Beyond stones, bricks, and paint…
Heritage is an all-encompassing word. It includes many things – it could mean monuments and buildings, culture and traditions. Goan Heritage walks are known to be very important in order to preserve and acknowledge culture. Café captures the essence of Heritage Walks in Goa
HERITAGE WALKS: NOT A TREND, BUT A FEELING
GOA IS MUCH MORE THAN HISTORICAL FIGURES! Pooja Rani, the Co-Founder of khoj-aao! Adventures profess, exploring Goa’s backyards as a great way to reconnect to local culture, traditions and the environment. “The villages across the State provide the perfect opportunity to learn about what makes Goa so amazing – the interconnectedness of all aspects of life,” says Pooja. Goa doesn’t only count in as a place with Portuguese colourbut in fact has a wide range of nature-oriented aspects like the Dud Sagar, Netravli, villages in Cancona, and Divar Island. Aside from the obvious greenery and serenity trees add to our lives, trees bearing fruit and native plants play an important role in the rich culinary and medicinal traditions across Goa – Kokum, Coconut, Jackfruit, Mango, Papaya – to name a few, are represented in every aspect of the local culture.From the beautiful beaches along the coast, through the green hinterland and undulating plateaus, all the way to the thick green forests on the Eastern Side, Goa has a rich cultural and natural history. khoj-aao! Adventures organises offbeat and immersive nature experiences for nature lovers of all ages
HERITAGE AND EVENTS Apart from Heritage walks, even certain events bring to light the ancient history of monuments in Goa. For example, the Ketevan Music Festival that accentuated Queen Ketevan’s history and how her body was found in the ruins of St Augustine’s church. Many schools and colleges often organize these kinds of Heritage walks or treks, to make it fun in order to educate students and make them well aware about the culture and heritage of Goa. Events like the Goa Carnival and Shigmo Utsav are a huge part of Goa’s heritage. These kinds of celebrations need to be preserved for future generations. Thus, we see that heritage is a very broad term.
TOURISM PROMOTES GOAN HERITAGE Maria Victor from ‘Make it happen!’- Heritage trails and Walking Tours, talks about the group’s unique collaborative approach connecting travelers with local communities and experiences, and aims at transforming the general clichéd perspectives about Goa. Tourism is a platform to showcase local creative talent and aspire to create thriving career opportunities for local artists. Tourism is also a great way of promoting the heritage of Goa. “Our Heritage Walk give tourists visiting Goa an opportunity to experience the real essence of Goan culture, heritage and the warm hospitality of local hosts,” says Maria Victor.
UNDER THE SPOTLIGHT: One can see the Portuguese influence in houses in remote villages, in food, and in language. One of the most famous spots for a heritage walk is a stroll passed the tiny streets and lanes of Fontainhas in Panjim, where many groups have conducted numerous heritage walks because of the Latin Quarters; Old Goan-Portugal depiction in the inner roadsof Fontainhas. Another popular tourist spot and heritage site is Old Goa, which has so many churches, each with its own meaning, history and secret. The Golden bell, he growing cross, St Francis Xavier’s relic, St Augustine’s ruins, Monte Chapel, and more; they all have a deep values. Following that is Dona Paula jetty that has been used for many film shoos and known to be a symbolic spot for lovers, after the rumors of Dona-Paula Statue. Other statues around the city of Panjimlike Abbe Fariaare placed neatly with the work and title of the respected persons.
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