North India Highlights

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 reasons for a holiday at the Chalston Beach Resort

Updated on Oct 28, 2019 by Kathryn Burrington

Blog > Top 5 reasons for a holiday at the Chalston Beach Resort

This family-run, beachfront hotel ticks all the boxes, including being great value for money. It’s no wonder it is one of our best sellers.

Set beside the golden sands of Calangute Beach, this resort is popular with repeat customers. Is it the beachside location, the tranquil flower-filled setting, the views at sunset or the beachside restaurant that draws people back year after year? It’s all this and more.

Here’s why we think Chalston Beach Resort is a great choice for your next holiday.

 

Why choose to spend your holiday at Chalston Beach Resort?

 

1. The location

With gardens leading right down to the sand with plenty of sunloungers and parasols, Chalston Beach Resort is one of the few value-for-money hotels in Goa with such a sought-after location by the beach.

 

2. The friendly welcome

This family-run hotel offers a warm welcome from the friendly, well-trained staff and thoughtful owners, Maria and Chalston.

 

3. The peaceful grounds

Manicured lawns and gardens with colourful hibiscus flowers, tumbling bougainvillea and palm trees offer a tranquil and peaceful setting, perfect for relaxing in with a good book and your favourite beverage.

 

4. The beachside restaurant

Centrally located, it’s just a short walk to the shops, bars and restaurants of Calangute. However, you may simply prefer to stay and eat in at the hotel’s beachside restaurant. It has a great reputation and is popular with residents and non-residents alike – it’s the perfect location for watching the sunset, as it dips behind the Arabian Sea.

 

5. Value for money

With seven-night package holidays from just £894pp, the Chalston Beach Resort is great value for money. This price includes a 20kg luggage allowance and in-flight meals, plus airport transfers. You may also find our resort team useful, on hand to help whenever you require, and you can brush up on your destination knowledge before you travel via our free Goa destination guide, which comes with your ticket pack.

 

Why choose Calangute?

In contrast to the tranquil grounds of the hotel, you don’t have to venture far for a livelier atmosphere. Calangute Beach offers a range of water sports and plenty of colourful beach shacks selling food, drink and souvenirs. To the north, Baga Beach, famous for its party atmosphere, is about a 10-minute walk away, while the quieter Candolim Beach is just a couple of miles to the south.

above: Calangute Beach

 

In Calangute itself, the stunning white church of St Alex is about a 25-minute walk from the hotel. Built in 1741 by the Catholic community of Calangute, it’s a tranquil place to visit, away from the hustle and bustle of the main resort.

Calangute market is held every Saturday in the main square, featuring tasty street food and a range of crafts. There’s also a Tibetan market on Baga Road which is a must for jewellery lovers, with many beautiful beaded and silver designs. Prices start high so don’t forget to haggle!

For those wishing to explore further afield, we offer a range of excursions showcasing the best of Goa; from the deserted beaches and historical sites of the south, the spice plantations, waterfalls and wildlife of the interior, to extended overnight stays beyond Goa’s borders. See our full range of tours and excursions in and around Goa on our website.

Discover more about Chalston Beach Resort on our website.

 

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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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