5 reasons to visit Old Goa

Park 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!

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
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Mussoorie in India and 5 reasons to go there

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

5 reasons to visit Mussoorie –

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.

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

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:

 

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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

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

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 –

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Sahakari Spice Farm in South Goa (video)

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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!

India through social media

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

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

India in English: https://indivue.com/topics/india/ 
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India in Finnish: https://indivue.blogspot.com/search/label/Intia 

India in Twitter @indivuecom

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An Indian lunch as far as the peppercorn grows!

Peppercorns growing in Goa, India

If you wish to have an Indian lunch as far as the peppercorn grows, then I would recommend Sahakari Spicefarm in Goa, India.

Sahakari Spicefarm is located in Ponda in South-Goa and it is very suitable a sight for a traveller, who wants to get to know Indian nature and Indian plants and spices. Though it is a little bit difficult to reach, and easiest by a taxi. –

Sahakari Spice Farm Restaurant In Ponda taluka, Goa, India
Sahakari Spice Farm restaurant In Ponda taluka, Goa, India

The Sahakari Spicefarm restaurant was located in the middle of the forest, nearby the entrance of the Spicefarm.

Goan lunch: rice and dal and pao-bread
Goan lunch: rice and dal and pao-bread

Back in 2014 the lunch in Sahakari Spicefarm restaurant consisted of rice, lentil sauce and chickpea dal, and the roti was replaced by the traditional Goan pao-bread, baked with wheat and yeast. After the lunch there was also this red ayurvedic types of drink, usually served with Indian thali, and consumed after eating. It is supposed to ease the digestion.

Sahakari SpiceFarm restaurant under the palm trees in South Goa, India
Sahakari Spice Farm restaurant under the palm trees in South Goa, India

Food in the Sahakari Spicefarm restaurant was tasting fine. There were a few fans in the restaurant cooling the customers during the hot tropical days of February. Overall I would give four stars out of five for this restaurant, since the surroundings were so tropically charming.

You can listen here how the birds sing in Goa.

This article is part of my work Travel Opus to Goa, which has been written since 2005, both in Finnish and in English.

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Peppercorns growing in Goa, India
Peppercorns growing in Sahakari Spice Farm in Goa, India

 

Find this article about Sahakari Spicefarm restaurant in Finnish here.

Check also related article Indian spices in Finnish and in English and more restaurant reviews from the past twelve years in Finnish here!

And for the grand finale, find the showering elephant in Sahakari Spice Farm in this video attached:

All Kangana Ranaut -movies and movie soundtracks

Kangana Ranaut is a very talented a rewarded Indian actresses, born in 1987.

Some of the best movies starred by Kangana Ranaut, which I have seen, include Gangster, Woh Lamhe, Fashion, Kites and Queen. You will find some of Kangana starred movies reviewed in Finnish here.

All Kangana’s movies which you are able to find from iTunes are listed here together with the names of their directors, and those links will take you straight to these movies and their trailers. You will be able to rent them at least most likely in America, if not in your own country. Still, music and the soundtracks from all Kangana Ranaut’s movies can be enjoyed anywhere in the world through Apple Music -service here at Indivue’s now – So enjoy your musical adventure!

ALL KANGANA RANAUT -MOVIES AND MOVIE SOUNDTRACKS

  • Gangster (2006)
  • Woh Lamhe (2006)

  • Shakalaka Boom Boom (2007)
  • Life in a… metro (2007)

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Birds’ India (video)

Today’s video tells you about the Indian nature and birds.

All the photographs in this video are unstaged, portraying the real life of an Indian bird. The images are not from a zoo.

Indian crow pose
Indian crow pose

Photos were taken during ten years of travelling in India, by a Finnish gori traveller. Not that gender matters.

Enjoy the video and subscribe Indivue for more travel and art to come!

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Bird’s life in Goa

See also blogpost Kissing crows from 2006

and read about Angry birds in India in 2012!