Goa

On India’s western coastline, the former Portuguese colony of Goa tells a visibly different story than the rest of India. Because of the lengthy Portuguese rule, this area remained isolated for nearly five centuries, developing its own religious, cultural, and commercial traditions. A tour of Goa reveals a relatively small state with a mixed population of Hindus, Muslims, and Roman Catholics. In this cultural melting pot, you can spend your entire Goa vacation exploring notable churches, convents, mosques, and temples. If you’re looking for something different, enjoy Goa’s laid-back coastal vibe and sandy beaches, ideal for watching the sun disappear into the Arabian Sea. Goa is in India.

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  • It may very well be fair to call India “incredible,” given its mind-boggling diversity of landscapes, climates, cultures, and languages. The world’s largest democracy, and second only to China in terms of population, India contains majestic peaks dusted with glistening snow, sun-drenched beaches, ancient hand-carved temples, and sprawling cities jam-packed with people, vehicles, and animals. Many tour India during the country’s devotional festivals, which range from immense parades that convert cities into giant performance stages, to simple farming fairs dedicated to relatively obscure local deities. Whenever you choose to vacation in India, make sure you see some of the country’s World Heritage Sites, which include the legendary Taj Mahal and Chilika Lake, the planet’s second-largest lagoon.