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Going, going, Goa

17:30 AEST Sat Mar 24 2012
After the noise and bustle of Mumbai, Jules Lund was happy to head to the Indian state of Goa on the country's south-western coast. India's smallest state has been popular with Westerners seeking inner peace since the mid-1960s. Goa trance, a form of electronic music, originated there in the late 1980s.

Goa's history sets it apart from the rest of the country. 450 years of Portuguese rule have given it a European look and feel. Cabo de Rama fortress has seen it all, predating the Portuguese by centuries. It was the centrepiece of major dynasties — as almost everyone at one stage craved a piece of the paradise.

Neighbouring 15th-century maharajas, the Dutch, British and French all had a go at Goa. Even today, more than two million Indians head there for a slice of the local action. Locals call themselves Goans first and Indians second and thanks to farming, fishing and tourism, they enjoy one of India's best standards of living.

So with a little knowledge of Goa's past and the desire to learn more, Jules found himself in the town of Margao.

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