Incredible India: Panaji (Panjim), the Capital of Goa

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.

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Calangute beach is mainly popular with Indians.

I am turning now to my photo impressions of the charming Panaji.

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Busy Kabamba bus terminal

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Bridge across the Mandovi river

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The influence of the Portuguese era can already be felt after crossing the river.

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Fantastic building of the post-office: “Office of the Post Master General”

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The Mandovi river

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Didn’t catch the name of the man here; according to Gurudas, this is a famous minister of Goa.

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What a beautiful building!

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Church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception

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The church was consecrated back in 1541 (!) Portuguese sailors used to stop here to pray and give thanks to God after crossing the sea.

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View from the church to the main street

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The air inside the church was cool, so I sat down for a while to rest a bit from the afternoon heat.

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Municipal Garden next to the church is another landmark of Goa’s capital.

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Great garden design

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A pavilion in the middle of the garden

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In the garden there is a 12-meter high column with four Asian lions on top.

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Here is what the links represent: power, courage, pride and confidence.

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Youth chilling out

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Another beautiful piece of colonial architecture: the office of “Indiatourism”

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Simply gorgeous

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I absolutely loved these stairs. I took a walk up of course.

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From top the Church could be seen from a different perspective: sinking in green.

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One of the little side streets in Fontainhas district

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How serene is this!

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Have never seen anyone put his name on the garage.

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Nice and quiet

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Wow!

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Panjim Inn in the 19-th century colonial mansion

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Inside the inn’s hall

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Final walk along the river. The footbridge can be seen ahead. 

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