On the shores of the Arabian Sea, under the shade of palm trees, bathes the Queen of Beaches – Calangute. The food stalls and stalls selling goods to tourists, 45 minute bus ride up to the coast from the city of Panjim bring one to Calangute, Goa’s busiest and most commercialized resort, and the flagship of the state government’s bid for a bigger slice of India’s package-tourist pie. The road from the town to the beach is lined with Kashmiri-run handicraft boutiques and Tibetan stalls selling Himalayan curios and jewellery. The beach itself is nothing special, with steeply shelving sand, but is more than large enough to accommodate the huge numbers of high-season visitors. The Church of St Alex greets the visitors with its two towers and a magnificent dome gracing the façade. The inside of the church is a display of the line and beauty of its architectural style and attractive alters.