It is difficult to select a city in India, because traveling the country in backpacking mode has become mandatory for anyone who wants to know the culture of one of the most populous and varied countries on the planet. But Goa is an obligatory stop to recharge after visiting the Taj Mahal or the Himalayas, the country’s quintessential monument. To top it off, it has some of the best beaches in the world.

A place to relax, enjoy, meet people who are visiting the country like you and take a break before continuing the journey. Take the opportunity to buy your dinner directly from the fishermen who arrive at the ports – they cook at any restaurant – and to practice or learn surf at Angona Beach, one of the best places to catch the ‘big wave’.

paradoxical, but the sandy coast of Goa is perfect for lounging by the sea. Stay in a padded chair in a shack on the beach and enjoy a curry while sampling a Kingfisher beer, watching the sun slither lazily below the horizon. In Old Goa, the beautiful Basilica of Bom Jesus was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and is a good example of baroque architecture. Make a visit during Christmas to experience the surreal religious and cultural mix of East and West.

The province of Goa, in India, is known worldwide for its paradisiac beaches and its great climate during the 365 days of the year. Temperatures in winter do not fall below 20 degrees and never exceed 30. Back time called “Portuguese India” was a must for pilgrimage of hippies from around the world in the 60s, many of them fled from warm California. They listened to music lying on the beaches and bruised by drugs, while the local population worked to survive.

                               Hippies in Mapusa, 1964