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Capital Of The Tiny State

Panaji is the capital of the land of beaches - Goa. The city is an important part of North Goa district. It is the third largest city of the state and a charming city on the left bank of the Mandovi River.

Panaji means “Land that never floods”. The Portuguese name was Pangim. The city is called Panjim in English.

Today Panaji has turned into a modern and developing city of the state, but still you can clearly see the Portugal influence here. There are many red-roofed houses built in Latin style, also has modern houses, well laid gardens, statues and avenues lined with Gulmohar, Acassia and other trees. The city has many great and ancient churches and other tourist attractions scattered all over it.

Go through some of the useful info about Panaji the capital of Goa in this section of the directory.

  • How To Reach :
    The nearest airport is at Dabolim, 35 km away. he nearest railway station is Karmali some 10 km o the east and the Madgaon Junction, 35 km to the south. It connected with the state of Karnataka and Maharashtra by winding highways.
  • Church :
    Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Church or the Panaji Church is one of the oldest churches in Goa, which existed from the year 1540. It is one of Panjim’s best attractions and a must see.
  • Beaches :
    The Miramar Beach is popularly known as the Panaji Beach. It is one of the most visited beach of the state and was earlier called as the Gaspar Dias Beach. Other popular beaches in Panaji are Bambolim and Dona Paula. All of these are hit amongst the tourists and offers various activities like water sports, live music and great rave parties.
  • Bird Sanctuary :
    The Dr. Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary is located on the island of Chorao and can be easily accessed from Panjim. Here you can watch some endangered bird species — both migratory and resident.
  • Other Attractions :
    Adilshahi Palace (or Idalcao palace), dating from the sixteenth century, the Menezes Braganza Institute and the Central Library, the Mahalaxmi Temple, the Jama Masjid mosque, the Chapel of St. Sebastian and the Hanuman temple.
  • Celebrations :
    The world famous goa Carnival celebrations in February include a colorful parade on the streets and three days of fun and merriment. This is followed by the Shigmo/ xigmo, or Holi. The Narkasur parade on previous night of Diwali in the city is very colorful.
  • Cruises :
    There are many good cruise trips available in the city that sail up and down the Mandovi river, with loud music, and frantically dancing troupes.
  • Shopping :
    The things that you must buy while at Panaji are Cashew Nuts, local drink Feni or Port wines, traditional Goan handcrafts and some good books.
  • Food :
    Some of the best food in the world is found in this calm and breezy capital city. The city serves you anything from European to Asian to traditional mouth watering Goan cuisines.
  • Accommodation :
    The city is dotted with many hotels and guest houses that are meant to serve any type of pocket.

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