It's carnival time. From February 18 to 22, Goa will open its hearts to people from India and the world for this much-awaited event on the calendar. Join in the festivities as you discover the many sides to this tiny Indian state. The Guide gives you a ringside view
Think Carnival and images of Rio's risque extravaganza come to mind. Be forewarned. Don't step on Goa's shores expecting a similar sight.
A man representing King Momo (the mythical King of Carnival) rides a float depicting the coastal Indian city of Goa during the Republic Day parade in New Delhi on January 26, 2012. Pic/AFP
A float carrying King Momo makes its way, against the backdrop of the Mandovi River
Tableaux with colourful, eye-catching masks are a common sight