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Delightful Goa Vacation

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Overview

One of the most visited destinations in India, Goa promises a fun-filled and entertaining holiday to every traveler. A paradise for nature lovers, photographers and adventure enthusiasts, the state allures tourists from all across the globe. Bustling markets, ancient churches, happening parties, beautiful beaches, lip-smacking food, water sports, a trip to Goa is a mish-mash of all these attractions. Delightful Goa is a 3 nights/ 4 days tour which takes you to the party capital of India and makes you fall in love. Embark on this sojourn and come back with memories of a lifetime.

Note : This is just a suggested itinerary indicative of what could be possible. We tailor holidays for your specific needs. Contact us if you want modifications so that we could customize your vacation to suit your need for an unforgettable India tour.


Trip Highlights
  • Stroll at Calangute Beach – North Goa
  • Shopping at Tibetan market
  • Visit to Basilica Bom Jesus, St Cajetan, St Francis of Assisi, Se Cathedral and Church of St. Monica- Old Goa
  • Enjoy an ancient ride at Museum of Christian Art and Archeological Museum
  • Visit to the aristocratic mansion - Solar Souto Maior
  • Explore Goan rural life at Ancestral Goa
  • Pay homage at Church of the Holy Spirit
  • Enjoy water sports at Baga Beach
  • Seek blessings at Mangeshi Temple, Santa Durga Temple- South Goa
  • Visit to the grand Menezes Braganza house
  • Shopping at the bustling markets of Panjim

Itinerary Details
Day 01: Goa

On reaching Goa airport, meet our IHPL representative who will escort you to the resort. On completing the check-in formalities, take some rest for the day. In the evening, you can go to enjoy a stroll around the beach or indulge in your favorite beach activity.

Stay overnight at the hotel.

Day 02: North Goa

This morning, after having your breakfast, get ready for a drive to North Goa. This part of the state is dotted with some of the most beautiful beaches namely Dona Paula, Calangute, Baga, and Miramar Beach. Along with that, North Goa is home to a number of tourist attractions like Fort Aguada, Basilica of Bom Jesus and Se Cathedral.

Spend the day sightseeing around the region. You can begin with a visit to "Cidade de Goa", the original name given to the 'City of Goa' which was established long back and now it is called Old Goa. Pay homage at the Basilica Bom Jesus, which is dedicated to Infant Jesus. The church has the sacred remains of St Francis Xavier. Also, visit other churches including St Cajetan, St Francis of Assisi, Se Cathedral and Church of St. Monica. All these shrines feature a unique architectural style which speaks much about the heritage and craftsmanship of those times.

Visit the Museum of Christian Art, which is one of its kind museum in Asia. The art hub is best known to house a collection of items like gold and precious stones and Rosaries. You can also visit the Archeological Museum. Later, travel to "Solar Souto Maior", which is an aristocratic mansion which dates back to the year 1585. The mansion houses a treasure of artifacts.

Return to Panjim, the capital of Goa. As you drive through the city enjoy viewing its unique colonial architecture. Walk through the city and flip back the pages of the Portuguese history who ruled the state for nearly 450 years. Besides, visit the bustling markets of Goa and shop for gifts and souvenirs. Enjoy your lunch at Panjim.

Post lunch, head to Baga Beach, which is one the most popular, happening and beautiful beaches of Goa. Enjoy water sports and then you can go for a shopping spree at the Tibetan market.

Stay overnight at the hotel.

Day 03: South Goa

After having your breakfast, head towards South Goa. Today, you will be sightseeing the major attractions of South Goa including Colva Beach, Mangeshi Temple, Santa Durga Temple and more. Begin with a visit to Margao, the capital of Salcette taluka and headquarters of the South Goa district.

Visit the historical "Largo de Igreja", the Church square of Margao, which once used to be its colonial quarter. The church square is dotted with beautiful old buildings on one side and the beautiful Church of the Holy Spirit on the other. The Church of the Holy Spirit is one of the most grant churches of Goa, which was built back in the year 1564. It is one of the finest examples of Indian Baroque style of architecture.

Later proceed to "Ancestral Goa", which is a re-creation of Goan rural life. The village has a number of artifact centers, art galleries, and open-air museums. There is a laterite sculpture of Saint Mirabai in the village, which is one of the longest laterite sculptures in India. The star attraction of the region is the "Big Foot", which is a large footprint which was discovered on a rock while excavating the site.

Now it's time to visit the grand house- Menezes Braganza house, in Chandor. This palatial structure was built back in the 17th century. The house has now been divided into two separate parts, with a common entrance. The east wing is occupied by the Pereira-Braganza family, which has a small chapel with relics of St. Francis Xavier. It also has artifacts, collected by the family over a number of years.

Along with that, the house also has a large ballroom and a Salon. Tiles from Portugal, antique chandeliers from Europe and beautifully carved, ornate rosewood furniture adds to the beauty of the house. A few things which give a distinct look to the house include a pair of high-backed chairs, which has the family crest, which was given to the Pereira-Braganza family by King Dom Luis of Portugal.

Most of the furniture items set in the house date back to the 18th century. It has been prepared using local Dalbergia sissoo (Martel wood) and lacquered with mother of pearl by craftsmen from Curtorim village. The house also has many items coming from antique aficionados.

The west wing of the house belongs to the Menezes Braganza family. The house not only features exquisite furniture and Chinese porcelain from Macau, but also a collection of family portraits, which date back to the 17th and 18th centuries. There is also a library which is believed to be the first private library of Goa. The library has a collection of 5,000 leather bound books which were personally collected by Luis de Menezes Braganza (1878-1938), a reputed journalist, well-known for playing a key role in Goa's independence movement.

After the long sightseeing tour of South Goa, head back to the hotel.

Overnight stay.

Day 04: Goa

This is the last day of your Goa tour. Munch some delicious breakfast and then check out of the hotel. Start driving towards the airport and on reaching, board your flight to home. The tour ends here.

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FAQs of Delightful Goa Vacation

Ques: What is the best time to visit Goa?

Ans: The best time to visit Goa is during the winter season from November to March when the weather is pleasant for the sightseeing. It is also the ideal time for water sports activities.

Ques: What is the ideal duration for the Goa tour?

Ans: The ideal duration for the Goa tour is 3 Nights and 4 Days. It is an appropriate time to explore the colonial charm, exotic beaches and to indulge in adventure activities.

Ques: Can we go to Goa in summer also?

Ans: Goa is the all-season destination and frequented by a large number of tourists throughout the year. While the best time to visit Goa is winters. Domestic tourists prefer going in summer and monsoon season due to the cheaper tariffs of hotels. You can also indulge in water sports activities during the summer season.

Ques: What are the best tourist attractions in North Goa?

Ans: What are the best tourist attractions in North Goa?

Ques: Name some of the major tourist places in South Goa?

Ans: South Goa is home to less explored beaches, exotic villages which brings solitude for travelers. Here are some of the famous tourist attractions in South Goa:

Ques: What are the drinking laws in Goa?

Ans: Liquor can be found in many the shops in Goa as the state has special permission of tax-free charges on liquor. The local liquor of Goa named Feni is also very famous among the tourists. Feni is made of cashew and coconut.

Ques: What are the popular dishes in Goa?

Ans: Goan cuisines are a treat for the taste buds. Few of the popular dishes of Goa comprise Goan Fish Curry, Fish Recheado, Chicken Cafreal, Prawn Balchao, Chicken Xacuti, Shark Ambot Tik, and Pork Sorpotel. Goa offers equally good options for vegetarians also with a wide range of regional vegetarian Thali from North-Indian, South-Indian, Jain Thali, and Marwari Thali.

Ques: What are the tips for Goa travelers?

Ans: Goa is a traveler's paradise and well connected to the rest of the country through all the major forms of transportation, which include air, railways, and roads. Here are the few tips for Goa travelers:

  • Keep your money safe in a wallet in your baggage.
  • It's better to carry a credit card or debit card than liquid money.
  • People know English, Konkani, Marathi and Hindi languages in Goa.
  • Mosquito repellent & flashlights are a must.
  • Cotton is the most preferred fabric at the seaside.
  • Carry comfortable footwear.
  • Don’t forget to carry sunglasses, sunscreen, and a backpack.




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