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Some Highlights that I want to hit from NY Times’ Travel Journal:

Bollywood Dance Cruise

“BOLLYWOOD BOOZE CRUISE

Before plunging into Goa’s various seaside idylls, jump into a Bollywood-style dance party on a sunset cruise along the Mandovi River…

SPICY SOJOURN

Returning from the wilderness, stop in the small but central city of Ponda to visit the state’s world-famous spice plantations…Head to the less-trafficked Savoi Plantation…whose motto is “Organic Since Origin.” At this 200-year-old spice farm, a guide will show you where turmeric, cloves and vanilla beans come from (answer: a root, flower buds and a creeping vine respectively). A fresh fish lunch is included in the 400-rupee price…

SUNSET WITH SHISHA

An hour before sunset, a ritual begins at Baga Beach. Deck chairs are replaced by tables for two, towel boys are redressed as waiters, and the smell of sweet shisha fills the air as water pipes are shared by twinkling candlelight. Considering the daytime buzz, it’s surprisingly peaceful at this golden hour.” EDIT (by Calvin) — 3 months later: Mission Accomplished

Just discovered NY Times travel…