Asia's oldest light house
located at Fort Aguada, Goa.
Goa for the Vijayanagar was an important port to carry out trade
with the west via the Arabian Sea.
In 1469 Bahami Sultans of Gulbarga captured Goa. Then came Adil
Shahis' of Bijapur from whom the Portuguese took over in 1510. Goa
is blessed with natural harbor's and ports which were ideal for
the seafaring Portuguese. They needed this place to control the
spice trade to Europe and the Middle East. Initially the occupation
was limited to a small area around the present day Goa. But Slowly
the Turks were driven out of the area and Portuguese captured a
large area and hence gained a good hold over the spice trade from
the East. Goa become the Viceregal seat of administration for the
Eastern colony of the Portuguese.
History of Goa India
In Goa History the Marathas nearly occupied Goa from the Portuguese
in the 18th century. During the Napoleonic wars Britishers had
a brief occupation of Goa otherwise the Portuguese were masters
of Goa till 1961 when they were finally driven out.
Goa has Hindu population in majority but the life style and culture
of the place has so developed that skirt dominates the sari.
And who can forget Feni, the locally brewed liquor which is popular
as much among the tourist as it is among the locals. In 1542 came
St. Francis Xavier, a Jesuit Missionary.
Once Christianity came to the place many churches were built
and till date they are famous for their designs and architecture.
But the main attraction of Goa is its soft golden beaches. These
beaches still awash with budget travelers of all ages and degrees
of affluence. Not only foreigners Goa is also attracting an ever
increasing number of Indians from out side Goa. Holidays in Goa
can be lot of fun. Visit Goa and discover the yarns of mysteries
with which the beauty of Goa has been weaved. Believe it or not!
You will soon be entrapped into wearing that dress filled with
beads of innocent beauty, which once worn will never be wished
to be taken off.