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SCUBA DIVING INDIA - GOA        Safety Tips - Please Read    Tour # 623
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Tour Offered By India Tour Masters
Contact Info Mr. Rajiv Chopra, Tour Masters (India) Pvt. Ltd.

Flat E, South Patel Nagar Market, New Delhi - 110008, India, +91-11-25847470, 25840692, 31023142, rajiv_chopra@vsnl.com
Cities Covered Bombay-Goa
Number Of Days 8 days
 
Highlights
Goa a former Portuguese colony is a state on the western coast of India with an area of 1430 Sq miles and a population of about 1.3 million. Goa was under Portuguese rule for 451 years and re-occupied by India in 1961. It therefore retains its Old Portuguese charm in a unique culture that is an exotic blend of the old European and Indian heritage. With its endless beaches and tropical waters, Goa has become a favorite destination for tourists coming to the Indian subcontinent. The temperature ranges from a warm 33 o C in summer to a comfortable 26 o C in winters. The warm waters of Goa offer an excellent opportunity to dive and observe the marine life so abundantly found in tropical waters. Clear waters for a safe and rich diving experience are principally found around Grande Island , located around 4 miles from Margaharborur .These diving locations are in an average depth of 10 meters without any currents , riptides etc. For the more experienced divers there is the thrill of diving on wrecks where the marine life is more prolific. The existence of two major river mouths, that of the Zuari and Mandovi Rivers make the waters along the beaches a little murky. However, the Islands of Grande, Sao Jorge and Pequero offer much clearer and safer diving sites. There are many wrecks along the coast of Goa both old and modern. Many of these are unexplored thus offering an excellent opportunity for a unique adventure. Routine diving sites off Goa include the following,
 
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Cost per Person
Each of 6 full paying persons US $ 860 per person
Single Room Supplement US $ 175 per person

The price includes


Professional and experience dive and safety instructors

Dive equipment, including air tank, harness, regulator, mask, flippers, etc

Snorkeling on site between dives during rest-periods if desired

Accommodation sharing a double/twin bedded room in Superior Tourist Class Hotels (3 star type). These are air-conditioned rooms with attached baths having running hot and cold water.

Meals as indicated in the program. Meals - (B ? breakfast, L ? Lunch & D ? Dinner)

Non air-conditioned car for all transfer, sight-seeing, excursions and intercity runs as per the program

Train journey in air-conditioned tourist class sleeper (on overnight) and chair-car (day journey)

Local English speaking guides for all sight-seeing as per the program.
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Description and Day-wise Itinerary
01 Arrive Bombay
Assistance on arrival by our friendly Representative and transfer to the Hotel. Bombay is a rags to riches story. From an obscure humble beginning of seven small islands with tidal creeks and marshes, it has risen to the eminence of being one of India?s most important commercial and industrial centers. Today the islands survive only as names of localities, as the swamps have been filled up and even large expanses of sea reclaimed. It is the home of people of all Indian creeds and cultures. Local Muslim Nawabs ruled this area, and handed it over to the Portuguese in exchange for support against the Mughals. In 1662 Charles II of England married the Portuguese Princess Catherine of Braganza and received Bombay as part of the dowry. Bombay produces more films each year than any other city in the world, and handles more than 40 percent of India?s? maritime trade.

02 Bombay - Goa (overnight train) BLD
The morning is at leisure to recover from jet-lag.
This afternoon enjoy a tour of Bombay city. Drive past some of the finest Victorian Gothic structures. The adjoining Victoria Terminus and adjoining head-quarters of the Central Railways were designed by Fredrick William Stevens. The structure is of yellow sand-stone and granite combined with polychromatic stones and blue-gray basalt for decorations in the interiors. Further on is the Municipal corporation Building, another of Stevens masterpieces, especially the vast domed central staircase and the cuspated arches in the arcaded stories. The Western Railways central office building in Churchgate is built in gray-blue basalt with bands of white has towers with oriental domes, giving the structure an imposing presence. Visit the Gateway of India on the waterfront conceived as a triumphal arch to commemorate the visit of George V and Queen Mary for the Delhi Darbar in 1911. Drive through the Fort area, once an area that fell within the walled city, along the Marine Drive, a graceful curving road along the buttressed sea coast. Take in the sights and sounds of Malabar Hill, Dhobi Ghat and the Flora Fountain. Dotted by skyscrapers and multi storey apartment blocks it could well be any metropolitan city in the world.

Transfer to the railway station in time to coard the overnight train to Goa.

Dep. Bombay : 2250 hrs on the Konkan Express

Overnight on the train.

03 Arrive Goa LD
Arr. Goa : 1045 hrs
Assistance on arrival by our friendly Representative and transfer to the Hotel. Wrested from Yusuf Adil Shah, Sultan of Bijapur by Aldonso de Albuquerque in 1510 began four centuries of Portuguese influence on this tiny island. The Portuguese came looking for spices, and stayed to make Goa the capital of their empire in the east. It is the Iberian aura, the cultural alloy of Latin and Oriental, the coexistence of Hinduism and Christianity that epitomizes the distinct identity of Goa. Stained glass windows of churches and flamboyant design of Latin exuberance are set off against traditional Indian attitudes and life-styles. It is easy to slip into Goa?s effortless existence. There is a Mediterranean atmosphere in the quaint towns with their red-tiled roofs and narrow streets, and the charming fishing villages snuggled against coconut groves. Strung along Goa?s 100-kilometer coastline, like the lace frill on the edge of a colorful skirt, are some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, dazzling stretches of golden sand edging the aquamarine expanse of the Arabian Sea.

This afternoon take a tour visiting Old Goa, built by Adil Shah. Continue on the Church of Bom Jesus dedicated to the infant Jesus and which houses the mortal remains of Saint Francis Xavier in a rich casket. Visit the Church of Saint Francis of Assisi that has an interior illustrated with rich paintings. Enjoy a Carnival Cruise on the Mandovi river at sunset.

Later in the evening briefing and orientation about the dives.

04 Goa BLD
Leave early this morning for the dive site by boat. Full day diving.

05 Goa BLD
Leave early this morning for the dive site by boat. Full day diving..

06 Goa BLD
Leave early this morning for the dive site by boat. Half to three-quarter day diving..

Afternoon return to the hotel and relax. In the evening enjoy a beautiful Goan Farewell dinner and drinks.

07 Goa ? Bombay B
Transfer to the railway station in time to board the day train to Bombay.

Dep. Goa : 1030 hrs on the Mandvi Express

Arr. Bombay : 2145 hrs

Assistance on arrival by our friendly Representative and transfer to the Hotel.

08 Bombay B
Hotel check-out is 12..00 noon. Later transfer to the international airport in time to check-in for the onward flight.
We wish you a safe and pleasant journey.

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