Panaji – the capital of Goa
Panaji is the modern capital of Goa, which is located in the center of the state, on the left bank of the river Mandovi, 30 km from Dabolim International Airport. The city is also known under the name of Panjim inherited from the Portuguese and popular in the English-speaking world. Panaji is also the main city of North Goa district and is the third most inhabited residential place after the cities of Vasco da Gama and Margao.
Like everywhere in Goa, in the city of Panaji you can meet the great contrast of various architectural styles and amazing mix of different cultures. The picturesque location on the banks of the river Mandovi and two small local rivers, the brightly painted houses and winding streets give the city a unique charm making this place one of the most popular tourist destinations in the state.
Places of interest, or where to go and what to see in Panaji?
First of all make no mistake to visit the old sections of the city – the São Tomé and Fontainhas, which are also known as the Latin Settlement.
Te second places for an obligatory visit are the Central City Square and Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Church.
Here are some more popular attractions that are worth visiting in Panaji:
Goa State Museum - is one of the most fascinating tourist attractions that was set up in the Department of Archives in Goa by the Archeology & Museum unit.
Menezes Braganza Institute - is Goa's oldest established society for promotion of culture and literary activities.
Maruti and Mahalakshmi Mandir Temples - the most beautiful historical and cultural monuments that are devoted to the Goddess Mahalaxmi.
Altino Hill - is a hill neighborhood of the capital of Goa. Once this place has been considered an elite residential colony, with the state's chief minister's residence and the Archbishop's palace located here.
Idalgo Palace (or, as it is also called – the Secretariat Building) - is a prominent landmark and the oldest building of Panaji City which nowadays is one of the most popular Panaji attractions.
Goa Science Centre was developed as a place of edu-tainment in Science &Technology, the main objective of which is to bring the excitement of science to the common public.
The best places for walking and shopping are the Campal Boulevard, the 18 th June Road, Mahatma Gandi Road, Mala area and Largo da Igreja..
The nearest beaches to Panaji: the Miramar and Dona Paula Beaches.
The attractions and sightseeing in surrounding areas: the Old Goa, the Reis Magos Fort, the Aguada Fortyress, the Chorao Island.
Top hotels in Panjim: Vivanta by Taj – Panaji Hotel, Goa Marriott Resort & Spa Hotel, Panjim Inn Hotel.