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Panjim is one of the best planned cities in the country, with a neat network of main avenues and connecting roads, a sewerage system, gardens and excellent Indo-Portuguese architecture. Panjim is a microcosm of Goa with a river and the Arabian Sea lapping at its feet, Khazan and salt pan lands which have now turned into the bus terminus and Patto Plaza the corporate district of Goa., from the salt pans to the coconut groves and Panjim rises up in an extremely picturesque manner to its hilltop at Altinho.

Panjim was originally a small fishing village with lots of coconut groves between creeks and fields. This capital city was a ward of Taleigao village. It so enamoured Adil Shah that he built his summer palace surrounded by a moat which was later filled up by the Portuguese when they came in to power and left Old Goa with its pestilence and disease to build a new city or Nova Goa as Panjim was called. But it was only during the early 19 th century that the city was enlarged, public sewerage, tree-lined avenues, gardens and ornamental park benches etc. The city was elevated to the status of city and became the capital of Goa by a royal decree and was known as Nova Goa.

The magnificent edifices of Old Goa were dismantled and the stones were reused to build smaller but very elegant houses for the people of Panjim and sturdy but again, elegant government buildings. Panjim with its broad tree lined avenues, gardens and beautiful buildings earned her the sobriquet, “Princess of the Mandovi”.

But all things must end, especially those who had to protect this beautiful city from the ravages of time. After Liberation the buildings of Panjim, began to lose their sparkle as those entrusted with their maintenance allowed the city to go to wrack and ruin.

Now Panjimites realize the value of its heritage and the Goa Heritage Action Group has been in the forefront of restoring Panjim to its earlier glory.

Architect Raya Shankwalker has taken photographs of some of Panjim’s old structures which have been renovated. His photographs prove that sometimes city fathers and city people can come together to bring a city to life. Raya too has played a large part in the beautification of Panjim city.

Goa Statistics

Co-ordinates: 15o29’35’’N 73o49’05’’E / 15.493oN 73.818oE

Area: 3702 km2

Capital: Panaji

Official language: Konkani

Altitude: sea level up to 1022 mts

Climate: max 36oC, min 17oC

Annual rainfall: 300 cms (average)

Population: 13, 43,998

Population density: 363/km2

Literacy rate: 82.32%

Time zone: IST (UTC+5.30)

Districts: 2

Established: 30th may 1987

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Places in Goa

Bogmalo Beach

Bogmalo Beach was formerly a small fishing village of Goa. Presently it is a favorite haunt of the large number of tourists who pour into this exotic state all throughout the year. And surprisingly in spite of being the center of a fair amount of commercial activity, Bogmalo Beach has still managed to retain its serene and tranquil ambience. This makes it an ideal spot for both the active and the contemplative. Relax in the golden beach or else indulge yourself in fun and frolic.

Bogmalo is very clean and one can easily bask in the sunny beach simply watching the vast expanse of sea in front. However the sea here is also very safe and if one so desires, a bath too can be very enjoyable. The waves are welcoming and it is a delightful experience to be befriending them.
There are numerous eateries in Bogmalo Beach. Drop into any of them and taste the delectable Goan delicacies on offer. There are many shops in Bogmalo Beach. Shopping for little trinkets or handicraft items is an enjoyable experience. They make lovely gifts too and your near ones are sure to be delighted on receiving them.
How to reach :
Bogmalo Beach is easily reachable from Vasco da Gama which is at a distance of about 8 km from Bogmalo by bus and taxi. The Dabolim airport is 18 km away. Bogmalo Beach is reachable from this vital transit point too by buses, taxis and motorcycle taxis.

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