The City of Margao – the second capital of Goa
The City of Margao, also known as Margaon or Madgaon, is considered to be the second capital of Goa, with its religious, cultural and commercial center. Officially, the City of Margao is called to be the municipal center of Salcette Taluk (Salcette region) which is located in South Goa.
The suitable strategic location of the city in the middle of the state also determined its position of the largest transportation center in Goa.
The most important Indian railways are routed through this amazing city, among which are Konkan Railway and South Western Railway. Every new day Margao Railway Station receives thousands of transit passengers and cargos. The famous Skybus Metro Railway Station is also located here.
The HN-66 Highway, which connects and combines roads to all beaches, resorts and inhabited localities of the state, crosses the City of Margao.
Being located on the Sal River banks, the City of Margao is considered to be the oldest Goa city which is officially proved by ancient written evidences. This is the center of the oldest state university and library, both of which were destroyed during the Portuguese invasion.
Nowadays, the City of Margao is one of the most fast-growing and rapidly developing cities in India with a high level of local citizens’ education comparing with other cities of the state. The city has several prestigious schools and colleges, as well as many shopping and business centers.
The most important, grandiose and celebrated holiday in Margao is Dindi Festival, which combines representatives of all religions (there is no exact date for this holiday celebrating: every year the date of the festival is changing) and catholic ' Day of the Holy Spirit', which is celebrated in May.
The City of Margao carefully keeps and protects the most interesting, unique and unrepeatable monuments of Hindu and Portuguese Catholic cultures. This amazing city is actually combining in itself the tremendous inconsistency of past and present, wealth and poverty, rapidly flowing life and sleeping tropical laziness. This place will be interesting for people of all ages and occupations.