Day 01| Home - Goa
Arrive at the Goa airport our representative will assist you in getting transferred to your pre booked hotel check in at the hotel and get fresh. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 01| Goa City Tour
After breakfast at the hotel, the day is at leisure. The beach state of Goa is probably the most popular tourist destination of India. White sands, gleaming waters and the swaying palms of Goa, allure around 2 millions of travelers from all around the globe. A former Portuguese colony, Goa still exudes Portuguese charm in its architecture, food and lifestyle. If you wish to have a laid-back vacation, Goa it is! This destination has churches, beaches, forts, wildlife sanctuaries, sumptuous food and more. As the day is at leisure, spend it in the activities of your interest. You can explore the nearby attractions on your own or visit the popular flea-markets. Or, spend the day in visiting the Goa beaches. While the beaches of North Goa (Baga, Anjuna, Vagator, Candolim, Calangute) are full of tourist activity and offer water sports, the South Goa beaches (Agonda, Palolem, Colva, Majorda) are relatively quiet and are ideal for those who wish to enjoy some secluded time.Stay overnight at Goa.
Day 02| Goa City Tour
Today after breakfast you will be free for beaches tour in South Goa. South Goa is one of two districts that comprise the state of Goa in West India, within the region known as the Konkan. It is bounded by the district of North Goa to the north, the Uttara Kannada district of Karnataka state to the east and south, while the Arabian Sea forms its western coast. The Portuguese established a colony in Goa in 1510 and expanded the colony to its present boundaries during the 17th and 18th centuries. Goa was annexed by India on 19 December 1961. Goa and two other former Portuguese enclaves became the union territory of Goa, Daman and Diu, and Goa was organized into a single district in 1965. On 30 May 1987 Goa attained statehood (while Daman and Diu became a separate union territory), and Goa was reorganized into two districts, North Goa and South Goa.Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 03| Goa City Tour
After breakfast you are free for three days for Goa city tours and beaches tours North Goa as well North Goa is one of the two districts that make up the state of Goa, India. The district has an area of 1736 km², and is bounded by Sindhudurg and Kolhapur districts of Maharashtra state to the north and east respectively, by South Goa District to the south, and by the Arabian Sea to the west. Much of the today's North Goa territories (Pernem, Bicholim, and Sattari) were under the Kingdom of Sawantwadi. While Ponda was sometimes with Sunda Kingdom or Marathas or Kingdom of Sawantwadi. Hence these territories were seen as safe haven for the Hindus who were living under continuous fear of the Portuguese Inquisition. These territories were conquered by Portuguese as part of New Conquest in late 18th centuries. These territories then remain with the Portuguese till 1961 when it was annexed by India.
Day 04| Goa - Home
After breakfast you are free for your own activities or Goa and two other former Portuguese enclaves became the union territory of Goa, Daman and Diu, and Goa was organised into a single district in 1965. On 30 May 1987, Goa attained statehood (while Daman and Diu remained a union territory), and Goa was reorganised into two districts, North Goa and South Goa. Post breakfast, our representative will escort you on a sightseeing trip in Goa. Goa is famous for its exotic beaches, historical forts and ancient churches. For this, guests would be heading towards North Goa, which is largely visited for Calingute beach, Dona Paula beach and Baga beach. Besides the beaches, sightseeing in this part of Goa also includes visit to some old Goan churches and the majestic Fort Aguada. Post this, move towards Old Goa to feel the real Portugese essence, which the state till now boasts of. Coming first in this is the Basilica of Bom Jesus, which is one of the best baroque architectures in India. Dedicated to the infant form of Jesus Christ, the Basilica is believed to be more than 400 years old and is a UNESCO world heritage site. The church is famous for restoring the sacred remains of St Francis Xavier. Museum of Christian Art would be the second in the itinerary. Located in the convent of St. Monica in Old Goa, the museum is home to some of the best heritage monuments, and is one of its kind in the whole of Asia. Other prominent structures that you would be surely visiting in the vicinity are St Cajetan church, St Francis of Assisi church Se Cathedral church and Church of St. Monica. All these churches display a brilliant architectural heritage of the colonial times. Sightseeing in Old Goa also comprises visit to Solar Souto Maior, which is one of the oldest heritage houses in this part of the state. The property houses an ancient art gallery and also enjoys the privileges of a UNESCO heritage site. After all this sightseeing, drive through the city to its capital Panjim, for lunch. On your way to Panjim, you can halt at one of the busy streets to shop for gifts and souvenirs. Post a sumptuous lunch at Panjim, head towards Baga beach. Baga Beach in North Goa is one of the most popular beaches in the state, which also offers a wide range of water sports. In the evening, feel free to explore the vibrant street market near Baga. After then check out from the hotel and we will assist you in your transfer to the Goa airport to board your flight for back to home with sweet memories with Guruji Travels of India.
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Goa is a state in India within the coastal region known as the Konkan in Western India. It is bounded by Maharashtra to the north and Karnataka to the east and south, with the Arabian Sea forming its Western coast. It is India's smallest state by area and the fourth smallest by population. Goa has highest GDP per capita among all Indian states, that is two and a half times that of the country. It was ranked the best placed state by the "Eleventh Finance Commission" for its infrastructure and ranked on top for the best quality of life in India by the National Commission on Population based on the 12 Indicators. Panaji is the state's capital, while Vasco da Gama is its largest city. The historic city of Margao still exhibits the cultural influence of the Portuguese, who first landed in the early 16th century as merchants and conquered it soon thereafter. Goa is a former Portuguese province; the Portuguese overseas territory of Portuguese India existed for about 450 years until it was annexed by India in 1961. Goa is visited by large numbers of international and domestic tourists each year for its beaches, places of worship and world heritage architecture. It has rich flora and fauna, owing to its location on the Western Ghats range, a biodiversity hotspot.
Goa's history goes back 20,000–30,000 years. The rock art engravings exhibit the earliest traces of human life in India.p.254 Upper Paleolithic or Mesolithic rock art engravings have been found on the bank of the river Kushavati at Usgalimal. Petroglyphs, cones, stone-axe, and choppers dating to 10,000 years ago have been found in many places in Goa, such as Kazur, Mauxim, and the Mandovi-Zuari basin. Evidence of Palaeolithic life is seen at Dabolim, Adkon, Shigao, Fatorpa, Arli, Maulinguinim, Diwar, Sanguem, Pilerne, and Aquem-Margaon etc. Difficulty in carbon dating the laterite rock compounds poses a problem for determining the exact time period. Early Goan society underwent radical change when Indo-Aryan and Dravidian migrants amalgamated with the aboriginal locals, forming the base of early Goan culture. In the 3rd century BC, Goa was part of the Maurya Empire, ruled by the Buddhist emperor, Ashoka of Magadha. Buddhist monks laid the foundation of Buddhism in Goa. Between the 2nd century BC and the 6th century AD, Goa was ruled by the Bhojas of Goa. Chutus of Karwar also ruled some parts as feudatories of the Satavahanas of Kolhapur (2nd century BC to the 2nd century AD), Western Kshatrapas(around 150 AD), the Abhiras of Western Maharashtra, Bhojas of the Yadav clans of Gujarat, and the Konkan Mauryas as feudatories of the Kalachuris. The rule later passed to the Chalukyas of Badami, who controlled it between 578 and 753, and later the Rashtrakutas of Malkhed from 753 to 963. From 765 to 1015, the Southern Silharas of Konkan ruled Goa as the feudatories of the Chalukyas and the Rashtrakutas. Over the next few centuries, Goa was successively ruled by the Kadambas as the feudatories of the Chalukyas of Kalyani. They patronised Jainism in Goa. In 1312, Goa came under the governance of the Delhi Sultanate. The kingdom's grip on the region was weak, and by 1370 it was forced to surrender it to Harihara I of the Vijayanagara empire. The Vijayanagara monarchs held on to the territory until 1469, when it was appropriated by the Bahmani sultans of Gulbarga. After that dynasty crumbled, the area fell into the hands of the Adil Shahis of Bijapur, who established as their auxiliary capital the city known under the Portuguese as Velha Goa (or Old Goa). In 1510, the Portuguese defeated the ruling Bijapur sultan Yousuf Adil Shah with the help of a local ally, Timayya. They set up a permanent settlement in Velha Goa. This was the beginning of Portuguese rule in Goa that would last for four and a half centuries, until its annexation in 1961. In 1843 the Portuguese moved the capital to Panaji from Velha Goa. By the mid-18th century, Portuguese Goa had expanded to most of the present-day state limits. Simultaneously the Portuguese lost other possessions in India until their borders stabilised and formed the Estado da Índia Portuguesa or State of Portuguese India, of which Goa was the largest territory. After India gained independence from the British in 1947, India requested that Portuguese territories on the Indian subcontinent be ceded to India. Portugal refused to negotiate on the sovereignty of its Indian enclaves. On 19 December 1961, the Indian Army began military operations with Operation Vijay resulting in the annexation of Goa, Daman, and Diu into the Indian union. Goa, along with Daman and Diu, was organised as a centrally administered union territory of India. On 30 May 1987, the union territory was split, and Goa was made India's twenty-fifth state, with Daman and Diu remaining a union territory.