Panjim is the coolest capital city in the whole of India. Panjim or (Panaji) is the capital city of Goa. the capital is situated at the mouth of the Mandovi river and is a small mirror of a provincial Mediterranean town. More than 500 plus years back, Panjim served as a port of the kings of Bijapur and later on, in the early 16th century, it became the landing stage for the Portuguese.
For simplicity, the city can be divided into two major areas – the Old City and the new commercial hub. Panaji has a very relaxed and friendly ambiance and that is unique in today’s chaotic capital of India’s state.Panaji is in the heart of Goa, or we call it as central Goa. As one reviewer wrote “Best place to choose for stay as it is 15kms to north and south Goa. Panjim takes pride for having a lot of modern malls and old timer markets with excellent hotels and restaurants. For the shopping lovers – This is the spot.” Another visitor to Panaji once wrote “Old Goa/Panaji reminds me of Europe”
SOME UNUSUAL & LOCAL EXPERIENCE IN PANJIM
Feeling hungry?Come to Church Square (Church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception ) – To fulfill your desire of trying local cuisine, I suggest the vegan tasty snacks and meals at the Kamath Hotel (Restaurant) or traditional Goan non-vegetarian food over a quiet drink at the George Restaurant & Bar. The look out of the restaurant itself would take you to good old days.
Try your luck at Casino Royale – It is the largest floating Casino in Goa and “is definitely the classiest”. The Casino is on a floating ship anchored in Mandovi river. No, don’t get scared at all. Playing in casinos is perfectly legal in Goa. Apart from trying your luck, the casino provides nice dining and entertainment options.
Going back in time– Head to Goa State Museum which houses a good collection of pre-colonial artifacts and carvings from old Hindu culture.A must recommend offbeat things to do in Goa & Panjim. One of the better ways to travel between modern Panaji and Old Goa is by the local state bus. It’s because travelling in the public bus makes you look closer at the Goan demographics and also making new friends.
For the walk of life– Panjim Heritage Walk – “A walk down memory lane! Starts at Tobacco Square, The Casa De Moeda (Mint House), The Tobacco house, meanders through the narrow ward of Sao Tome, through Corte de Oeteiro to the Catholic-dominated precinct of Fontainhas, Chapel Of Saint Sebastian, Welcomheritage Panjim Pousada (a restored 100 year old Hindu home), Welcomheritage The Panjim Inn (an over 100 year old Catholic home, also a heritage hostelry) and finally through the Hindu dominated ward of Mala culminating at Fonte Phoenix”.
You will get chance to know and experience the best of Goa in it’s purest form. However, be ready for a long walk of your life!
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