This trip is different from all other itineraries on our menu card. Everyone travels to India to catch a glimpse of the historic culture of India. But less are aware that some places in India are not about just culture, but also partying and fun. The two of such most happening destinations of India are Mumbai & Goa. While Mumbai is the most happening city in India, Goa is the most happening beach in India.
Mumbai is a striking paradox of chaos and hope, glamor and squalor, modernity and tradition, old and new, daylife and nightlife. Famously known as the City of Dreams, Mumbai – formerly known as Bombay – has a long colonial history. Today, Mumbai is a spectacularly blended melting pot of cultures and lifestyles. The city absorbs everything into its fabric, making it it's very own.
India's pocket-sized paradise - Goa is a kaleidoscopic blend of Indian and Portuguese cultures, sweetened with sun, sea, sand, seafood, susegad, and spirituality. With a coastline stretching for over 100 kilometers, Goa has numerous beaches that draw in millions of visitors. A former Portuguese colony, Goa also boasts of lovely architecture from the colonial era with many churches and old Portuguese-style bungalows.
While you will go berserk with the fascinating chaos of Mumbai, you will also have some soothing moments of relaxation on the beaches of Goa.
Arrive by flight at Mumbai. Welcome to the city that never sleeps! Pulsating, Alive, On the Move, Vibrant, Fun – this is Mumbai or as it is still frequently referred to – Bombay. Mumbai has the starkest contrast of life. It’s full of dreamers and hard-laborers, starlets and gangsters, stray dogs and exotic birds, artists and servants, fisherfolk and crorepatis (millionaires), and lots and lots of people. It has India’s most prolific film industry, some of Asia’s biggest slums (as well as the world’s most expensive home), and the largest tropical forest in an urban zone.
The private car will pick up from Mumbai airport and transfer to the hotel. Evening at your leisure. Overnight stay will be at the hotel in Mumbai.
After breakfast, head out for a Mumbai city tour. Visit Gateway of India, the most popular tourist attraction, it is the unofficial icon of the city of Mumbai and is a reminder of its rich colonial history as Bombay. Afterward visit the Taj Mahal Palace hotel, followed by Victoria Terminus station, a former name for the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST). It is a historic railway station built in 1887 and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The marvelous structure is an awesome illustration of the Victorian-Gothic style of architecture in India. Then visit Dhobhi Ghat, this 140-year-old dhobi ghat (the place where clothes are washed) is Mumbai’s biggest human-powered washing machine. Every day hundreds of people beat the dirt out of thousands of kilograms of soiled Mumbai clothes and linen in 1026 open-air troughs. Have lunch at a nice restaurant in between the city tour. After that visit Mani Bhawan (Gandhi house), Haji Ali, and Jain temple. Then drive past Antilia, the private residence of the richest man of India (Mukesh Ambani). Valued at USD 2 billion, it is deemed to be the world's second most valuable residential property, after British crown property Buckingham Palace. Then drive past “Mannat” (Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan’s house).
Reach back hotel by evening. Overnight stay will be at the hotel in Mumbai.
Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
After breakfast check-out from the hotel and transfer to Mumbai airport. Take flight for Goa. Welcome to the "Miami of India"! A potpourri of Indian and Portuguese cultures, sweetened with sun, sea, sand, seafood, susegad, and spirituality, Goa is India's small little paradise, and one of the most favorite weekend getaways. This former Portuguese enclave is the ultimate Party Zone of India. It is a lazy, hazy paradise and attracts tourists from all over India and a very large number of travelers from all over the world. The biggest draw of Goa is undoubtedly its virtually uninterrupted string of golden-sand beaches.
A private car will pick you up from Goa airport and transfer you to the hotel. Check-in at the hotel. The evening is at your leisure. Overnight stay will be at the hotel in Goa.
After breakfast head out to explore the charms & attractions of inland Goa. The private car will pick you from the hotel and take you to Old Goa for the “Old Goa Walking Tour”. A walk through the remains of Goa’s former capital city providing the historical link from pre-Portuguese times to the present day where Old Goa is a World Heritage site, housing the best churches in all Asia. Delve into the past where Old Goa was a thriving city and considered the ‘Rome of the East’ between the 16th to the 18th centuries. Take a walk to sense that grandeur as you wander around towering churches, cathedrals, and majestic convents.
In the late afternoon enjoy the “Fontainhas Heritage Walk tour”. A walk through the old Latin quarter of Panjim - a satiating treat for photographers and history buffs as the place maintains to this day its Portuguese influence. Get access to heritage homes, appreciate Portuguese architecture, meet wonderful people, and experience the cultural side of Goa like never before. We will take you to meet a renowned Goan musician who will perform Fado and Latin music.
Reach back to the hotel by evening. Overnight stay will be at the hotel in Goa.
After breakfast, the entire day is up to you. This day is for relaxing on the beach. Goa has a vast stretch of shorelines that forms a variety of beaches. The white sand beaches of Goa are a huge draw for tourists from all over India and around the world. You will find everything here from Golden sand, swaying palm groves, picturesque sunsets, water sports, shacks on the beach, seafood and drinks, parties, massage & yoga. Some beaches are peaceful, laid-back, perfect for relaxation, while others are more happening places. From north to south, there are more than 30 beaches to choose from in Goa. Most of them have their own reputation and character.
Overnight stay will be at the hotel in Goa.
After breakfast check out from the hotel and transfer to Goa Airport. The private car will drop you at the airport to catch your flight for Mumbai.
To all the good things, comes an end. Bid farewell with the memories of amazing fun-filled 6 days vacations at Happening India (Mumbai & Goa), worth remembering for a lifetime!
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