Try out these 7 offbeat activities in Goa & enjoy your vacay like never before!

Upgrade your Goa itinerary and make sure to add these to your list-

Wildly popular for being the party hub of India, Goa has a lot more in store for its tourists than just the beaches and casinos! If you are someone who is planning a trip to the coastal state for the first time or somebody who frequently chills at the beautiful Goa beaches, you need to look at Goa from an all new lens this holiday season!

The state has so much to offer than the usual beach/club hopping and this list of 7 offbeat activities will help you cover all that!

Into the Unknown; Bungy Jumping

Face your fear of heights and experience the lift of being suspended in thin air at Goa's Jumpin Heights! Run by ex-Army officers, with Jump Masters extensively trained under experts from New Zealand- this place honours international standards of visitors' safety! Visit Goa's first ever Bungy station in Mayem Lake, North Goa, a 35 minute drive from the very popular Baga Beach.

Say yes to adventure sports!

If you are unconditionally in love with Goa beaches and simultaneously enjoy the rush of adrenaline, then Goa's adventure sports are just the thing for you! From kite-surfing at Morjim beach to sea bed walking at Baina Beach, experience the blood rushing through your veins with extreme sports in the state! You can also opt for eco-tourism while you are here and go kayaking on the Zuari, Mandovi, Nerul rivers and Sal backwaters, a quick alternative to the overly commercialised and crowded beaches of the coastal state!

Trudge through the Todo Waterfall Trek

Not known to many, Goa is a wonder-house of landscapes and open lush green expanses that deserve their due credit. Hike through the terrains to the Todo waterfall and absorb in the history, heritage, and thrills of the exotic Goa! Just casual advice, don't forget to carry salt and tobacco to keep the leeches away.

Visit Reis Magos Fort

If you are a sucker of scenic views and majestic archaeology then you need to visit the Reis Magos Fort located on the northern banks of the Mandovi river. Catch a break from the hustle and bustle of the beaches, clubs and casinos and hit this place to gather your thoughts in the peace and quiet of the Bardez district.

Greet the Wildlife

With its close proximity to the coast and the western ghats, Goa houses a whole host of species that can be seen during one of the bird-watching sessions! If you are someone who loves ornithology, South Goa will be your go-to location to spot the wonders of natures through a pair binoculars! Besides that, if you want to greet crocodiles from up close, you can take a boat ride to Cumbarjua Canal, where most reptiles stay. This canal connects two of the biggest rivers of Goa, the Zauri Rive and Mandovi, about half an hour from Panaji City!

​Go Goa, Go Karting

If you love thrill and speed, you need to visit the go-karting tracks in North Goa! This activity can easily find its place on your itinerary if you are vacaying in the state with your friends!

Heaven for Opacarphiles

Any trip to Goa is incomplete if you don't without witnessing the sun rushing below the horizons, casting the shore with a golden glow. Get on a luxurious cruise and watch the glitter of the setting sun on the Arabian Se with luxury yachts rides on the Zuari, Mandovi and Mapusa river!

Make sure to make the most of your trip to Goa next time you are around and tag us on Instagram if you happen to visit these places!

Augmenting medical facilities in the city, Kanpur's Hallet Hospital to get a new Ward 50

A a 20 thousand litre oxygen supply facility would be installed for the patients in the hospital.

With an objective to expand the medical facilities available in the city, Lala Lajpat Rai Hospital in Kanpur commonly known as the 'Hallet Hospital' is looking forward to fresh developments. As per reports, the new Ward 50 of the hospital complex would be ready to accommodate patients in a year. The hospital administration has also planned the installation of a 20 thousand litre oxygen supply facility for the patients.

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Night Sky tourism kicks off in Jaipur!

The tour circle includes viewing of celestial bodies on special occasions across different spots across Jaipur.

Tourists in Jaipur may soon find an added attraction amidst all the existing views and experiences offered by the desert state. The state has launched an innovative night sky tourism for its visitors free of cost. The project was inaugurated by the state government's Minister of Art & Culture in the presence of the Chief Secretary, with an objective to bring more tourists to Rajasthan. The tour circle includes viewing of celestial bodies on special occasions across different spots across Jaipur.

Specific episodes from the astronomical timeline to be shown

With a focus on specific astronomical events that happen from time to time, the Department of Science & Technology has prepared a list of episodes to be included in the maiden project. The allures offered by the night sky tour circle include moon watching at Jawahar Kala Kendra on the day of the launch and the telescopic view of Saturn, Mercury, Jupiter & Venus from Jantar Mantar on February 11. While tourists may flock to Albert Hall for watching the Jupiter-Mercury conjunction on March 5, they will be offered a closer view of the year's biggest moon from Amber Durg on May 26. Additionally, Mercury will be shown from Amber Fort May 17 and Venus will be shown from Albert Hall on July 3.

A step towards encouraging curiosity and boosting scientific temper

The Minister of Art & Culture stated that night sky tourism would encourage people towards science and astronomy in addition to helping the students and researchers interested in heavenly bodies. He further said that the night sky show from different spots would boost the scientific temper of the general public. The Chief Secretary joined him in appreciation of the calm night sky, saying that a refined view of the moon displaying its pits and craters would motivate people's curiosity about Akash Ganga.

Secretary of Art and Culture and Science and Technology said: "The state government's objective is to inculcate scientific thinking among people, to make people aware about the happenings in nature in a scientific way. For this, night sky tourism has started. As per the astronomical scenario every month, this facility will be available free of cost at different places on different days."

'Udyam Sarathi App' to boost self-employment in Lucknow & other UP districts

A high-tech platform for the youth, will be unveiled on the occasion of the 'UP Diwas' tomorrow .

On the occasion of UP Diwas on January 24, 'Udyam Sarathi App', will be launched in the state. The app is a high-tech one-click solution which will provide every information related to self-employment and the job industry. This will help boost ambition among the youth, who will now be able to seek solutions and opportunities at their own convenience.

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Rajasthan girl becomes the 1st woman to lead flypast on Republic Day parade at Rajpath Delhi

Meet Flight Lt Swati Rathore, a local girl from Nagaur who will chronicle a historic moment for the nation!

This Republic Day, India will script a new chapter in the history of women empowerment. Flight Lieutenant Swati Rathore a local girl from Rajasthan will become the first woman ever to lead the flypast on the main Republic Day parade at Delhi's Rajpath on January 26, 2021. Becoming an icon for several young women in the nation, Swati Rathore has set her journey to a path which will bring honour and glory to her family, her state and the nation.

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Good news for Haj-bound pilgrims, a new Haj House to come up in Kharghar, Navi Mumbai

The New Haj House will come up in Kharghar near Navi Mumbai Interantional Airport.

In a move to boost the future of Haj Pilgrims in Mumbai, the City and Industrial Development Corporation (CIDCO) announced its approval for establishing a new Haj House. The latest structure is supposed to come up at Kharghar in Navi Mumbai, for which around 6,000 square metres of land will be allotted. Navi Mumbai will soon have an international airport and the new structure will benefit these Haj pilgrims.

CIDCO's decision based on a request from the Minority Affairs Ministry

As per reports, CIDCO, the infrastructure agency of the Maharashtra government stated in an official release that its current decision is based on a request from the Union Minority Affairs Ministry. CIDCO had received a letter from the Additional Secretary of the Ministry that asked the organization to allot around 5 acres of land for a Haj House and the seasonal office of Haj Committee. It further requested to allot the land in close proximity to the Navi Mumbai International Airport, if possible.

Reportedly, CIDCO has given its approval for a plot stretching over 6,000 square metres of land in sector 38 of Kharghar. As per the agency's statement, lease amount would cost over ₹ 14.2 crores in addition to the applicable miscellaneous charges and taxes.

Old Haj House located close to the CST Terminus

Currently, Mumbai has a Haj House located close to the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus railway station for easy accessibility to the travellers. The complex is a 19-storey structure which provides shelter and other amenities to Muslims bound for the Haj pilgrimage. The pilgrims in the house are benefitted from the training and orientation programs held by a group of volunteers from the Sahyog Cultural Society. Additionally, the Haj Committee Bombay has been looking the trouble-free travel of the Haj-pilgrims since 1927.

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