Goa is a tropical paradise that offers something for everyone, from stunning beaches and rich culture to lively nightlife and delicious cuisine. But if you are looking for a truly unforgettable experience, you should plan your visit during the Goa Carnival, a four-day festival of fun, music, and colors that celebrates the spirit of Goa.

Goa Carnival is one of the few carnivals in Asia and the only one in India. It dates back to the 16th century, when Goa was a Portuguese colony and the locals adopted the Catholic tradition of celebrating before the onset of Lent, a period of fasting and abstinence. Today, Goa Carnival is a unique blend of Portuguese and Indian influences, with a touch of modern flair.

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The highlight of Goa Carnival is the grand parade, which takes place on the first day of the festival. The parade is led by King Momo, a mythical figure who is chosen every year to preside over the festivities. King Momo declares the motto of the carnival, which is usually “Kha, piye, aani majja kar” (Eat, drink, and have fun). The parade features colorful floats, dancers, musicians, clowns, acrobats, and performers, who showcase the diverse culture and heritage of Goa. The parade starts from Panaji, the capital city of Goa, and passes through the main streets of the city, attracting thousands of spectators.

The parade is followed by various events and activities that take place throughout the carnival. These include music concerts, dance competitions, food festivals, cultural shows, and street parties. You can enjoy the sounds of Goan folk music, such as mandos, dulpods, and dekhnnis, as well as contemporary genres, such as pop, rock, and EDM. You can also witness the traditional dances of Goa, such as the fuga, the corridinho, and the kunbi. You can savor the flavors of Goan cuisine, which is a fusion of Portuguese and Indian elements, with dishes such as vindaloo, xacuti, cafreal, and bebinca. You can also explore the history and art of Goa, with exhibitions, workshops, and demonstrations.

If you want to experience the magic of Goa Carnival, you could book your stay at Zense Resort, a boutique hotel in North Goa near Candolim Beach. Zense Resort offers you the most luxurious and comfortable accommodation, with rooms and suites that are equipped with modern amenities and gadgets. You can also enjoy the benefits of free Wi-Fi, complimentary* breakfast, and a plunge pool. Zense Resort also has a terrace garden, where you can relax and enjoy the view of the palm trees and the sunset. Zense Resort also has a restaurant, SouthI, which serves you an exciting blend of famous Goan food and South Indian delicacies.

Zense Resort is the perfect place to stay if you want to enjoy the Goa Carnival, as it is located close to the parade route and the main venues of the festival. You can easily access the carnival by walking, cycling, or taking a taxi. You can also explore the nearby attractions, such as Candolim Beach, Fort Aguada, and Calangute Beach. Zense Resort also offers you special packages and deals for the carnival season, so you can save money and have more fun.

So, what are you waiting for? Book your stay at Zense Resort today and get ready to experience the magic of Goa Carnival. It is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that you don’t want to miss. Cheers to the sense of Zensibility!