Nestled on the western coast and looking out onto the vast Arabian Sea, Goa is a model of unique incongruities in India. It is India’s smallest state by area and is also the country’s richest state with a per capita gross domestic product of two and a half times that of the country as a whole. Goa is ranked the best for its infrastructure, has placed first for the best quality of life, is known for its laid-back lifestyle but is also inherently challenged by its own popularity. Still, it is treasured for its slice of paradise that beckons to all those needing a relaxing respite from the hectic world at large. Primarily influenced by its Portuguese-based history, the city of Panaji offers terraced hills dotted with brightly colored concrete buildings that display quaint balconies and red-tiled roofs plus tall white Latin styled churches and elegant promenades. Renowned for its beaches, places of worship and world heritage architecture, Goa is visited by throngs of both international and domestic visitors each year. Come