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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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Aguada Beach

The Aguada Beach is situated in North Goa, Tourists flock towards Aguada Beach, Goa to catch the splendid view that the famous Fort Aguada offers of the sea and the beach. Apart from the fort, there are numerous beautiful churches that are worth visiting.

Fort Aguada is located in this beach. The Fort of Aguada was constructed by the Portuguese to check the access of the enemy into River Mandovi and also to shield old Goa from attacks. From the ramparts of Fort Aguada, the tourists can get a grand view of the golden beaches running exactly up to the boundaries of the Indian state of Maharashtra. At the center of the fort is a spherical lighthouse tower which was built up in the year 1864. If one can manage to reach the top of the lighthouse, then one can catch some excellent view of the Cabo Raj Niwas. The Fort at present is home to the central jail.
 
How to reach :.
Margao and Vasco da Gama are the 2 main railheads of Goa. Trains from Mumbai (490 km), Bangalore (430 km), Delhi (187
Dabolim International Airport is located at a distance of 29 kms from the city of Panaji. Airlines operate on a number of domestic flights to major cities of India. Flights for international destinations are also available 4 km) and several other cities are also available to Goa.
Goa is linked by a good network of roads to rest of the country. Buses of MSRTC and KSRTC run between Panaji, Vasco, Margao and to Bangalore, Belgaum and Pune.
 
City Info :
The brilliant scenic beauty and the architectural brilliances of its temples, churches and old houses have made Goa a strong favorite with travelers around the world. The state of Goa is much more than just beautiful beaches and the sea. It has a liveliness which goes intensely into its exclusive history, rich culture and some of the most gorgeous scenery of the nature that India has in store. A lot of the real Goa is in its interiors, both inside its buildings and in the environs away from the coastal area.
The evergreen destination of Goa is a traveler's paradise. Astonishingly beautiful blue beaches, luxurious silvery sands, wonderful flora and fauna, rich cultural heritage, fascinating churches, and marvelous temples, Goa has it all.

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