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Our 5 day 4 night package of West Coast Of India: Mumbai To Goa covers all the attractions of the two major cities of Indian West Coast. Mumbai, formerly known as Bombay this is a bustling and vibrant city, second only to Delhi in bustle but certainly more glamorous, with India's very own Bollywood, and with its excellent nightlife, restaurants, art galleries and designer shopping. Just a few hundred kilometers lies the “pearl of Orient”, the tiny emerald of Goa snuggled between Arabian Sea and Western Ghats. The magnificent scenic beauty beaches and the architectural splendours of its temples, churches and old houses have made Goa a firm favourite with travellers around the world.
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DAY 01: MUMBAI ARRIVAL
Our Asia Senses Travel guide will meet you at Mumbai International Airport and escort you to the hotel for overnight stay. Depend on your actual
arrival time, some soft sightseeing for an orientation tour is suggested.
Mumbai (formerly called Bombay) is the most modern city in India and the capital of Maharashtra state. It is the largest city of India and fondly called as the city of dreams. Old and new, rich and poor, classical and modern - it all here for you to savour and enjoy!
After a refreshing night’s sleep, proceed for a guided tour of Mumbai. First, we will visit the Gateway of India which was built to honor the visit of King George V and Queen Mary to India in 1911. The Gateway was designed by the British architect, George Wittet. It is located on the waterfront at Apollo Bunder area at the end of Chhatrapati Shivaji Marg in South Mumbai and overlooks the Arabian Sea. Behind it is the beautiful old (and
new) structure of the Taj Mahal Hotel.
After that, we drive to Mumbai Harbour to embark on a ferry ride to the world famous Elephanta caves. These caves are believed to have been constructed in 5th century B.C and are enshrining the destroyer force in trinity of Gods - Mahadeva/Shiva.
Continue to the Prince of Wales Museum, followed by a visit to Mumbadevi Temple - an ancient Hindu temple that Mumbai was named after. Then we will be moving on to explore Mani Bhavan (memorial dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi), a modest two-storied building and served as Gandhiji’s Bombay head-quarters for about seventeen long and eventful years (1917-1934). Also you can get to know about the Dabbawalas - a celebrated tiffin distribution chain in Mumbai.
After that, return to the hotel and free at leisure.
This morning, you will be picked up by our guide and driver and transferred to Mumbai Airport for your domestic flight to Goa, a tourism hub of India.
Goa is called affectionately by various names such as “Rome of East” or “Pearl of the Orient” which aptly describes its perception in the eyes of an international tourist. It also has a unique mix of Indian and Portuguese cultures and architecture which is the main reason for international tourists to visit this charming city.
Upon arrival, you will be welcomed by our local tour guide and driver. They will then transfer you to the hotel for check in. The rest of day is free at leisure.
Have your breakfast and head towards the North Goa to visit the Old Goa churches and Fort Aguada.
The Basilica of Bom Jesus, a UNESCO world heritage site houses the moral remains of St. Francis Xavier, a missionary who traveled across Asia to spread the knowledge until he died in 1552. St. Francis Xavier is regarded as the Patron Saint of Goa.
The Church of St. Francis of Assisi, beautifully decorated with scenes from Bible and consists of a statue of St. Francis, was built in 1521 by the Portuguese rulers and marks the brilliance of architecture. In the Museum of Christian Art, you can witness a collection of Rosaries and items made of gold and precious stones. Solar Souto Maior is a reflection of Goa’s rich heritage, dating back to 1585 but has been restored and renovated. Here, you can witness a treasure trove of artifacts.
Continue to Aguada Fort which was constructed in 1613 for the purpose of safeguarding from Marathas and Dutch. Even today the structure is well-preserved and overlooks a beautiful vista of sea and expanse of woods.
You may choose to take a stroll and shop in the busy streets of Panjim. This is the capital of Goa and has local as well as branded showrooms for the shopaholics. Also, foodies can find a myriad of restaurants giving cut-throat competition to each other in sense of taste, ambience and décor. Have lunch in Panjim.
After lunch, visit Baga Beach which is filled with exuberance and youthful vibe. You may shop, relax or indulge in water-sports activities here.
On this day of the tour have your breakfast and get ready to visit the South Goa.
The first stop is Mangueshi Temple, a popular temple of Goa and also one of the largest in the state. It is dedicated to Bhagavan Manguesh, an incarnation of Hindu Lord Shiva.
Continue to Shanta Durga Temple which has its history dating back to 1730, when the foundation stone was laid. The shrine was earlier built of laterite mud and was later renovated in 1966. Main deity of the temple, Goddess Shantadurga mediates between Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu.
Also visit Margao, the headquarters of South Goa district. It also happens to be commercial and industrial center. Margao’s colonial quarter Largo De lgreja is a historical church square, surrounded by old buildings that have their own charm. It is surrounded by old buildings from three sides and the Church of Holy Spirit on the other. The church is one of Goa’s grandest churches datable to 1564, when it was built. Its architecture epitomizes Indian Baroque style of architecture, with interiors having regal feel throughout.
Following lunch, to learn more about the rural lifestyle of Goa, Ancestral Goa is a perfect place to be in. The laterite sculpture of Saint Mirabai is indeed the tallest laterite sculpture of India. Ethnicity and history is exhibited through its art galleries, artifacts center and open air museum.
Today you can free to enjoy beaches of Goa in your own way. Miramar Beach is a soft, golden sand beach which is ideal for a stroll. Colva Beach is known as the Queen of all beaches. It is perfect for a soothing sun bath with its 40 km of endless white sand with numerous palm trees.