(2 out of 5 based on 7 Ratings)
Pin-Code - 403001
STD Code - 0832
State - Goa
Famous for - Portuguese ambience, Water Sports
Best time to visit - Between the months of October to April
Places to visit - Ashwem Beach, Old Goa, Dona Paula Beach etc
Weather - Winter temperature ranges from 19 to 27°C, Summer temperature ranges from 20 to 31°C.
Altitude - 7 m (23 ft)
Official Language - Konkani
Languages spoken - Konkani, English, Hindi
Panaji at glance:
Panjim is the most famous capital city of Goa that abounds in number of tourist attractions. There are number of swanky buildings, red roofed houses, cobbled streets and number of beautiful and picturesque beaches. This city is located on the banks of Mandovi River which comes in the district of north Goa. Literally, Panaji stands for “Land is never flooded”. The streets can be seen lined with rows of trees belonging to distinctive species like acacia, Gulmohar and others.
Sightseeing in Panaji:
There are number of tourist places in Panaji like beaches, churches, secretariat buildings, Goa state museums. One of the much popular and receiving most frequent visits by the tourists is the magnificent construction of Church of Our Lady of The Immaculate Conception. This is a picturesque church that was constructed in the 17th century. 8th of December every year, is the day, when the devotees can be seen here gathered in massive numbers. During this time the whole of church is adorned to the hilt in a very fascinating manner. Some of the beaches like Dona paula, Miramar, Aguada fort, campal and many others. Number of aqua sports is organized at the beaches.
Among other much popular tourist places to visit in Panaji are number of sanctuaries and museums. Dr Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary is one of the sanctuaries that offers bulk of exhibitions regarding avifauna, number of insects, mangrove species and the like. Number of birds belonging to different species, in variegated colors and with different features can be spotted and the list of includes the birds of both kinds i.e. indigenous and also those migrated from other parts of globe such as herons, coots, pintails and many others. Another most frequented tourist place is Basilica of Bom Jesus. This is the church that houses the mortal remains of St. Francis Xavier. Reis Magos Fort is another site that is significant from historical point view. This fort had been erected in the year of 1551 and its construction had been effected by Sultan Adil shah. Aside from all these sites of tourist importance, there are also many other tourist places included in Panaji tourism and the included in the list are number of museums, churches like church of St. Sebastian, Church of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception and many others. Series of exciting activities to do in Panaji await the tourists, who land up here and list includes the activities like Scuba diving, jet skiing, water surfing, fishing, bird viewing para-sailing and myriad others.
Number of temples, mosques and churches can be glimpsed at. Pana ji is considered to be the shopping hub where, wide gamut of articles can be shopped for by the tourists. While, shopping in Panaji, an array of articles can be brought such as handicrafts, artifacts, numerous carved furniture, shell works, curios, and old coins and many more. Indigenous markets, shops at the seashores and government run emporiums are the nice places to shop in Panaji. All kinds of hotels in Panaji can be very easily located. What ever may be your financial preparation, you can always expect to find a hotel in Panaji in accordance to your budget and Panaji hotels range from budget to 5 start ones.
Historically, Panaji has been seat to several kingdoms in a succession such as Kadambas, Chalukyas, Satavahanas and its mentions can be spotted in the inscriptions of 12th century. Number of palaces had been built with the rise of Muslim rulers like Adil shahis. Those days, old Goa used to serve as administrative capital. The city was rechristened to be Panajim with the advent of Portuguese during 16th century.