India’s true paradise? Doubtlessly – Goa. This coastal region has a wide influence of Portuguese culture reflecting on its colloquial terms and cuisine. Ranking 6th in the “Top 10 Nightlife Cities in the World” by National Geographic, a few popular nightclubs in the region are – Mambos, Tito’s, Britto’s, The Sinq, on the other hand, Patnem beach in South Goa stands 3 rd in CNN Travel’s list of “Top 20 beaches in Asia”. The mixed Portuguese and Hindu architectural elements play a vital role in the Goanese lifestyle and social settings. Though the state’s trendy beaches and thumping nightlife pulls all the attention, the Goanese residents like to keep their lifestyle simple and susegad (laid back). They love to gather for Tiatr – a form of musical theatre drama. Feni – a local alcohol made by fermenting cashew fruits, while toddy is made by fermenting coconuts and is a staple ingredient in Goanese kitchen. An Indian single malt whisky – Paul John has originated in South Goa. Tropical weather, white and golden sandy beaches, Indo-Portuguese architecture, Hindu temples, cathedrals and churches, abundant seafood and leisurely lifestyle – that’s Goa for you! Don’t forget to take home bebinca – the delicious Goan – Portuguese layered dessert made with egg yolks and coconut milk.