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Published on : Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Goa is well-known for its heritage and luring visitors worldwide. Besides, famous beaches, the rich heritage and customs of Goa made this place one of the most sought-after tourist destinations in India. Locals and NGO’s are however quite concerned about the future of Goan heritage. They are keeping no stones unturned to preserve it and take to the further heights.
Goa Heritage Action Group is an NGO which is working at a stretch for the last 16 years to preserve the history, culture and nature of Goa. To quote Prajal Sakhardand, Vice Chairperson of GHAG, ‘heritage needs to be preserved for posterity. Our Heritage Group has been successful in preserving several historical monuments and natural heritage through campaigns, courts cases etc. There have been several success stories and failures too.’
The NGO also fought for the preservation of many other historical sites like Tonca Pillar, Panelim, Reis Magos Fort, Chapora Fort, Adil Shah Palace, Betim Cross and many more. The group has been a part of five editions of Fountainhas Art Festival as well. Besides, GHAG conducts heritage walks and trails and different interesting activities.
To quote Tallulah D’Silva, Panaji based architect who organizes heritage walks, ‘heritage tourism is an excellent model that a city or state can and must adopt. And just like every place has its natural or ecological history as well as manmade or built history, Goa too has so much to offer.’