Going to Goa

Goa is a popular destination, especially with leisure tourists. Take your next vacation to Goa and enjoy the sun-baked beaches of this fabulous tourist attraction. Relax and join the locals for their traditional siesta from about 13.30 to 15.30. Many of the shops are closed at this time anyway. In fact, in Panaji most shops shut around 20 h.

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Best Time of Year to Visit Goa

The best time to travel to Goa is in the winter - from mid-November to mid-February - when daytime temperatures average about 28°C. Beware of monsoon season from the beginning of June. Make plans to travel to Goa in February for the Goa Carnival. In August and September you can experience Ganesha Chaturthi for 10 days. Or visit during Diwali in October and November. The Christian holidays celebrated in Goa include Christmas in December and Easter in April.

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Important Facts to Know

The official language in Goa is Konkani, but Hindi and Marathi are also spoken. During festivals, such as Christmas and New Year, Carnival and Ganesh haturthi - you will need to be sure to book transportation and hotels well in advance. Prices in Goa are generally lower than in New Delhi. Cheap thali are typically about Rs 150 and a restaurant meal runs around Rs 400.

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Local Tips and Information

When looking for transportation from the airport to your final destination you can get a pre-paid taxi. See the official taxi rate board outside arrivals. Rates to Panjim run about Rs 700, to Anjuna is around Rs 1,000, to Aramabol Rs 1,400 and Agonda Rs 1,500. Negotiate your desired fares beforehand for any non pre-paid autos and taxis. Basic accommodations usually costs approximately Rs 700. A more expensive hotel can cost around Rs 2,500, while luxury can run as much as Rs 4,000. The bus system is Kadamba Transport Corp. and their minimum fare is about Rs 3 for 2 km Rs, plus 1 for every subsequent km. To travel around Goa State, bus fares range from Rs. 8 to 10 and Rs. 10 - 15 for 30 to 40 km. Negotiate with taxis and rickshaws before boarding. A motorcycle taxi is cheapest and you can also negotiate the price before boarding.

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