Goa is the fun capital of India and this state has witnessed numerous settlements from across the world over several decades and the vibes of Goa is truly an amalgamation of cultures!
Often referred as the ‘pearl of the east’, Goa is globally known for its warm hospitality, cultural heritage and the endless parties which pull in the crowds. Whether it is relaxation or adventure, nature or history, shopping or food or the best places to visit in Goa, it delights one and all! So here are 5 facts about Goa which you didn’t know and your next visit will be even more interesting.
The Smallest State!
Goa is actually the smallest state in India in terms of area but it also has the highest per-capita income, which is also makes it the richest state! You could probably fantasize staying in this place forever leading a life of high spirits and luxury and surprisingly, Goans living and working in the state have a lot of money to spare!
The First Medical School!
The Goa Medical College was India’s first medical school setup to educate prospective doctors and also to impart treatments. This is definitely one of the facts about Goa you didn't know. It was built in the 18th century when the state was still under Portuguese rule. One of Asia’s oldest medical colleges, the library here is one of the oldest as well, with books dating back to the 18th century.
Asia’s Only Naval Aviation Museum!
Goa is home to Asia’s one of the unique Naval Aviation Museums as it preserves the history and legacy of the Naval Aviation and how. Today, there are more than 15 types of aircraft at the museum and a wide range of scaled models of aircraft carriers.
There are only about six other such museums in the world and the colossal reconnaissance ship called Lockheed Super Constellation is displayed here.
Goans are the only Indians who can also apply and avail a Portuguese passport along with the Indian one! How cool is that?
India's First Printing Press!
India’s very first printing press was set up in Goa, all the way back in the 1500s when only a scanty number of people went to school! It was installed at St. Paul’s college in Goa in 1956.
Honestly, Goa has been a happening state since centuries and Goa is proof that good things come in small packages! The name of the state is synonymous with beaches, trance parties, cheap alcohol, casinos and delish seafood. Delving into its culture a little further, we can easily witness Portuguese traditions of its past that still peak from the contemporary Indian ones!