Beaches of Goa
This tour takes you on a cultural and historical tour
of India. Delhi is the capital city of India and is also the main cultural
hub. Agra houses one of the most beautiful and amazing monuments and the
symbol of everlasting love, The Taj Mahal and then Jaipur or the city of
victory as colourful as its people and culture. Combine Goa with all this
and you have a fantasy coming ture.
Goa – popularly known as tourist paradise, lies on the western coast of India in the belt known as Konkan. Its architectural splendours of temples, churches and old mansions along with its scenic beauty and pristine beaches are the favourite among tourists from across the world. Besides the natural beauty, the fabulous beaches and sunshine, travellers to Goa love the laid-back, peaceful, warm and friendly nature of the Goan people. Its cuisine has the influence of different dynasties and rulers who ruled Goa. The hippies descended on to Goa in the late sixties and since then its been a heaven for them and is one of the main attractions for tourists.
Come explore the beaches and sea and relax as this seems to be the only place on earth to relax.
This is a suggested tour. It can be tailor made to suit your requirements. Please contact us for a tailor made holiday.
Day 01, Arrival / Delhi
Meeting and assistance on arrival and transfer to Hotel.
Delhi, Capital City of independent India rewards the determined sightseer with more than a thousand monuments and two old capital buildings complexes-including the present seat of Government, designed by the British architect Sir Edwin Lutyens. Cosmopolitan hotels, shopping, and fine restaurants abound. Delhi also offers a glimpse into the real India: the labyrinthine street bazaars of Old Delhi, and the temples and monuments of Indian's chequered colonial past. In the deepest sense, from Old Delhi's Red fort and Jama Masjid mosque to New Delhi's chic art galleries and nightclubs, Delhi is profoundly Indian city. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 02, Delhi / Agra
After early breakfast drive 5 hrs to Agra. Evening city sightseeing and visit to Taj Mahal at sunset.
Agra is the home to the world's most famous building Taj Mahal that still astonishes in its power and beauty. Other great monuments at Agra are the Red Fort and nearby abandoned city Fatehpur Sikri. Agra was the seat of the imperial Mughal court during the 16th and 17th Centuries, before the capital was shifted to Delhi. It flourished under the patronage of emperor Akbar, Jahangir and Shah Jahan, attracting artisans from Persia and Central Asia and also other parts of India, who built luxurious forts, palaces, gardens and mausoleums. Overnight at Hotel. Note: Taj Mahal remains closed on Friday.
Day 03, Agra / Jaipur
After breakfast drive 5 hrs to Jaipur en route visiting Fatehpur Sikri.
Fatehpur Sikri lies thirty-five kilometres from Agra on the Agra / Jaipur Road. It is Akbar's famous ghost town, "city of victory", Fatehpur Sikri, which was the Emperor's capital for a short span of sixteen years. In the tiny, original village hamlet of Sikri, a holy hermit named Shaikh Salim Chisti prophesied that the Emperor would father three sons. When the prediction came true, Akbar was so persuaded of the Shaikh's piety and Sikri's sanctity, that he built his new capital there in commemoration of this benediction.
Jaipur, or the City of Victory, was founded in 1727 by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II. It is a marvellous synthesis of architectural influences - Hindu, Jain, Mughal and one of the few well planned city of yore. The walled city is called pink city, as by law all building must be painted deep saffron pink. The practise follows a tradition that dates back to the visit of the Princes of Wales in 1876, when the entire city was freshly painted in his honour. Its bazaars teem with people, camels, horses and a multitude of varied vehicles, while around them loom the magnificent palaces and buildings. On its streets you see women in their brilliant red and orange odhnis (head coverings) and sweeping skirts, and men in their equally vivid turbans and upturned moustaches. Apart from being an important administrative, commercial and educational centre Jaipur has a variety of cottage industries. On arrival stay at Hotel for overnight.
Day 04, Jaipur
Morning excursion to Amber Fort The city is surrounded by couple of forts - the most magnificent being Amber the ancient capital of the region. Amber, a now deserted complex, still recalls its heydays through the majestic ramparts rising steeply along the contoured hillsides. Here limited number of elephants still carry visitors in stately splendours to the main Palace, through unusually high gateways, obviously designed to accommodate this archaic mode of transport. Evening city sightseeing of Jaipur visiting Hawa Mahal or the palace of winds, Jantar mantar, the observatory and city palace. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 05, Jaipur
Spend the morning at leisure. Sunset elephant safari (45 minutes) followed by folk entertainment and traditional Indian barbeque dinner. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 06, Jaipur / Goa
After early breakfast transfer to airport for flight to Goa. Assistance on arrival and transfer to Hotel. Spend the evening at leisure. Goa - Once the jewel of Portugal's eastern empire, Goa still retains many of the ways of the old Portuguese colony and is a firm tourist favourite. A lush, green territory with mile upon mile of beautiful beaches, the emphasis here is very much on fun and relaxation. Good food, good wine, song and dance and general merriment - just the place for letting your hair down and enjoying life. Goa however is not only beaches. Within striking distance of the capital, Panjim, one of India's prettiest cities, are a variety of historical temples, churches, lakes and parks, market towns and old-style Portuguese villas. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 07, Goa
Morning city sightseeing of Old Goa and Goa village. Evening free for independent activities. Overnight Hotel.
Day 08, Goa
Morning visit to spice garden with Picnic lunch. Evening free to relax by the beach. Overnight Hotel.
Day 09, Goa
Day free for independent activities. Overnight Hotel.
Day 10, Goa
Day free for independent activities. Overnight Hotel.
Day 11, Goa / Mumbai / Departure
AAfter breakfast transfer to airport for flight to Mumbai. Assistance on arrival and transfer to international airport for flight to onward destination.