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  • Choose from some of the coolest Weekend Breaks fromBangalore starting Chennai starting Delhi starting Rs. Rs. Rs. Ooty Kodaikanal Dehradun 303 225 396 Rs. Rs. Rs. Mysore Tirupati Nainital 324 250 415 Rs. Rs. Rs. Pondicherry Madurai Corbett 475 666 1206 more.. more.. more..Jaipur starting Mumbai starting Kolkata starting Agra Rs. 250 Silvassa Rs. 882 Rs. Gangtok Ajmer Rs. 382 Lonavala Rs. 523 304 Rs. Rs. Rs. Bharatpur Daman Kalimpong 1589 1044 389 more.. more.. Rs. Shillong 465ay 1:ArrivalSrinagar Arrive by flight to Srinagar & transfer to hotel. Take a Shikara (gondola boat) ride across the pristine Dal Lake and enjoy the water-life of Srinagar. Visit the local crafts market and shop for unique Papier-mâché and Walnut Wood items. Stay overnight at deluxe Houseboat. Day 2: Srinagar Enjoy city tour of Srinagar, which includes: Mogul Garden "Nishat" (The Garden of Pleasure) and "Shalimar" (Abode of All). Also enjoy a drive along the lake side on the Boulevard can be rewarding. On your way back, shop at the local Handicrafts Emporium, where you can pick up some silk carpets, shawls and ornaments. Also visit Shankaracharya Temple in the later half of the day. Stay overnight at Houseboat. Day 3: Gulmarg (54 Kms, 8700 ft, 2 Hrs One Way) Enjoy a full-day trip to Gulmarg or the "Meadow of Flowers" which is located at an altitude of 8700-ft. The place is known for its Ski Resort and the world’s highest 18-hole Golf Course. You can also enjoy a Cable Car Ride or a Gondola ride. Return to Srinagar for dinner and stay overnight at hotel. Day 4: Depart Srinagar Transfer to airport in time for return flight.
  • Tour Cost Validity: 01st April 2012 Till 30th September 2012Cost per person Standard Hotels First-Class Hotels Deluxe Hotels2 passenger INR 7,839* INR 11,779* INR 13,169*4 passenger INR 6,439* INR 10,209* INR 11,719*6 passenger INR 5,979* INR 9,599* INR 11,259**Above rates are on per person basis for 2 pax / 4 pax traveling together for entire packageHotels to be used or similarCity Standard First-Class Deluxe2 nights Srinagar Deluxe Houseboat Heevan Resort City Forest Resort1 night Srinagar Deluxe Houseboat Deluxe Houseboat Deluxe HouseboatGoa Rs. 8,999 4night 5daysStepping on the soil of Goa is like entering a dream. You feel right at home and light-hearted,as the holiday spirit takes over. There is something in the Goan air that makes fun & cheerinfectious, and you cant help but throw away your worries and eat, drink, laugh and enjoyinstinctively.Hop on to a two-wheeler, may be a guttural Enfield. Its not hard to find a ride with rental guyspitching their scooters with corny comments. It is the best way to get around town and to theopen invitation of the sun, sand and seafood.Noisy north Goan beaches, action packed water sports, bright markets, medieval forts, pre-historic rocks, calmer white sand beaches and a parallel hippie culture are some aspects of Goathat youll come across. History has settled comfortably in Goa, evident in its architecture and themany churches and cathedrals. Old Goa takes her place in the sun once a year during the feastof St Xavier, which is a crowd puller and the trademark celebratory spirit is at its peak. Letsbegin the voyage to the craziest Land of India...Places to SeeThe plethora of beaches, markets, churches, temples and wildlife, garnished with spices andbakes make sightseeing in Goa out of ordinary.Some crowded and some unexplored, the beaches have for long been associated with Goa. Startwith the noisy and lively Calangute Beach and Baga Beach, for many experiences served onone platter. Candolim is on fire when the Sunburn festival is in town as the year winds up.Wednesday is the day of Anjuna beach with a flea market a big bash at Shore Bar. Satiate yourappetite for the quirky, boho and vintage at Ingos night market and the Mapusa market.Visit the grand Fort Aguada that has often been on the silver screen, most popularly in DilChahta Hai. Rub shoulders with the hippies on Arambol beach and enjoy the beauty of Palolem
  • beach which is slowly being swallowed by tourists.Who said Goa cant be a pilgrimage? Close to Agonda beach is the Cabo de Rama, a fort whereLord Rama and Sita stopped by during their exile. A small chapel also stands here.While in south Goa, dont forget to make a side trip to Usgalimal where caves from the StoneAge were discovered as recently as the early 90s. The rock art etched on its walls takes you backby half a million years. Rocks are really hot here and shoes are a must.These arent the only caves. Goa seemed to be quite a popular destination for kings in exile inthose days! It is said that the Pandavas too came here and stayed at the Arvalem Caves, createdby Buddhist monks, near Bicholim Town. The caves in Lamagau village and the many smalltemples, pipal trees and a tulsi vrindavan are worth a visit. The next time you pass by rocks inGoa give them a second look. They might be over 3000 million years old, possibly the oldest inIndia.The other side of Goas wild life will take you to Mollem National Park and Cotigao WildlifeSanctuary. Trek your way through Mollem and to Dudhsagar Waterfalls, one of the highest inIndia. Or climb up the watchtower in Cotigao and scour for animals like Bears, Bisons andHyenas.Some elegant churches still stand in Goa. The 17th century Church of St Francis of Assisi inOld Goa is one of them. In the same neighbourhood are the Basilica of Bom Jesus where theFeast of St Xavier is held, and the Church Of Our Lady of the Rosary.While in Panjim, visit Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Church and later head to themarkets, go on a river cruise, and watch the river and sea merge at Dona Paula. The city beach,Miramar, is also known as Gasper Dias. It attracts migratory birds between November andMarch, and is great for a long, leisurely stroll.Things to DoFor one, drink and be merry! Let a cashew or coconut Feni fly you to moon. Join the crowds atthe beaches of Baga, Calangute and Anjuna; or simply dodge them & escape to Butterfly orAgonda beach. Swim, lie back in the sun, play a game of volleyball, walk the edge of a frothywave, hunt for iridescent shells, sit around a campfire or dance under the stars.Goa is an adventure in itself, water sports taking it up a step. Diving, catamaran sailing, jetskiing, parasailing, water-scooter, banana boats and windsurfing keeps your heart racing.Surrender to the addictive Goan trance at night parties with the sea crashing at a distance andthe stars playing strobe lights. See the world in psychedelic colours.TTreat yourself to a flouncy chiffon dress, a sparkly pendant the colour of candy floss, rarebooks and records, or a leather pouch at the flea markets. Let a fortune teller reveal your future.Or get a tattoo inked to make a statement not easily erased.
  • Places to EatGood times call for good food and there is plenty of that to be had here. Souza Lobo and TheGoan Heritage on Calangute, Nine Bar on Vagator Beach, Curlies on Anjuna for some wickedCalamari, Brittos on Baga for Crabs and Grills, and Ordo Sounsar and Dropadi on Palolem area few places of repute. Local delicacies like fish and Vindaloo, a spicy Goan curry are not to bemissed. Watch the steely eyed fisherwomen sell their catch in Panjim: mussels, crabs, mackerel,oysters and more.Of course nothing beats the experience of eating the regions favourite dishes: rice with fish curryor Pork Vindaloo, Prawns Rava Fry, and Xacuti with coconut and poppy seeds. Bebinca, acoconut pancake and Dodol, with coconut, cashews and jaggery, are a sweet way to wrap up aGoan meal.ShoppingThe shopping scene in Goa is diverse and colourful. Sarongs and tees from stalls on Baga andCalangute beaches, spices and dry fruits like apricots and cashew nuts in Panjim, Fenieverywhere, designer clothes from high end boutiques, quirky and boho clothes, bags &jewellery from flea markets, books at Literati and Other India Bookstore, and of course the oddsouvenir or two of bamboo, sea shells and brass. The Wednesday Flea Market at Anjuna, theFriday Flea Market at Mapusa, and Ingo and Mackie Saturday Night Market, all have devoutfollowers.Wendell Rodricks Design Space, Malini Ramanis Congo, Casa de Goa, Sangolda, MonsoonHeritage, Savio Jons Sosa and Bruga are a few big names for clothes, accessories and furniturethat are floating around.Fairs & EventsThe countdown to New Year begins in the last week of December with the 3 day music carnivalcalled Sunburn Festival at Candolim beach.Thousands of people flock Old Goa in the first week of December for the Feast of St Xavier.Bom Jesus Basilica opens its doors at the crack of dawn and many devotees line up to kiss therelics of St Francis Xavier. After the feast, everyone heads to the fair.The 3 day long pre-easter Goan carnival in February brings Parades, dances, songs and streetplays.The Sao Joao Festival held on 24 June is a Catholic festival that honours St John The Baptist.Son-in-laws are pampered, new brides pray for off-springs and people drink, jump into pools andmake music on a ghatam, a clay pot. Butterflies and elephants soar in the sky during theInternational Kite Festival in Goa. Learn the art of flying kites and join the fun.Travellers Tips
  • Drugs are illegal. Avoid walking around town alone at night especially if in an inebriated state. Strong riptides in the sea and rivers make it unsafe to take a dip in some places at some times. Pay attention to the boards warning you. Bring along your drivers permit if you plan to hire a motorbike. Sea Snakes often get washed up on the beaches. Stay away from them. Some might be venomous.It is said that when people leave Goa, a part of them always stays back...HideChrist Statue at a Goan beach Anjuna beach market in Goa (India)Fort Aguada, GoaEntrance alley of St. Catherine Chapel
  • Sunset as seen from Aguada Fort beachA local streeet in Panaji, GoaSunset from a Goan beachVisitors at Anjuna beach flea marketBoats anchored on Baga Creek (Goa)
  • Goas Anjuna beach at nighPalolem Beach, GoaWall of the Panaji Central Library (Goa)Sand and stones at Lower Aguada Fort (Goa)A silent Goan beach
  • Hammocks at display in a Goan flea marketRoyal Casino in Mandavi RiverColourful Necklaces on display in GoaThe Exotic Indian pitta bird in Goa9887026797 sanjay chechani