Goa a state in India's
West region, is a former Portuguese colony with rich history. It is
3,700 square km in size with a population of approximately 1.4
million. Goa has a unique mix of native and Portuguese cultures and
architecture that attracts an estimated 2.5 million visitors each
year (including about 400,000 foreign tourists).
Panaji, Goa's state capital is also known as Panjim, Ponnje or
Pangim. It is one of the most charming cities in India.
Goa is a hub of tourism in India. From the 1960s, Goa has been
attracting a steady flow of visitors -- first the hippies and
returning expat Goans, then the charter tourists visiting (starting
with the Germans in 1987), pilgrims visiting Catholic and Hindu
shrines, those opting to settle in Goa as their home, visitors
coming here for medical treatment, and a growing number of those who
attend seminars and conferences in Goa.
Goa is visibly different from the rest of India, owing to Portuguese
rule which isolated it from the rest of India for 451 years
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