The ever-bustling city of Margao hides some of the most interesting food delights that you will ever encounter, only if you care to admire it. The places have been long revered by the locals, and we are now inviting you into this world of food secrets of Margao. Make sure you get your taste buds ready, and we serve some delicious items - and for both Vegetarians and Non - Vegetarians. There will be enough portions served to keep you satisfied, and at the same time having you crave for more. The names of the places as well as the dishes are to be disclosed only once you join us. Also included in the trail are some untold stories about the city, and some extraordinary experiences.
Did you know The Hot and Happening party belt of Goa has a sober side left undiscovered for so long? Candolim is full of beautiful houses, churches, fishing activities, farming and tales to tell that have been overwhelmed by the modern Pubs. It was the epicentre of Pinto revolt against the Portuguese rule and also happens to be the birthplace of Abbe Faria, one of the Legends that Goa has given birth to. Join Adolfina Abreo as she takes you behind the scene in the extraordinary village of Candolim. This trail is in collaboration with Rodrigues Ancestral Home as you see Candolim in a different light!
The Goan houses have their own charm - People have often misrepresented the architecture as being Portuguese architecture. Each one of them has a story to tell - the reasons they were built the way they were, the rains they have witnessed and of course , the stories that took place there. We venture on a unique mission with our series on Houses of Goa - to decode these secrets. In this trail, we will visit Prominent houses in the village, and discuss the stories about the house. It will include transport , along with snacks. Authentic local lunch will be provided as well. Apart from the houses, there will be stories about the village - It's Making, Visit to the prominent places and local stories. The Trail will be led by Heta Pandit : Heta has written 8 books on Goan heritage. Some of the titles are Houses of Goa, Master builders of Goa, Dust & Other Short Stories from Goa, Walking in Goa, Walking in Old Goa, Walking with Angels, a book on the churches of Goa. Her autobiography There’s More to Life Than a House in Goa was released at the Sixth Goa Art & Literature Festival. GRINDING STORIES, Songs from Goa (a translation of 26 stories sung over the grinding stone) was released at the Ninth edition of the Goa Art & Literature Festival in December 2018.
Who were the original inhabitants of Goa? The tribals maybe? We don't know. What we do know is The Tribal food trail in Canacona gives us an insight into what goes behind the secret recipes passed from generations, and into the making of this extraordinary place :) We are so used to the the modern day technology that is dependent on electricity and plastic, it is hard to imagine how one can run a kitchen using natural resources. Be amazed by the delectable cuisine prepared specially to take you back to the roots of how Goan food originated.
Ilhas Dos Fidalgos - The Island of the Noblemen.This is the name Chorao was known as by the Portuguese, who captured this as one of their first conquests of 451- years long rule. It is one of the most prominent areas for migratory birds in the entire India, and the famous Dr Salim Ali Bird sanctuary is an integral part of this island today. This trail is a journey that uncovers the best of Choaro island - A boat ride into the mangroves, the Oldest Church of Chorao, One of the most unique temples in entire India , The Bunds and Maanos System , and the Lost Seminary. The Island of Chorao is an exploration about nature, culture, heritage and us!
The Goan houses have their own charm - People have often misrepresented the architecture as being Portuguese architecture. Each one of them has a story to tell - the reasons they were built the way they were, the rains they have witnessed and of course , the stories that took place there. We venture on a unique mission with our series on Houses of Goa - to decode these secrets. In this trail, we will visit Prominent houses in the village, and discuss the stories about the house. It will include transport , along with snacks. Authentic local dinner will be provided as well. Apart from the houses, there will be stories about the village - It's Making, Visit to the prominent places and local stories. The Trail will be led by Heta Pandit : Heta has written 8 books on Goan heritage. Some of the titles are Houses of Goa, Master builders of Goa, Dust & Other Short Stories from Goa, Walking in Goa, Walking in Old Goa, Walking with Angels, a book on the churches of Goa. Her autobiography There’s More to Life Than a House in Goa was released at the Sixth Goa Art & Literature Festival. GRINDING STORIES, Songs from Goa (a translation of 26 stories sung over the grinding stone) was released at the Ninth edition of the Goa Art & Literature Festival in December 2018.
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o, We at Soul Travelling believe that Tanvi gets high when she speaks about Bandora and so to get into the insights we thought we would ask her about her experiences so far with Soul Travelling! Here is what she had to say , “I was introduced to Soul Travelling by Sawani Shetye. Spoke to Varun and shared my idea of curating Bandora walk and he agreed and that is how it all happened. Walking and talking in my own village was an amazing experience because I got to explore it the way I had never done before ♥ The experience of working with soul travelling has been great. It is very flexible, comforting and relaxing. I have found myself a new identity. I believe that this whole idea will grab the attention of people towards the unseen Goa. It will make them realise that Goa isnt just about beaches. Glad to be a part of the revolution!😍 “ Glad to have you with us
After a busy day of building marketing strategies, he likes a quiet stroll through his village of Veling. Sometimes, over the weekends you can find him honing his Ghumot skills. Meet Bhavesh Velingkar, MBA, Music enthusiast, Soul Traveller. We reached out to Bhavesh after we saw the pictures that he had shared of his village of Veling. We jumped at the chance of getting to conduct a walk in this beautiful village, that too with a thorough bred “local boy”. Over time, not only has Bhavesh conducted the Veling walk, but also takes up Ponda walks. Reminiscing over his time with Soul Travelling, he says, “Taking up this challenge of conducting the walk in my village definitely helped me understand my own home better. It was a nice experience talking to elders and realising how this village has evolved over the past few decades, yet how it holds on to its cultural heritage. After having learned so many things about my own village, it gives me a sense of satisfaction that we are getting these hidden secrets before the world. I feel locals will enjoy this experience as much as tourists. Many a times, we are so busy in our work and lives that we miss out on the history, culture and heritage of our own cities. This will bring many fun surprises to even the locals as they learn about their own Goa. The whole team at Soul Travelling is so full of life and passion. It’s always so much fun to meet everyone and especially hear the many interesting stories and trivia they have to share. I’m glad to be a part of this team and look forward to bring the true Goa to the world.”
Rujuta Borkar has been a member of our team for over 7 months, uncovering the Untold Mysteries of Comba. An assistant professor and literary expert by profession, we never realised when she turned from loyal customer to an ambassador. When asked about her journey so far, this is what she says, “Soul travelling happened after I attended the Margao Walk 4 times in a row and realised I really love the experience. Not just because I am highly interested in history, but also because of how much in love with Goa I am. When I learned they were looking to expand, it just seemed like the natural thing to do and spread the love, so to say. The walks are something that give you immense satisfaction. After taking all the efforts of designing a walk and giving it your all, when you hear comments like 'I've lived here my whole life and have never known this about the place', feels like all the sweat and grime has been worth it. It's also given me the ability to look at a place beyond its face value and find the secrets and history it proudly holds. Every place and space has a story to tell. It's been an amazing 7 months with Soul Travelling. One doesn't realise just exactly how much it teaches you--it's not the simple 'learning of some text', although there is that. But it's more to do with using all your skills--interviewing people, collecting stories, dealing with unwarranted situations and googlies from people--it's thrilling and adrenaline-inducing. There is finally something that breaks the myth of Goa being only about the beaches and booze. Personally, there have been so many people who have messaged me asking about the walks and trails to take their guests from out of town on. Perspectives about the state are changing and Soul Travelling has a major part to play in this.” ♥
The newest entrant in our growing list of ambassadors is Mayuresh Khandeparkar. Currently pursuing a BSc in Mathematics and Geography from Parvatibai Chowgule College, Mayuresh loves reading, cycling, and consuming copious amounts of roadside tea on rainy days. His usually quiet demeanor and overall 'good boy' persona gives way to witty repartee and funny anecdotes once settled in his company. And although he hasn't experienced all that life has to offer, he feels Robert Frost wrote 'road less travelled' just to describe his inclinations. He loves interacting with people from different backgrounds and experiencing things that are set apart from the general trend. Which is why it makes complete sense that he was drawn to @soul.travelling ♥ This is his journey with Soul Travelling in his own words "So this goes back to when I was done with my 12th boards; I enrolled myself for the Margao City Walk and thoroughly enjoyed it. That's when it struck me, how great an idea it is to meet wonderful people, share anecdotes, and laugh along; and think of having had a splendid day before going to bed. I was hooked. I feel conventional tourism has been quite laidback and non-intellectual, typically in the Goan context. But the concept put forth by Soul Travelling i.e. to help tourists and even unaware locals, see places through the eyes of a native, one who has seen the place evolve, is beautiful. Soul Travelling is definitely taking significant steps towards changing tourism in Goa.