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Wakacje Goa

In brief

The world learned of the attractive beaches of Goa in the 1960s, when hippies came here en masse in search of unspoilt beauty and freedom. The fabulous beaches, enchanting exotic views with palm trees bowing to the sea, intensely red sunsets and an authentic holiday spirit surrounded by incredibly beautiful nature now delight tourists from all over the world.

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Goa - the smallest and most beautiful state in India – today it is a world renowned beach destination. Next to the climatic shacks luxurious hotels have sprung up. Despite the rapid growth of the main tourist centres, the unique atmosphere of lazy holidays, total relaxation and detachment from reality have survived. This is the magic of Goa! Here life rolls on the beach. The coast of Goa is a total of 125 km of beautiful beaches, each with its own character. In the southern part of Goa, the beaches and villages are calmer, as if they were created specifically for the purpose of a romantic trip. Palolem Beach, densely overgrown with coconut palm trees hanging down to the sea, played its part in the famous film "The Bourne Identity". The famous beach of the south is Betalbatim: long, peaceful, ideal for relaxation or long walks, it is called a hidden gem and tied to an ancient legend about the creation of Goa. In the north it connects with Colva - the oldest and largest resort in the south of Goa. There are many hotels, bars and souvenir stalls. The beach is wide and long, approx. 24 km, on weekends it is willingly visited by Indians coming here with their entire families.  Further south are the calmer beaches of Varca and Cavelossim. In the north of Goa you can feel more continental climates, the night life thrives here, and in iconic bars meet restless spirits from all over the world. That's how one relaxes on the beaches of Baga and Calangute. Baga has the most intense night life, there are the famous Club Tito's and Cafe Mambo. Calangute connects with Baga and is called the Queen of Beaches; the extremely picturesque and popular beach tends to be crowded in high season. A quieter beach is Candolim, beautifully scenic, with a wide offer of watersports. An attraction in the area is Fort Aguada, built by the Portuguese in 1612. North of Baga extends Anjuna, the former hippie capital of Goa, because this is the beach that the hippies fancied in the 1960s. Every Wednesday there is a flea market, where original souvenirs are exhibited by even more original sellers. Arpora is known for the Saturday night markets. Goa is paradise for shopaholics - in the stunningly colourful shops and on bazaars you can buy, practically for nothing, fantastic things from a variety of fabrics, as well as order one's own tailor-made creation. The selection of souvenirs and original jewellery causes the head to spin. Goa's atmosphere is very different from other states of India. At every step you can see Portuguese influence. The more than 450-year-old Portuguese presence has distinguished itself clearly in architecture, cuisine and lifestyle. Time passes here lazily like in Mediterranean countries, there is a siesta time, the kitchen is, of course, dominated by traditional Indian spices, but Portuguese influence can also be noticed. The land of culinary delight for vegetarians and enthusiasts of seafood!

Pilot: tourists are looked after by a Polish resident, whose tasks include help upon arrival, departure and stay, as well as registration for local trips.

Visas: documents necessary to obtain a visa include: appropriate visa application form online filled in according to the template; to each application a confirmation of reservation must be attached, issued by ITAKA TO (one application = one confirmation of reservation); one current photograph (biometric, measurements 3.5x4.5 cm, against light background); passport valid for min. 1 year from the date of return to the country, it must have at least 2 blank pages. The visa application form should be downloaded from the website: http://indianvisaonline.gov.in. The signature of the person completing the application must be compatible with the signature on the passport. The documents above must be submitted no later than 5 working days (till 12 noon, date delivered to the office applies) before departure to India (only via courier post) to the address: Biuro Podróży ITAKA, ul. Garibaldiego 4 lokal 18, 04-078 Warsaw, tel.: +48 22 448 68 88, with a note: VISAS Fee for tourist visa and mediation: 350 PLN/person Itaka T.O. does not mediate in preparing visas for foreigners.

Flight duration: Warsaw – Dabolim: approx. 7 h

Local time: GMT+1 plus 4.5 h

Language: Konkani, Hindi, English.

Currency: Indian rupee (INR); 1 USD = 50 INR.

Voltage: 230 V, British sockets.

Religion groups: Hinduism (65.8%), Christianity (26.7%), Islam (6.8%).

Prices in restaurants: Goa is famous for its excellent local restaurants with seafood, often meals are also offered by beach booths; approx. 10 USD.

Tips: customary 10-15% of the bill or 5-15 rupee depending on the type of service.

Medical care: India is known for its good medical care. In hotels an on-call doctor is available. Cost of visit: approx. 50 USD.

Climate: the best time to go is the period from November to April (after the monsoon); the tourist peak is between January and April (lower temperatures, dry).

Car rental: prices from 50 USD.

Beaches: public, wide and sandy. Umbrellas and sunbeds available in so-called shacks (on the beach), where you can also order drinks and simple meals. They are usually named after the owner and are a scenic addition and very helpful 'institution' in beach life.

Local trips: organised by local tourist agencies on terms specified by them. There is a possibility, that if there are too few participants, a trip may be cancelled.

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Pearls of the Orient - travel to Old Goa in the morning! Visiting the most famous temples on the island: the Hindu temple of Mangeshi from the 17th, the Baroque Basilica of Bom Jesus, where St. Francis Xavier is buried, the patron saint of missionaries, Se Cathedral – the largest Christian church in south Asia. A walk under the famous Viceroy's Arch to the harbour; board the boat, cruise on the River Mandovi to Panaji, lunch during the cruise. A stroll through the centre of Panaji, the capital of Goa. The tour lasts approx. 8 hours. Price - approx. 55 USD.

Elephants and waterfalls – depart early in the morning. Drive to the picturesque village of Shanti in the Bhagwan nature reserve. Wonderful for enthusiasts of nature! Breakfast. Elephant ride and walk to the Temple of Shiva. Group fun, swimming with elephants. Drive to Collem at the border of Bhagwan nature reserve. Jeep Safari to the Dudhsagar waterfalls. Complete exotica, a wonderful adventure in the fantastic scenery of the jungle. On the way you can see pictures from the daily life of the inhabitants, for example, washing clothes in the stream. Short trekking to the waterfalls. Time to relax. Day trip Price – approx. 165 USD (includes breakfast and lunch).

Crocodiles and spices - a boat trip on the River Zuari in search of crocodiles. Beautiful mangrove forests, admiring the magnificent nature. After the cruise, travel to the garden of spices. Greeting in the traditional Indian way, then exploring the farm with an experienced guide. A unique opportunity to see plantations of exotic spices, herbs and fruits, as well as learning about their use in Ayurvedic medicine. Opportunity to purchase spices, herbs and preparations. Day trip Price – approx. 60 USD.

Hampi – depart in the early morning. Travel to Hampi with lunch break (additionally payable). Exploring the place regarded as one of the greatest monuments of the world, on the UNESCO List, being the ruins of the fallen Vijayanagara Empire scattered on a huge area. The Portuguese claimed that the city was bigger and more powerful than Rome at the time. The place covers an area of 26 km² and lies among the rocks and stones by the River Tangabhadra. Visiting, among others: the Temple of Vittali from the 13th century, the Temple of Virupaksha from the 14th century, elephant stables, Lotus Mahal and many other monuments from the 12th and 13th centuries. Accommodation in hotel, overnight stay. Breakfast and continue sightseeing. On the return trip lunch break (additionally payable). Two-day trip. Price – approx. 250 USD (includes breakfast, guide and entry tickets); min. required: 5 people

Gokarna - a fantastic expedition to the south of India, a visit to the temples of Gokarna: Ganesha, Parvati, Shiva, a visit in Murudeshwar, where there is one of the largest statues of Shiva in the world. A visit to OM beach – a beach in the shape of the holy Hindu symbol. Day trip Price – approx. 170 USD; min. required: 5 people

 

Local excursions are organized by local travel agencies under the conditions fixed by them. It's possible to disorganize trips due to low number of applicants.

Pearls of the Orient - travel to Old Goa in the morning! Visiting the most famous temples on the island: the Hindu temple of Mangeshi from the 17th, the Baroque Basilica of Bom Jesus, where St. Francis Xavier is buried, the patron saint of missionaries, Se Cathedral – the largest Christian church in south Asia. A walk under the famous Viceroy's Arch to the harbour; board the boat, cruise on the River Mandovi to Panaji, lunch during the cruise. A stroll through the centre of Panaji, the capital of Goa. The tour lasts approx. 8 hours. Price - approx. 55 USD.

Elephants and waterfalls – depart early in the morning. Drive to the picturesque village of Shanti in the Bhagwan nature reserve. Wonderful for enthusiasts of nature! Breakfast. Elephant ride and walk to the Temple of Shiva. Group fun, swimming with elephants. Drive to Collem at the border of Bhagwan nature reserve. Jeep Safari to the Dudhsagar waterfalls. Complete exotica, a wonderful adventure in the fantastic scenery of the jungle. On the way you can see pictures from the daily life of the inhabitants, for example, washing clothes in the stream. Short trekking to the waterfalls. Time to relax. Day trip Price – approx. 165 USD (includes breakfast and lunch).

Crocodiles and spices - a boat trip on the River Zuari in search of crocodiles. Beautiful mangrove forests, admiring the magnificent nature. After the cruise, travel to the garden of spices. Greeting in the traditional Indian way, then exploring the farm with an experienced guide. A unique opportunity to see plantations of exotic spices, herbs and fruits, as well as learning about their use in Ayurvedic medicine. Opportunity to purchase spices, herbs and preparations. Day trip Price – approx. 60 USD.

Hampi – depart in the early morning. Travel to Hampi with lunch break (additionally payable). Exploring the place regarded as one of the greatest monuments of the world, on the UNESCO List, being the ruins of the fallen Vijayanagara Empire scattered on a huge area. The Portuguese claimed that the city was bigger and more powerful than Rome at the time. The place covers an area of 26 km² and lies among the rocks and stones by the River Tangabhadra. Visiting, among others: the Temple of Vittali from the 13th century, the Temple of Virupaksha from the 14th century, elephant stables, Lotus Mahal and many other monuments from the 12th and 13th centuries. Accommodation in hotel, overnight stay. Breakfast and continue sightseeing. On the return trip lunch break (additionally payable). Two-day trip. Price – approx. 250 USD (includes breakfast, guide and entry tickets); min. required: 5 people

Gokarna - a fantastic expedition to the south of India, a visit to the temples of Gokarna: Ganesha, Parvati, Shiva, a visit in Murudeshwar, where there is one of the largest statues of Shiva in the world. A visit to OM beach – a beach in the shape of the holy Hindu symbol. Day trip Price – approx. 170 USD; min. required: 5 people

 

Local excursions are organized by local travel agencies under the conditions fixed by them. It's possible to disorganize trips due to low number of applicants.

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