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.

 
 
 

A guest post

Updated on Sep 17, 2019 by Guest Author

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In November 2015 our guests Sue & Paul travelled to Goa. Here they share some of their fond memories from their trip....

"We recently returned from a 29-day trip to Goa, and we can honestly say it was one of our best ever holidays. Southern India, Goa in particular is an amazing destination.

Originally we planned a two centre, two-week trip but found The Goa Experience staff to be extremely informative and they offered us a degree of flexibility. Having helped us get a 30 day e-visa they were then able to arrange a week in South Goa, a week in North Goa, some excursions in the middle and also time for free travel that we arranged for ourselves. Given problems that have arisen with air travel, it was good to know that our departure and return to the UK were in the hands of a reliable ABTA/ATOL operator.

The direct flights were very comfortable, with plenty of legroom in economy class. Arriving in Goa in the middle of the night was no problem as our bodies thought it was 21.00. We were fortunate to clear immigration controls easily and the private transfer to our hotel was well organised.

The Acacia Palms hotel in Colva was very comfortable, with friendly staff and set in pretty gardens. Colva is a small but busy town and popular with Indian domestic tourists and locals. The scene on the beach at the end of Diwali was fascinating. Being based in Colva, in more relaxed South Goa, allowed us to acclimatise easily; we changed money, bought a local phone SIM card to help with our planned travels and ate very well. Days were spent walking along the beach at the edge of the Arabian Sea.

The soft white sand was firmer and flatter by the water’s edge, and cycling next to the sea was easy and popular. We often headed south to quieter beach shacks and then strolled back later as the sun was setting. We always felt safe, with plenty to entertain us wherever we were. Evenings were spent in a variety of restaurants and beach shacks. 

After trips to Hampi, a spice plantation, a hill station, an overnight boat trip and a visit to the capital Panjim, we arrived in North Goa to stay at the excellent Sonesta Inns near Candolim. The hotel is in a fantastic location, set away from the bustle of the main road and with direct pedestrian access to the beach.  The room was superb, the gardens beautiful and the staff always attentive. The centre of Candolim was about 15 minutes away on foot and Calangute about 25 minutes, though taxis were readily available if we didn’t want to walk. The two towns were very different, lively and enjoyable, and after all the hustle and bustle there was always the beautiful pool and serene gardens to return to. The food was very good at the hotel, though there is a wide choice of other restaurants nearby.

Moving around the region was absolutely fascinating. We tried taxis, local buses and trains. We couldn’t believe how friendly everybody was. We laughed and smiled for the entire month - surely what a good holiday is about.

Thank you very much Goa Experience, it was a fantastic and truly memorable trip."

Sue & Paul, Southampton

 

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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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