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Goa, famed for its incredible Arabian Sea beaches, Portuguese colonial architecture and its history as a hippy mecca, is India’s smallest and most affluent state. Enjoy the unique sights, tastes and sounds of this wonderful part of India.
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Fly to Goa, meet your guide on arrival at the airport and transfer to hotel for check-in. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.
Goa is India's smallest, and richest state. It is renown for its spectacular beaches, world heritage architecture and its biodiversity, particularly in the Western Ghat mountain range. Goa was under Portuguese rule for 450 years and this influence is evident in its architecture, culture and food, making it a very unique part of India. Goa became a popular destination for hippies in the 1960's and is famous for the rave music scene that started here and the music that was born of it, often referred to as "Goa Trance", which still has an influence on some electronic music today.
After breakfast today you will take a tour of some of Goa's churches. Half a dozen imposing churches and cathedrals and a fragment of a gateway are all that remain of the second capital of the Adil Shahi dynasty of Bijapur and the Portuguese capital that was once said to rival Lisbon in magnificence. Wracked by cholera and malaria epidemics, eroded by monsoon rains and choked by creepers, Old Goa has declined from a vibrant city of over a hundred thousand people to little more than a handful of potent architectural relics.
Old Goa is still the spiritual heart of Christian Goa, and its most famous building is the Basilica of Bom Jesus which contains the tomb and mortal remains of St Francis Xavier, credited with introducing Christianity to much of South-East Asia. Also of interest is the Convent & Church of St Francis of Assisi, which has gilded and carved woodwork, murals depicting scenes from the saint's life, and a floor made of carved gravestones.
The largest of the churches is the Portuguese-Gothic Se Cathedral, dating from 1562, which houses the so-called 'Golden Bell', whose resonant peal can be heard three times daily. Other gems include the Church of St Cajetan which was modelled on St Peter's in Rome and the Royal Chapel of St Anthony.
Enjoy the afternoon at leisure.
Today is a day at leisure to enjoy the beach or continue your exploration of Goa.
Today you will transfer to the airport for your departure flight.
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|Superior:||from AU $563|
|Deluxe:||from AU $710|
All GetAboutAsia prices are based on twin share and depend on availability and season. All our itineraries can be customised including international flights and extra nights. For questions or further information, Enquire Now!
Hotels/lodges each night of the itinerary (excluding your departure day).
• Accommodation on bed and breakfast basis
• All transfers, sightseeing's & excursions by air-conditioned vehicle
• All site visits as per the program
• Services of English-speaking local guides in each city at the time of city tour
• All currently applicable entrances at the monuments. Camera fees will be extra
Visas for India
All nationalities need to apply for an Indian visa in advance. Give yourself at least 4 weeks.
The Indian Government has advised that from December 2014, all visa applicants will need to be physically present at a visa application centre, by appointment, to submit their applications and biometric data, including fingerprints and facial imagery.
ALL Australian travellers to India will need to personally attend their nearest consulate to complete their visa formalities. There is NO visa on arrival in India for all nationalities. Indian visas CANNOT be obtained in Nepal.
Availability of accommodation and season.