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Flying from Goa to Delhi this two-night, three-day tour includes a train journey to visit the Taj Mahal and Agra Fort plus a guided tour of the sites of India's historic capital city.

 
 
 

Top 5 Goa adventures

FEATURED Updated on Sep 19, 2019 by Alastair McClymont

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Take some time off from the beach and explore some of the top Goa adventures on offer across India's most beautiful state.

It is easy to find yourself drawn into the laid-back and languid pace of life during your Goa holiday, spending your days lazing on a sandy beach or sipping cocktails beside your hotel pool. Beyond these chilled vibes however, there is a great deal of action, adventure and discovery to be enjoyed across the state of Goa and beyond. If you fancy injecting a sense of exploration into your holiday in India, look no further than our top 5 Goa adventures.

 

1. Sail the backwaters on a traditional houseboat

Taking to the waters of the Siolim River for an overnight tour of Goa’s beautiful backwaters is certainly one of the top adventures to embark on in Goa. You’ll encounter the traditions of river life in the form of riverbank farming and cockle fishing, nature in the form of birdlife and dolphins if you’re lucky, and relaxation as you float along amid the state’s most pristine natural settings.

 

2. Dive into Arpora's Saturday Night Market

Immerse yourself in the hustle and bustle of an authentic India market setting, searching for bargain souvenirs and delightfully tasty street snacks – this is Arpora's Saturday Night Market. Located just inland from Baga Beach and Anjuna Beach, this atmospheric market hosts everything from colourful souvenir stalls and live music, to local food and Goan goods. 

 

3. Step back in time with a visit to Hampi

Arguably our most fascinating tour that transports you beyond the border of Goa, the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Hampi is an unforgettable location in neighbouring Karnataka. The ruins encompass the 14th-century imperial capital of Vijayanagar, one of the largest Hindu empires in Indian history. Visiting Hampi with The Goa Experience is a great way of absorbing the complex, enjoyed over a three-day, two-night tour.

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4. Venture into the wild of the Sahyadri Valley

Goa’s natural beauty is at its finest in the verdant and picturesque Sahyadri Valley. Our Wildernest excursion allows you to stay amid this scenic wonderland in eco-cottages within a nature resort, punctuated by birdwatching trails and other treks aimed at allowing holidaymakers to become more acquainted with the biodiversity of Goa.

 

5. Swim in Dudhsagar Waterfalls

Located inland in Central Goa is one of India’s highest set of waterfalls, the Dudhsagar Falls. For many, these falls are the pinnacle of Goa’s natural flamboyance, cascading down a cliff-face along four tiers and from a height of 310 metres. One of the most rewarding aspects of a visit to the falls is the opportunity to swim in the natural pools formed by this phenomenon, especially on an extra hot day!

 

Fancy embracing some more Goa adventures during your holiday in India? Check out the rest of our long list of Excursions and Tours around Goa and its surrounding area.

 

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Departing Goa for Delhi our representative will meet you in the arrival area of the airport after you have cleared all immigration and customs, they will assist with your transfer you to your Delhi hotel which will be your base for two nights.

Today you will depart Delhi railway staion to Agra. Once a small village on the banks of the Yamuna, it was transformed by two great Mughal monarchs, Akbar and his grandson Shah Jehan into the second capital of the Mughal Empire – Dar-ul-Khilafat, or ‘seat of the Emperor’ in the 16th & 17th century.

Taj Mahal

When you arrive in Agra you will be met by our representative who will introduce you to your guide who will take you to Taj Mahal (closed on all Fridays). On the inner walls, jewel-like stones create beautiful designs in white marble. The Mughals perfected the art of embedding semi-precious stones into marble and the Taj is the finest example of this special process called pietra dura. It begins with a marble plate, varying in size. Then jewels are sliced paper thin and embedded in the marble with such precision that the joints are invisible to the naked eye. Continue for a visit to the Agra Fort, a walled city constructed of red stone which was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1983. Construction of the fort was originally started by Emperor Akbar in 1565, but his son, Jahangir, and grandson, Shah Jahan, later made valuable additions to it.

You will also visit Itmad ud Duala, also known as Baby Taj. This tomb was built in 1622 for Ghiyas Beg, father of Empress Noor-Jahan, the wife of Emperor Jahangir. It is beautifully conceived in white marble, mosaic and lattice and set a precedent as the first Mughal building to be faced with white marble inlaid with contrasting stones.

Later, you will be driven back to Agra Cantt railway station, where you will board your train back to Delhi.

After breakfast, proceed for the orientation city tour of Old and New Delhi including a visit of the 17th-century Jama Masjid and enjoy a rickshaw ride through the narrow, winding lanes of colourful and bustling Chandni Chowk. Stop in front of the Mughal Empire’s most opulent fort, the Red Fort for a photo opportunity.

Later proceed to New Delhi where you will be taken for a drive past the Presidential Palace, the one-time imperial residence of the British viceroys, the India Gate, a memorial raised in honour of fallen Indian soldiers and a drive along the Rajpath past the Parliament House and secretarial buildings. You will also visit Qutab Minar, the 12th-century tower of victory built by a slave king and prototype of all minars (towers) in India.

After the tour you will be transferred to Delhi Airport to board your short flight back to Goa.

 

Two-night price from £825 per person

  • Prices are based on two people sharing including internal flights and two nights' accommodation on B&B and include transfers.
  • A choice of superior or deluxe accommodation is available.
  • You will be able to book this excursion either in the UK or on arrival / during your holiday to Goa.
  • Operates any day (subject to availability) except for Thursday due to closure of the Taj Mahal.
 
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