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The Taj Mahal & The Beaches Of Goa 5 Nights/6 Days

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Duration :5 Night/6 Days
Places : Delhi->Agra->Goa

Travel Itinerary


The magic and mystery of India engulfs you as you arrive at New Delhi airport. You are met and assisted at the airport, before being transferred to the hotel. On arrival at the hotel, a traditional Indian welcome is accorded, with girls dressed in traditional Indian costumes greet each guest with garlands, performing the aarti and, tika ceremony. A welcome drink will be served. Lunch at the hotel.
In the afternoon take a tour of India’s capital. Sightseeing of Old Delhi includes a visit to the Red Fort, built in 1648 during the reign of Shah Jehan in red sandstone, which gave the fort its name. Jama Masjid is India's largest mosque, built of red sandstone and white marble in the middle of the 17th century. Chandni Chowk (Silver Street), once the imperial avenue down which Shah Jehan rode at the head of lavish cavalcades, is today bustling with shops, stalls and silversmiths' ateliers and Raj Ghat where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated.
Sightseeing of New Delhi includes a visit to India Gate, built in memory of Indian soldiers killed during the First World War. Rashtrapati Bhawan, built in the early 20th century as the Imperial residence of the Viceroy is today the official residence of the President of India and Parliament House, an unique circular building with huge colonnades, houses the Upper and Lower Houses of Parliament. One of Delhi’s most striking monuments is the 70-meter high Qutb Minar, which looms majestically across the wide plains of Delhi.
In the evening enjoy a welcome dinner with a special programme of Indian classical music. Overnight at the hotel.


After breakfast depart on the 202-km (four-hour) drive to Agra. On arrival check in at the hotel.
In the afternoon depart for a tour of Agra city. Visit the red sandstone Agra Fort, which stands like a crescent on the banks of the Jamuna river, enclosed by forbidding 20-meter high walls, with a 12-meter moat between them. Three successive Mughal emperors - Akbar, Jehangir and Shah Jehan - helped create this massive structure which contains Hindu and Muslim architecture.
The highlight of your trip will probably be a visit to the Taj Mahal, surely the greatest monument to love and one of the wonders of the modern world. Completed in 1652, skilled craftsmen from Persia, Turkey, France and Italy and some 20,000 labourers worked for 17 years to build this edifice, constructed by emperor Shah Jehan as a mausoleum for his beloved queen Mumtaz Mahal. Watch the setting sun bathe this pristine white edifice in shades of orange, ochre and gold, before returning to the hotel on colourfully decorated cycle rickshaws.
This evening’s special theme is a recreation of the majesty of the Mughal era. Chobdars (gatekeepers) usher you to a dawat khana (venue of the dinner) and hostesses clad in silken, flowing ghaghras (skirts) and chunnis (veils) welcome you with flowers and attar (perfume) in traditional style. Flamboyant folk dances herald a sumptuous spread of Moghlai delicacies, served in a manner befitting royalty. A special performance of Kathak, a classical Indian dance famous in the Moghul courts will round off the evening. Overnight at the hotel.


The morning is at leisure to relax at the hotel or explore craftsmen’s ateliers and the colourful bazaars of Agra.
After lunch depart on the return drive to Delhi. En route stop at Fatehpur Sikri, the deserted sandstone city, which was the glorious but short-lived imperial capital of Akbar, the greatest of Mughal emperors. Lying on a rocky ridge, it is today a haunting complex of empty palaces, forts and mosques. A variety of architectural styles are found, since craftsmen representing many schools were employed. On Arrival check in at the hotel for dinner and overnight stay.


Early morning transfer to the airport for flight CD 7467, departing Delhi at 0535 hours and arriving Goa at 0800 hours. You are met on arrival in Goa and transferred to the hotel. The rest of the morning is at leisure on the beach. Lunch at the hotel.
In the afternoon take a tour of Old Goa. Panaji (Panjim) is a former fishing village, made the capital of Goa by a decree from Lisbon. It is spread around Altinho, a residential area with Portuguese style bungalows. The dominant structure is the Patriarch's Palace with the statue of Christ the King on its lawns. Altinho offers a panoramic view of the city from its summit. The Idalcao (Adil Shah's palace), built in 1490, is the oldest monument in Panjim. The Church of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception offers some of the best views of the city.
Drive through Fontainhas with its Latin atmosphere and quaint houses to Old Goa, the heartland of Asian Christianity, once a bustling metropolis but now in ruins. Visit the beautiful Basilica of Bom Jesus where the incorruptible body of St Francis Xavier is enshrined in a silver casket, the majestic Se Cathedral, the largest church in Goa, with its booming Golden Bell and the Archaeological Museum where the past is preserved and displayed.
In the evening enjoy a Goan Carnival Theme dinner. Join a traditional carnival, which is a part of the Goan heritage, where revelry, song, dance, great food and good wine come beautifully together. Discover the joys of Goan cuisine at a delightful buffet. Overnight at the hotel.


After breakfast take a sun-dappled scenic cruise to Ilha de Grande, a secluded, uninhabited Goan island, where you can snorkel, fish and enjoy a picnic lunch.
Return to the hotel towards the end of the afternoon. In the evening there is a special Kunbi Fishing Village Theme dinner. A local Goan village is created on the grounds of the hotel. This forms a perfect backdrop for a charming evening in a very rustic atmosphere. Artisans display their skills whilst the village dancers whirl to the music of a local band. Overnight at the hotel.


Breakfast at the hotel. The morning is at leisure on the beach.
Early afternoon transfer to the airport for flight CD 7468 departing Goa at 1410 hours and arriving Delhi at 1635 hours. You are met on arrival and transferred to the hotel where rooms are provided for wash and change. Enjoy a Farewell to India dinner with a performance of classical Indian dances. Late evening transfer to the airport for flight to onward destination.

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