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.

 
 
 

Introducing Worldwide Veterinary Service in Goa

FEATURED Updated on Jun 11, 2018 by Kathryn Burrington

Blog > Introducing Worldwide Veterinary Service in Goa

Worldwide Veterinary Service (WVS) is a UK-registered charity, helping animals in places where no one else can in India and around the globe.

As well as offering free care to animals in need, WVS also runs three International Training Centres, one of which is in Goa. Vets, veterinary nurses and students from all around the world, including the UK, get hands-on training while the animals get free veterinary care.

The charity was founded in 2003 by Luke Gamble, a vet from the West Country. Realising many animal charities and sanctuaries lack the veterinary resources they need, due to the expense and lack of availability in the countries in which they are based, Luke set up an organisation that could pool veterinary resources and direct them to assist animal charities and non-profit organisations throughout the world. One such charity that has benefited from the work of WVS is The Gambia Horse and Donkey Trust, a charity that our sister company, The Gambia Experience, has supported for many years.

Above: Mermaid the dog, who broke all four legs in a car accident


15 years on, the charity treats around 150,000 animals, trains some 650 vets and sends out nearly 1,000 veterinary aid parcels each year, and so much more besides. A staggering achievement.


Above: WVS CEO and founder, Luke Gamble

 

"Luke Gamble is a West Country treasure…like Dr Doolittle, but real!" - Martin Clunes

 

Refurbishing the International Training Centre in Goa

From their training centre in Bardez, Goa, the WVS team trains local vets to improve animal welfare and veterinary care throughout the country. They'll soon be launching a campaign to raise the funds to fully refurbish the centre, enabling WVS to train more vets and treat more animals.

Above: dog treated at the WVS clinic in Goa


“We really appreciate the support of Goa Experience in this campaign. Raising the funds to build the op theatre will make a transformational difference to the animals of Goa that come through our doors. We annually vaccinate over 94,000 dogs in the State and sterilise/treat over 12,000 so the demand for our services is huge. Having the facilities to be able to do more would be an amazing boost to the whole team.” Dr Luke Gamble, CEO & Founder WVS

 

How can you help?

There are many ways to get involved, from volunteering to donating and fundraising. Volunteer opportunities are available to vets and veterinary nurses as well as people with no prior experience. If you live anywhere near Cranborne in Dorset, you could pop by the WVS second-hand charity bookshop. Alternatively visit their online shop.

You can find out more about fundraising, make a donation and sign-up for the WVS newsletter on their website, WVS.org.uk (scroll to the bottom of their page). More information about volunteering can be found here.

 

 

 

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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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