Snowman in Goa and other random scenes of Christmas in India

Snowman in Goa and other random scenes of Christmas in India
Snowman in Goa, India
Snowman in Goa, India
Goan church with moon and Christmas lights
Goan church with moon and Christmas lights
Goan church with a Christmas wish in 2006
Goan church with a Christmas wish in 2006
Goan gasstation with a Christmas wish
Goan gasstation with a Christmas wish
Goan bank with a Christmas wish in 2011
Goan bank with a Christmas wish in 2011

Here’s five random scenes of Christmas in Goa, India.

Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy new year.

Read more about Goa as a travel destination here!

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Travel Opus to India

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Indivue blogging started from India in 2005 and by the year 2015 Indivue had blogged and photographed a huge amount of Indian sights, according to European standards.

All articles below related to India, Indian cities, Indian sights and other travel tips and at least over 500 other blog- and vlog articles about India and Indian culture have been written, photographed and published in Indivue websites during the past 13 years.

Indivue Travel Opus to India keeps updating travel experiences and articles regularly – so welcome to read Indivue – you can subscribe the blog easily from the link at the bottom of the page and follow Indivue also in social media!

Indian states (alphabetical order; updated in 12/2018)

Indian territories (alphabetical order; updated in 12/2018)

  • Andaman and Nicobar Islands
  • Chandigarh
  • Dadra and Nagar Haveli
  • Daman and Diu
  • Delhi
  • Laksahdweep
  • Puducherry

Indian capitals (alphabetical order; updated in 12/2018)

  • Aizawl (Mizoram)
  • Agartala (Tripura)
  • Atal Nagar (Chhattisgarh)
  • Bangalore (Karnataka)
  • Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh)
  • Bhubaneswar (Odisha)
  • Chandigarh (Punjab + Chandigarh)
  • Chennai (Tamil Nadu)
  • Daman (Daman and Diu)
  • Dehradun (Uttarakhand)
  • Dispur (Assam)
  • Chandigarh (Haryana)
  • Gandhinagar (Gujarat)
  • Gangtok (Sikkim)
  • Hyderabad (Andra Pradesh + Telangana)
  • Imphal (Manipur)
  • Itanagar (Arunachal Pradesh)
  • Jaipur (Rajasthan)
  • Kavaratti (Lakshadweep)
  • Kohima (Nagaland)
  • Kolkata (West Bengal)
  • Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh)
  • Mumbai (Maharasthra)
  • New Delhi (Delhi)
  • Panaji (Goa)
  • Patna (Bihar)
  • Pondicherry (Puducherry)
  • Port Blair (Andaman and Nicobar Islands)
  • Ranchi (Jharkhand)
  • Shillong (Meghalaya)
  • Shimla (Himachal Pradesh)
  • Silvassa (Dadra and Nagar Haveli)
  • Srinagar (Jammu and Kashmir)
  • Thiruvananthapuram (Kerala)

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Shore Temple in Mahabalipuram, and 5 reasons to see it

Shore Temple in Mahabalipuram, and 5 reasons to see it


Shore Temple is located by the sea in the East Coast of India and it is said to have been built in 700 – 728 AD. Here’s 5 reasons why you should go and see this Hindu temple by the Bay of Bengal, which has survived over 2500 years by the sea and even a tsunami –

5 reasons to see the Shore Temple in Mahabalipuram

  1. Shore Temple is a UNESCO World Heritage Monument. 
  2. It is one of the oldest structural stone temples of South India.
  3. Shore Temple is beautiful and impressive to look and experience at.
  4. It is located by the Bay of Bengal, so you get to see the East Coast of India at the same time.
  5. Mahabalipuram Dance Festival is held by this site, to celebrate traditional Indian dance.

The attached photographs from Mahabalipuram show you the clear blue sky on a typical hot and sunny day in Tamil Nadu and the green nature surrounding the Shore Temples.

In addition to lions and Nandi, many Gods and Goddesses were also carved in the temple stones as you can see from the images –

Shore Temple, a World Heritage Monument
Wall of the Shore Temple
Images of Gods carved in stone inside the Shore Temple
Top of the Shore Temple in Mamallapuram, India
Top of the Shore Temple in Mamallapuram, India

See also this Indivue short video about the over 2500 year old Indian temple and its surroundings –

Indivue shortvideo about the Shore Temple in Mahabalipuram

After this Indivue shortvideo about the Shore Temple in Mahabalipuram, you might also be interested in the nearby city Chennai in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Other famous places in Tamil Nadu, in addition to Chennai and Mahabalipuram, are for example Puducherry and Auroville.

Read also about the other places in India which Indivue visited and photographed and subscribe for the new updates to come!

More details of the Shore temple can be found from the Incredible India website link attached.

5 reasons to visit the amazing Gokarn in India

5 reasons to visit the amazing Gokarn in India

Gokarn, also written as Gokarna, is a small village in the West coast of India, in the state of Karnataka, which is a neighboring state to Goa. Gokarn is located some 145km towards South from Goa, and it is a religiously significant place for Hindus, which is why pilgrims dressed in black are common there.

You can reach Gokarn easily by train, bus or car, from Goa, but of all these 3 the busride will most likely consume most of your energy, though nothing beats the warm wind blowing through the bus windows during sunset time.

 

Here’s 5 reasons to visit Gokarn –

 

1. If you are hippy minded missing the good old days of Goa, you can get some of those hippy vibes back from Kudley Beach, Om-beach and especially Paradise Beach in Gokarn. Paradise Beach you can reach by boat and sleep overnight there in some very simple huts by the sea. Sunbathing also allowed.

2. Sunsets by the sea in Gokarn have been a way more beautiful than in many other places in India. One of the best places to enjoy sunset in Gokarn is on top of the hill between Kudley Beach and Gokarn Beach. The wind is very smooth. Just remember to return to the village before it gets too dark.

3. Gokarn will show you the real beautiful India, which is not too modern. It will also show you some incredible things as well, like a man and a woman walking on the same street without a shirt and without any problem from other people. See the attached photo if you don’t believe it.

4. The small streets of Gokarn will give you an idea of the real life of dedicated Hindus.

5. Restaurants in Gokarn are often very spicy for the Western tongue, but one small cafe there used to make really fabulous uttapams. That taste could make the customer come back all the way from Finland. Don’t know if that place exists anymore, but at least in Om Beach there’s one very nice restaurant, namely Namaste Cafe.

 

 

Hill between Kudley and Gokarn beaches
Watching the sunset on the hill between Kudley and Gokarn beaches

 

People swimming during sunset in Gokarn Beach
People swimming during sunset in Gokarn Beach

Religious vehicle in the center of Gokarn
Religious vehicle in the center of Gokarn

Pilgrims in Gokarn dressed in black
Pilgrims in Gokarn dressed in black

Commercial wall paintings in Gokarn
Commercial wall paintings in Gokarn

Religious sight in Gokarn, India
Small religious sight in Gokarn

 

Sunset and sea in Gokarn, India
Sunset and sea in Gokarn, India

 

See also the previous post about Gokarn with videos!

 

 

5 reasons to visit Old Goa

5 reasons to visit Old Goa

 

Basilica of Bom Jesus, Old Goa
Basilica of Bom Jesus, Old Goa

 

Wall decoration in Basilica of Bom Jesus
Wall decoration in Basilica of Bom Jesus

 

The grave of St. Francis Xavier in Basilica of Bom Jesus
The grave of St. Francis Xavier in Basilica of Bom Jesus

 

St. Francis Xavier 500-year-birthday in 2006
St. Francis Xavier 500-year-birthday in 2006

 

Park in Old Goa
Park in Old Goa

 

Church of St. Francis of Assisi, Old Goa
Church of St. Francis of Assisi, Old Goa

 

Gandhistatue in Old Goa
Gandhi statue in Old Goa

 

Old Goa is a historically significant area in-between North Goa and South Goa, little bit towards inland from the capital of Goa, Panjim. Several Christian worship places are located in there, and because of them Old Goa is a World Heritage site.

Here’s five reasons why you should visit Old Goa –

 

1.Basilica of Bom Jesus, located in Old Goa, is the most spectacular Christian building in Goa, India. There is a lot to see in the walls and aisles of Basilica of Bom Jesus for people interested in church art. Inside the building there is also a beautiful garden.

2. Basilica of Bom Jesus keeps the grave of St. Francis Xavier and through the glass cover you can see the remains of his body and pay respect. St. Francis Xavier was a Roman Catholic missionary whose 500th birthday was celebrated in 2006, from the time of which these photographs are also from.

3. Old Goa in India is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

4. The nature and trees in Old Goa are beautiful. You can also see lot of Portuguese-style architecture and one Mahatma Gandhi statue there.

5. There’s also few other Christian churches for a cultured person to see, such as the Church of St. Francis of Assisi.

 

You can read this article in Finnish here: Viisi syytä vierailla Vanhassa Goassa

 

Find more inspiring places to go from Indivue’s Travel Opus to Goa!

 

 

Mussoorie in India and 5 reasons to go there

Mussoorie in India and 5 reasons to go there

Roads high in Himalaya mountains, India
Roads high in Himalaya mountains, India

Edges of the mountain roads
Edges of the mountain roads

Houses by the Himalaya mountains
Houses by the Himalaya mountains

Altitude over 6000ft
Altitude over 6000ft takes your breath away

Sunset in Mussoorie, hillstation in North India
Sunset in Mussoorie, hillstation in North India

Foggy sunrise in Mussoorie, hillstation in North India
Foggy sunrise in Mussoorie, hillstation in North India

Narrow roads in India, high in the mountains, can make you feel dizzy, like in the video attached, but here’s 5 reasons to go to Mussoorie anyway –

1. If you want to experience the Himalayan mountains in India, then Mussoorie in Uttarakhand is the first hillstation to go, nearest to Delhi.

2. Narrow roads by the hillside will give you plenty of tension and excitement with real highs, no matter what is your vehicle.

3. In the spring and during the monsoon, a hillstation in India is a cool place to be, when the heat is next to unbearable elsewhere in India.

4. Sunset behind the mountains is really awesome.

5. Morning and sunrise behind the fog will leave you speachless.

Check also what else I´ve blogged about India and see the authentic videos, which will take you to a hillride in the Himalayas as well.

Indivues Travel Opus to India will tell you travel experiences from over past 13 years. You can read it also in Finnish here.

Essential Delhi sights -video

Essential Delhi sights -video

Last week I had the joy and honor to experience the Incredible India Road Show in Helsinki, Finland and update my knowledge about the travel destinations and other travel related issues concerning India.

After 13 years of blogging in Finnish and in English, especially about Goa, India and the Indian art and culture and Bollywood, I was happy to hear that there is a huge growth in India with tourist arrivals from Nordic countries.

It was told that travelling to India is becoming easier: There is now E-visa for 166 countries with 60 days validity and some single entries can be converted to double/triple entries and extending E-visa is also possible for various segments like tourist, medical and business.

And nowadays India has also got some tourist friendly initiatives like 24/7 toll free multilingual tourist helpline and India is also a Wi-Fi enabled tourist destination in railway stations and airports.

Delhi, being the capital of India, is one of its fastest growing cities and from Delhi you can get almost anywhere in India, by road, air and railways.

Delhi itself is divided into two, the new and the old Delhi, and you can see the remains of seven important capitals there, like Shahjahanabad and Qutub Minar, on which the modern day Delhi is built.

I have told about them many essential sights of Delhi for travellers here, but now, let me update the photos from 2007, back when the blogging speed was next to impossible and computer programs mostly incompatible with each other.

Here are the essential Delhi sights photographed during 2007-2014 in a shortvideo, do check it out:

 

Many new videos are also on their way, so do subscribe Indivue blog and vlog so that you don’t miss a thing!

And did you know, that you can also read about them essential sights of Delhi in Finnish here and follow Indivue in Finnish as well?

The official Delhi Tourism site gives you all the information in English and maps you need when you travel to Delhi.

And last but not least – do check also them updated travel and art videos inspired by India!

Travel and music videos inspired by Goa, India

Travel and music videos inspired by Goa, India

Delightful news for all you friends of travel and music:

Indivues YouTube channel has been updated and first will be published the video updates for Goa –

So sit down, press the play button and enjoy of what you see and hear!

 

 

 

Plenty of new videos are on their way, so it’s well worth subscribing Indivue blog and vlog now, so that you don’t miss a thing!

These videos are also part of Indivues Travel Opus to Goa, which has been made for 13 years already in Finnish as well as in English – Find it in the link, read and share to your friend!

 

Mumbai in social media

Mumbai in social media

An easy way to check what’s happening in Mumbai, India, through various social media sites like Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest: Just follow the hashtags below!

But before you do that, check what Indivue has written about Mumbai during the past 13 years –

Mumbai in English: https://indivue.com/topics/india/mumbai 
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Mumbai in Finnish: https://indivue.blogspot.com/search/label/Mumbai

 

More stories to come, so do follow Indivue here and in social media!

 

Mumbai in Twitter @indivues

 

 

Mumbai in Facebook @indivue

 

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Mumbai in Instagram @indivues

 

 

 

Mumbai in Pinterest @indivue

 

Sahakari Spice Farm in South Goa (video)

Sahakari Spice Farm in South Goa (video)

The charm of Goa is very much based on its beautiful nature.

Unfortunately roaming around in Indian forests is not safe for a blogging photographer, but luckily they have developed a solution in India for that, which is those tourist friendly spice plantations. In Goa there are several spice plantations, and I went to visit Sahakari Spice Farm in South Goa four years back –

Sahakari Spice Farm is located in Ponda in South of Goa, far from the traditional Goan tourist attractions. You can get there the best and safest by an A/C-taxi, although it is a very expensive way to travel in Goa.

In Sahakari Spice Farm you can see growing, among others, green nature, flowers, pineapples, cashew nuts, pepper corns and other spices , coconuts and bananas in a tree – you can see those in this video attached as well. Bananas and pineapples growing are indeed a very exotic thing to see for a North European traveler, believe it or not. In addition you might also get to see an elephant and buy organic spices for yourself!

If you are wondering what on earth they are pouring with a ladle to a small childs neck in this video, I must reveal that it is water, which cools you nicely when it runs down your back, as the weather in Goa is otherwise tropically sweaty and hot even in February.

Under coconut palm tree in Goa
Under coconut palm tree in Goa

Coconut palms do grow everywhere in Goa, but in spice plantation you can see them without hotels and houses.

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Sahakari Spice Farm and the elephant in a do-it-yourself-shower

Elephants are another luxury you don’t get to see every time you visit India.

Here in this video you can see an elephant taking a do-it-yourself-shower in Sahakari Spice Farm!

 

The roads in Sahakari Spice farm were well maintained in 2014. They had even made good stairs in the jungle!

 

Path and stairs in the Sahakari Spice Farm
Path and stairs in the Sahakari Spice Farm

 

Check also the story about the restaurant in Sahakari Spice Farm

You can read this article in Finnish at Sahakarin mausteviljelmä Goassa

 

This article is part of Indivues Travel Opus to Goa which tells more about Goa for a tourist. Check it out!