Mario Miranda - Book

Mario Miranda book

Over 2000 sketches, Illustration and cartoons by the Artist Mario Miranda in one place.

Museum Houses of Goa

Museum Houses of Goa

"Houses of Goa", a unique museum by reputed architect Gerard da Cunha, encapsulates for posterity the phenomenal outcome of the amalgamation of eastern and western architectural styles.


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Since India is a big country, one will need to fly to save time. Previously, there was only the state owned Indian Airlines, but in recent years, there are many private airlines that have aircraft flying to smaller towns. Here I should caution that the flight to the Himalayas and Ladakh often gets cancelled due to bad weather. It is better to reserve in advance on a well-established airline.


This is the oldest mode of transportation in India, and since there are not many electric trains, it will mean travelling in steam trains that have not changed in 50 years. Nevertheless, India has one of the most distinguished railroad systems in the world and the width of the rails is classified into broad gauge, narrow gauge and metre gauge. The express trains become sleepers at night, from 9 p m to 7 a m. If you do not have a sleeper reservation, you may not be able to board the train at night. The big terminals have counters exclusively for foreign tourists and they sell national and regional train timetables in English.


There are many buses to a single destination and they are convenient since they are capable of taking small sharp turns. However, the seats are narrow, which results in quickly tiring the traveller. Try to get a seat in the front section of the bus. The good thing is, especially in south India, if you can enjoy the natural scenery, even a long journey is not boring. It is advisable to confirm the time and your seat reservation at the bus stand on the previous day. For your information, a long-distance bus does an average of only 30 km per hour.


Long distance taxi charges should be bargained and resolved every time. It is sound policy to contact a number of drivers and speak to them about the tour itinerary. There are times when you decide on the charge according to your tour itinerary and there are times when you pay by the kilometre. The rent-a-car system is not very popular in India.


In the bigger cities one can travel around in taxis, but in small towns, it is easier to get around in a rickshaw. There are three types of rickshaws. The most primitive is the hand-pulled rickshaw, which can be seen only in Calcutta. Then there are cycle rickshaws that travel slowly and are appropriate if one wants to enjoy the hustle and bustle of the place. The rates are cheap and you can bargain before getting in. However, these rickshaws are getting fewer by the year and motor powered rickshaws, called autos, are becoming more popular. They are fast, make a lot of noise and are also the cause of considerable air pollution.