WELCOME THE ONSET OF THE MONSOON AND EXPLORE THE HIDDEN GEMS OF GOA
This Monsoon season, discover another side of Goa with a dramatic shift in landscape. Goa transforms from palm-fringed, golden-sand beaches to lush green paddy fields, effusive rivers and the air is punctuated with a heady scent of petrichor. Discover scenic islands, explore the culinary landscape and rejuvenate amidst nature.
Travellers can begin their journey in North Goa and join the ‘Godfather of Goan Cuisine’, Chef Urbano Rego on a culinary adventure; touring the colourful Mapusa Spice Market, hand-picking the ingredients for the perfect Goan meal. Trek along the ramparts of the 16th century Fort Aguada, overlooking the Arabian Sea or get an introduction to Fado music, with its origins dating back to the 1820s in Portugal.
Next on the itinerary, travellers can explore a UNESCO Heritage Zone - Fontainhas, the Latin Quarters of Goa. This neighbourhood takes you back in time as you walk through narrow lanes and stumble across charming cafes, art galleries and colourful colonial buildings. For a truly off-beat experience, take a ferry ride to Divar Island, situated in the Mandovi River and get a sense of rural Goa, where life seems to remain unchanged for hundreds of years.
Down South, thrill-seeking travellers can embark on a kayaking expedition, exploring mangroves and passing local fishing villages along the way. For the ultimate relaxation, indulge in spa treatments that are rooted in the timeless healing traditions of India at Jiva Spa.
With a variety of monsoon special offers to choose from, Taj Fort Aguada Resort & Spa, Taj Holiday Village Resort & Spa, Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, Vivanta Goa, Panaji and Cidade de Goa make for the perfect retreat. For more information and to make your reservation, please visit www.tajhotels.com.