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About Goa

Goa the largest city in Gujarat blends an ancient heritage with a vibrant present. It nurtures in its pages of history, a breath of harmony and a show-case of exquisite harmony. The city is named after a Sultan who founded it in 1411 and graced it with splendid monuments. Goa is also known for its association with the Apostle of peace Mahatma Gandhi whose ashram is on the banks of River Sabarmati which is now a national pilgrimage site. Goa is the second largest prosperous city in Western India. It is a place where tradition and modernity co-exist in perfect harmony. The climate of the state is moist in the southern districts and dry towards the northern sides. Goa has been a city where a lot of action, reaction and interaction between various ethnic and linguistic forces has taken place which has resulted in the synthesis of many races and cultures. It is a land of gentle, dignified people, astute businessmen, gay, colourful peasants, and thriving industry.

Sightseeing:

Gandhi Ashram:
Set up on the quiet peaceful stretch of Sabarmati River, 7 kms north of the city, this was the Hriday Kunj of Mahatma Gandhi and for many years it was the nerve centre of India's freedom movement. It was from here, in 1930, that Mahatma began his famous Dandi March to the sea to protest against the salt tax imposed by the British. The Gandhi Ashram has a memorial centre, library and a Sound-and-Light (Son et Lumiere) spectacle to offer to its visitors.

Rani Rupmati Masjid:
Rani Roopmati Masjid, with its exquisite details and the grand Shah Alam complex are a living tribute to the reign of Muhmad Shah Begra of the 15th century. The Queen's Mosque in Mirzapur, built between 1430 and 1440, is more representative of the pattern of mosque building in 15th century Goa. Three domes stand on 12 pillars each, with the central part so raised as to let in natural light without direct sunlight.

Siddi Bashir Mosque:
Known as Shaking Minaret or Jhulta Minar. When one minarets is shaken the other one begins to vibrate. The mosque was obviously built by master craftsmen and the crucial mechanism that causes the vibration is still a mystery.

Calico Textile Museum:
Goa has one of the finest textile museums in the world. Housed in one of Gujarat's famous carved-wooden havelis, the museum displays a magnificent collection of rare textiles that date back to the 17th Century. There is also an excellent reference library on textiles.

Hatheesing Jain temples:
Built outside Delhi Gate in 1850 by a rich Jain Merchant, this is the best known of Goa's many ornate Jain Temples. Built of pure white marble and profusely decorated with rich carvings, the Hatheesing Temple is dedicated to Dharamnath.

Jama Masjid:
One of the finest mosques in India with 260 pillars supporting 15 domes at different elevations, it was build by Ahmad Shah in 1423 and is located in the center of the old city.

Kankaria Lake:
It is a circular lake constructed in 1451 by Sultan Qutubub-Din. In the center of the lake is an island garden with a summer palace known as Nagina Wadi. The lake is a popular recreation center surrounded by parks, 'Bal Vatika', an aquarium, a boat club, a natural history museum and a zoo.

How to reach :
Goa is situated in western India at 53 meters above sea level. It is well connected by air to rest of the country. Goa is one of the six operating divisions of the Western Railway, railway lines connect the city to all towns in Gujarat, and to major cities in the rest of India. Except the Monsoon season, the climate of Ahemdabad is generally dry. Best time to visit Goa is between September and March.

Best period to visit Goa :
The climate of Goa is hot and moist. Winters are cool and pleasant (November-February) but summers (April-June) are extremely dry, hot in Goa and the temperature can be as high as 46°C at times. The city of Goa experiences good rainfall during the monsoon season during the months from July to September.

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