Old Goa, Old Goa
Concierge.com's insider take:
Old Goa, former capital of this Portuguese colony, was once so grand that it rivaled Lisbon in magnificence. Known formerly as Rome of the East, the town still bristles with 16th-century churches, convents, and cathedrals. Housed in an Italianate chapel, the Professed House, is the coffin of St. Francis Xavier, an important pilgrimage site for Catholics. The Jesuit priest died on 1552 but his flesh did not decomposeyou can see his body through the small windows along his embossed silver coffin.