Since my flight was bound at night, and the bus route to the airport passed via Panjim – the capital of Goa – I decided to stroll in the city centre for a couple of hours. Panaji is a very cute place with a a very string Portuguese influence. It is definitely worth a visit for a day or two. On my way I was lucky to meet a Goa-born Gurudas, an auto mechanic by occupation, who told me a few details about the capital.
Before visiting Panaji, I stopped by in the resort town of Calangute to fulfill an errand from my new and dear friend Tessa – pass over a letter to someone who’s been out of touch for twelve years. I had doubts if I’d find the person, but told myself I’d anything necessary to meet him. And here the magic happened again – I did meet the man, and it simply took asking three people in the street in less than ten minutes! The mission was accomplished, and I was happy.
Calangute beach is mainly popular with Indians.
I am turning now to my photo impressions of the charming Panaji.
Busy Kabamba bus terminal
Bridge across the Mandovi river
The influence of the Portuguese era can already be felt after crossing the river.
Fantastic building of the post-office: “Office of the Post Master General”
The Mandovi river
Didn’t catch the name of the man here; according to Gurudas, this is a famous minister of Goa.
What a beautiful building!
Church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception
The church was consecrated back in 1541 (!) Portuguese sailors used to stop here to pray and give thanks to God after crossing the sea.
View from the church to the main street
The air inside the church was cool, so I sat down for a while to rest a bit from the afternoon heat.
Municipal Garden next to the church is another landmark of Goa’s capital.
Great garden design
A pavilion in the middle of the garden
In the garden there is a 12-meter high column with four Asian lions on top.
Here is what the links represent: power, courage, pride and confidence.
Youth chilling out
Another beautiful piece of colonial architecture: the office of “Indiatourism”
I absolutely loved these stairs. I took a walk up of course.
From top the Church could be seen from a different perspective: sinking in green.
One of the little side streets in Fontainhas district
How serene is this!
Have never seen anyone put his name on the garage.
Nice and quiet
Panjim Inn in the 19-th century colonial mansion
Inside the inn’s hall
Final walk along the river. The footbridge can be seen ahead.