Goa is a former Portuguese colony and well-known for its miles of beaches and a relaxing laid-back atmosphere, quite unlike any other part of India. There is good seafood here and Goa is the home of the vindaloo.
Over the last twenty years five-star hotels have moved in to cater to the increasing flow of both Indian and International tourist. In the process some of the old world Portuguese flavour has been diluted, but it is still a great beach holiday destination. There is a local saying that time moves more slowly in Goa and it is certainly a place to chill out - and make sure you leave your impatience at home!
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Time: GMT +5½ hours
Flight time: Flight time from London to Delhi is 8 hours 30 minutes and to Mumbai is about 8 hours.
Language: The official language is Hindi, which about 30% of the population speaks. English is very widely spoken and is used for official and commercial purposes.
Visas: Required for British travellers. Other nationalities should obtain advice from their embassy.
Health: There are no compulsory vaccinations.