Panaji also known as Panjim, the name means “the land that never floods”, is the capital of Goa and was once a Portuguese colony. It is also the largest city of the smallest Indian state, Goa, having a population of about 114,400 and covering an area of 36 sq kms. The place has a Portuguese ambiance, because it was, once, colonized by them, with colorful buildings and Portuguese cuisine.
These are some of the go-to-places in Panjim :
It is the heart of the city and a couple of minutes away from the Panjim Main Market. It can get a little crowded at times, but this beach is a good spot to spend time with your loved one, soaking up the sun and strolling on the beach.
This beautiful church was built in 1541 and was restructured and re-sized in 1619, the church popularized the area as during the time it was built, sailors from Lisbon would come to this church and thank the Lord for his help to cross the sea safely. The best time to visit the church is when the Feast of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception takes place, which is on 8th December, every year.
The Goa State Museum is also known as the State Archaeology Museum, was built in the year 1977 and has a number of galleries inside it, displaying items of the Portuguese era and different items relating to art, culture, craft, archaeology etc.
A famous resort located close to the Dona Paula Jetty, it is peaceful and tranquil, and also has a private beach attached to it. It is very basic in style, but is very clean and comfortable, the only con to this resort is that the food here is tad expensive, so it is suggested to have your meals from outside, if you’re on a budget.
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