Lives in Mumbai, India
Since Oct 2006
35-49 year old female
Entrepreneur. Educator. Social Worker I am the founder of Mumbai Magic/Delhi Magic, a responsible tourism company which provides training and employment for students from slums in Mumbai and Delhi. I also run Abhyudaya, a non-profit that works with school-children from slums in Mumbai. In addition, I teach at an MBA college and am a public speaker. More about Mumbai Magic/Delhi Magic (actually, there are 25 Magics right now): We are currently the largest pan-Indian guided tours company in the inbound segment. We have been featured on the History Channel, Discovery (TLC), iTV UK, CNN, NDTV India, and in several international and Indian magazines and newspapers. The offbeat tours we have created – bazaar walks, cuisine tours, textile and craft tours – have delighted thousands of discerning customers. We employ more women than men, and give back in many ways to the society we live in. Please reach out via a Tripadvisor message if you want to talk to me about your travel to India.
Architectural Buildings, Sacred & Religious Sites
Gift & Speciality Shops
The Basilica of Bom Jesus contains the mortal remains of St. Francis Xavier, co-founder of the Jesuit order and a famous Catholic missionary who traveled to several parts of Asia. A visit to this grand baroque building, completed in 1605, imparts a sense of the religious and political history of Goa.
The biggest and most imposing of all of Old Goa's churches, Se Cathedral is dedicated to St. Catherine, on whose feast day the Portuguese took possession of Goa by defeating the armies of Bijapur and their Ottoman allies. The Tuscan-style exteriors are attractive and the Corinthian interiors are spectacular in both size and detail.
St. Cajetan's Church was built by Italian Theatine monks, modeled on St. Peter's Basilica in Rome. A visit to this distinctive domed church should be combined with a look at the Viceroy Arch and Adil Shah's Palace Gateway, which are all that remains of the Shah's grand palace. The palace was once used as a dungeon for heretics during the Inquisition, and then torn down to provide building material for Panjim.
A lovely but small museum, situated next to the ruins of St. Augustine tower and monastery, and in the immediate vicinity of the Church of Santa Monica in Old Goa. The museum building is so beautifully restored and presented that it is a treat for the eyes.
Fontainhas, the heritage quarter of Panaji, is a must-visit for its lovely old-world charm, quaint Portuguese-influenced villas, and quiet narrow residential lanes with overhanging balconies. St. Sebastian chapel, in the heart of the district, contains a striking life-size crucifix from Goa's Inquisition period, and to the north lies the old quarter of Sao Tome, where there are many old administrative buildings, souvenir stores and little shops to explore.
A long stretch of busy shops. Big brands and smaller stores selling everything from clothes to food to music, and so on can be found here, in addition to many restaurants. And, at the end of the road, is the gleaming Immaculate Conception Church.
An alternative to an afternoon of shopping during your limited time in Goa is a visit to Gerard da Cunha's Houses of Goa Museum in Porvorim. This makes a lovely introduction to the architecture of traditional Goan homes, and they also have works by Goa's beloved artist, Mario Miranda, on sale.
End a day of sightseeing watching the sunset at the popular Miramar beach, a fun spot frequented by families who come to enjoy the evening breeze. Not the cleanest of beaches in Goa, perhaps, but very popular nonetheless, and conveniently located.