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48 HOURS IN GOA

Once you have arrived in Goa, we recommend staying at Cidade De Goa in Dona Paula. Away from the hustle and bustle of Panjim, Cidade De Goa is reminiscent of Goa’s Indo-Portuguese heritage right on the peaceful Vainguinim Beach. https://www.cidadedegoa.com/

Morning

Explore Goa’s rich Indo-Portuguese history in Old Goa which is a World Heritage Site, housing some of the best churches in the Old Goa Heritage Walk.

Se Cathedral, Old Goa

Timings: Between at 09:00 AM and 04:00 PM.

Duration: 2 hours.

Location: Viceroy’s Arch, Old Goa.

Here’s where you can book: Old Goa Heritage walk

Afternoon

Option 1

You can head for lunch in and around Panaji. We recommend trying the scrumptious Fish Thali at Ritz Classic.

Address: 234 Ground Floor, Gera Imperium II, Patto Plaza, Panaji.

Timings: 11:00 AM to 03:30 PM and 07:00 PM to 11:00 PM.

Price: INR 800 for two people (approx.)

Option 2

You can also try the Fish Thali at Casa Bhosle. They also have a Vegetarian Thali which is a must try if you are looking for vegetarian options.
Address: Cunha Rivara Road, Above Cafe Bhonsle, Near National Theater, Panaji.

Timings: 11:00 AM to 03:30 PM and 07:00 PM to 11:00 PM.

Price: INR 500 for two people (approx.)

After lunch

In the afternoon, attend the Fontainhas Heritage walk and have a peaceful stroll around Panaji’s Old Latin Quarter while listening to stories about Goa, its people and their lives that to this day maintains its Portuguese influence.

Soulful Fado music performance during the Fontainhas Heritage Walk

Timings: Every Saturday at 03:30 PM.

Duration: 2 hours.

Location: General Post Office, Panaji.

Here’s where you can book: Fontainhas Heritage Walk

Once the walk is over, head down to Joseph Bar in Fontainhas. Joseph Bar is a quaint tiny bar tucked away in a small peaceful street in the Latin Quarter, which can easily pass by your eyes unnoticed during the day but is decorated with warm lights in the evenings and flooded by locals and tourists especially during the weekends. Do spend your evening here sipping on feni and interacting with the locals

Address: Gomes Pereira Road, Altinho, Panaji, Goa 403001
Timings: 09:00 AM to 12:00 PM and 06:00 PM to 11:00 PM.

You can head for dinner in Fontainhas itself. We recommend trying out Viva Panjim, an old Goan house converted into a restaurant in Fontainhas serving mouth-watering Goan delicacies.


Address: H.No. 178, Rua 31 de Janerio, Behind Mary Immaculate High School, Fontainhas, Panaji.
Timings: 11:30 AM to 03:30 PM and 07:00 PM to 11:00 PM.

You can also try out authentic Hindu Goan food at the recently established Kokni Kanteen.
Address: H 10/14, Dada Vaidya Road, Opposite Mahalaxmi Temple, Panaji.
Timings: 12:00 PM to 3:30 PM and 07:00 PM to 11:30 PM.
Price: INR 550 for two people (approx.)

Day 2:

Morning

After having your breakfast, explore Divar’s fascinating secrets on the Divar Island Tour. Have lunch at a Portuguese House and learn about few local recipes.

Goan Meal in a heritage home

Timing: 11:00 AM to 03:00 PM.
Duration: 4 hours
Location: Ribandar Ferry Point (to Divar)
Book the tour here: Chronicles & Echoes of Divar

Evening

Later in the evening, you can unwind at the peaceful Vainguinim Beach and view the sunset. The beach is also accessible through Cidade De Goa Resort. Unlike most of the beaches in North Goa, this one is devoid of any shacks and hawkers and is a great place to spend a quiet evening.

Dinner in Dona Paula.

Cidade De Goa has a great variety of restaurants to dine at.
Cidade De Goa host events regularly and there is live music in the Lobby Bar every evening. Every once a month the hotel organises Noice De Fado at the Alfama, a fine-dining restaurant wherein Fado singers from across Goa come and perform.

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Saligao Village Walk


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Saligao Village Walk

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A walking tour through Saligao, one of the more prosperous villages in Goa that reflects the style of the renowned artists of Goa.

Starting Point : Mae De Deus Church, Saligao

Duration : 3 hours

Fixed Departure : 4:30 pm on Fri and Sat
Cost : INR 500 per person

Private : Daily 4:30 pm
Cost : INR 500- 2000 (Depending on group size)

Type : Heritage, Culture, Architecture,

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A walk through the splendor of Saligao village

A walk through Saligao, one of the more prosperous villages of Goa, owing to the business acumen of its early settlers. The architectural aesthetics of Saligao today reflect the creative style of some of the renowned artists of Goa who have chosen to live a splendid village lifestyle.

Hightlights
– A guided tour by a friendly local guide
– Visit Goa’s only Gothic style church.
– Walk through the wards of Saligao village flanked by rice fields.
– Explore contemporary Goan art and architecture.
– Get a chance to meet some of the artists at their homes.

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What to expect:
The walk begins with the introduction of Mae De Deus Church and a briefing about the early settlers of the region.
Proceed to walk into the village wards through the trails flanked by beautiful rice fields. Visit a house that showcases Portuguese style architecture and interiors and also meet some the artists at their homes.

Fixed Departure: 4:30 pm on Fri, Sat

Cost: INR 500 per person

Private: Daily at 4:30 pm

Cost: INR 500- 2000 per person (Depending on group size)

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Closest Airport: Dabolim Airport.
Closest Railway Station: Thivim Train Station which is 20 km away from Saligao.
Bus : In Panjim where major state transport corporation buses operate. In Goa you will find the Kadamba Transport Corporation (KTC) which originates from Goa, Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC), from Maharashtra, and the Karnataka State Road Transport from Karnataka. All the state transport buses, usually begin and terminate at the Kadamba bus stand in Panjim.

Inclusions:
– Local English-speaking guide
– Entry to Heritage homes
– Meeting with well renowned Goan artists

Exclusions
– Hotel pickup and drop-off
– Additional food and drinks
– Souvenirs and items of a personal nature

Social Impact:
– This Tour is organized by Make it Happen, Travel Designers a tour operation company committed towards curating and developing cultural and community based tours.
– Make It Happen has collaborated with Goa Heritage Action Group (GHAG), an NGO committed toward preserving the natural and built heritage of Goa. Part proceeds of this tour are donated to GHAG. GHAG supports in providing content and training to guides for this tour.
– By showcasing local artists and craftsmen we aim to preserve these dying arts forms. We will take you to a few recommended stores where you can buy local products. Shopping at these stores helps inject money into the local economy.

Traveler Tips:
– Please do not tip our guides (in case you wish to make an additional donation to Goa Heritage Action Group, you can speak to the guide)
– Please follow instruction and safety guideline of our guides during the tour.
– Be aware of people’s sensitivity to being photographed. Please ask first. Please take permission of the host before photographing inside the houses we visit.
– We are committed to a healthier planet. We recommend to carry reusable water bottles and avoid the use of disposable plastic bottles.

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Saligao Village Walk


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Saligao Village Walk

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A walking tour through Saligao, one of the more prosperous villages in Goa that reflects the style of the renowned artists of Goa.

Starting Point : Mae De Deus Church, Saligao

Duration : 3 hours

Fixed Departure : 4:30 pm on Fri and Sat
Cost : INR 500 per person

Private : Daily 4:30 pm
Cost : INR 500- 2000 (Depending on group size)

Type : Heritage, Culture, Architecture,

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A walk through the splendor of Saligao village

A walk through Saligao, one of the more prosperous villages of Goa, owing to the business acumen of its early settlers. The architectural aesthetics of Saligao today reflect the creative style of some of the renowned artists of Goa who have chosen to live a splendid village lifestyle.

Hightlights
– A guided tour by a friendly local guide
– Visit Goa’s only Gothic style church.
– Walk through the wards of Saligao village flanked by rice fields.
– Explore contemporary Goan art and architecture.
– Get a chance to meet some of the artists at their homes.

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What to expect:
The walk begins with the introduction of Mae De Deus Church and a briefing about the early settlers of the region.
Proceed to walk into the village wards through the trails flanked by beautiful rice fields. Visit a house that showcases Portuguese style architecture and interiors and also meet some the artists at their homes.

Fixed Departure: 4:30 pm on Fri, Sat

Cost: INR 500 per person

Private: Daily at 4:30 pm

Cost: INR 500- 2000 per person (Depending on group size)

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Closest Airport: Dabolim Airport.
Closest Railway Station: Thivim Train Station which is 20 km away from Saligao.
Bus : In Panjim where major state transport corporation buses operate. In Goa you will find the Kadamba Transport Corporation (KTC) which originates from Goa, Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC), from Maharashtra, and the Karnataka State Road Transport from Karnataka. All the state transport buses, usually begin and terminate at the Kadamba bus stand in Panjim.

Inclusions:
– Local English-speaking guide
– Entry to Heritage homes
– Meeting with well renowned Goan artists

Exclusions
– Hotel pickup and drop-off
– Additional food and drinks
– Souvenirs and items of a personal nature

Social Impact:
– This Tour is organized by Make it Happen, Travel Designers a tour operation company committed towards curating and developing cultural and community based tours.
– Make It Happen has collaborated with Goa Heritage Action Group (GHAG), an NGO committed toward preserving the natural and built heritage of Goa. Part proceeds of this tour are donated to GHAG. GHAG supports in providing content and training to guides for this tour.
– By showcasing local artists and craftsmen we aim to preserve these dying arts forms. We will take you to a few recommended stores where you can buy local products. Shopping at these stores helps inject money into the local economy.

Traveler Tips:
– Please do not tip our guides (in case you wish to make an additional donation to Goa Heritage Action Group, you can speak to the guide)
– Please follow instruction and safety guideline of our guides during the tour.
– Be aware of people’s sensitivity to being photographed. Please ask first. Please take permission of the host before photographing inside the houses we visit.
– We are committed to a healthier planet. We recommend to carry reusable water bottles and avoid the use of disposable plastic bottles.

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Expressions of Bihar


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Expressions of Bihar

[trx_column_item align=”left”]Come with us on a journey to experience the ancient art of Madhubani, heritage weaves of Bhagalpur and sacred religious centre of Gaya. Experience Bihar in a never seen before way.

Dates : 24th Feb – 2nd Mar 2017

Starting from: Patna

Type: Art, Textile, Culture

Cost Starting from : INR 44500 ( Group of 6 )

Referral Discount: INR 2000

Early bird discount for booking by 15th Dec: INR 2500

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Experience Bihar’s rich art and culture

Bihar though not so prominent on the tourism map is rich in its culture, history and beauty. It played a shaping role in India’s history being the seat of the Mauryan and Gupta empires and later being the place where Mahatma Gandhi launched the Satyagraha movement.

On Make it Happen’s curated Bihar Art and Culture tour you will get to experience the rustiness and the heady amalgamation of multi -cultural influences in Bihar.
We take you meet the artists behind some of the most intricate art in Bihar and trail to some of the sacred religious centers

Highlights

• Orientation with a senior artist of Madhubani Paintings
• Orientation with Tassar Silk weaving aritist in Bhagalpur
• Orientation thread painting artist in Bhagalpur
• Visit Bodhgaya where Prince Siddhartha attained enlightenment
• Visit Nalanda , an ancient centre of Buddhist learning

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Day 1: Land in Patna.
Pick up from Airport and transfer to Hotel. It is the capital city and largest town in Bihar and its history dates back to 3000 years. During ancient times, the city was famously known as Pataliputra and it served capital of Magadha kingdom. Ruled by various dynasties, the land reflects the influences of varied culture and lifestyle
We will spend the evening exploring this beautiful city.

Day 2: Head to Madhubani ( 200 kms , 5 hours)
Arrive at Madadhuni and check in at the hotel. Spend the evening soaking in the experience of being at the fountainhead of creativity.
In folklore, Madhubani dates back to Ram -Sita Kalyanam (marriage). King Janak commissioned artists to create paintings for the divine wedding and create murals on the palace walls. It has been a tradition ever since. Women decorate their huts with these beautiful paintings on festivals and important functions.

We will conduct an orientation with a senior Madhubani aritist. Madhubani painting uses a wooden splinter to create intricate portraits — with Lord Krishna and marriages making up a majority of the themes — that are then filled in with colour.

Day 3: Orientation with Madhibani Artist
Post breakfast we spend time visiting the temples and sightseeing around the town. You will see this intricate art in almost every household and inside temples in the area.
Post lunch we head to Baghalpur. (280 kms, 6 hours). Reach Baghalpur and check in at the hotel

Day 4: Orientation with weaving artist in Bhagalpur
The village is known for famous Tassar silk. We will spend some time with a small weaving unit where you can see the weaving process and interact with the artist.
Later we will also see another see another art form in making – thread painting
Post lunch we will head to Rajgir ( 199 kms, 5 hours)

Day 5: Day to explore Rajgir
Being located in a valley, Rajgir is a very scenic place. The small hill grit town is covered with lush green forest which add to the beauty of the place.
We will spend the morning exploring Gridhakuta which was the place where the lord Buddha set in a motion his second wheel of law and for three months even during the rainy season, preached many inspiring sermons to his disciples. The Buddha Sangha of Japan have constructed a massive modern stupa, the Shanti Stupa (Peace Pagoda), at the top of the hill in commemoration
After lunch head to Nalanda
Nalanda, founded in the 5th century AD, is famous as the ancient seat of learning. The ruins of the world’s most ancient university lies here. Though the Buddha visited Nalanda several times during his lifetime, this famous center of Buddhist learning shot to fame much later, during 5th-12th centuries. Hieun Tsang stayed here in the 7th century AD and left detailed description of the excellence of education system and purity of monastic life practiced here

Day 6: Head to Bodhgaya( 70 kms, 2 hours)
Bodhgaya was where Prince Siddhartha attained enlightenment beneath a bodhi tree and became Buddha 2600 years ago. In terms of blessedness, this tiny temple town is to Buddhists what Mecca is to Muslims.
Spend the day exploring the Buddhist temple

Day 7: Breakfast and Check out.
Post breakfast we will spend some time exploring Bodhgaya if time permits and head to Patna for you onward flight/ train

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Cost: INR 44500
Referral Discount:INR 2000
Early bird discount for booking by 15th Dec:INR 2500

Includes:
– Accomodation
– Hotel chanakya Patna– Room and BF
– Madhuyamini inn, Madhubani – Room, breakfast and dinner
– Hotel Rajhans, Bhagalpur — Room, breakfast and dinner
– Hotel Rajgir Residency, Rajgir – Room, breakfast lunch and dinner
– Hotel Sujata , Bodhgya -Room, breakfast lunch and dinner
(Our Meal service will start from day 02 with breakfast)
– Transport in AC Tempo Traveller as per itinerary
– Orientation with artist in Madhubani and Bagalpur
– Tour Escort and tour guide.

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The Gorgeous Chandratal Lake

The Gorgeous Chandrataal Lake : Memories from our Himachal Road Trip Aug 2015

It takes a spirit of adventure and a brave heart to drive though some of the deadliest roads to reach this most serene and gorgeous turquoise lake. After a bumpy ride of 70 km from Gemur through steams, mountain carved pathways and pebble roads we reached our campsite which is 3 kms from the lake. The last 12 km drive was literally driving on the stones, on a narrow path and through small streams of water that could have swept us with them, if they so desired.

Gorgeous Chandradaal Lake
Parikrama around Chandradaal Lake

We reached Parasol Camp by evening exhausted at the same time delighted that we survived the deadly drive. The winds were getting chilly and in spite of the warm hospitality of our host Bishan ji, who entertained us with stories from the mountains and cooked us a homely dinner, the weather was getting the better of us and we were eager to get into our tents and get warn inside the thick blankets.
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Hanging Gardens Ubud, BALI

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Bali isn’t just for beachgoers — there’s a whole interior jungle to be discovered. And once you’re headed down a winding brick road that cuts its way through the rice paddies near Ubud, you’ll forget all about the beaches.

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The resort’s rooms (173 in total) have all the luxe touches you’d expect — lavish bathrooms, flat-screen televisions, Bose surround sound — plus such surprise extras as telescopes on every balcony for whale-watching by day and stargazing by night. Even the smallest rooms are essentially suites, but it’s the level of service that sets the resort apart. From welcome drinks and a butler (who will unpack your bags for you) to poolside foot massages and aromatherapy turndown service, you’ll feel pampered from arrival to departure.

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There’s also no shortage of on-property distractions. The resort has its own beach, golf course, tennis center, spa and fitness center, plus five dining options. You can charter the resort’s private yacht for daytime sightseeing or sunset cruises, book personal training sessions, schedule a wine or tequila tasting — or do nothing at all.

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The best tables at Plantation spill out to the border with the jungle. Clinging to a hillside over the Ayung River, Alila Ubud’s low-rise landscape pays homage to a traditional Balinese village. Australian architectural firm Kerry Hill used modern touches throughout the 56 rooms and villas, which are spread out among 14 two-story buildings. The result is cozy, contemporary guestrooms that never let you forget what’s just outside the floor-to-ceiling windows: pure, unadulterated nature.

Tiny frogs hop around my outdoor shower, crickets hum in harmony, and monkeys swing from one thatch roof to another. Sure, there are a few villages, temples and even resorts that dot the river gorge, but there’s something about the traditional feel of the interiors that makes you feel far removed from the rest of Ubud.

The resort’s a short drive from the center of town, but your basic needs are more than taken care of. The hotel’s open-air restaurant, Plantation, occupies some prime real estate just above the pool. Huge coconut tree trunks support a thatched roof, and the best tables spill out to the border with the jungle. And then there’s the decadent spa, the on-site art gallery, the bar and the Alila boutique, where you can buy that batik sarong you didn’t even know you wanted.

I came to Alila Ubud on my honeymoon; my husband and I made a stop in central Bali between visits to each coast. We saw some killer views on that trip, but few of them can beat the panorama from the edge of the resort’s emerald infinity pool. As water laps over the side and geckos chirp from the deck, we both gaze out at the endless swath of green tumbling down the hill. We came here for the views — and they never once disappointed.