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How to book

You'll need to send 20% of the total amount in advance to get a booking confirmed. The balance amount will need to be given in cash on the day you arrive (when you check in and sign the register; when we hand over the keys of the apartment or villa to you). You can send the advance via a bank transfer.

For certain properties (we've indicated which ones above the pics of those properties), you'll need to send 50% of the total amount to confirm a booking.

You can send an email to us or call us up to get our bank account number.

Refunds:
Cancellation done within 1-30 days before date of arrival: No refund of the amount sent in advance (under any circumstances)
Cancellation done beyond 31 days before date of arrival: Full refund of the amount sent in advance with a deduction of a service charge of Rs.1000



You can book an apt or a villa by calling Rommel Peter Fernandes or Jovita Fernandes on 09270530781 / 09270698554 / 0832 2770135 (between 8AM and 10PM) or by sending an email to rommelfernandes1977@gmail.com or to jovitafernandesgoa@gmail.com or to ashirwaadholidayapts@gmail.com

A xerox copy of an election card, a diving license or a passport (or a college ID card if you're still in college) and a company visiting card (if you have one) of one member of your family or of all members of your group will need to be given when you check in.

- Memorable n affordable holidays for couples, families and groups -

Our address is:
Ashirwaad Holiday Apts & Villas, Near Maria Hall, Benaulim-Colva beach road, Salcette, Goa - 403716








Important Info
Driving distance from our properties in Benaulim / Colva to:
Dabolim airport - 26 kms (45 mins)
Madgaon town / Railway Station / Bus Depot - 8 kms (12 mins)
Benaulim and Colva beaches - 1 to 2 kms (3 mins)
Varca beach - 7 kms (15 mins)
Cavelossim / Mobor beaches - 14 kms (30 mins)
Palolem beach - 41 kms (45 mins)
Ponda town / Bus Depot - 25 kms (45 mins)
Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary - 35 kms (1 hr)
Dudhsagar Falls - 102 kms (3 hrs)
Panjim town / Bus Depot - 39 kms (45 mins)
Mapusa town - 49 kms (1 hr)
Calangute / Baga / Anjuna / Vagator beaches - 50 to 54 kms (1 hr)

How to get here:
* From Dabolim airport - Take a taxi

* From Madgaon Railway Station - Take a taxi or auto rickshaw
A government prepaid taxi booth is located just outside the Southern entrance of the railway station near platform 1.
Auto rickshaw stands are there outside both the Northern and Southern entrances.

* From Madgaon Kadamba Bus Depot - Take a taxi or auto rickshaw

Other important things near our properties:
- Medical shops
- Medical clinics
- Supermarkets
- Grocery stores
- Scores of affordable restaurants.
- Souvenir shops

Booking your train tickets:
For searching for trains from your home station to Madgaon Railway Station in Goa check the site:
http://www.erail.in/

Feel free to call us up to inquire about the most convenient route from you place.

Things not allowed / allowed:
Guests can't:
- do drugs
- bring in call girls

Guests can:
- drink so long as you don't get drunk

Take a break from you studies or work, have a nice time of togetherness with your buddies and go back refreshed / energized.

Check in and check out policies:
- The check in time is 11AM and check out time is 10AM on the next day.

- If you arrive in Goa in the morning and if there is a booking on the previous day, you'll have to remain at the bus station, depot or airport or in your own car as you'll be able to check into the apartment at 11AM only. This is because the guests staying in the apartment will check out at the official time of 10AM and the house keeping people will need an hour to get the place ready for you.

- If there is no booking on the day before you come (you can call to ask this just before you leave your town for Goa), you can come directly from the bus depot, railway station or the airport and check into the apartment in the morning before 11AM (provided it's after 6AM).

- If you need to check in at an odd time (before 6AM in the morning), you can pay the full day charge for the previous day so we can keep the apartment empty for you to come directly from the station to rest.

- If you arrive in the afternoon or evening, you'll still need to pay the whole day charge as the apartment will be kept empty for you starting from 11AM.

- If you continue after the check out time of 11AM, and leave in the afternoon or evening, you'll again have to pay the full day charge even if you don't spend the whole night in the apartment.
This is because we won't be able to put other guests in the apartment in the afternoon or evening as most trains and buses come in the morning.
You can avoid this charge by keeping your luggage in a storage room we'll provide at 10AM and go for sightseeing till you have to come back and collect your luggage to catch your train, bus or flight.







Rommel with his little one. 





Rommel with his guitar. Goa is all about enjoying tasty food, tax free drinks and nice music!

Staying in Goa

You can stay in one of our 2/3BHK apartments or 2/3/4/5BHK villas with your buddies, colleagues or family.

These are wonderful properties offering convenience, privacy and space near Colva, Benaulim and Varca beaches.

For all our service apartments and villas in South Goa, check our website:
http://www.ashirwaadholidayaptsgoa.com/

For all our service apartments in North Goa, you can check:
http://serviceapartmentsinnorthgoa.weebly.com/

If you see the map of Goa, you'll find that Madgaon is in the centre of Goa (along the coast). All our properties are located at a distance of about 7-8 kms from Madgaon.
Here's how you can divide your time here (depending on how much time you have):
Day 1 (North Goa - places around Mapusa town)
Day 2 (North Goa - places around Panjim town)
Day 3 (South Goa - places around Madgaon town)
Day 4 (South Goa - Palolem beach)
Day 5 (East Goa - places around Ponda town)
Day 6 (West Goa - places around Vasco town)

Property One - 2BHK Apartment, Benaulim beach (Takes 6 persons)

Pool
Bedroom 1
Bedroom 2
Sitting room
Dining table
View from a balcony
The apartment complex
This 2BHK apt has:
2 air conditioned bedrooms with 2 single beds in each
1 ac sitting room with LCD TV
1 dining table
1 equipped kitchen with a refrigerator, dinnerware (plates, cups, forks and spoons), cooking utensils, and a gas stove.
2 bathrooms with commodes
Access to a shared swimming pool. The pool will be closed in the rainy season (June to September)

It can take up to 6 people (4 on 4 single beds and 2 on a mattress)

Location: Near Colva and Benaulim beaches

You can see a video of this 2BHK apt on YouTube by using this link:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JNvCYAMJDSI

Please copy and paste the link in your browser.


Tariff (From 06 Jan - 31 May, 2014):
Not available

Property Two - Studio apartment, Colva beach (Takes 4 persons)

Outside view
Sofas cum beds
A sofa converted into a bed
Kitchen
Fridge
View from the window
This Studio apartment has:
1 air conditioned room with two sofas cum beds
1 TV set
1 bathroom with a commode
1 equipped kitchen

Access to a shared swimming pool. The pool will be closed in the rainy season (June to September)

It can take 2 to 4 people

Location: Near Colva beach

Tariff (From 06 Jan - 31 May, 2014):
Not available

Frequently asked questions

Are meals included in the tariff?
No. A gas stove with two burners is available in each apartment and villa which you can use to cook by getting food stuff from the neighborhood market. You don't have to pay anything extra for using the gas cylinder. If you don't want to cook, no problem. There are lots of affordable restaurants nearby. Here's a tip (for those who don't care for ambiance): The tastiest food is found at road side joints! It's cheap and hygienic too.

Is there a pool on every property?
No, there isn’t. The ones with a pool will have a note telling about pool access.

Are there geysers in all bathrooms?
No. Some have geysers while others get water heated through solar panels placed on the roof. All properties have a big handi (vessel) in the kitchen to heat water to take a hot bath.

Do we have to get sheets to keep us warm at night?
You don't. You'll be given a sheet which you can pull over your body when you sleep at night. In ac bedrooms we'll provide blankets.

How often are the bedsheets changed?
The bedsheets and pillow cases are changed and the floor scrubbed twice a week. Rubbish collection is done everyday. So if you come on a vacation for 3 nights, you'll get fresh sheets on the day you come and they'll not be changed throughout the duration of your stay.

If you book for 4 to 7 nights, you'll be entitled to one change of linen, scrubbing of the floor, and cleaning of the bathrooms.

Here's a tip to keep the service apartment / villa clean: You can use the tap on the ground floor to wash feet after coming from the beach so that grains of sand don't enter the apartment / villa. You can also leave footwear at the door.

Do you provide toiletries?
We provide toilet rolls. Please bring your own soap, tooth brush, toothpaste, deo, mouthwash, shampoo, talcum powder, razor, shaving cream, after shave lotion, skin cream, towel etc.

What's the provision that you have for drinking water?
We provide mineral water (one standard 5 litre Bisleri pet bottle per property) only at the time guests check in (to quench thirst after a long journey). Once it gets empty, guests have to buy water from grocery stores in the neighborhood themselves).

How can we spend our days while in Goa?
This is what most of our guests normally do:
Day 1: Resting in the villa or service apartment after a long journey, waking up and watching TV, going out for a walk in the neighborhood, buying groceries for the evening meal from neighborhood stores (Many of our guests like to prepare food themselves in the kitchen instead of eating out), and spending time on the beach taking part in water sports or simply wading through ankle deep water and then coming out and building sand castles or having chaat / pani puri / shev puri etc from the many stalls there or sitting in a beach shack listening to live music while filling the stomach.

Day 2: North Goa tour

Day 3: South Goa tour

Day 4: Shopping trip to Madgaon town in the morning and going to the beach in the evening.

Day 5: Departure in the morning

Can you arrange sight seeing tours?
Yes, we can arrange for a car or two (depending on the number of people in your group) or a mini bus to take you on North or South Goa tours.
4 seater car (Maruti Omni) sightseeing charges are as follows:
North Goa trip - Rs.2500
South Goa trip - Rs.2000

7 seater car (Tavera) sightseeing charges are as follows:
North Goa trip - Rs.3300 (ac) and Rs.3000 (non ac)
South Goa trip - Rs.3100 (ac) and Rs.2800 (non ac)

14 seater Tempo Traveler sightseeing charges are as follows:
North Goa trip - Rs.3300 (non ac)
South Goa trip - Rs.3000 (non ac)
West Goa trip - Rs.3300 (non ac)
Dudhsagar Water Falls trip - Rs.4300 (non ac)

17 seater Tempo Traveler sightseeing charges are as follows:
North Goa trip - Rs.4000 (ac) and Rs.3500 (non ac)
South Goa trip - Rs.3700 (ac) and Rs.3300 (non ac)

27 seater minibus per day sightseeing charges are as follows:
North Goa trip - Rs.4500 (non ac)
South Goa trip - Rs.4000 (non ac)
West Goa trip - Rs.4500 (non ac)
Dudhsagar Water Falls trip - Rs.4500 (non ac)

You'll be picked from the accommodation and dropped in front of the accommodation.

The cost may go up or down depending on the season.

The North and South Goa tours start at 9.30AM and end at 6PM. If you need the vehicle after 6PM, you'll need to pay the vehicle owners extra.
For example, since the boat cruise on the river Mandovi starts at 6PM and ends at 7PM, if you decide to go on it, you'll reach the accommodation only by 8 or 8:30PM.

What are the places covered by your vehicles?

South Goa tour: Big Foot Ancestral Museum / Old House with antiques in Lotulim village, Shri Shantadurga Temple at Kavlem, Shri Mangeshi Temple at Priol, Churches in Old Goa (Basilica of Bom Jesus and Se Cathedral), lunch in Panjim city, Miramar beach, Donapaula, Fish Aquarium in Verna and Colva beach

North Goa tour: Fort Aguada, Sinquerim beach, Vagator beach, Anjuna beach, lunch at Calangute beach and Fish Aquarium in Verna.

West Goa tour: Mormugao Port, Japanese Garden, Naval Museum, shopping in Vasco town, Bogmalo beach and Fish Aquarium in Verna.

The fish aquarium in Verna can be visited on any one of the tours. There's a horror show which also takes place in the Fish aquarium.

You can go on a Sunset boat cruise on the river Mandovi after any of the tours (between 6 and 7PM).

You can skip going to places that have paid entries which are listed below if they're not in your budget.

Paid entries:
Big Foot Ancestral Museum: Rs.50 per person
Old house with antiques: Rs.100 per person
Fish aquarium: Rs.50 per person
Horrow show: Rs.50 per person
Sunset boat cruise on river Mandovi: Rs.150 per person
Naval museum: Rs.20 per person

How much does it cost to hire a two wheeler for a day?
Here's what it costs to rent a two wheeler for a day:
Activa: Rs.250 to Rs.300
Pulsar / Avenger: Rs.350
Enfield Bullet: Rs.450

You'll need to put fuel. Carry your driving license.

The cost may go up or down depending on the season.

Can you arrange pick up and drop from the airport or railway station as we don't know the place?
Yes, we can do that. However, if your flight or train gets delayed, the car owners will charge you a waiting charge.

4 seater car (Maruti Omni) pick up / drop day charges are as follows:
- From Madgaon railway or bus station (Distance 7 kms) - Rs.400 (non ac)
- From Dabolim airport (Distance 26 kms) - Rs.700 (non ac)

7 seater car (Tavera) pick up / drop day charges are as follows:
- From Madgaon railway or bus station (Distance 7 kms) - Rs.700 (ac) and Rs.600 (non ac)
- From Dabolim airport (Distance 26 kms) - Rs.1200 (ac) and Rs.1000 (non ac)

14 seater Tempo Traveler pick up / drop day charges are as follows:
- From Madgaon railway or bus station (Distance 7 kms) - Rs.800 (non ac)
- From Dabolim airport (Distance 26 kms) - Rs.2000 (non ac)

17 seater minibus Tempo Traveler pick up / drop day charges are as follows:
- From Madgaon railway or bus station (Distance 7 kms) - Rs.1200 (ac) and Rs.1000 (non ac)
- From Dabolim airport (Distance 26 kms) - Rs.2400 (ac) and Rs.2200 (non ac)

27 seater minibus pick up / drop day charges are as follows:
- From Madgaon railway or bus station (Distance7 kms) - Rs.1200 (non ac)
- From Dabolim airport (Distance 26 kms) - Rs.2800 (non ac)

The cost may go up or down depending on the season.

Do you know of any Government organized tours?
Yes, the Goa Tourism Development Corporation (GTDC) organizes daily tours which start from their offices in Madgaon and Colva beach.

North Goa tour:
Covers: Mahalsa Temple, Abyss Aquarium at Verna, Coco Beach, Aguada Fort, lunch halt at Calangute Annexe, Calangute Beach and Panaji Handicrafts Emporium.
Day:          Daily 
Timings:  Dep: 9.30 am - Arr: 8.30 pm                      
Rate:        Rs.200/- Non AC and Rs 250/- AC
If you go on a North Goa tour and decide not to go for the boat cruise (more details about if below) which costs Rs.150 extra, you'll need to wait near the jetty from 6 to 7PM (when other passengers will be on the boat).
By the time the bus reaches, Madgaon, it'll be 8:30PM.

South Goa tour:
Covers: Colva beach, Ancestral Goa (Big Foot Museum) at Lotulim, Shri Shantadurga Temple at Kavlem, Shri Mangeshi Temple at Priol, Old Goa Churches (Basilica of Bom Jesus and Se Cathedral), Wax World Museum, lunch halt at Old Goa, Dona Paula Bay, Goa Science Centre and Miramar beach.
Day:          Daily 
Timings:  Dep: 9.30 am - Arr: 6.00 pm                      
Rate:        Rs.200/- Non AC
You can't go on a boat cruise after a South Goa tour.

Sunset Cruise
This is an hour long cruise which takes guests out on a leisurely sail down the River Mandovi from the Santa Monica jetty in Panaji. While you sail down the river, local boys and girls treat you to some Goa's best known folk dances. They sing and finally give over centrestage to live musicians or a DJ and the guests can then sing and dance and generally make merry. This cruise is a huge success with people of all ages, men, women and children.
Timing: Dep 6.00 pm (1 hr duration)
Rate:     Rs.200/- per head

Tickets can be booked on the spot at the reception counters of their hotels in Madgaon and Colva.

Check in and check out policies:
- The check in time is 11AM and check out time is 10AM on the next day.

- If you arrive in Goa in the morning and if there is a booking on the previous day, you'll be able to check into the apartment / villa at 11AM only. This is because the guests staying in the apartment / villa will check out at the official time of 10AM and the house keeping people will need one hour to get the place ready for you.

- If there is no booking on the day before you come (you can call to ask this just before you leave your town for Goa), you can come directly from the bus depot, railway station or the airport and check into the apartment / villa in the morning before 11AM (provided it's after 6AM).

- If you need to check in at an odd time (before 6AM in the morning), you can pay the full day charge for the previous day so we can keep the apartment empty for you to come directly from the station to rest.

- If you arrive in the afternoon or evening, you'll still need to pay the whole day charge as the apartment / villa will be kept empty for you starting from 11AM.

- If you continue after the check out time of 11AM, and leave in the afternoon or evening, you'll again have to pay the full day charge even if you don't spend the whole night in the apartment / villa.
This is because we won't be able to put other guests in the apartment / villa in the afternoon or evening as most trains and buses reach Goa in the morning.
You can avoid this charge by keeping your luggage in a storage room we'll provide at 10AM and go for sightseeing till you have to come back and collect your luggage to catch your train, bus or flight.

Some verses from The Holy Bible:
- Lord Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light (Matthew 11:28-30).

- Don’t love money; be satisfied with what you have. For God has said, “I will never fail you. I will never abandon you (Heb.13:5,6).

- Don't hit back; discover beauty in everyone. If you've got it in you, get along with everybody. Don't insist on getting even; that's not for you to do. "I'll do the judging," says God. "I'll take care of it." If you see your enemy hungry, go buy that person lunch, or if he's thirsty, get him a drink. Your generosity will surprise him with goodness. Don't let evil get the best of you; get the best of evil by doing good (Romans 12:19-21).

- The Lord is good, a strong refuge when trouble comes. He is close to those who trust in Him (Nahum 1:7).

Links:
Family dramas by Rommel Fernandes
If you like dramas, this is a blog about a Goan family.

2 Indian love birds by Rommel Fernandes
This is the story of a boy and a girl and their romance before and after marriage.

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