Panaji - Panjim City, Goa
Worth a visit for a few hours to this moderately -sized town which is the Capital of Goa. A good selection of shops and a very extensive market where all manner of goods and fruit can be purchased. Even though it is a moderate town some of the roads are unpaved
The Cidade De Goa hotel at Vainguinim Beach is about 30 min ride from Panjim and the hotel provides free transport to and from
Goa is divided into two districts: North and South Goa. North Goa has the state capital, Panaji, the former capital of Old Goa, with its interesting churches and cathedrals and a string of beaches. Margao is the main town in South Goa and is reminiscent of the Portuguese colonial past.
Panaji is one of India’s smallest state capitals. People pass through Panaji on their way to Old Goa or to the beaches, but it is a town worth visiting.
Restaurants and Cafés
Hotel Venite (31st January Road, Sao Tome) has tiny balconies overlooking the street and traditional Portuguese décor. Excellent Goan dishes and seafood are served here.
Udipi Boarding and Lodging, located very near Venite, this also has a balcony overlooking the street. Serves inexpensive, basic but tasty food.
The New Café Hema (General Bernado Guedes Road) near the municipal market serves a superb fish curry and rice thali for Rs 15 and vegetarian snacks from Rs 5.
Chit Chat Restaurant at the Tourist Hotel, has a veranda overlooking the Mandovi River. It is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Kamat Hotel, south of the municipal gardens, is one of the excellent chain of vegetarian restaurants familiar across India.
Visava Restaurant on the east bank of the Ourem River (at the end of the footbridge) serves reasonably priced Goan dishes, as well as Chinese and vegetarian food.
Sher-e-Punjab at the Hotel Aroma, serves perhaps the best tandoori in town. There is also a branch on 18th June Road.
Delhi Darbar (MG Road) is also a tandoori place, but is slightly more expensive than the Sher-e-Punjab. This is a popular restaurant and you need to book for the evening.
Goenchin, just off Dr Dada Vaidya Road, is a Chinese restaurant but is more expensive than most places here, with main dishes from Rs 90, and specials from Rs 100 to Rs 150.
Riorico, at the Hotel Mandovi, is the best restaurant for Goan cuisine, but has a limited menu.
Pastry shops in Panaji: the best is the Pastry Cottage, near the Hotel Nova Goa.
The Kala Academy: ( Dayanand Bandodkar Marg), has programmes of dance and music and art exhibitions throughout the year and is worth visiting.
Miramar : 3 km west of Panaji, is the nearest beach to the capital. It is neither very attractive nor a good place to swim. Further down is Dona Paula, a small town with several resorts that has developed from a fishing village. There are good bus services to Miramar and Dona Paula from Panaji’s Kadamba bus stand.
While in Goa, It's a must to visit Panjim the capital of Goa. It's a beautiful city located on the banks of River Mandovi. Panjim is a scenic city and it's beautifully managed by the government of Goa. It has beautiful Gardens all around the city. Miramar beach is also located in Panjim and so also famous place DonaPaulo. Across the town on the other side of Mandovi river is a beautiful area called Betim, Verem and Porvorim. It's fun to be in Panjim city in the evening while taking a stroll on the Mandovi bank. You can very well enjoy river cruise in the evening with Fun, Music and scenic view of the city from the river.
This statue is situated near the Secretariat building and features Abbe Faria hypnotising a young woman. He was a famous Goan priest, scientist, revolutionary, and hypnotist who was born in 1756 at Candolim. His parents separated when he was eight years old, his mother became a nun and his father a priest. His father took him to Lisbon in 1777 and it was there that he completed his studies and was subsequently ordained as a priest in Rome. He reportedly collaborated with the conspirators in the failed "Pinto Revolt" in 1787. He then moved to Paris where he gained fame and took part in the French revolution, which was dramatised in Alexander Dumas's novel "The Count of Monte Cristo" as the "Mad monk". He then got interested in hypnotism. His major contribution to the modern science of Hypnotism was his insistence that hypnotic trances were a result of suggestion therapy, and formed the basis of his book "De La cause de Sommeil Lucide" published the day he died in 1819, a pauper. Today, he is considered to be the father of Hypnotism.
Panaji, or Panjim as it was known in English before it had its name changed in 1960s, is the capital of the state of Goa. It's located on the southern bank of the Mandovi River and was nothing more than a small fishing village until the Portuguese moved their Goan capital here from Old Goa, 9km to the east, in 1843, even though the Viceroy's residence was transferred here in 1759.
Panaji or Panjim is the state capital of Goa. Panaji is the local version while the portuguese version is Panjim.
It is the political, educational and cultural centre of Goa. It has very well preserved its old colonial buildings (hanging balconies, red tiled roofs, rooster on the perch of the roof) along with new modern buildings. The city does not have skyscrapers but has a charm of its own. Some important attractions in the town are Dona Paula Beach, Miramar beach, Canlangute beach, The Chapel of Our Lady of the Mount, Archaeological Museum, Science museum, administrative buildings, Adil Shah's Palace, Goa Kala Academy and the Mandovi river. It is a busy and crowded city, more so because of the year long tourists. The main city centre is quite crowded and can be suffocating.
Alfonso de Albuquerque was a Portuguese nobleman, holding military and administrative position under King Manuel I of Portugal. He established the Portuguese colonial empire in Goa. He was the first portuguese outside the royal family to be made a Duke (of Goa) by king Manuel I. He died in 1515 AD on the sea, after being wrongly charged to infidelity to the King and was buried in Goa. Later the king realised that he was not infidel and his son was given due honours rightly deserved by his father.
Alfonso mangoes derive their name from him. He used to bring these mangoes on his journeys to India.
There is a statue of Alfonso de Albuquerque in a park in Panaji.
Panaji - Man made but not originally designed to attract tourist
It is the capital of Goa and has many tourist attractions of Goa. It is situated on the banks of River Mandovi. Panaji has many renowned Churches and buildings built in Gothic style. The must see of the Panaji are the Chapel of St. Sebastian, The church devoted to our Lady of Immaculate Conception, the Goa State Museum, the Secretariat building, the statue of Abbe Faria.
Bogmalo Beach - Natural
Bogmalo Beach was formerly a small fishing village of Goa. Presently it is a favorite haunt of the large number of tourists who pour into this exotic state all throughout the year. And surprisingly in spite of being the center of a fair amount of commercial activity, Bogmalo Beach has still managed to retain its serene and tranquil ambience. This makes it an ideal spot for both the active and the contemplative. Relax in the golden beach or else indulge yourself in fun and frolic.
Bogmalo is very clean and one can easily bask in the sunny beach simply watching the vast expanse of sea in front. However the sea here is also very safe and if one so desires, a bath too can be very enjoyable. The waves are welcoming and it is a delightful experience to be befriending them.
There are numerous eateries in Bogmalo Beach. Drop into any of them and taste the delectable Goan delicacies on offer. There are many shops in Bogmalo Beach. Shopping for little trinkets or handicraft items is an enjoyable experience. They make lovely gifts too and your near ones are sure to be delighted on receiving them.
Archeological Musuem - Man made to attract tourist
The Archeological Museum- the archeological museum is housed in the abandoned building of what used to be the convent of St. Francis of Assisi. The museum displays objects that recreate the history of Goa. On display are antiquities from Hindu period, sculptures of Hindu deities, coins issued by various rulers, Hindu, Muslim and Portuguese. The Uma-Mahesha, and many sati and hero stones are quite famous.
The paintings include portraits of Vasco da Gama, the Portuguese explorer who first discovered the sea route to India in 1498, and Alfonsu Albuquerque, the founder, of Goa and other governors, all clad in the European fashions of their day. The museum remains open from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. The museum is closed on Mondays and public holidays.
Though Panaji ( also called Panjim) isn't a very nice town, take a tour there. Idalcao Palace is one of the tourist attractions that you can visit.
Ohter tourist spots in Panjim are Our Lady of Immaculate Conception, Braganza Institute , Jama Masjid, Mahalaxmi Temple
The best way to explore the town is by foot, wandering around the old cobbled alleyways, colonial villas, red-roofed houses, taverns and cafes.
Panaji or Panjim is on the Mandovi River and is a great place...lots of great shopping...old churches...bookshops...the twisting lanes of the Old Town...lots of great restaurants...and just a great vibe!
PS. More pics in the travelogue...
This is the capital city of Goa, though it is hard to believe it. Sitting along the Mandovi River it is a town that is easily walked in about an hour from end to end. There are great small little alleyways, compact shopping district complete with open market, and very sleepy feel to it. Goans here try to observe every holiday possible and take long siestas in the afternoons so it will be no surprise when some places are shut down. If you are spending most of your time on any of Goas beaches you may not stop by, but it is worth a couple days. The old Portuguese quarter is worth a visit as well as wandering the more modern areas of the city that give the visitor a better idea of Goan life outside of the beaches and resorts.
When Goa was under Muslim rule from Adil Shah, there was a fortress built near the spot where the Secretariat now stands. When de Albuquerque arrived in 1510 he had a hard time securing control of the city from the Muslims but eventually won. The Church of the Immaculate Conception is on the site of the only other edifice built in Panjim at that time. De Albuquerque was in a bit of a hurry to secure himself as Goa's leader to build much else in the city. Marshland covered most of the area but a causeway was eventually built to connect Old Goa and Panaji, which, as you drive towards Old Goa from Panaji, you can still see to the south. When conditions in Old Goa caused the inhabitants to abandon it Panaji became more important and more land was reclaimed for residential projects. Lack of money and political interest from Portugal left Goa and essentially Panaji to low key building work and underdeveloped.
Despite the long history of the city, most of it has remained unchanged and the original charm still permeates. Despite some building projects with roads and a few more residential areas little has altered its disposition.
Most visitors treat Panaji as little more than a transport hub, but this lovely state capital has retained its Portuguese heritage in a lived-in, knockabout kind of way and exudes an aura more reminiscent of the Mediterranean than of India.
If it weren't for the crush at the bus depot, the unmistakable buzz of auto-rickshaws and the fact that the bridge over the Mandovi River has fallen down twice in recent years, Panaji could seem like any siesta-ridden provincial town on the Iberian Peninsula.
There is not much to do in Panjim. You can take all sorts of short cruises though.
1. Sunset cruise: dep. 6pm - 1 hour, 100Rs per person. You can enjoy fresh breeze, listen to some goan songs and see some traditional goan dancing.
2. Full Moon Cruise/Special Cruise: dep. 8.30pm-arr. 10.30pm - 150Rs per person. Organized during Full Moon nights. So you should check with the ferry stations on that.
During the cruise they tell you a little about Panjim history and places that you would be able to see while on the boat.
We took the sunset cruise about 2-3 times because there is not much to do in the evenings :o)
Built in 1619 with a huge bell.
We encountered some of the most persistent beggars in the state on the steps of this church.
Panjim, also known as Panaji is the state capital with a sleepy atmosphere a few excellent restaurants.
Panjim or Panaji!The capital of Goa is set along the banks of a river-The Mandovi.
Shop for some goan treats-cashews,feni etct!Some restaurants I've heard raves about are the Riorico-in Hotel Mandovi and Goenchin(I think that's how you spell it!) The former serves fabulous Goan food(supposedly the best in Goa!) and the latter-Chinese
Do hop on a cruise on the Mandovi-and they'll wine you and dine you(and dance you!)Goan style!!:)
Book in advance!