With a view to promote, nurture and sustain a mutually beneficial and symbiotic relationship between the State of Goa and the vast and diverse Indian Community of Goan origin overseas, the Government of Goa has established a Commission for NRI Affairs as a separate entity w.e.f. 23rd February 2006. Presently Dr. Wilfred Menezes Mesquita is the Commissioner for NRI Affairs in the rank and status of a Cabinet Minister. More
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Variously known as "Pearl of the Orient" and a "Tourist Paradise", the state of Goa is located on the western coast of India in the coastal belt known as Konkan.The magnificent scenic beauty and the architectural splendours of its temples, churches and old houses have made Goa a firm favourite with travellers around the world.
But then, Goa is much more than just beaches and sea. It has a soul which goes deep into unique history, rich culture and some of the prettiest natural scenery that India has to offer. Much of the real Goa is in its interiors, both inside its buildings and in the hinterland away from the coastal area. But more than al this the essence of Goa is something indescribable and may not be seen and only felt. It is the whole atmosphere which is different and which can only be experienced by being in Goa.
Entertainment: Churches, Glorious Temples, Mosques, Eco - Tourism, Beaches, Spice Plantations, Caves, Waterfalls, Lakes / Springs, Turtle Nesting Sites, Rock Art, Exploring Science, Ancestral Goa, Big Foot, Forts, Botanical Garden and many more attractions
The best, and most popular, time to visit Goa is during the cooler months of November to March, when the weather is wonderful, rain is a distant memory, and the seas are calm and clear.
Many Goans, however, feel that the monsoon, which douses Goa between June and the end of September, is when the state is at its very best. The countryside turns lush and green almost overnight. Swimming in the sea generally is off-limits during monsoon, since tides are strong.
Without doubt the peak season for visitors to Goa is over the short Christmas and New Year period, when prices are hiked phenomenally and many places are booked solid a year in advance. Yet this is a great time to be in Goa: the weather is glorious, the atmosphere is suitably festive, the tinsel is liberally festooned, and fireworks grace the evening sky.