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Goa Christian Pilgrimage Tour

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09 Days / 08 Nights

USD$ 805 Onwards

 

 

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Goa Christian Pilgrimage Tour

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Old Goa is filled with churches and covenants of Old Goa that remind of Portuguese rule in this area, these churches were built mainly in 16th and 17th century that included Basilica of Bom Jesus , Se Cathedral, Church of Lady of Rosary, Church of St. Francis of Assisi and Church of St. Augustine. The churches are aesthetically designed and consist of paintings done on wooden borders that were fixed between beautifully designed floral panels. This churches and buildings remind of the legacy of the Portuguese culture and social life, and are still maintained by the Christians of this area. Many of these Churches are now a part of world heritage sites and now stand at protected monuments.

 

Day 01 – Arrival Goa + Tour of Old Goa

Our representatives will pick you up from airport/railway station and transfer you to the hotel for check in. After freshening up you’ll be taken for the tour of Old Goa which is famous for its churches that are few of the most important ones in the country and are the oldest ones.

We will start our tour with Se Cathedral which is the largest church in the whole of Asia. Dedicated to St. Catherine, this church was built in a pure Portuguese Gothic style. Nearby this place we have Basilica of Bom Jesus which is listed as a world heritage site that was erected to pay homage to Bom Jesus.

From here we will proceed to Church of St Francis of Assisi that was built in 1521, today this church houses rich collection of beautiful paintings and is notable for its Mosaic Corinthian interior design. The tour will be followed by the Church of Lady of Rosary that is listed in UNESCO world heritage sites.

The trip shall continue around few more churches like Tower of St. Augustine and Church of Saint Cajetao after which you’ll return to the hotel for overnight and dinner.

 

Day 02 – The Church of Mae de Deus, Rachol Seminary+ Dona Paola

Today after breakfast we will proceed for The Church of Mae de Deusthat isSituated 13kms. fromPanaji  covered with picturesque surroundings, in the village of Saligao. The shrine of the miraculous statue of Mae de Deus (Mother of God) was brought from the ruins of the convent of Mae de Deus at Old Goa. From here we will visit Rachol Seminary that was built in 1521 by the Portuguese and is situated on the banks of river Zuari, 12 Kms from Margao in south of Goa.

Later we will visit The Church of St. Ana locatedat Talaulim which is a remarkable piece of ancient Christian architecture dedicated to St. Ana was built in 1695. This church is covered with picturesque surroundings.

After lunch we will proceed to Museum of Christian Art, Racholand spend some time exploring this place. Later we will proceed for Panjim and visit Dona Paola which is a famous tourist destination near Capital of Goa, enjoy the sunset and later return to the hotel for overnight and dinner.

 

Day 3 – Church of St.Thomas, Monte hill, NossaSenhora de Penha de Franca Church + Goa Cruise Tour

Today after breakfast we will proceed for Curtorim and visit St. Alex Church that was built in 1597 and is one of the oldest churches in Goa, from here we will proceed for NossaSenhora da Penha de Franca this church is dedicated to a Spanish saint and is todayheld in very high regard by seafarers, who had managed to survive the tough voyage to India.

We will visit a few more churches like Monte Hill and Church of St.Thomasand later to a local museum called Palacio do Deao.

The trip shall end with a luxury cruise tour on River Mandovi that will be accompanied with local Goan dance and cuisine with a view of sunset behind the mountains after which you’ll return to the hotel for overnight and dinner.

 

Day 04  – Departure

Today you’ll be checking out from the hotel and will be dropped at the station/airport and the trip shall commence.

 

DEPARTURE DATES

2017 April

3, 10, 17, 24, 31

2016  October

4, 11, 18, 25

2016 May

7, 14, 21,

2016  November

2, 9, 16, 23, 30

2016 June

5, 12, 19,

2016  December

6, 13, 20, 27

2016 July

2, 16, 23, 30

2017  January

4, 11, 18, 25

6, 13, 27

2017  February

1, 8, 15, 22, 29

2016 August

6, 13, 20, 27

2017  March

5, 12, 19, 26*

2016 September

*Dates in bold indicate important festival period and  Dates in Red are for Charters/Group Bookings Only

TOUR COST per Cabin for 7 Nights Pride of South Golden Chariot Train Tour-Per Cabin

No of Persons

Per Cabin

 

INR Tariff-

Only for Indian National

 (Taxes Extra)

US$ Tariff-

For Foreign Passport Holders  (Taxes Extra)

Occupancy

Type

 

One

` 1,82,,000/-

US$ 5530

Single

Two

` 3,08,000/-

US$ 8260

Double

Three

` 3,36,,000/-

US$10,500

Triple

TOUR COST Pride of South Golden Chariot Train Tour-Per person Per Night

No of Persons

Per Cabin

 

INR Tariff-

Only for Indian National

 (Taxes Extra)

US$ Tariff-

For Foreign Passport Holders  (Taxes Extra)

Occupancy

Type

 

One

` 26,000/-

US$  790

Single

Two

` 44,000/-

US$ 1,180

Double

Three

` 48,000/-

US$1,500

Triple

Note:

 Add Govt. Taxes Extra ,as applicable on date of journey

10% Surcharge shall be levied on departures during Christmas / New Year

Children between 5 and 12 years charged 50% of adult rate (Half fare)

Children below 5 years are complimentary(but no bed)

Option to book for MINIMUM Three nights part journey & pay accordingly

Train tour will operate ,subject to MINIMUM 20 Passengers OR

advance received will be refunded (with no further liability)

Validity: From April 1, 2016 to March 30, 2017 |

* Indicative price subject to change at the time of issue.

TOUR COST INCLUDES

●  Accommodation On-board stay & travel in private A/C Deluxe Cabins with attached bathrooms

●  Accommodation for Tuesday Night in Kabini Forest Lodge room.

●  Daily Three Meals.

●  Bed Tea

●  Transportation in air-conditioned vehicle with driver for transfers,

●  Group excursion & sightseeing.

●  The entrance to places of tourist interest mentioned in the itinerary. (Single visit per site).

●  Services of English speaking local guide.

●  Entrance fees at monuments / parks / palaces and cultural programs.

●  Bottled drinking water

●  Boat ride & Jeep safari in Kabini forest.

●  Cultural program in Bangalore & Mysore

 

TOUR COST DOES NOT INCLUDE

●  International air fare.

●  Visa fee and service charges if service provided for issuance of visas.

●  Expense of personal nature like spa, business car facilities, drinks, and also food drinks not forming part of the group menus, room service or mini-bar consumption, laundry, medical expenses, telephone and internet services, camera or video camera fee at monuments, tips and other items.

●  Personal Insurance is not included in the cost, hence any cost involving health which may include

any type of medical expense or medication and any cost derived due to illness would be charged extra. It is advised to take a personal travel insurance

●  Cost of Optional or add-on tours unless mentioned otherwise.

●  Airport taxes and airport departure tax normally included in the international tickets.

●  Meals other than those mentioned as included in the itinerary.

●  Services not mentioned in the 'The price includes' box.

VISA

●  Travellers should carry a valid tourist visa for

 

●  India

 

IMPORTANT NOTES

●  The price provided is based on the prices and taxes existing at the time of calculation. Any increase in the airfare, in routing due to withdrawal of existing flights, taxes change if any would be advised at the time of booking.

●  Any change in rate of exchange leading to an increase in the cost of the tour, which may come into effect prior to departure would be informed at the time of booking.

●  Minimum reporting time in India for International flights in India is three hours and for internal flights is hour and a half.

●  Child without bed - Is an individual under 12 years of age, sharing the room with 2 Full Paying adults and without a bed.

●  Triple rooms do not exist in India, most hotels use roll away beds which is placed once you arrive at the hotel. The room size is the same as a Double Room.

●  Once an air ticket is issued, any change of date or cancellation would attract a penalty charge levied by the airlines. Your sales officer will advise you the

amount at the time of making the date change.

●  The tour will be operated, subject to a minimum of 06 full paying adult passengers. In the event that the group size is less than 06 adult passengers, you will be given an option of travelling as an individual tourist with private services. Additional supplement might apply. The Tour will be conducted on a seat-in-coach basis for group strength of 20- 25 persons, with the assistance of a local representative.

●  Travel Insurance for the duration of the tour is not included in the tour price. However, any passengers who wish to take an insurance cover can request for it at an additional charges.

●  The right to vary, amend or withdraw any particular itinerary, departure or excursion rests entirely with the company. Due to demand in particular airline in/ out points may change. Service, will however remain unchanged. Hotels / Flights / Airlines / Itinerary / Route subject to change without notice

 

HOTEL SELECTION

City

Luxury

Nights

Mysore

01

River Kabini Lodge

While on journey on board

06

The Golden Chariot (Train)

  • LUXURY HOTELS  [+]

    River Kabini Forest Lodge, MysoreNamed after the River Kabini, the River Kabini Lodge beckons with the promise of elephants, gaur, deer and a rumour of tiger. Located on the southern fringes of the Nagarahole National Park, this former hunting lodge of the erstwhile Maharaja of Mysore was rated as One of the Top 5 Wildlife Resorts in the World by the British Tatler’s Travel Guide. A sprawling colonial estate in the heart of elephant country, the River Kabini Lodge echoes with the call of the wild.. ...read more<>

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  • Se Cathedral ...

     One of the most ancient and celebrated religious buildings of Goa, this magnificent 16th century monument to the Roman Catholic rule in Goa under the Portuguese is the largest church in Asia. The Cathedral is dedicated to St. Catherine of Alexandria on whose feast day in 1510 Alfonso Albuquerque defeated the Muslim army and took possession of the city of Goa. Hence it is also known as St. Catherine's' Cathedral.alt

    The Cathedral was commissioned by the Portuguese Viceroy, Redondo to be "a grandiose church worthy of the wealth, power and fame of the Portuguese who dominated the seas from the Atlantic to the Pacific". The final edifice is bigger than any of the churches in Portugal itself.

    The construction of this imposing edifice began in 1562 during the reign of King Dom Sebastião (1557-78) and substantially completed by 1619. The main altars however were not finished until the year 1652. It was consecrated in 1640. The Cathedral was built for the Dominicans and paid for by the Royal Treasury out of the proceeds of the sale of the Crown's property.

    The Cathedral stands to the west of the great square called Terreiro de Sabaio and has its façade turned to the east. Its beautiful courtyard is approached by a flight of steps. The building is Portuguese-Gothic in style with a Tuscan exterior and Corinthian interior. The church is 250 ft in length and 181 ft in breath. The frontispiece stands 115 ft high.

    There were originally two towers, one on either side of the façade, but the one on the southern side collapsed in 1776. The exterior of the cathedral is notable for its plainness of style built in the Tuscan tradition. The loss of one bell tower, which was never rebuilt, has given the building a unique look.

    altThe Sé Cathedral has five bells. The existing tower houses a famous bell, one of the largest in Goa and often referred to as 'Golden Bell' on account of its rich tone which has been immortalized in a Portuguese poem. The main altar is dedicated to St. Catherine of Alexandria, and old paintings on either side of it depict scenes from her life and martyrdom.

    the Cathedral has been built on a raised plinth of laterite, covered over with lime plaster. There is a long nave, two aisles and a transept. A bell tower is located to the southern side of the façade. The nave is barrel-vaulted while the crossing is rib-vaulted. Massive pillars support the vault in the nave and the choir, while the chapels on either side are separated by internal defenses. The building is oblong on plan but has a cruciform layout in the interior.

    The main entrance in the façade has Corinthian columns on plinths supporting a pediment containing an inscription in Latin recording that, in 1562, in the reign of King Dom Sebastiao, this Cathedral was ordered to be erected, the Archbishops and the primates being administrators and that the succeeding kings continued the same at the cost of the Royal Treasury.

    There are four chapels on either side of the nave, two of which have perforated wooden screens across the entrance. The screens have a high degree of filigree carving which has transformed wood into most delicate insinuations of foliage. Of these two screened chapels, the outstanding Chapel of the Blessed Sacrament has a magnificently gilded and beautifully decorated wall and ceiling, in complete contrast to the sober look of the cathedral's interior.

    On the right of the nave, is the other screened chapel, the Chapel of the Cross of Miracles. A vision of Christ is said to have appeared in 1919 on this huge, plain, cross. Towering above the main altar is the huge gilded reredos. Scenes from the life of St Catherine, to whom the cathedral is dedicated, are carved on its six main panels. The Saint was beheaded in Alexandria and among the images here are those showing her awaiting execution and being carried to Mount Sinai by angels.

    The two small statuettes inset into the main pillars supporting the choir are that of St Francis Xavier and St Ignatius Loyola. To the right is a chamber containing the baptismal font made in 1532, perhaps brought from the old Cathedral. St Francis Xavier is said to have baptized thousands of Goan converts using this font. A large painting of St. Christopher is hung beneath the choir.

    To the left of the entrance are four chapels dedicated to Our Lady of Virtues, St. Sebastian, the Blessed Sacrament and Our Lady of Life. To the right, again are four chapels dedicated to St. Anthony, St. Bernard, the Cross of Miracles and the Holy Ghost.

    In the nave are two wooden pulpits projecting from two columns on the right. In the transept are six altars, three on either side of the main altar. The altars on the right side are those of St. Anna, Our Lady of Doloures and St. Peter, while those on the left are those of Our Lady of Sorrows, Our Lady of Three Necessities and Our Lady of Hope.

    The arches accommodating four of these altars are decorated with paintings depicting scenes from the lives of the saints. On either side of the nave is a niche in which are kept the wooden statues of St. Paul and St. Peter.

    In the nave, near the altar, to the right is a projecting gallery on which is kept an 18th century organ. In the nave near the altar are seats for the canon and a throne for the archbishop. There is also a richly carved ebony stand, which was originally in the Church of St. Francis of Assisi.

    To the right is a door that leads to the sacristy, which is a barrel-vaulted structure with gilded altar showing a church modelled after St. Peter's Church in Rome.

    The adjoining convent has been turned in to an Archeological Museum and is open to the public. Just behind the cathedral lies a two storied edifice, the Palace of the Archbishop, which is no longer in use. The Franciscan church lies to the the west of the cathedral.

  • The Convent and Church of St. Francis of Assisi  ...

    To the west of the Se Cathedral is the former palace of the Archbishop that connects the Se Cathedral to the Convent and Church of St. Francis of Assisi. The structure is built of laterite blocks and is lime-plastered.

    The church faces west and has a nave with three chapels on either side, a choir, two altars in the transept and a main altar. To the north of the main altar is a belfry and a sacristy. The convent, which forms an annexure to the church, now houses the Archaeological Museum.

    The exterior of the Church is of the Tuscan Order while the main entrance is in Manuline style. The main altar is Baroque with Corinthian features. There are no aisles but only a nave, which is rib-vaulted.

    The internal buttress walls, separating the chapels and supporting the gallery on top, have frescoes showing intricate floral designs.

    In a niche on the façade, stands a statue of our lady of miracles brought from Jaffna in Sri Lanka. A wooden statue of St. Francis of Assisi adorns a pedestal bearing the insignia of the Franciscans. A wooden pulpit, richly carved with floral designs is to the left as one enters.

    Beneath a ribbed vault with frescoes showing floral decorations, is the main altar, which is gilded and has a richly carved niche with a tabernacle supported by the four evangelists.

    The tabernacle was used for displaying the holy sacrament. Above the tabernacle, in the main altar, is a large statue of St. Francis of Assisi and an equally large statue of Jesus on the cross. Beneath the two figures are inscribed the three vows of the Saint - poverty, humility and obedience. On either side of the main altar, in the nave, are beautiful large paintings on wood, depicting scenes from the life of St. Francis of Assai.

    The origin of this church and the attached convent can be traced to the humble beginnings made by eight Franciscan friars, who, on their arrival in 1517, secured from the then Governor a few houses that belonged to a deceased Thanadar. By their persistent efforts they constructed a small chapel with three altars and a choir.

    A church consecrated to the Holy Ghost was built in 1521 and was later pulled down and the present church was built on the same spot in 1661 retaining only the entrance of the earlier church.

  • Church of Mae de Deus ...

    • Road condition in India and the subcontinent can run full range from six lane pay ways, normal highways to very poor un-surfaced roads.
    • Driving here also follows different practices as all types of vehicles, animals and people use the roads.
    • Road conditions may also change due to climatic conditions such as rains, landslides and the commuting times can vary due to this. And this is obviously beyond our control.
    • Road journeys in the Indian Subcontinent can seem quite startling at first sight; however, our  drivers  are  well  trained  and  have  a  special  permission  given  to  transport  foreign  tourists. They  might  have  some  knowledge  of  English  but  normally  they  do  not  speak  other  foreign languages.
    • The driver is not allowed to carry the services of a guide in India.  It is advisable not to speak to the  driver  while  he  is  driving. We  suggest that  you  relax  and  enjoy the  extraordinary sights en route.
    • During the visit to Taj Mahal, from the parking, you would have to take a battery operated non-polluting,  non-air-conditioned  microbuses.  These  cannot  be  booked  in  advance  and  you would have to wait in queue for your turn.
  • Books on Goa ...

     A Guide to the Flora and Fauna of Goa

    By P Killips

    Pp.70 (1998)

    Rs.195 or $9

    A handy, glossy book cataloguing the exotic species of Goa's fascinating wildlife. Every known bird, butterfly, animal, reptile, plant and flower photographed.

     

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    A Road Guide To Goa

    By P. Poovendran (Ed.)

    Pp.16 (1996)

    Rs.40 or $3

    A road guide with a map.

     

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    A Treasure Trove of Goan Mango Dishes

    By Nilima M Kamat

    (2000) Pp 125

    Rs.80 or $5

    Whether you are a diehard fan of mangoes, or one who is yet to discover the delights of this delectable fruit, this book is for you! A treasure trove of divers Goan mango dishes, which enhance the flavours of this luscious fruit.

     

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    An Historical and Archaeological Sketch of the City of Goa

    By Jose Nicolau da Fonseca

    Pp. 350 (1994) HB

    Rs.595 or $25

    A most comprehensive history of Goa in a format associated with gazetteers. Also carries important statistical information including charts about population, marriages, births and deaths in the year 1877 when it was first written. Reprint.

     

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    An Historical Sketch of Goa

    By Denis L. Cottineau de Kloguen

    Pp. 120 (1988) HB

    Rs.165 or $8

    Rare book, reprinted. Originally published in the early 19th century.

     

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    An Illustrated Guide To Bombay And Goa

    By Myriam Kaye

    Pp.198 (1990)

    Rs.100 or $5

    Kaye ventures beyond the sunny beaches to explore Goa's natural grandeur, stately homes, ethnic cuisine and Latin fiestas. The merry tour also negotiates through Bombay's high rises and into the teeming bazaars, forgotten villages and ancient temples.

     

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    Angela's Goan Identity

    By Carmo D'Souza

    Pp. 148 (1994)

    Rs.35 or $3

    A novel set in Goa. Deals with the "clash of cultures" and the Goan response to meeting with other people back home.

     

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    Aquaworld: The Environment and Ecosystems of Coastal Goa

    By Therese Almeida

    Pp.267 (1998) LF

    Rs.270 or $12

    A Resource Book and Activity Guide for Teachers. Excellent for environment education classes in schools.

     

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    Areawide Environmental Quality Management (AEQM) Plan For The Mining Belt of Goa State

    By Tata Energy Research Institute

    Pp.300 (1998) HB

    Rs.1100 or $35

    The first full length study of the impact of mining on the Goan environment, by a team headed by Ligia Noronha of TERI.

     

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    Baroque Goa

    By Jose Pereira

    Pp. 177 (1995) HB

    Rs.850 or $30

    Photographs, illustrations and history of Baroque architecture and the various edificial types in Goa.

     

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    Bibliography of Goa and the Portuguese in India

    By Henry Scholberg

    Pp.414 (1982) HB

    Rs.500 or $21

    Literature listed here covers the nearly five centuries of Portuguese rule in India including its meteoric rise, its sustained presence, and its sudden and final decline leading to its evacuation in 1961.

     

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    Cabinet Government In Goa: 1961-93

    By Aureliano Fernandes

    Pp. 194 (1997)

    Rs.250 or $11

    A new, chronological analysis of 30 years of government and politics in Goa in the post-Liberation period.

     

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    Classic India: Goa

    By Amrita Kumar (Ed.)

    Pp.57 (1997) HB

    Rs.95 or $5

    A book on Goa generously illustrated with colour pictures.

     

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    Demographic Transition In Goa

    By V.A. Pai Panandiker & P.N. Chaudhuri

    Pp. 46 (1983) HB

    Rs.75 or $4

    By 1971 Goa had already achieved a birth rate of 21 per thousand compared to the national average of 35 per thousand. What were the factors responsible for such low fertility? Any lessons?

     

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    Draft Report Of The Subcommittee On Offshore Banking In Goa

    By Planning Board of Goa

    Pp.25 (1997)

    Rs.25 or $2

    A report related to one aspect of the proposed Free Port of Goa.

     

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    Economics of the Goa Jesuits

    By Charles J. Borges

    Pp.215 (1994)

    Rs.300 or $13

    Seeks to trace the growth and collapse of the Jesuits during their stay in India.

     

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    Exploring Goa

    By Centre for Environmental Education

    (2001) / Pp 88

    Rs.65 or $4

    A Teachers’ Handbook of Environmental Education activities for trial and discussion. Developed in the course of interaction with teachers and environmental activists in Goa.

     

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    Ferry Crossing: Short Stories From Goa

    By Manohar Shetty (Ed.)

    Pp.268 (1998)

    Rs.250 or $11

    An anthology of 27 Goan short stories from Konkani, Marathi, Portuguese and English penned by wellknown writers, mirroring Goa's rich history and ethnic traditions.

     

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    Flora of Goa, Diu, Daman, Dadra & Nagar Haveli

    By Rolla Seshagiri Rao

    2 Vols. Pp.545 Total (1985)

    Rs.250 or $11

    An exploration-with a historical dimension-of plant life in the country region of Goa, Diu, Daman, etc. Includes maps, photographs and locations."

     

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    Goa

    By John Oliver(Ed.)

    Pp. 80 (1997)

    Rs.325 or $14

    Candid photographs of Goa's grandeur in every mood, with text by Anil Dharkar

     

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    Goa

    By Sir J.M. Richards

    Pp. 144 (1995)

    Rs.95 or $5

    Sir Richards studies the fascinating mix of traditions and images that together gives Goa its almost magical aura. The author celebrates people, culture, buildings, bazaars and beaches

     

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    Goa

    By Mario Cabral e Sa & Jean-Louis Nou

    Pp. 111 (1986)

    Rs.550 or $23

    Goa's top notch contemporary chronicler explores the past, maps the salient features and strips away the stereotypes created around Goa by superficial observers. Contains 60 lavish pictures

     

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    Goa

    By Asif Currimbhoy

    Pp. 112 (1993) HB

    Rs.150 or $7

    A play on Goa that once played at Broadway.

     

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    Goa Acts and Rules: Vol 1: Goa Municipalities Act 1968

    By Subodh S. Kantak(Compiled By)

    Pp.992 (1999) HB

    Rs.700 or $27

    A very handy law reference for members of the Bar, Bench, Government and the general public featuring the Municipalities Act 1968, with all updated, connected material

     

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    Goa and her Khajans

    By Cosme Jose Costa

    Pp. 16

    Rs.15 or $2

    Khajans- a saga of constant reclamation of land from the sea to produce fertile rice fields- are Goa's unique ancestral heritage with an unwritten history of hard labour of several centuries

     

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    Goa and Portugal- Their Cultural Links

    By Charles J. Borges & Helmut Feldmann (Ed.)

    Pp. 320 (1997) HB

    Rs.450 or $19

    A collection of 21 papers on the theme: "Intercultural Relations: Portugal and Goa". Covers aspects like 16th century life in Goa, contacts with Japan and Mozambique, and aspects of art, music and literature.

     

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    Goa And The Blue Mountains Or Six Months Of Sick Leave

    By Richard F. Burton

    Pp.368 (1991) HB

    Rs.365 or $16

    A British officer of the 1850s who spends time in Goa, Malabar, Calicut and the Nilgiris, leaves behind his impressions.

     

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    Goa and the Revolt of 1787

    By Joaquim Heliodoro da Cunha Rivara

    Pp. 292 (1996) HB

    Rs.400 or $17

    The eminent historian unshrouds the legends cloaking the conspiracy known as "The Revolt of the Pintos" and other incidents relating to Goan nationalism.

     

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    Goa Dourada: The Indo-Portuguese Bouquet

    By T.P. Issar

    Pp. 177 (1995) HB

    Rs.800 or $29

    A visual delight. It celebrates the mingling of Indo-Portuguese cultures, manifested in architecture, artefacts, carpentry, 'blue tiles' and textiles of golden Goa.

     

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    Goa Into The Mainstream

    By R.N. Saksena

    Pp.147 (1974) HB

    Rs.20 or $2

    Attempts to study the problems of emotional and national integration of Goans.

     

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    Goa Liberation Movement And Madhu Limaye

    By Champa Limaye (Ed.)

    Pp.170 (1996) HB

    Rs.350 or $15

    The late Madhu Limaye was a noted writer and Parliamentarian. His thoughts, emotions and contribution to the Goan freedom movement from his diary.

     

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    Goa Police

    By Dr. N. Dilip Kumar

    Pp.280 (1999)

    Rs.395 or $17

    In this first book of its kind, a serving police officer attempts to provide a historical account of the police systems prevailing in Goa, and how the military and civil police helped the Portuguese suppress the freedom movement.

     

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    Goa Remembered: Vignettes Of Fading Traditions

    By Angelo Pereira

    Pp. 100 (1995) HB

    Rs.300 or $13

    A major book on Sangolda village, illustrated profusely. The things described here about life in a Goan village will make Goans yearn with nostalgia.

     

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    Goa To Me

    By Teotonio R. de Souza

    Pp. 176 (1994) HB

    Rs.250 or $11

    The 10 essays-with an autobiographical introduction- are a search for self identity which the distinguished Goan historian sees as inseparable from the history of his land and people

     

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    Goa! The Rome of the Orient

    By V.C. Mowli & V.J. Narasimha Rao

    Pp. 120 (1997)

    Rs.80 or $4

    A question and answer format makes easy reading for those who want general information on the 'pearl of the East'.

     

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    Goa's Struggle for Freedom

    By P.P. Shirodkar

    Pp. 347 (1988) HB

    Rs.175 or $8

    The most comprehensive study of the fight of the Goans, their brethren in the country and the Indian govt. to knock Portuguese colonialism out of Goa.

     

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    Goa- Cradle of my Dreams

    By Nora Secco de Souza

    Pp.136 LF

    Rs.60 or $4

    A collection of assorted articles.

     

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    Goa- Images and Impressions

    By Thomas Vaz

    Pp. 70 (LF)

    Rs.290 or $13

    A quality coffee table book on Goa, filled with nostalgic and exquisite colour photographs of Goa today

     

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    Goa: An Economic Update

    By Prabhakar S. Angle

    Pp 150/ (2001)

    Rs.175 or $9

    A follow-up to the book Goa: An Economic Review, this book looks at Goa from the perspective of socio-economic development.

     

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    Goa: Concepts and Misconcepts

    By Prabhakar S. Angle

    Pp.98 (1997)

    Rs.120 or $6

    The author sets out "to correct the misconception" that Goa is a culture different from the rest of India

     

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    Goa: Paradise Lost

    By Alexyz Fernandes

    Pp. 160 (1999)

    Rs.50 or $3

    The cartoonist brings together his entire collection of environmental cartoons

     

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    Goa: Personalities 1996- Who is Who in the Future

    By Gil Bastos Vieira

    Pp.140 (1996) HB

    Rs.100 or $5

    English-Portuguese, bilingual book. A Brazilian journalist's word-sketches of prominent Goans today.

     

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    Goa: The Rachol Legacy

    By Teresa Albuquerque

    Pp. 120 (1997) HB

    Rs.1260 or $39

    Albuquerque delves into the splendid spiritual and cultural heritage, and unique sixteenth-century monastic baroque architecture of Rachol.

     

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    Goa: Your Travel Guide

    By MRM Publications

    Pp 74/ (1999)

    Rs.65 or $4

    History, Sightseeing, culture, festivals, shopping, food and accommodation for tourists in Goa.

     

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    Goa:Images and Perceptions

    By Celsa Pinto

    Pp.147 (1996) HB

    Rs.250 or $11

    A collection of 10 essays that shows Goa alive and throbbing in the 16th century. Discusses issues like: women's inheritance rights, the cotton trade, etc.

     

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    Goan Cookbook

    By Joyce Fernandes

    Pp. 70 (1994)

    Rs.75 or $4

    The book that placed Goan cooking on the world map.

     

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    Goan Dishes

    By Sudha Amonkar

    Pp.140 (1996) Fourth Reprint

    Rs.70 or $4

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    Goan Mango Dishes

    By Nilima M. Kamat

    Pp. 125 (1998) PB

    Rs.80 or $5

    The author offers recipes of delectable pickles, chutneys, drinks and desserts.

     

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    Goan Society Through The Ages

    By B.S. Shastry (Ed.)

    Pp.286 (1993) HB

    Rs.300 or $13

    23 papers on pre- and post-colonial Goa. Subjects range from Christian folk-songs to the status of women in Portuguese Goa, the tobacco trade, and other interesting insights into yesterday.

     

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    Goans of Kenya

    By Teresa Albuquerque

    Pp. 102 (1999)

    Rs.150 or $7

    Albuquerque delves into the saga of a segment of Goans, driven by economic circumstances to venture into Africa at the turn of the century. Besides attaining eminence in public life, some of them played a significantly role in Kenya's freedom struggle.

     

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    Gram-Panchayats in Goa: A Critical Study

    By Tanaji Halarnkar

    Pp.212 (1990) HB

    Rs.250 or $11

    Dr Halarnkar's book is the first scholastic study of village governance.

     

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    Guide To Goa

    By A.C. Khanna, K.K. Sawhney, S.R. Vashist (Ed.)

    Pp. 64 (1998)

    Rs.50 or $3

    Everything you would like to know while vacationing in Goa. Includes a handy tourist map of the State.

     

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    Health and Hygiene In Colonial Goa: 1510-1961

    By Fatima da Silva Gracias

    Pp.300(1994) HB

    Rs.450 or $19

    Investigates the medical scenario during Portuguese rule. Da Silva Gracias discusses the roles of traditional Goan medicine vis-a-vis modern medicine and finds that the public health conditions during the period were quite abysmal.

     

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    Houses of Goa

    By Gerard da Cunha, Heta Pandit and Annabel Mascarenhas

    Pp.208 (1999)

    Rs.1900 or $51

    This book is the result of an extensive study of over 150 Goan houses, with a foreword by an exponent of natural architecture, Gerard da Cunha. The book covers all elements of style found in Goa's architecture, with 200 gorgeous, colour pictures by photographer Ashok Koshy

     

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    Kaleidoscope of Women In Goa

    By Fatima da Silva Gracias

    Pp.166 (1996) HB

    Rs.250 or $11

    A fine historian provides a picture of the life-styles of women-both Christian and non-Christian-including their customs, traditions and rituals during colonial rule.

     

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    Law of Town and Country Planning in Goa

    By Shantaram Naik (Ed.)

    Pp.583 (1994) HB

    Rs.200 or $9

    An attempt to bring out the entire law on the subject in one handy volume.

     

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    Legal Systems In Goa

    By Dr. Carmo D'Souza

    Vol. 2 Pp.305 (1995)

    Rs.150 or $7

    Comprehensive study of the history of Goa's legal system. Volume 2 deals with laws and legal trends.

     

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    Legends of Goa

    By Mario Cabral e Sa

    Pp. 119 (1998)

    Rs.395 or $17

    Cabral e Sa shares with readers a treasure chest of historical legends of Goa, from the earliest times till the end of the colonial rule. Illustrated by Mario.

     

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    Major Crops of Goa

    By Olavio Fernandes & Ulhas Kakode (Ed.)

    Pp.132 (1997)

    Rs.40 or $3

    Viable technologies on various aspects of Goa's agricultural and horticultural crops like rice, groundnut, coconut palm, mango, cashew, jackfruit and others.

     

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    Of umbrellas, goddesses and dreams: Essays on Goan culture and society

    By Robert S. Newman

    Pp. 292/(2001)

    Rs.225 or $10

    In a series of essays, written over a period of three decades, an American anthropologist looks at Goan culture and society from a variety of unconventional standpoints. Shamans, mystics, gangsterish politicians, goddesses, postage stamps and other unexpected things come together in this collection which celebrates Goa's syncretic, harmonious religious traditions, wherein people of different faiths live together in complete amity.

     

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    Profile of Eminent Goans

    By J. Clement Vaz

    Pp.347 (1997) HB

    Rs.400 or $17

    A painstaking survey of the glorious achievements of an array of great Goans, past and present, and their various contributions to human progress.

     

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    Saloni in Goa

    By Loveleen Kacker

    Pp.88 (1995)

    Rs.50 or $3

    Short story for youngsters. Set against the backdrop of Goa, drug dons et al.

     

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    Society In Goa

    By S.R. Phal

    Pp.104 (1982) HB

    Rs.50 or $3

    The author focuses on traditional social institutions like those of the comunidade and the mundkar, the life-style of the Kunbis, and life in modern Goa as well.

     

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    Statistical Pocket Book of Goa 1993-1997

    By Statistics Department, Govt of Goa

    Pp.246 (1996) Small Size

    Rs.70 or $3

    All the basic statistics on Goa you need, at a glance. Official version. Pocket size.

     

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    Tales From Golden Goa

    By Anita Pinto

    Pp.36 (1998)

    Rs.50 or $3

    Lovely tales for children with typical, rustic characters and colourful illustrations. The narrative takes the reader from one Goan village to another.

     

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    The Best of Goan Cooking

    By Gilda Mendonsa

    Pp. 105 (1997)

    Rs.175 or $8

    Mendonsa dishes out well-tried recipes of both Goan and Portuguese origin.

     

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    The Conspiracy of 1787 In Goa

    By Carmo de Noronha (Ed.)

    Pp.28 (1994)

    Rs.25 or $2

    A pamphlet that contains a brief commentary on the first major indigenous conspiracy against Portuguese rule.

     

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    The Construction Of A Political Community: Integration And Identity In Goa

    By Arthur G. Rubinoff

    Pp.173 (1998) HB

    Rs.295 or $13

    Details the hassles and the response of Goan ethnic and social groups to the process of integration with India after Liberation.

     

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    The Essential Goa Cookbook

    By Maria Teresa Menezes

    Pp 371/ (2001)

    Rs.295 or $13

    A well-produced compilation of over two hundred Goan recipes. Showcases an entire range of Goan food, with special attention to fish, prawn, pork and chicken. Recipes include favourites like Bebinca, Chorico (the Goan sausage), Sorpotel, Vindaloo and many, many others.

     

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    The Goa Law Reference

    By Goa Foundation

    Pp. 226 (1997) HB

    Rs.350 or $15

    A formidable arsenal of information for members of the bench and bar, researchers, litigants and members of the public, compiled by the Goa Foundation. Contains the full text of the Goa Law Commission Report plus all laws applicable in Goa, local and central.

     

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    The Rape of Goa

    By Patrick Ferdinand

    Pp. 72 (1988)

    Rs.100 or $5

    A thought-provoking tragedy in five acts, bristling with cameos of cruelty, avarice and corruption in the wake of Portuguese invasion of Goa and the subsequent Inquisition.

     

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    The State of Goa’s Health

    By Vikram Patel et al.

    Pp 62/ (2001)

    Rs.60 or $4

    A comprehensive report on health issues in Goa.

     

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    The Transforming of Goa

    By Norman Dantas(Ed.)

    Pp.212 (1999)

    Rs.175 or $8

    Selected essays by eminent writers, who focus on Goa and the Goan identity between the tradition-bound Portuguese period and the present India-oriented, development-driven democratic times. The book provides a much needed counterpoint to the considerable mythification that Goans are subjected to.

     

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    Unwanted Guest: Goans v/s Du Pont

    By Claude Alvares (Ed.)

    Pp.190 (1991)

    Rs.75 or $5

    A full report of the House Committee set up by the Goa Assembly to investigate the controversial Du Pont project which was unceremoniously kicked out of Goa.

     

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    Village Goa

    By Olivinho Gomes

    Pp. 432 (1996) HB

    Rs.550 or $23

    Gomes has produced a scholarly, detailed sociological study of the village of Chandor in South Goa

     

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    Winds of Fire: The Music and Musicians of Goa

    By Mario Cabral e Sa

    Pp.373 (1997)

    Rs.595 or $25

    Profiles some outstanding Goan musicians and vocalists both in the Indian and Western idioms.

     

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    Delhi

    Old Goa click here for photo

    Once the administrative capital of the Portuguese empire in the East, Old Goa is blessed with churches, chapels and convents of unsurpassed architectural beauty, befitting its label as ‘Golden Goa’ or ‘Rome of the East’. The conquest of Goa by Afonso de Albuquerque in 1510 saw the advent of several religious orders like the Franciscans, Jesuits, Augustinians, Dominicans and Carmelites, who left their stamp with the many monuments they built in Old Goa.

     

     

     

    Basilica of Bom Jesus click here for photo)

     

     

    Built in the 16th century, this magnificent edifice is the most popular and famous of all the churches in Goa. The mortal remains of St. Francis Xavier, kept in a silver casket, are enshrined here. The casket was wrought by Goan silversmiths in 1636 - 37. Dedicated to Infant Jesus, this church is now a World Heritage Monument.

     

     

     

    Timings : Sunday : 10.30 to 18.30 hrs. Weekdays : 9.00 to 18.30 hrs Masses: Sundays : 08.00 & 9.15 hrs. Weekdays : 7.00 & 8.00 hrs.

     

     

     

    Se Cathedral click here for photo

     

     

     

    The most imposing of all the churches at Old Goa, its vaulted interior overwhelms visitors with its sheer grandeur. This Cathedral has five bells, among them the famous Golden bell, the biggest in Goa and one of the best in the world. The church is dedicated to St.Catherine of Alexandria..

     

     

     

    Masses – Sunday 7.15 a.m. 10.00 a.m. and 4.00 pm Weekdays : 7.30 am and 6.00 pm.

     

     

     

    Church of St.Francis of Assissi click here for photo)

     

     

     

    The entrance and the choir were built in the Manueline style, the only fragment of its kind in the East. First built in 1517, it was later rebuilt twice, in 1521 and in 1661. The interior is illustrated with exquisite paintings and the floor has a large number of tombstones with coats-of-arms. The adjacent convent now houses the Archaeological Museum.

     

     

     

    St.Cajetan Church click here for photo

     

     

     

    Built in 1661 in the style of St.Peter’s Basilica in Rome. It has a Corinthian façade with the main altar dedicated to Our Lady if Divine Providence.

     

     

     

    Church of Our Lady of Rosary click here for photo

     

     

     

    One of the earliest built in Goa, the church bears an inscription on the conquest of Goa by Afonso de Abuquerque in 1510.

     

     

     

    Nunnery of Santa Monica

     

     

     

    Built like a fortress, it is significant for its massive walls and buttresses. It is the only nunnery in Goa. The convent has a vast courtyard with a cloister. Its three storeys have numerous cells and halls.

     

     

     

    Ruins of Church of St.Augustine click here for photo

     

     

     

    Close to the Nunnery is a lofty tower, defying the vagaries of the weather. The tower is the only surviving one of the four that once stood there. The Church when intact was perhaps the biggest in Goa. Another chapter to its history was added recently with the unearthing of the tomb of Queen Ketevan of Georgia.

     

     

     

    Viceroy’s Arch

     

    One of the gates of Adil Shah’s Fort, it was renovated by the Portuguese conquerors and was the gateway to Goa for Portuguese Governors. Every incoming Viceroy used to disembark at this place.

     

     

     

    Other Churches

     

     

     

    Reis Magos Church click here for photo

     

     

     

    The Reis Magos church was constructed in 1555 and was one of the earliest churches built in Goa and the first in Bardez Taluka dedicated to the three Magi–Kings. This church was once the residence of all dignitaries and also a mission centre of the Franciscan order. There is a fort adjacent to this church.

     

     

     

    Church of Mae de Deus click here for photo

     

     

     

    Situated amidst picturesque surroundings, the Church of Mae de Deus at Saligao (Bardez) was built in 1873. The shrine of the miraculous statue of Mae de Deus (Mother of God) was brought from the ruins of the convent of Mae de Deus at Old Goa. This beautiful church is amongst the finest in the Gothic style and is attractively illuminated at night.

     

     

     

    Church of St. Alex

     

     

     

    Nine kms from Margao, this church at Curtorim is one of the oldest churches in Goa, built in 1597.

     

     

     

    Church of St. Ana click here for photo

     

     

     

    Dedicated to St.Ana, it is a remarkable piece of ancient Christian architecture, situated in Talaulim. Built in 1695 on the bank of the Siridao river, its unique feature are the hollow walls through which people could walk in secrecy for confession.

     

     

     

    Rachol Seminary click here for photo

     

     

     

    Situated just off the banks of the Zuari river, 12 kilometers from Margao in South Goa and built in 1574—1610, this majestic seminary is a centre of learning in philosophy and theology.

     

     

IMPORTANT NOTES

 

  • Bookings would only be made once we receive your request through the booking form.
  • At  the  time  of  booking,  if  any  service  proposed  is  not  available,  be  it  accommodation at  a  hotel  or  any  other  service,  we  shall  propose  an  alternative  along  with  any  reduction  or supplementary cost for the change at the time of confirmation.

 

 

  • HOTELS ...

    • At most hotels in India the  check-in time is 1400 hours and the  check-out time is 1200 hours.  Early  Check  In  or  Late  Check  Out  is  subject  to  availability  at  the  sole  discretion  of  the hotels.
    • In the case you are arriving at a hotel before 14:00 you should consider booking an extra night, because immediate occupancy of rooms at hotel is subject to availability at the goodwill of hotels.
    • Triple: Triple rooms are inexistent in India; normally it is a double room in which a folding extra bed is placed. This reduces the space and comfortable movement in the room. There is no standard extra bed and its size varies from hotel to hotel and may be more or less comfortable. Extra bed is not recommended for children over 10 years of age.
    • Smoking in public areas of a hotel is prohibited in India. Public areas include  reception, restaurants,  hotels,  pubs,  discotheques,  banquet  halls,  and  even  open  lawns  etc.  Though demarcated  spaces  exist  for  smokers,  no  service  is  allowed  in  these  enclosures;  the  only exception being smoking rooms at hotels.
  • MEALS ...

    • If any meal is included in the cost, it normally refers to a fixed menu or a free buffet laid in the Coffee Shop or a place designed for it. We advise you to consult the hotel reception for more details.
    • The cost does not include meals at any specialty or gourmet restaurants the hotel might have. The hotel may allow you to have meals at these restaurants at a supplement at their sole discretion.
    • Meals cannot be taken away from the restaurants to the rooms or in other public places such as pool, garden etc.
  • TRAVEL BY ROAD ...

    • Road condition in India and the subcontinent can run full range from six lane pay ways, normal highways to very poor un-surfaced roads.
    • Driving here also follows different practices as all types of vehicles, animals and people use the roads.
    • Road conditions may also change due to climatic conditions such as rains, landslides and the commuting times can vary due to this. And this is obviously beyond our control.
    • Road journeys in the Indian Subcontinent can seem quite startling at first sight; however, our  drivers  are  well  trained  and  have  a  special  permission  given  to  transport  foreign  tourists. They  might  have  some  knowledge  of  English  but  normally  they  do  not  speak  other  foreign languages.
    • The driver is not allowed to carry the services of a guide in India.  It is advisable not to speak to the  driver  while  he  is  driving. We  suggest that  you  relax  and  enjoy the  extraordinary sights en route.
    • During the visit to Taj Mahal, from the parking, you would have to take a battery operated non-polluting,  non-air-conditioned  microbuses.  These  cannot  be  booked  in  advance  and  you would have to wait in queue for your turn.
  • AIRFARES AND TRAVELLING BY AIR ...

    • The proposal indicates the best existing price. Bookings are made once you accept the proposal  and  send  your  names  and  other  details  required.  Your  booking  form  should  include the Name and Surname as they appear in the passport along with the age of the passengers. This is very important as change of names due to   error is not allowed and the booking must be cancelled to issue new tickets and new rates might be applicable. Holding tickets without the day of travel and correct names is now allowed by the airlines.
    • Airlines may also modify airfares at any time till the time of issuance of the tickets. If such a case does happen, we shall inform you of the new rates applicable and these shall apply.
    • Airlines  may  decide  to  change  or  cancel  flights,  without  prior  notice  and  Indior  Tours cannot be held liable for this. We shall, however do our best to maintain the original program and would inform you of any discounts or supplement rising from a situation beyond our control.
    • Baggage  trolleys  are  available  at  the  airports.  Should  you  require  extra  services  of  a porter to move your luggage from the carousel to the vehicle or from the vehicle to the check-in counter please let us know in anticipation so that we can check with the airport authority or the airlines if such service is availability and arrange it.
    • Our representative will meet and assist you on your arrival and departure within the area permissible to them under security regulations of the Airport Authority.
  • BAGGAGE ALLOWANCE ...

    • Checked Baggage: Baggage exceeding in size, the sum of the 3 dimensions (length + breadth + height) in excess of 45 inches or 115 centimeters, cannot be treated as hand baggage and will have to be checked in. The following are the permitted allowance:

     

             First Class                                                                         40 Kgs.

             Executive Class                                                                 35 Kgs.

             Economy Class (Y,B,M & H)                                              20 Kgs.

             Economy Class (K,Q,V,W,G,L,U,S,T,X, N & E)               15 Kgs.

             Infants not entitled to a seat (All economy classes)          Nil

     

    • Infants will be entitled to 1 collapsible stroller/carrycot/infant car seat.
    • The maximum  weight  permissible for  a  single  piece  of  baggage  is  32  kgs.  This  rule  is applicable on the entire Air India network
    • Cabin Baggage:  The  Government  of  India  regulations  permit  only  one  piece  of  cabin baggage  on  board.  The  dimensions  of  which  should  not  exceed  115  linear  cms  and weight  should not exceed 7 kgs. The  dimensions  of  the  hand  baggage  should  not exceed 55 cm X 35 cm X 25 cm totaling not more than 115 linear cms for Boeing as well as  Airbus.  The  hand  baggage  dimensions for  ATR  should  not  exceed  50  cm  X  45  cm X  20  cm  totaling  not  more  than  115  linear  cms.  Trolley  bags  with  the  above  specified dimensions will be allowed.
    • An infant carrying basket is allowed per infant traveling within India.
    • Guests travelling on flights originating from Jammu, Srinagar and Leh stations will not be
    • Contours  are  available  at  all  airports  to  check  the  dimensions.  If  it  exceeds  these
    • Gels,  alcohol,  liquids,  creams,  lotions,  and  sharp  articles,  etc.  are  not  permitted  in  the
    • If you are arriving at Delhi and Mumbai from an international flight and then in transit to
    • Please note that you can carry electronic items like camera etc. but without the batteries. allowed to carry any hand baggage. specifications,  you  will  be  requested  to  check  your  bag  into  the  baggage  hold.  Hand baggage is accepted in the  cabin  subject to availability of  space in the Over Head Bin. Restricted stowage space is also available under the front seat. In the event of no space being available in the aircraft to stow hand baggage, it will be necessary to remove and load the same in the baggage hold as per safety regulations. hand baggage. another flight (international or within India) you may not be permitted to carry liquids more than 100 ml in their cabin baggage when going through security at these airports. Batteries  should  be  taken  out  and  placed  in  the  check-  in  baggage.  Otherwise  the security personnel at the airport shall remove the batteries and throw them away.
      • Indior Tours suggests the following:
        • Take small toiletries in your cabin luggage so that you are not left without supplies in case your checked luggage is lost by the airline.
        • In  case  of  special  medical  prescription  -  pacemaker  :  please  carry  the English translation for the prescription with you in the cabin baggage.
        • Remember to take more medication than necessary for your stay in case you get stuck in place.
        • Also take all your medicines in the cabin luggage.
        • Take your chargers, phones, cameras etc. in the cabin luggage.
  • INSURANCE ...

    • All arrangements made by Indior Tours are in the capacity of an agent only. Indior Tours will not be liable for  claims or expenses arising from  circumstances beyond its  control  such as accidents, injuries, delayed or cancellation of flights & acts by forces of nature.
    • Force  Majeure:  Indior  Tours  shall  not  be  liable  to  pay  any  compensation  where  the performance  or  prompt  performance  of  our  contractual  obligations  is  prevented  or  affected  by or  you  otherwise  suffer  any  damage  or  loss  as  a  result  of  “force  majeure”.  In  these  Booking Conditions, “force majeure” means any event which Indior Tours or the supplier of the service(s) in  question  could  not,  even  with  all  due  care,  foresee  or  avoid.  Such  events  may  include  war or threat of war,  riot,  civil  strife, actual or threatened terrorist activity, industrial dispute, natural or  nuclear  disaster,  adverse  weather  conditions, fire  and  all  similar  events  outside  our  control. Indior  Tours  and  its  associates  are  not  liable  for  any  compensation  for  damage  caused  by  a force  majeure  or  other  unforeseen  events  that  Indior  Tours  or  its  associates  could  not  have prevented even through utmost care. Indior Tours would notify our clients/agents timely of such force  majeure  events  as  and  when  feasible  and  will  aim  to  limit  the  damage  and  supplement cost  befalling the  clients/agents for making  alternate  arrangements  deviating from the  planned program.
    • We  suggests that apart from  regular travel insurance,  you  should also take extra  cover for cancellation, natural and man-made disasters, technical hazard that can cause any significant or non-significant physical damage and destruction or loss of time, life and property.
  • FESTIVALS ...

    Local  festivals  may  fall  on  the  date  of  travel  and  it  is  possible  that  the  visits  to  places of  interest  are  modified  by  the  local  government  or  authorities  for  which  we  cannot  be  held responsible. The program would be amended accordingly so that none of the visits included are missed on an alternative provided.

  • ACTIVITIES ...

    (Wildlife Safari/ Boat ride/ Desert & Rural Safari/ Bicycle & Rickshaw Ride/ Animal Rides)

    • Please  be  aware that  local  laws  governing transportation  safety  in Indian Subcontinent may differ from those in your country. As per your itinerary, you may indulge in an activity that includes  alternate  mode  of  transport  including  canters  and  jeeps,  bicycle  and  auto-rickshaws, camels,  elephants  and  horses  and  a  variety  of  All  passengers  participating  in  village/desert safaris  should  be  ready  for  a  rustic  experience  as  local  jeeps  may  have  side  facing  seats (seats placed along the length of the vehicle). Also, please be informed that most of the Wildlife Safari  vehicles are open and as  such  vehicles like jeeps/canters used for  safaris and for other sightseeing tours / excursions may or may not have seat belts. All guests must acknowledge that they are aware of the risks involved depending on the type of tour taken.

     

    Boats: To take part in any boat ride, you need to be of average mobility to be able to climb on and  off  all  these  boats  unaided;  able  to  disembark  onto  makeshift  docks  without  handrails,  or onto muddy and slippery riverbanks.

    Canters: These are large, open trucks with wooden bench seats in the back and used for safaris on sharing basis in the national parks.

    Elephant ride at Amber Fort (Jaipur): Elephant rides can either be taken to the fort or from the fort based on the directives  received from the Rajasthan State Tourism Board and are booked on first come-first serve basis. As such for Elephant ride at Amber Fort, an early departure from the hotel is recommended. Also note Elephant ride to or from the Fort is subject to same being operational and may be stopped due to various reasons by Rajasthan State Tourism Board

    Important: At all times, our Tour Managers, Local Guides, and Representatives will assist and brief  guests  about these  activities  but  cannot  guarantee the  uninterrupted  services  during their stay in Indian Subcontinent. All guests must bear full responsibilities for such activities releasing Indior Tours, its associates, its directors, its agents of any claim. It would be in your interest to buy a suitable insurance to cover all risks associated with such travel.

  • SUGGESTED CLOTHING ...

    • To  respect local traditions, we  suggest that  you  should avoid to wearing dresses which are short, tight fitting, sleeveless or with deep necklines. This is particularly recommended during visit to places worship and meetings with families etc.).  Visitors going to a religious place on the tour should be modestly dressed. Admission may be denied (depending on the code of conduct followed  at  the  religious  place  being  visited)  to  anyone  wearing  shorts  pants/skirts,  sleeveless t-shirts/blouses.  Bare  shoulders  and  mid-riffs  are  not  permitted  and  should  be  covered  with shawls. Visitors are required to take their shoes off and cover their heads (with scarves/ stoles) before entering a  religious  complex. Please try and avoid  very  revealing  swimsuits even at the hotel swimming pool.
  • POPULATION ...

    In  order  not  to  encourage  begging,  we  suggest  that  you  should  not  distribute  anything  during your visits  (candy, money, toys, pens etc.).Should you wish to made donations in cash or kind, please consult your guide who would provide you with the best advice.

    We suggest that you spend your money to buy locally produced things made my local craftsmen and take them to the  country of  your origin and  contribute to the local economy thus providing work to those in need.

  • PRICE AND OTHER CONDITION OF SALE ...

    • Prices are subject to change in case any supplier decides to increase the rates at short notice or any change in tax structure is proposed by the Government of India and Reserve Bank of India regulations pertaining to taxes. Similarly in case of any hike in the hotel rates, transport and fuel charges, entrances to the monuments, fluctuation in the rate of exchange, or a change caused  by  an  unforeseen  political  activity  or  force  majeure  situation,  we  reserves  the  right  to adjust the tour price accordingly.
    • The  rates provided in this quotation are  confidential exclusively for the person or agent to  which they  are  being  sent.  These  cannot  be  disclosed to  any third  party  without the  written consent of Indior Tours.
    • The  costs indicated are based on  rates  contracted for leisure business. No  conference/business/corporate activity is envisaged in this tour cost. Including any such activity may result in the above group being treated as a business delegation and the hotels may like to charge rates applicable for Business delegations.
    • For  package  deals,  Indior  Tours  may  not  be  in  a  position  to  provide  supporting  bills. Supporting bills may be provided only where available and only if it was agreed in writing before confirmation of any tour, conference or event.
    • In case of any refunds / adjustments, if applicable, the same will be processed between Indior Tours and the Foreign Tour Operator. No refund will be given directly to the clients in India.
    • Any dispute will be settled within the guidelines framed by Indior Tours and at courts and forums at Delhi shall have exclusive jurisdiction in this regard.
  • RECOMMENDED TIPS ...

    (Indicative only because it is at the discretion of each / not to spare but only tickets ) :

    • 10% of the total amount of the invoice/meals in restaurants, hotels
    • ` 20 (Indian Rupees) / porterage at hotels
    • PP 03 € per day for guide escort (to be submitted in an envelope at the end of the stay)
    • PP 02 € per day for the driver (to be submitted in an envelope at the end of the stay)
    • PP 01 € 01 per day for the assistant driver  (to be submitted in an envelope at the end of the stay
  • CANCELLATION FEES ...

    • Cancellation fee per person:
    • 31 days prior to arrival: no cancellation fee.
    • 30 - 15 days prior to arrival date: 50 % of the total billing amount.
    • 14 - 07 prior to arrival date - 75% of the total billing amount.
    • 07 - No show: 100 % of the total billed amount.
    • In  case  of  reservation  of  luxury  hotels  like the Villas, Palace Hotels,  Luxury Trains  and Cruises etc. the  cancellation fees  can be  severe. Same is also applicable for the high demand periods of Christmas and New Year's or during periods when International or local Fairs or major Sports events are being organized. Please contact us for details.
    • In case of cancellation or change of flights once the tickets have been issued, a standard deduction of 25 per person per sector would be levied. In case of no show, the deduction will be that of 100 %.

 

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