The ancient Hindu city of Goa, of which hardly a fragment survives, was built at the southernmost point of the island, and it was famous in early Hindu legend and history. the name of the place appears as Gove, Govapuri, and Gomant. The region still retains many features from the period of Portuguese rule, including Catholic churches. A majority of these churches were built on top of Hindu temples that were razed during the inquisition of Goa in the 16th century. the local language is Konkani, an Indo-Aryan language related to Marathi. The region is famous for its excellent white sand beaches. Goa trance music originated here and became popular as a result of the hippie culture. Today the region has a booming tourist industry, and many large hotels have been built in the last twenty years. Vasco da Gama became the first European to set foot in India through a sea route, landing in Calicut in Kerala, followed by an arrival in what is now known as Old Goa. The most popular celebrations in Goa are Christmas, Easter Sunday, Ganesh Chaturthi, Diwali, New Year's Day, Shigmo and the Carnival. Western English songs have a large following in most parts of Goa. Traditional Konkani folk songs also have a sizable following. Manddo, the traditional Goan music which originated in the nineteenth century, is sung and danced on special occasions North Guwahati and the other one towards further west to the LGB International Airport via the University of Gauhati (Jalukbari). There are also many river ports/jetties along this corridor. In many parts of Goa, mansions constructed in the Indo-Portuguese style architecture still stand, though in some villages, most of them are in a dilapidated condition. Fontainhas in Panjim, has been declared a cultural quarter, and are used as a living museum showcasing the life, architecture and culture of Goa. Some influences from the Portuguese era are visible in some of Goa's temples, notably the Mangueshi Temple, although after 1961, many of these were demolished and reconstructed in the indigenous Indian style. Click Here For India Tours     Travel Destinations   Adventure Tours in India Temple Tours in India   Ayurveda and Yoga Tours Historical Tours of India   Hill Stations in India Hotels Chains in India   Beach Holidays in India Honneymoon Destinations   Fairs and Festivals in India Wildlife Sanctuaries in India   Mosques in India

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