Goa Trip Planner India
There are endless options for everyone in Goa and you can be sure to find your
exclusive pick. There are facets of this land still undiscovered. So come break
the clichéd and plunge into the adventure of Goa.
Lure of the Romantic Goa:
Panaji is one of the most of India's smallest and most pleasant state capital.
Built on the south of banks of the wide Mandovi River, it officially became
the capital of Goa in 1843, though the Portuguese viceroys shifted their residence
from outskirts of old Goa to the former place of Adil Shah in Panaji as early
as 1759. While most people pass through Panaji on their way to the beaches
or old Goa , the atmosphere is easy and people are friendly. In the oldest
part of the town, the Portuguese heritage has survived remarkably well; there
are narrow winding streets, old houses with over changing balconies and red-titled
roofs whitewashed churches and numerous small bar and cafes. Portuguese sign
are still visible over many premises. Many signs in Portuguese are still visible
over shops, cafe's and administrative buildings. Its 'sights' are few, but
among those worth visiting are the old Church of the Immaculate Conception
(on the hillside at one end of the Municipal Gardens) and the Mahalakshmi
Temple. The nearest beach is at Miramar, 3 Km along the road to Dona Paula.
Population : 93,000(1991).
July to September and October to March; unless you're going for the sun, which
is at its hottest in May.
*"Spiritual Heart of Portuguese Goa"*
Old Goa, nine km west of Panaji, half dozen imposing churches and cathedrals
(among the largest in Asia) are all that remain of that remain of the Portuguese
capital that was once said to rival Lisbon in magnificent. Some of the old
buildings have become museums and maintained by Archaeological Survey of India
-- a maintenance is very necessary because if the lime plaster which protect
the laterite structures is not renewed frequently, the monsoons will reduce
the buildings to ruin.
Even before the arrival of the Portuguese, Old Goa was a thriving and prosperous
city, and the second capital of the Adil Shahi dynasty Bijapur. At the time,
it was a fortress surrounded by wall, tower and moat, and contained temples,
mosques and the large palace Adil Shah. Today, none of these structures remain
expect for a fragment of the gate way to the place. Under the Portuguese, the
city grew rapidly in size and splendor, despite an epidemic in 1543 which wiped
out a large percentage of the the population. Many huge Churches Monasteries
and convent were erected by the various religion orders which came to Goa under
royal mandates. The Franciscans were the first to arrive.
The city Muddled on into the early 19th century as the administrative capital
of Portugal's eastern empire. In 1843, the capital was shifted to Panaji .It
is also called Velha Goa.
All Year Round; Goa is like that.
Vasco Da Gama:
This spick and span coastal town popularly known as Vasco was originally called
Sambhaji. Imposing multi-storeyed buildings and a church dominate the city centre
here. Close to Marmagoa Harbour and three km from Dabolim airport, Vasco-Da-Gama
is the terminus of the railway line into Goa. As the Konkan Railway becomes
fully operational, however, even fewer travellers will need to venture up to
this unexciting town. The port town of Vasco-Da-Gama on the on the southern
bank of river Zuari is connected to Marmagoa Harbour by an isthmus. The capital
had been shifted in 1703 by the then Viceroy from Old Goa to Vasco, due to the
periodic plague that affected the old city. However, as the civil works were
incomplete and the administration non functional, they shifted the capital to
Panaji. In 1878 when the railway line from Marmagoa to Londa was being planned,
there was another move to capital from Panaji to Marmagoa. The planned was failed.
In 1886 the energetic Governor FJ.Ferreira Do Amaral made a bid to develop the
area on the eastern side of the fort of Marmagoa up to Vaddem. He named it VASCO
DA GAMA, in honour of the great discover of the sea route to India. On 27 July
1917 the taluka of Marmagoa was created and Vasco Da Gama was named its capital
city. The city grew around the fort and the port at the Harbour. There was a
club house, tree shaded streets and a Municipal Park which still exist. The
Railway Line which passes from the port to Londa gave great impetus to development
of the city.
Population : 34,000 (1991).
Other major cities of Goa are Margoa and Mapusa.
HOW TO GET THERE:
GOA BY AIR:
The International Airport at Goa is Dabolim, which is 29
km away from Panaji. It is basically on the coast near Vasco da Gama. Most
domestic airlines connect Goa with other cities of India. Private chartered
airlines also operate from UK and Germany. Indian Airlines provides direct
flights from Delhi and Mumbai daily. Air India also flies to Goa.
GOA BY TRAIN:
Goa is connected by other cities through tee network
of railways. Goa is at a distance of 490 km from Mumbai, 430 km from Bangalore
and 1,874 km from Delhi. Goa's two main stations are at Margao and Vasco Da
GOA BY ROAD:
Panaji, the capital of Goa, is connected by road to Bangalore-598
kms, Belgaum-157 km, Bombay-594 km, Gokarn-154 km, Hospet-315 km, Hubli-184
km, Karwar-103 km, Kolhapur-246 km, Malwan-150 km, Mangalore-371 kms, Mysore-696
kms, Pune-458 kms, Ratnagiri-263 kms, Vengurla-73 kms etc.
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