[trx_column_item align=”left”]This Carnival is uniquely Goan and is not celebrated anywhere else in India. It is a typical Latin, song, music and dance and precedes the “Lent”.
Starting Point :
Duration : 4 days
Ideal Season :
Cost : Cost INR 18999 to 23999 per person
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Carnival in Goa is a 3 day festival of colour, song and music with enthusiasm and happiness all around.
MIH would like the guest to participate in the celebration rather than being mere spectators. To this end, MIH will have its guest participate on a Carnival float in the Carnival Parade
The Goa Carnival is an integral part of the Portuguese heritage of the state, which was a dominion of Portugal till 1961. The carnival epitomizes the fun-loving culture that is characteristic of Goa. It was introduced by the erstwhile rulers as a rowdy celebration in which flour, eggs, oranges, lemons, mud, sand-filled gloves along with dirty water, various liquids and glue were aimed at passersby. Used pots, pans, and other kitchen utensils were also thrown out of windows.
Fierce battles were waged in the streets, with plaster-of-Paris eggs, wax lemons, corncobs and beans. Blows were dealt out liberally, with brooms and wooden spoons. It was also an occasion for unchecked eating. People gorged on rich food at lavish feasts, and convents distributed cakes and pastries. Though celebrated for only three days, the preparations for the festival would take many days, and build up to a frenetic pitch by the eve of the carnival. The carnival in Goa still retains the core of the original. A King of Chaos is elected, called King ”Momo”. He presides over the three-day festivities, which attract visitors from all over India and abroad.
The contestants wear colourful costumes and elaborate masks. Amidst the outrageous dresses seen on the street are some made of sheer, transparent polythene. In the fun-filled ambience, people smear colour on each other, instead of the flour, eggs, fruit and water that used to be used in earlier times.
In Goan villages, however, the festivities have a more indigenous flavour. Though celebrated by the Christian population of Goa, the carnival”s only relevance to Christianity is that it is celebrated before Lent. The festival today has no religious undertones and has come to be a cultural highlight of the state, rather than of the religion.
* Participate in the Carnival Parade on a carnival Float.
* Sunset Cruise in Party Catamaran
* Explore the beaches of North Goa and its various facets
* Explore the islands and backwaters of Goa
* Experience village life and the true Goan Culture
* River cruise to Salim Ali bird Sanctuary
* Exciting water rides at Divar Island
14th February :
Arrive Goa in the morning, and check in to the Hotel. After a rest and lunch we set out for the Carnival for the day.
In the afternoon we participate in the Carnival Parade and the different festive competitions and the late night after Parties at various places.
15th February :
After breakfast we set out for Sightseeing in a party bus for all day. We go on a yacht cruise in the evening and catch the sunset from the boat, and then concentrate on partying for the rest of the evening.
16th Febuary :
We devote this day to an exploration of the beaches of North Goa and its various facets. Some of the most enchanting beaches in North Goa are the Candolim, Calangute, Baga, Vagator, Sinquerim, Anjuna, Miramar and Aguada, each unique and together comprising a who’s who of Indian beaches.
Overnight stay at a guest house in Mandrem. More partying to follow.
17th Febuary :
We take it easy this day. We check out after Lunch and Depart for Bangalore.
For a group size of 6 pax – INR 23999 per head
For a group size of 10 pax – INR 18999 per head