Colorful India

As any traveler, I too dream of circling the globe and immersing myself in the many cultures around the world. One of those is my very own.ย One tends to take for granted the beauty and the exquisiteness of one’s own country. I plan to do no such thing.

Since I would be covering two places in this – namely Goa and Jabalpur and there would be many more to come, I plan to keep this post more of like a gallery rather than a travel log, showcasing just the highlights of my visits. If you have any questions or want me to go into detail about any place you like, do comment below and I would gladly elaborate.
I am so eager to discover more and expand these into many more posts ๐Ÿ™‚

Okay, let’s start!

Goa

When you think about Goa, the first image that pops up in your mind is, of course, the beaches. Being on the coast, there is a beautiful shoreline that runs from the top of Goa, right to the bottom of it.

Panjim, the capital gives a soft divide of North and South Goa. North is the more crowded one with an amazing carnival-like environment in the evenings, but if you are looking for cleaner, peaceful beaches, alone walk down the shore then you should visit the south side.

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Baga Beach – The place to be if you are looking for shacks to just sit, eat to your heart’s delight while you enjoy the view with a chilled beer!
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A visit during the off-season springs up a surprisingly peaceful shoreline!

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Goa isn’t just about the beaches. A former Portuguese province, it has forts, quaint little districts, beautiful ruins, casinos and many beautiful churches. Christianity takes a big chunk out of the religion pie in Goa, while Hinduism still stays the number one. It’s the smallest state but perhaps the most visited one.

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Church of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception – Panjim
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Souza Lobo – Calangute Beach. A very famous joint with a never-ending menu, panoramic views of the sea and cool breeze. Must visit

Souza Lobo on the Calangute beach is the most visited restaurant in the whereabouts. Their desserts are to die for!

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Banana Split – Souza Lobo
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Mango Mousse – Souza Lobo

We stayed at Resort Rio at Baga. It was so much better than we expected. Look for some great deals during the off-season.

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Resort Rio – Baga

Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh

One of the upcoming smart cities in India, Jabalpur is a district of Madhya Pradesh in central India. There is a little airport in the area, so no problems for access at all. Coming from Delhi, the airport was sort of amusing and delightful considering the one at Delhi covers miles and miles of land ๐Ÿ™‚

We visited Kanha National Park in Jabalpur –ย the largest national park of Madhya Pradesh. There are beautiful grasslands, meadows and densely forested areas.

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A herd of deer – Kanha National Park

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There are multiple zones inside the park, the core ones being Kanha and Kisli. If you do get a chance to visit make sure you get a pass for at least one of these.

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Indian gaur – the largest wild animal in the park. The size and the strength of a single one is something to behold!
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Sunset at Kanha National Park, MP

The Narmada river flows through this city. It’s considered a mother and a goddess since it provides livelihood to the area. It has gorgeous banks to be visited here. One main attraction is the Dhuadhar waterfalls – a 30 meters tall waterfall in the district.

We also took part in the Narmada river pooja in the Narmada Temple. The temple is situated in the river. It’s a site to behold as hundreds gather to chant holy songs and pray using large mud lamps.

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Narmada Aarti at Narmada Temple, Jabalpur

 

I hope you enjoyed this post. I would add more pictures when I get a chance to visit these places again. Plus more cities and places will spring up in other posts soon.

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