Let’s Goa

Get packed and head off for a minibreak with a difference with a weekend trip to India…

We all love Dubai, but from time to time life in the city gets a bit much and an escape is in order. There are hundreds of pretty spots to explore in the region, but we decided not to limit ourselves and headed to India, Goa more specifically, for two nights of fun, sun, and some of the best curries we’ve ever tasted.

First things first, you need a visa to go to India. Time Out has a friend who forgot this and booked a lovely holiday to Kerala, only to discover that she’d be spending the week in Dubai. Luckily, the process is pretty simple. Just head down to the Indian Consulate in Dubai with your completed paperwork, passport, and a couple of hundred dirhams, and you’ve got yourself a visa to India for four months. Have a look on the consulate’s website www.ipavsc.com for the most up to date details.

The last time we visited Goa, the only flight options were pretty pricey, but these days things are a bit different. Air Arabia launch their flights to Goa next month. They’ll be flying there from Sharjah three times a week and they’re pretty reasonable if you book ahead. Flights in April come in at around Dhs900 return, including taxes holidays.airarabia.com.

Once your flight’s sorted, a holiday in Goa’s a doddle. Mostly, because there’s so much accommodation, from beach huts right through to luxury hotels and the airport’s only an hour or so away from most resorts. Check out www.hotelsgoa.net for more information on where to stay. We stayed in a guesthouse in Anjuna Beach on our last trip and for the equivalent of about Dhs50 a night we got a reasonable room with an en-suite, walking distance from the beach.

In general, life in Goa revolves around lazing on the beach, eating some of the cheapest and most delicious curries we’ve ever stumbled across, and generally chilling out. Plus, you can fly out on Thursday night, and be back in work on Sunday, if you play your cards right. What’s not to love?

For more details on life in Goa and things to do check out www.goa-tourism.com

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