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Old 01-20-2013, 10:49 PM
 
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I'm considering making a bit of a leap in independent travel and visiting Goa via Mumbai this summer. Anyone ever take the trains? What was that like for you?

Any comments or cool stories about Goa? I'm really interested in hearing more about the Goan seafood that I hear so much about, too.
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Old 01-20-2013, 11:14 PM
 
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I've not been to Goa but it'd be interesting to visit. I saw a cooking show about Goa and the state has unique cuisine, pork plays a pretty big role compared to other parts of India due to Portuguese influence. Goa is about 30% Catholic, too, I think.
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Old 01-20-2013, 11:40 PM
 
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I'm considering making a bit of a leap in independent travel and visiting Goa via Mumbai this summer. Anyone ever take the trains? What was that like for you?
I'd recommend using the bathrooms in Mumbai before getting on the train to Goa.

If you're used to western world trains, which are quite luxurious compared to the passenger trains in India, then you'll be in for a shock. Also take a light jacket with you, those trains are often very cold.

However the trip is relatively short, only a few hours.
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Any comments or cool stories about Goa? I'm really interested in hearing more about the Goan seafood that I hear so much about, too.
Goa is a cool place, very nice beaches and a very formidable nightlife. There's some interesting culture and architecture there as well. I would personally recommend getting a resort hotel on the beach to maximize your stay. The shopping there can range from local inexpensive to very upscale and expensive so you'll have a lot of options. There are also casinos in Goa too. Goa is a very lush and green environment and the weather is consistently hot and humid but there is a lot of cool wind on the coast to wash that off (hence getting the hotel on the beach is a recommendation). Goa is a great place, you'll be seeing quite a few Bollywood celebrities there, so expect large crowds in some of the places you go. There is accessible scenery as well and a few waterfalls in the area, avoid some of the interior swampland areas, they are teeming with danger and it's fairly easy to confuse a swamp for a lake or creek, I'd recommend staying away from them at all cost.

There are small towns all over Goa, many of which retain a powerful "small town charm" and the sense of community in those towns are strong-- the people will know you're an outsider immediately so don't fall for any money laundering traps-- which in India are all too common. However the locals are very friendly and the bars and nightlife (nightclubs) are simply fabulous, second only to Mumbai in India in my opinion. Goa is seen as a "spring break" type of place except for weekend treks, you'll see a lot of youthful, hot, and interesting women there.

Have a safe trip.
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Old 01-20-2013, 11:42 PM
 
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You'll probably find this out but I'd recommend anti-malarials, as Goa is considered medium risk.
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Old 01-21-2013, 03:34 AM
 
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I've never been to Goa, so can't help you
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Old 01-21-2013, 05:29 AM
 
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a "spring break" type of place except for weekend treks, you'll see a lot of youthful, hot, and interesting women there.

I guess it's not a top place for fifty somethings like my wife and me. I've seen this kind of spring break kind of place in Thailand (stupid full moon parties and beer overflowing). I'll skip it.
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Old 01-21-2013, 05:49 AM
 
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a "spring break" type of place except for weekend treks, you'll see a lot of youthful, hot, and interesting women there.

I guess it's not a top place for fifty somethings like my wife and me. I've seen this kind of spring break kind of place in Thailand (stupid full moon parties and beer overflowing). I'll skip it.
Interesting, I associate Goa more with chilled out hippies than as a big party town, but given it's popularity with backpackers the latter is to be expected too.
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Old 01-21-2013, 05:54 AM
 
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I have acquaintances who have been to Goa and I have seen photos and it seems to be a nice beach resort.
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Old 01-21-2013, 02:33 PM
 
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a "spring break" type of place except for weekend treks, you'll see a lot of youthful, hot, and interesting women there.
It's only like that in between semesters in college when college kids from India go there. By no means is India's spring break culture anything as rowdy as America's.
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Old 06-08-2017, 09:00 AM
 
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Goa is seen as a "spring break" type of place except for weekend treks, you'll see a lot of youthful, hot, and interesting women there.
Is this in reference to European college kids during their holidays???

I don't naturally associate anywhere in India for their youthful, hot, and interesting women. Not that Indian women aren't attractive, it's just the culture and society seems overly conservative.
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