Friday, November 26, 2010

Goa's Natural Treasures

Hi! I am just back from a vacation in Goa-- the small south-western state of India, that is famous for its beaches. As we soaked into the natural beauty of the place, we realised why the 40 beaches of Goa are ranked among the top beaches of the world.

Splashing water : On a speed boat

The azure blue water, the lashing waves, the powdery golden sand, the swaying palm and coconut trees, the green hillocks meeting the sea, several boats sailing at a distance -- the total view was stunning.

The moment we entered our hotel, Miramar Residency, we were mesmerised by the greenery and the thoughful landscaping-- something that cannot be equated with other government hotels. Situated on Miramar beach, this was an abode of peace and tranquility.

Since we had visited Goa earlier also, this time we were keen to explore the hidden treasures of the place instead of the usual beach hopping. During a visit to Panaji market, we spotted these Mario Miranda illustrations on the wall!!

Like all tourist attractions, Goa also has lots of artefacts and souvenirs for the tourists.I was particularly attracted by these silver ornaments...

And more blings....

Mirror-embroidered belts....

And vibrant jholas (totes)

Decorative plates.

An interesting Mario Miranda plate!!

Being a Portuguese colony till 1961, Goa also boasts of intersting houses with a distinctive architechtural style. I could only get pics of a very few since most of them I had noticed from a moving vehicle!!

A school building

At a supermarket in Miramar, we spotted these intersting shopping bags printed with the map of Goa.


And finally, I got this bag at a steal at a shop having 25-70 % discount.

And this leather messenger bag we found at shop run by a Bengali. He even offered a discount to us fellow Bengalis!!


Dekorasyon Ankara said...

thank you for this inspirational and useful design idea.

Mohua said...

Thanks for finding it inspirational!

Rinku said...

Goa diary is GOOD!! Some of the pix were quite-"pro-ish".

Mohua said...

Thanks! We enjoyed the trip as much!

ഒരു യാത്രികന്‍ said...

i liked it very much. especially nthat plate of Mario Miranda


Mohua said...
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Mohua said...

Thanks for appreciating the post! But alas! Mario will be missed by all!

Julian Booth said...

Hello there

I was there in goa few months back but in north. i loved that place calungute really best place for holidays.Anyways Thanks for your personal marvelous posting! I certainly enjoyed reading it, you will be a great suggestion for you mate please insert all this images in one personalized photo books to make them more here

Mohua Chakraborty said...

Julian, Hi!
Good to know that you liked my post. Yeah, the laid-back life of Goa really relaxes you and recharges you with new vigour. And thanks for your suggestion of photo book.