Friday, 26 August 2011 10:10 AM
Going on holiday is often about enjoying yourself, having a relaxing time and embracing a new culture. For many, it is also fun to have new shopping experiences and if you're heading off on flights to Goa, there is no better place to do this than the Anjuna Flea Market.
Goa is one of India's most popular destinations among tourists and it's hardly surprising as it boasts miles of palm-fringed beaches, turquoise waters and beautiful resorts.
But after you've had a relaxing time sunning yourself on its white sand beaches and having a splash in the sea, you might want to immerse yourself in the Indian culture and have an authentic shopping experience.
Situated on the Anjuna Beach, the market of the same name attracts visitors from all over the region, as well as the world, when it takes place every Wednesday.
You'll be able to find a huge variety of souvenirs to bring home to show your family and friends. It is also a great place to find some unique items that you might not be able to spot anywhere else.
These include dancing dolls, wooden carvings and handcrafted jewellery. If you're hoping to return with some Indian outfits, then the Anjuna Flea Market could be ideal for locating saris, dresses and scarves.
You will also get the chance to see locals sell their traditional wares, from silk bedspreads to brightly-coloured sarongs – great for using on the beach!
However, the Anjuna Flea Market isn't just an ideal location to pick up a few bargains. It offers a great introduction to life in Goa, as you'll be able to witness tradesmen showcase their creations, hear the calls of the vendors chatting among each other and trying to strike up offers on their items and see some of the area's locally-grown produce.
Indeed, if you want to try Goa's delicious tropical fruit or vegetables you've not heard of before, this is one of the best locations to do so.
Should you choose to buy at the Anjuna Flea Market, don't forget to bring your haggling skills as being able to barter is a must if you want to get the best deals on what you purchase.
And after you've walked away with bags full of goods, you'll be able to enjoy the rest of your stay in cheap accommodation in Goa.
Anjuna Beach is a particularly vibrant place for tourists to spend their time and you can simply rest on the hot sand or head to the other section of the shoreline, where you can taste some of the area's traditional cooking at its eateries.
Or why not spend some of your time on cheap holidays in Goa taking daytrips? You could go on a tiger and elephant safari at Karnataka for three days or you might prefer to visit Hampi, one of the best archaeological sites in Goa, to learn more about the Hindu Empire in India in the 14th century.
There's plenty to do to keep you amused during your stay in India, but once you've visited the Anjuna Flea Market, you'll no doubt be tempted to visit it again and again on your trip.
With so many bargains to be had, you could end up bringing home a lot more baggage than you came to India with.