Goa – Explore the sun

Goa – Explore the sun

 

It’s easy to lose yourself in Goa, this slice of 21st century India that cherished its past, despite the traffic jams, the oil spills, the friendly and sometimes unfriendly invasions by all those seeking the promised good times they have never had before. It’s the place where you wish you had a house, on a tiny island where all everyone seems to do is eat fish curry and rice and sleep. It makes you dream of chucking your job, setting up a beach shack and selling pancake and idlis-all at your own leisure, of course.But Goa is all this and more. Walk around Old Goa, and you’ll be whisked off to a time when missionaries walked these very paths. At the temples in Ponda, you’ll be greeted with tales about how the idol was brought to safety in the dark, away from the plundering hands of the Portuguese. Look beyond the beaches for a glimpse of what life was once. It’ll be shared in good cheer, and if you prove yourself competent, over a glass of strong very real and fetid feni.

Day: 1    Goa
Fly to Goa where upon you will be received by meet by Halo representative at arrival hall and transfer (travel by road) to your hotel at Goa where you are booked to stay for your holiday. Rest of the day is at leisure or perhaps you can explore the Goa on your own way. Overnight Stay at hotel.

Day: 2    Goa
Although beaches constitute a very small fraction of the region they definitely rate very high on the popularity chart. Washed by tides twice a day, refashioned by monsoons yearly, the beaches always have something new to offer: Gentle aquatic hues, mingling with sun kissed beaches……….endless pleasure! If variety is what you are looking for its beaches has an individuality of its own.

This morning, following breakfast, you will have a full day leisure at Anjuna beach. Anjuna is one of Goa’s most popular beaches, though the headland is a little too rocky for comfortable swimming. Overnight stay at Goa.

Day: 3    Goa
Day at leisure in Goa to relax or take optional excursions. Night stay at hotel. Goa is a land of golden beaches tucked away between the hills of the Western Ghats and the Arabian Sea. Sightseeing tour of Goa including Idalcao Palace, once the castle of Adil Shahs it was rebuilt by the Portuguese in 1615 and until 1759 it was the Viceregal Palace, in 1843 it become the Secretariat and now houses passport office.

A hundred meters east, a peculiar statue of a man holding his hands over the body of an entranced reclining woman shows Abbe de Faria, a Goan priest who emigrated to France to become one of the world’s first professional hypnotists.

Further up on the right is the magnificent Se Cathedral, Asia’s largest church, over 25 ft long,180 ft wide and  with a façade of 116 ft.It took nearly 70 years(1562 to 1631;the altars were added in 1652) to build this church and you will see why, as soon as you step in. The majestic proportion of the cathedral will immediately strike you. Overnight stay at your hotel in Goa.

Day: 4    Goa
Morning visit the Old Goa.Old Goa has a melancholy beauty, a city of Baroque churches, now revived by a steady flow of tourists and the great pilgrimage to the tomb of St.Francis Xavier in the magnificent Cathedral of Bom Jesus. The old houses along the road still conjure up an image of the 17th century Goa. Overnight stay at your hotel in Goa.

Day: 5    Goa
Day at leisure in Goa to relax. This morning, following breakfast, you will have a full day leisure at Calangute Beach. Variety of people make it one of the biggest cosmopolitan coast on a 7 Km stretch. Overnight stay at your hotel in Goa.

Day: 6    Goa – Mumbai
Following breakfast, this morning, you will be transferred to the airport for flight to Mumbai.