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is the capital city of Goa and is the third largest city in Goa. The city
of Panaji was known by the name of Panjim during the Portugal rule. The
official name now is Panaji, though it is known as Panjim among locals
even today. Though it is a small city, people travel to Panaji just to
relax and watch time go by slowly. This city still has an old world charm
about it which is what boosts tourism here. While on one hand, it looks
like time has left this place untouched and urbanization is a word unheard
of, you will find some of the most well known educational institutes and
commercial complexes here.
Panaji city is out
an out an entertaining city that will keep you fascinated for days at
end. You will not find skyscrapers, fast cars and sleek buildings here;
instead you will find some of the most beautiful churches and Portuguese
style houses that have hanging balconies, red tiled roofs and perfect
gardens with tall Gulmohar trees. It is known for its historical monuments
and beaches that are a must visit for all those who want to see the better
things that a city has to offer. You may find plush malls, showrooms,
etc. in every urban metro, but Panaji offers you unadulterated legacy
that is rich in beauty, culture and tradition. The people of Panaji sure
know how to take it easy and are extremely warm people. They know how
to enjoy life and will go to any lengths to make a guest feel at home.
Panaji Tourist Attractions
Archaeological Museum of Goa is maintained by the Archaeological Survey
of India (ASI) and is a popular tourist attraction of Goa. It is one of
its kind in Asia and was set up around the year 1994 in a joint collaboration
between Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage and Calouste
Gulbentian of Portugal. Also known as the Christian Art Museum, the museum
displays the priceless collection of Goa's rich art and craft, objects
made of gold and precious stones, ivory images, image of St. Francis Xavier
in a silver casket, etc. A major attraction of this museum is the depiction
of Christ as a symbolic shepherd watching over his flock.
The Adilshahi Palace is a prime tourist attraction of Panaji. Built by
Yusuf Adil Shah in 1500, this palace was built for recreational purposes
and for relaxing. Later, as time passed, it was fortified and served as
an important defense location for the Portuguese to check on external
attacks and threats. It was also the first custom check point where the
cargo ships were checked. The Palace served as an official residence for
most Portuguese viceroys who stayed here for sometime before leaving for
Portugal. Also known as Idalcao, it is now preserved beautifully with
perfectly manicured gardens adding to its splendor.
Mahalaxmi temple at Panaji is considered to be the dwelling place of the
actual Goddess of the Shakti sect. It is a beautiful temple and the image
of the Goddess bears a striking resemblance to the Goddess that is at
Kolhapur, the main center of worship. The temple is one of those very
few temples in India that has a gallery of wooden images of Lord Vishnu.
The image of the Goddess is said to have a "Linga" on her head
and is considered to be a very peaceful form of the Devi.
How to Reach
Panaji can be easily reached by flights from major cities like Delhi,
Chennai, Mumbai, Cochin, Trivandrum, Mangalore, Bangalore, etc. The Dabolim
airport is at a distance of around 30 kilometers from Panaji.
The main railway station of Goa is at Margao and is at a distance of around
33 kilometers from Panaji. Regular trains ply from places like Mumbai,
Delhi, Jaipur, Secunderabad, Pune, etc.
Panaji can be easily reached by roads as highways have been built that
link it to neighboring states of Karnataka and Maharashtra. Inter state
transport is prevalent from Maharashtra
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