Goa welcomes one and all with its idyllic lifestyle, lush mountain ranges, the magnificent scenic beauty and the architectural splendors of its temples, churches and old houses have all made Goa a favorite with travelers around the world. Delve into the past or laze around in the present; the ‘Pearl of the Orient’ can spoil the traveler with choices. There’s a wealth of history in this former Portuguese colony of Goa, plus an abundance of beaches, for sun worshippers and tranquility seekers. It is also the land of mangos and mangroves. Goa is a "Tourist Paradise" and has been a holiday destination since colonial times, when British troops and officials used to travel here from across the country for a spot of ‘rest and recreation’. It is a paradise for tourists and a haven for beach lovers - a charming place where the waves relentlessly thrash against the magnificent coastline, the clean white expanse of sand stretches from the rolling dunes of the Sahyadri mountain ranges to the turquoise of the Arabian Sea; the wafting aroma of a variety of mouth-watering delicacies pull you in, the melancholy strains of ‘fado’ occasionally stir the bougainvillea-scented breeze, and the party never seems to stops. Although tropically located, Goa has a coastal climate and remains pleasant throughout the year. Considering that there is so much to explore in Goa, it is best to hire a taxi or cab for sightseeing to ensure comfort and convenience. This is also the best way to experience Goa. The drive along the Western Ghats makes the journey exciting and promising. Since, everyone wants to relax when on a vacation to Goa. The abundant sundry parties of Goa are bound to intoxicate which makes it safer not to drive, but to be driven. Ideally one should hire a cab for the entire journey from the various car rental options that are available and keep it for the entire trip as an added convenience. Tourists travelling from Mumbai to Goa can book car taxi’s via mobile smart phone devices or online portals, saving time from waiting in long lines. Tourist can also travel via taxi at Mumbai airport to Goa. Further afield, the mega cosmopolitan cities of Bangalore, Hyderabad, Mangalore and Pune can conjure something quite different, with charismatically immense shopping centers, long strips of Indian restaurants, world-class amusement and theme parks, and yet proffer traditional charm aplenty. Travails by road from these cities usually make for memorable road-trips.