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North Goa cities: a blend of past and modern

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A land of beautiful beaches, goa is a favourite place to visit. Goa is full of wonders that have always remained a passion for holiday goers. North goa, which is one of the two districts in goa is a favourite of tourists.

North goa has very beautiful cities, where you can have fun and enjoyment. The north goa cities are very lively throughout the day and night, which makes your stay here worthy.

Panaji, the capital of Goa, is a very beautiful city lying on the banks of river Mandovi. Narrow winding streets, red-tiled roof houses, old houses with over hanging balconies, café’s and bars remind us of the rich Portuguese influence. These stand as a monument to the Portuguese culture and are preserved remarkably well.

Panaji is dotted with gardens and avenues that give a green canopy to the whole city. Though very small, Panaji maintains the charm and glory.

Another north goa city is Mapusa and the greatest attraction here are the Friday markets.  You can get anything goan here like spiced Goan pork sausages, dried fish and prawns, junk jewellery, clothing, even country liquor at very affordable prices.

Goa is known for its churches. But still a visit to the north goa city of Ponda will take you to the Hindu temples. One can visit Kamakshi temple, Sri Devaki Krishna temple, Shanthadurga temple and a lot. Ponda also houses the only Muslim monument left in the state, the Safa Shahouri Masjid. While in Ponda, one has to visit the Rivona caves, which is a proof of Buddhist past.

It is real charm to visit and stay in old goa. The splendour of Old Goa lies in its architectures. He churches, mansions and other buildings are real monuments of the past.  It is worth visiting Se Cathedral and the Basilica of Bom Jesus.

Nature is at its best in Bicholim, a land blessed with lakes and hills. The Arvalem caves are another surprise. The Arvalem waterfalls also add to the beauty of the place.

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