, cleanliness, hygiene, world-class service standards and a skilled, professional and friendly workforce, ”she says.

With new travel trends such as work, the number of visitors to Goa is expected to increase further. Tourism industry players remain hopeful for the near future despite the looming threat of the new variant of Covid-19.

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