Vasco da Gama : Goa Directory


Busiest Port On Western Side Of India

Vasco-da-Gama in Goa is one of the busiest ports on India's west coast. It is also the headquarters of the Mormugao taluka. The town lies on the western tip of the Mormugao peninsula, at the mouth of the Zuari River. The city is located at a distance of about 30 km from Panaji the capital of Goa and only 5 km from the Dabolim Airport.

  • How To Reach : Vasco-da-gama city is well connected by road by the NH 17A (National Highway), by rail by the South Western Railway, by the sea through the Mormugao Harbour and by air through Dabolim Airport.
  • History : The small city is named after the Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama. In the olden days there had been strong attempts to change the name of the city to Sambhajinagar. The place was founded in 1543, and remained in Portuguese hands until 1961, when finally Goa became a part of India.
  • Major Tourist Attractions : the picturesque Bogmalo Beach is 9 km from the small city of Vasco. The other two smaller beaches nearby are - Khollant (Issorcim) and Baina. The 400-year old St. Andrews Church located at the entrance of the city and the Japanese Garden are a must see. However the Naval Aviation Museum nearby the city center is a popular tourist spot and is the only such museum in India. It houses the history of Indian naval aviation through aircraft exhibits and rare photographs.
  • Major Festivals : Vasco is famous for the annual Shri Damodar Bhajani Saptah fair held in Shravan month of Hindu lunar calender just before the festival of Raksha Bandhan. The city also celebrates the Shigmo and Carnival annually with a street parade where floats from all over Goa participate.
  • Shopping : You can shop for some exquisite Kashmiri handicrafts at the Bogmalo beach in Vasco. The city has enormous shopping option. Its specialty lies in the traditional handicrafts as well as designer clothes and accessories.
  • Accommodation : Vasco boasts a better than average batch of hotels. The city has several luxurious as well as low budget hotels. There are also a few lodges near the railway station for the tourists with limited budgets.

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