DAY 1 - MUMBAI
❱ Met upon arrival at Mumbai Intl Airport and transfer to your Hotel.
❱ Overnight at Hotel.
DAY 2 - MUMBAI (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)
❱ After breakfast at hotel, proceed for the full day sightseeing of Mumbai. Visit the Gateway of India, Mumbai’s principal landmark. This arch of yellow basalt was erected on the waterfront in 1924 to commemorate King George V’s visit to this colony in 1911. Afghan Church built in memory of those who fell in the First Afghan War. Drive past the Bombay High Court built in Gothic style and the Old secretariat. The ornamental university building with its 280 ft. high Raja Bhai Clock Tower, the ornate Victoria Terminus, the colourful Crawford Market, the Flora Fountain in the large bustling square at the heart of the city, the Prince of Wales Museum which houses a varied collection of China-ware, miniature paintings and sculpture. Drive along the Marine Drive which is known as the Queen’s Necklace. View the memorial to Haji Ali, a Muslim Saint. This unusual shrine stands on an island 500m out at sea and is linked by a causeway to the mainland. Malabar Hill with the Kamla Nehru Park Visit the Hanging Gardens which offer a splendid view of the city, and drive past the Malaxmi Temple. Stop at the Jain Temple and also visit Mani Bhavan where Mahatma Gandhi stayed during his visits to Bombay. Drive past the Taraporewalla Aquarium. Later Proceed to the hotel.
❱ Dinner and overnight at Hotel.
DAY 3 - MUMBAI - GOA (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)
❱ After breakfast at hotel, proceed to the hotel for check in. Day at leisure to enjoy the pristine beaches of Goa
❱ Dinner and overnight at hotel
DAY 4 - GOA (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)
❱ After breakfast at hotel, proceed for the sightseeing of Goa. OLD GOA has truly earned the name “Rome of the East.” It bounds in churches and chapels, some dating back to the 16th century. The profusion and architectural excellence of churches include superb examples of late renaissance, early baroque, Manueline and Gothic. The most popular or the best know churches and the cathedrals are at Old Goa. Certainly open on Sundays, other days are variable. The ones at old Goa are open daily. But A few which are worth mentioning & visit.
❱ BASILICA OF BOM JESUS: This is the most well recognized church in Goa. “Bom Jesus” means “Infant Jesus” to whom the Church is dedicated.
❱ SE CATHEDRAL: Situated across the road from the Basilica, this is the largest church in Asia. The Cathedral is dedicated to Saint Catherine.
❱ CHURCH OF ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI: Behind the Se Cathedral, in the same structure, lies the church of the Franciscans who were the earliest missionaries to Goa. The attached convent now houses the archaeological museum with portraits of Goa’s viceroys and Hindu Sculptures.
❱ Shree Shantadurga temple has an impressive idol of Goddess Shree Durga who mediated between Shree Vishnu and Shree Shiva and stopped the fierce full war going on between the two. She is flanked by Vishnu and Shiva on both the sides.
❱ The temple is a fusion of Indo-Portuguese architecture. Its pyramidical shape 'shikaras' rising on the roofs of the facade (entrance hall) and the 'Sabhamandap' (the main hall), its roman-arched windows, some of which have the stained-glass window panes of deep red, yellow, blue, green colours, its chandeliers, its gate posts, balustraded flat dome, the maroon-peach-white colour paint of the temple gives the temple a serene beautiful look. The highlight of the temple is its golden palanquin (palkhi) in which the deity is carried on festive occasions.
❱ Shri Ramnath Temple: The temple of Ramnathi belongs to the Saraswat Brahmins (belonging to Kavale mutt & Kashi Mutt). The temple houses 5 main deities namely - Shri Ramanath (chief deity), Shanteri, Kamakshi, Laxmi Narayan, Ganapati, Betal and Kalbhairav, along with other family purushas. Shri Ramanath Deity was originally installed 3000 years B.C by Rama at Rameshwar. When Rama came back from Lanka along with Sita, after killing Ravana, he decided to pray to Shiva in order to absolve him of killing a Brahmin. Hence a Shivlinga was installed and Rama prayed to it. Lord Shiva came and sent Rama to Guru Gorakshnath. There are 12 Panths and One of the Panth started from Rama. This came to be known as Ramanath
DAY 5 - GOA - MUMBAI (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)
❱ After breakfast at hotel, proceed for the sightseeing of Goa. Mapusa (Konkani: mhapxem) is a town in North Goa, India. It is situated 13 km north of the capital Panaji. The town is the headquarters of Bardez Taluka. It is located on the main highway NH-17, linking Mumbai to Kochi. In Portuguese the town's name is spelt Mapuçá. Mapusa is a small town clustered around the Mount (Alto). The name Mapusa is thought to be derived from the Konkani word for a 'measure' - 'map' and the phrase fill up - 'sa'. Ancient Goan agrarian community had a well-established Gaunkari or Community Farming System, where villages formed associations, worked on community land and shared profits. Market day was a major event, with goods brought in from every district to one central area. Mapusa has thus remained a prominent market centre for many centuries.
❱ This stretch begins from the headland of Fort Aguada just outside Panaji city and moves up north towards the border to Maharashtra. Right from the Fort Aguada Beach Resort, an interrupted stretch of sand lays waiting tourists, sunbathers and party animals. Sinquerim, Candolim, Calangute, Baga, Anjuna, Vagator, are the beaches that can be covered in the North Goa Circuit.
❱ Candolim: Candolim is the first beach that can be approached from the city of Panaji.
❱ Calangute: Calangute is the beach to which everyone heads for the moment they land in Goa. So it is natural that it is overcrowded in both in peak and off seasons. This huge seven-kilometre sweep of sand located 15 kms from Panaji, is called the 'Queen of Beaches'. All the travel agencies and tour operators have a base here from where bookings are done for most of all the other beaches.
❱ Huge showrooms filled with exquisite handicrafts from Kashmir, Tibet, Indonesia, Rajasthan and other exotic places, line up the main road running towards Anjuna. But the beach as such is not the best of all. There are no swaying palms nor are there any traditional boats lying there to add variety. The waves are bigger and heavier here due to the rapid drop.
❱ Baga: This is part of a 30 km stretch of beach coastline along the west coast of Goa by the Arabian sea that begins at Fort Aguada continues as Sinquerim Beach, then as Candolim Beach and merges into Calangute Beach and then to Baga beach .As compared to Calangute Beach , it is more quieter and also more isolated. Its scenic beauty, with the creek, the Retreat House perched on the hill and the lack of local tourist buses all have contributed to its unique beauty. It is more popular with western tourists who love to use it as a base for water sports and fishing in the area.
❱ Vagator: This beautiful beach is located about 22 Kms from Panaji and is situated in Bardez taluka. This is part of a 30 km stretch of beach coastline along the west coast of Goa by the Arabian sea that begins at Fort Aguada continues as Sinquerim beach, then as Candolim beach and merges into Calangute beach and then to Baga beach and then Anjuna beach and then to Vagator beach finally ending at Chapora beach and Fort.
❱ The beach adjoining Anjuna is secluded, crescent shaped and situated on the Caisua bay along the Chapora river basin, in the shadow of Chapora fort. During the tourist season, it is a favorite venue for mid night parties. There are a number of buses that run from Mapusa and Calangute Beach to Vagator. The nearest interstate bus station is at Mapusa, the KTC bus station. Anjuna: It is located about 18kms from Panaji and is situated in Bardez taluka. This is part of a 30 km stretch of beach coastline along the west coast of Goa by the Arabian sea that begins at Fort Aguada continues as Sinquerim Beach, then as Candolim Beach and merges into Calangute Beach and then to Baga Beach and then Anjuna Beach and then to Vagator Beach, finally ending at Chapora Beach and Chapora river and Fort. The Village of Anjuna is a five square mile enclosure nestling between the Arabian Sea and the Hill overlooking the beach. The beach is known for its swaying palms, soft sands and natural beauty. It has an unusual rocky formation overlying a cove of white sand and black rock that juts into the Sea. Sinquerim: With a magnificent 17th century fort which has now been converted into a prison. It is one of the best beaches in Goa with international class facilities for water-skiing, para-sailing, fishing, scuba-diving and wind-surfing. Sinquerim is located some 13 km from Panaji. Taj Hotel group has set up the Heritage Complex here which dominates the headland around the historic Fort Aguada. There is uninterrupted firm sand from here all the way to north to Baga and if you want a long beach walk, there cannot be a better place to start from. Later proceed to the airport to board your flight to Mumbai.
❱ Dinner and overnight at hotel.
DAY 6 - MUMBAI AIRPORT (Breakfast)
❱ After breakfast at hotel, in time transfer to airport to board flight for onward destination.