The Taj Mahal Palace Hotel view in Mumbai, India.

One-Week History and Food Tour of India

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Customizable Itinerary

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Countries Visited

India

Places Visited

Mumbai, Aurangabad, Goa

Suggested Duration

7 Days

Indulge in an immersive experience of cultural heritage and soul during this customizable 7-day India tour that features Mumbai, Goa, and Aurangabad. Uncover natural splendor on the shoreline as you dig your toes in golden sand and embody the prestige of the forest when you uncover a collection of ancient Buddhist cave temples. From Portuguese colonial architecture to a delicate blend of spices, you will sample the treasures of Central India and discover pure majesty.

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Trip Highlights

  • Discover the marvelous history of Goa with a private tour through the Portuguese colonial neighborhoods
  • Uncover the secluded Buddhist caves outside of Aurangabad for insight into the artistry and architecture of ancient Buddhist temples
  • Delight in the layered and complex flavors of Goan cuisine, which highlights the mixture of Indian and Portuguese influences
  • Visit a working spice farm for insight into the types of spices that have been grown and traded around Goa for centuries
  • Experience the scale of Mumbai and the marvels of the city’s historic neighborhoods
  • Wander the stalls of the celebrated Mapusa Market to find radiant spices, elegant handcrafts, coveted jewelry, and robust rugs
  • Witness the unique design of the Bibi-ka-Maqbara, which is often referred to as a lime mortar mirror of the Taj Mahal

Detailed Description

The stunning and diverse architecture of historic communities will help explain the unique combination of flavors during your luxurious 7-day India tour, featuring the marvels of Central India. You will travel to cities that are steeped in history and visit secluded UNESCO World Heritage Sites for insight into ancient Hindu, Buddhist, and Jain practices. Whether gazing at the whitewashed walls of Portuguese colonial churches or wandering alongside a life-size elephant statue, your India trip will provide you with exciting new perspectives of culture and history.

Your adventure in Central India will begin with your arrival in Mumbai, where you will stay for one night. After a private transfer to your luxurious accommodation, you will be led on a tour that will introduce you to the beauty, history, and unique layers of the city’s distinctive neighborhoods. You will have a private transfer to the airport for your flight to Aurangabad, where you will spend two nights discovering the history of the city and its surrounding ancient wonders. Your private tours will lead you to the Ellora Caves to find intricate architecture that has been carved into the Earth and decorated with Buddhist iconography. These tours will also provide you with a visit to the Ajanta caves, which possess temples that date back to the 2nd century BC.

When you arrive in Goa, you will have three nights along the famous coastline of the Arabian Sea to enjoy the delicacies and rich history of the region. Your introduction to Goa will begin with a private market tour and cooking class. Afterward, the opportunity to traverse the historic cobbled lanes of the Portuguese neighborhoods and former city center will prove to be a delightfully relaxing experience. You can indulge in the beach, visit a celebrated spice farm, and bask in the remarkable colors of the marketplaces when discovering Goa at your own pace while being accompanied by local, specialist guides. On your final morning in Goa, your private transfer will meet you at your accommodation and escort you to the airport for your return flight to Mumbai, where you will connect to your international flight.

Starting Price

$1,045 per person (excluding international flights)

Your Zicasso trip is fully customizable, and this sample itinerary is a starting place for your travel plans. Actual costs are dynamic, and your selection of accommodations and activities, your season of travel, and other such variables will bring this budget guideline up or down. Throughout your planning experience with your Zicasso specialist, your itinerary is designed around your budget. You can book your trip when you are satisfied with every detail. Planning your trip with a Zicasso travel specialist is a free service.

What's Included

The starting price is based on travel during the low season for a minimum of two travelers staying in shared 3-star accommodations. Please inquire for a custom trip quote based on your travel preferences and travel dates.

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