Cycling Tour of Old Goa

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With an area of just about 3700 sq km, Goa is the smallest state in India. Though it is small in size, it does not lag behind in anything; be it natural splendour, adventure sports opportunities or culture. This is why it is among the most sought-after holiday destinations in India. The state has also gained this status owing to the numerous points of interest located here. The Goa State Museum, Basilica of Bom Jesus, Se Cathedral and Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Church are some attractions you can explore. Apart from these, the 17th-century Fort Aguada is also worth a visit. It is famed as one of the largest and best preserved Portuguese bastions in the country.

An approximately 131-km long coastline bestows Goa with numerous serene beaches, where you can sit, relax and spend memorable time with your loved ones. Be it the district of North or South Goa, you can find a happening beach anywhere in the state. While Calangute, Anjuna, Morjim, Baga and Sinquerim are some well-known seafronts in the north, Palolem, Agonda, Varca, Mobor, Colva and Majorda are a few in the south. These shores are a hub for an array of adventure sports like snorkelling, jet skiing, parasailing and angling. The opportunities for these thrilling activities are a major reason the destination is swamped by tourists all round the year.

This Goa cycling adventure begins in the state capital, Panaji, the land of cobbled streets, colourful villas and true Portuguese ambience. You also ride to Old Goa, which is known for its centuries-old churches. While on a cycling Goa trip, you come past many monuments that unfold the glorious history of the state.

You will enjoy this journey on a 21-gear hybrid/mountain bike, making it easier for you to traverse hilly terrain with ease. A tour guide will always be by your side, informing you about the various monuments you ride past. You will be required to make transportation arrangements to the starting and end points of the trip. After you have signed the waiver, you are ready to embark on the experience of a lifetime. A snack pack and bottled water will also be provided to you as will be helmets and lights for safety.

Itinerary:

This 3-hour journey begins from Panaji, the state capital. Riding on cobbled streets, reach Ponte Conde de Linhares. Then, cycling along the sparkling Mandovi River, you will be able to breathe in the refreshing air. After reaching Old Goa, admire the fascinating colonial heritage of this state, preserved in its monuments and Christian churches. Old Goa had been a thriving city even before the arrival of the Portuguese in the early 16th century.

The cycle tour of Old Goa will then take you to monuments that have been adding to the allure of the city for centuries. As you ride past them, remember to capture them in your cameras. One of the largest churches in Asia, Se Cathedral is also located here. This cycling in Goa adventure ends at Capela da Nossa Senhora do Monte (Chapel of Our Lady of the Mount), located on a small hill near the church complex.

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