Goa Carnival disability friendly

NEW DELHI, 22 February 2019: For the first time, one of India’s biggest annual festivals, the four-day Goa Carnival, 2 to 5 March, will be more accessible to travellers with a disability.

Enable Travel, accessible holiday specialist along with Ezy Mov, India’s first wheelchair taxi service and DRAG (Disability Rights Association of Goa), are partnering to improve accessibility during the festival.

Carnival festivities will be made more accessible in Panaji, Goa’s state capital, where elevated platforms with ramps will be provided especially for the wheelchair users.

Panaji, also known as Panjim, is located on the banks of the Mandovi River. Its cobblestone streets are lined with colourful villas and buildings from the Portuguese colonial era.

Goa Carnival is considered the largest in India and is now a major tourist attraction usually hosted in February, but this year will run from 2 to 5 March.

For the first time, an accessible float, comprising of disabled people and mobility-restricted seniors dressed in costumes and bearing placards championing the cause of inclusivity will be part of the festivities.

Enable Travel head Debolin Sen said: “Goa is more accessible than many other destinations in India, but there is still a lot of scope to improve.  We as accessible travel specialists want to keep this momentum going and strengthen our commitment along with our partners Ezy Mov and DRAG in creating an inclusive and accessible travel environment in Goa and extend it to the other parts of the country.”

Goa is famed for three popular beaches, Miramar, Bambolim, and Dona Paula, located near Panaji. Miramar Beach stands out as the most popular of the beaches usually packed with local and international tourists year-round.

To encourage participation from the disabled community and cater to their travel needs, Enable Travel in partnership with Ezy Mov is offering holiday packages for the Goa Carnival.

The package includes airport assistance by an Enable Travel representative, porter services at the airport, transfers, wheelchair friendly hotels, an amphibious chair experience on the beach with assistance, exclusive one-night gala dinner, all meals and travel insurance.

Overseas tour operators can request customised packages in addition to standard packages designed for the carnival.

The packages start from INR 17699 (USD247) per person on a twin-sharing basis for two nights and three days.

Since its launch in March 2017, Enable Travel, powered by Cox & Kings has hosted curated holiday experiences for the disabled (wheelchair, blind, deaf and speech impairment).

For more details visit www.enabletravel.com. Senior citizens: https://www.enabletravel.com/en-in/senior-citizens.

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