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Panaji is a perfect blend of sun, sand and the vast oceans. It offers a terrific opportunity for people to spend quality time with their loved ones, and that is probably why everyone loves to travel here.

It is the kind of place that offers people with a certain sense of freedom and chilled out vibes. Seeing tourists playing, enjoying, sun-bathing and even meditating by the beaches in a fun-loving atmosphere inspires you to do the same. 

The streets of Panaji give a chance to tourists to make loads of memorable moments to cherish all their life. Various parts of Panaji Goa have buildings with coloured roofs, churches and so much more to explore. Here you can also watch avenues lined with Gulmohar, Acacia and many other varieties of trees. If you want you can easily rent local bikes and go on an adventure to discover the streets of the beautiful capital of Goa. 

October to February is the best time to visit Panaji as the tourists find the winter sun soothing. During this time the weather is quite clear and pleasant to travel. And apart from that, if you like rains, then monsoon season is another great time to visit Panaji.

History of Panaji

In 1961, Panaji along with Goa was annexed from the Portuguese borders after the Indian invasion. And when, in 1987, Goa was given its statehood, Panaji was declared its capital city. Between this period of 1961 to 1987, Panaji was considered as the Union Territory of Goa, Daman and Diu.

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Major Attractions in and Around Panaji

1. Reis Magos Fort. Situated on a strategic location, this fort is a great option for tourists to explore. It was reconstructed by the Portuguese in order to protect their region against the invaders. Inside this fort, one gets the opportunity to explore the historic church sited within.

2. Basilica of Bom Jesus. Also known as the Basilica of Good Jesus, it’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is India’s first minor basilica and got its name after baby Jesus. Situated in Old Goa, the monument was built by extremist Portuguese rulers on the actual site where, it is believed, the temple of Lord Shiva was located earlier.

3. Mahalaxmi Temple. The temple is sited on the opposite of Dada Vaidya road in Panjim and it was the first Hindu temple allowed by the Portuguese to be built in 1818. Famous as the Goddess of Wealth, Mahalaxmi is also viewed as one of the ruling deities of the Panjim city.

4. Visit Idalcao. Known as the castle of Adil Shah, who was the Sultan of Bijapur, this place is situated on the bank of Mandovi River and houses a number of Government offices such as passport office, secretariat and other Government offices in Goa today. 

5. Miramar Beach. The original name of this beach is Porta de Gaspar Dias which was given by the Portuguese. Being one of the only two beaches of Panaji, it has become a famous tourist attraction of the city. It is full of local eateries as well, so, after a long day of having fun when you may feel tired, do consider quenching your hunger pangs at the local shops.

Famous Food and Clothing of Panaji, Goa

People in Goa generally like to wear colourful and bright outfits. The womenfolk here prefer to wear 9-yard sarees which they style with some really nice traditional jewellery. The men, especially those belonging to the fishing tribes and communities, wear bright printed shirts along with half pants.

The tribal people of Goa carry Kashti which is basically a kind of loincloth along with the blanket on their shoulders. This blanket is known as Kunbi Palloo. Apart from this, Goa has a great variety of food.

People of Goa generally prefer eating fish, curry, and rice. The Goan food is very scrumptious, coming across as a unique blend of Konkani, Brazilian and Portuguese cuisine.

How to Reach Panaji

Panaji is perhaps one of the most incredible travel getaway in India. Full of quaint markets, beaches, lifestyle and food, it is the kind of destination every traveller can hope to visit in their life. It is located at an approximate distance of 1,891, 571, 2,145, and 596 km from Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, and Bengaluru respectively. Here is how you can reach here by the following means of transportation. 

By Air. Dabolim is the nearest airport from Goa. This airport is operated by the Airports Authority of India in a Military Airbase named INS Hansa. It connects several flights from many domestic cities in India. After getting off from the airport you will have to take a cab or some other means of transportation to reach your destination. 

By Train. The nearest railway station here is the Margao Railway Station. Travelling via train from other Indian cities won’t be a problem owing to its fairly good connectivity. After you deboard at the station, you will need to cover the remaining distance by some means of public transportation like a cab.

By Road. Travelling to Goa via car with your loved ones is also an experience worth cherishing. Depending upon your location, you can choose to travel here using a cab, by your own vehicle, or you can even book a bus online as well.

You can plan your trip and create your own route to the city with Adotrip’s technically driven circuit planner. Click here


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