POSTAL disruption has slowed the flow of entries to the Catholic Herald's travel competition as announced on September 9. In response to the requests of many readers, we here reprint the details, and have extended the deadline by one week to Thursday October 6.
THE wave of nostalgia prompted by television and cinema for the days of the Raj in India would have us believe that the colonisation of the sub-continent was an exclusively British affair. But at Goa on the western seaboard, the Catholic Portuguese held sway from the arrival of Afonso de Albuquerque and his men in 1510, until 1961 when the remnant of the colonial empire that preceeded all others was incorporated into the modern state of India.
In their wake, the Portuguese brought their priests and missionaries, and today, as a result, Goa offers a uniquely Catholic perspective on India. Church building was a passion with the Portuguese, and Goa boasts many fine basilicas including the Se Cathedral, commissioned in 1562.
Below Thomas Kala, a native of this part of India, and now director of the Westminster Cathedral Bookshop, describes the joys of this most relaxed and inviting of cities, the gateway to India. The Catholic Herald, in association with Inspirations East Ltd of Oxford, is pleased to offer you the chance of experiencing the joys of Goa first hand. Inspirations East has pioneered a programme of inclusive tour arrangements direct from Bristol and Gatwick to Goa at prices from around the £400 mark for a two week stay. Departures are every Sunday from October 30 through the winter months. Paramount Airways, the Bristol-based charter airline, is flying the programme with its new McDonnell Douglas MD 83 twinjet aircraft, with fine catering and complimentary bar service offering a specially selected range of Portuguese wines.
Free insurance is offered to all Catholic Herald readers booking a trip to Goa direct with Inspirations East and mentioning this article.
The Catholic Herald and Inspirations East are also offering a two week free holiday in Goa for two on their 20 November departure.
Accommodation will be at the quiet, charming Coqueiral Guest House, run by the Braganza family, set directly onto Candolim Beach. A twin bedded room, with private bathroom, will be provided, along with transport to and from Goa's Dabolim airport, which is approximately 1 hour 20 minutes away.
Once there, you will be free to enjoy the miles of golden sand at Candolim and explore historic Goa. You will be your own boss. Travel from Gatwick or Bristol to and from your Goa holiday guesthouse and accommodation along with comprehensive travel insurance will be offered by Inspirations East. You have only to find spending money for meals and excursions. Inspirations East's local representative is based at a nearby hotel and is on hand if any problems arise.
To win this passage to India, simply answer the following questions correctly (if you need to do a little further research all the answers may be found in Inspirations East's brochure on Goa and South India available from the Catholic Herald, Travel Dept, Herald House, Lambs Passsage, Bunhill Row, London EC1Y 8TQ. Tel: 01-588 3101).
The first all correct set of answers drawn from entries received by the Catholic Herald no later than Thursday, 29 September will win this super holiday. The draw will take place at the Government of India Tourist Office in London at 1.00pm on Friday 30 September and the winner will be notified the same day.