Goa-an Idyllic Indian getaway

This idyllic Indian getaway, bordering the Arabian Sea, is home to powder-soft beaches, whitewashed churches and fragrant spice farms. India’s smallest state, crescent with a Portuguese accent, is arguably its most enchanting. Curled along the country’s lush western coast, Goa was once a thriving Spice Route colony that in its heyday, in the early 1500s, had a population larger than Lisbon’s. After Portugal ended its 450-year occupation, in 1961, Goa became a hippie haven, synonymous with beachfront raves and the backpack brigade. But it’s currently in the midst of a more sophisticated transformation, drawing millions annually for its ocean adventures, spiritual sanctuaries and unflappable allegiance to all things susegad—a local term that traces its roots to the Portuguese word sossegado, or “quiet.” The word captures the state’s affinity for easy living. Content writer #AartiVirani

Nomadic life in Goa -2012