If you arrive early, wander through the heart of India’s capital city and explore Old and New Delhi. Travel by the new metro or auto rickshaws and visit the famous Jama Masjid or the Great Mosque, where you could climb the minaret for a bird’s eye view of the old city. Explore Chandni Chowk, one of India’s oldest and busiest markets or head to the colourful spice market, a great photo opportunity. From Old Delhi it is easy to get to Connaught Place, more commonly known as CP, one of the most prominent architectural remnants of British rule, by the metro, the station at CP is called Rajiv Chowk. In CP wander the markets and shops or visit the Gandhi museum, built on the site of his assassination. If people watching is your interest, head down to India Gate and relax on the lawns, or enjoy a stroll through the peaceful Lodi Gardens in the nearby upmarket South Delhi. Other options include the ruins of Qutab Minar, the fabulous architecture of Humayun’s Tomb, the beautifully lotus- shaped Bahai Temple (closed Monday), or the stunning Swaminarayan Akshardham Temple carved out of pink sandstone and white marble. The amazing Craft Museum or the huge and rambling National Museum are also worth a visit. (Note many museums are closed on Monday). There are so many options for dining, from age-old eateries in the by lanes of the Old Walled City to glitzy, specialty restaurants in five-star hotels, as Delhi is a movable feast. Restaurants and bars cater to all tastes and budgets. A delightful outlet offering a range of Indian cuisines are the food stalls at Dilli Haat, where the cuisine of different states is made available. Set in the midst of a spacious crafts bazaar, these cafes are a very pleasant place to enjoy food and indulge in great shopping!
Let your next destination be Goa!
Spend a free day relaxing on the beach or opt to visit the many Portuguese-built monuments, wander around the churches of Old Goa (a UNESCO World Heritage Site or discover Panjim, the capital.
Goa has two World Heritage Sites to enamour the tourists, the Bom Jesus Basilica and Churches and Convents of Old Goa. It also has the Sanctuary of Blessed Joseph Vaz in Sancoale, and the Pilar Monastery which holds novenas of Venerable Padre Agnelo Gustavo de Souza in November every year. There are a number of Churches or Igorzo, like the Baroque styled Nixkollounk Gorb-Sombhov Saibinnich in Panjim, the Gothic styled Mater Dei, Mother of God Church in Saligao, with each church having its own style and heritage with architectural wonder, besides the splendour of the Kopelam and Irmidi Chapels. There are many enigmatic forts to visit in Goa such as Tiracol, Chapora, Corjuem, Resi Magos, Nanus, Mormugao, Fort Gasper Dias and Cabo de Rama, on the Indian Delights Holiday Package!
A historic, adventurous, and musical celebration would take the tourists towards several parts of Goa, where mansions have been constructed in the Indo-Portuguese style structures, amply prevalent, and the Fontainhas in Panaji, which has been declared a cultural quarter, showcasing Konkanese lifestyle and architecture. Some influences from the Portuguese era are visible in Goa’s temples, notably the Durga Temple, the Mangueshi Temple and the Mahalasa Temple, most of these reconstructed in the indigenous Indian style. A few museums are rather prominent here, the two important ones being Goa State Museum and the Naval Aviation Museum, which is one among three of its kind in India, the other two being in Delhi and Bengaluru. The Goa Science Centre, located in Panjim and The National Institute of Oceanography, at Dona, are important landmarks for a visit! Though the town has a few rivers, the Mandovi river is the most popular with its steamer cruise offers, including a treat of Konkan folk dance and music on board with guests joining the revelry, inclusive of the option of having drinks and dinner on board.