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Goa Sightseeing Tours begins with an arrival in Panaji.
Though Goan towns are smaller than a lot of other Indian towns, they are important cultural, business and tourist centers that provide the Goan population with civic amenities, and modern conveniences and infrastructure. They provide most of the population with some sort of employment and the people of Goa are dependent on them for their livelihood either directly or indirectly.
Cities of Goa The ancient way to tone up your mind, body and soul. Situated on the western coastline of India, Goa is split into two districts, North Goa with the capital city of Panaji and South Goa with places such as Vasco da Gama and Margao. On one side stand the palm trees, lush green and swaying in the wind, and on the other the vast Indian Ocean greets you.
Fort Aguada & Candolim:
One of the main bastions commanding the entrance into the Mandovi River was Fort Aguada. Built by the Portuguese in 1612, with a church, the new lighthouse (which can be visited during specified hours 4 to 530 pm, barracks (Aguda Jail) along the beachside (Sinquerim beach lies below the fort) – its worth visiting.
A small town clustered around the Mount (Alto) is Mapusa. It forms the hub of north Goa with an even blend of residential and commercial establishments. Its 13 kms away from Panaji, a sharing taxi or a bus will take you there. Known popularly for its Friday market, people from all over Goa come here to buy and sell their wares.
The main population center of southern Goa is Margao, the capital of Salcete Province. The town still has reminders of the Portuguese past. It is a peaceful and pleasant place. The old Margao church is worth a visit and the covered market is the best of its kind in the whole of Goa.
9 km from the East of Panjim is Old Goa and is popular for its churches and cathedrals. Some of the old buildings are converted into museums maintained by Archaeological Survey of India.
The state capital of Goa is Panjim and is popularly known as the seat of the Government. It also houses the head offices of most business concerns. Panjim is also known as Panaji and is one of the India’s smallest and pleasantest state capitals and is located on the south bank of the wide Mandovi River.
Ponda is also known as Antruz Mahal. It’s called so because of the concentration of culture, music, drama and poetry. It also houses the temples of Lord Mangesh (Shiva), Lord Nagesh, Lord Ganapati, Lord Ramnath and the Goddesses Mahalasa and Shantdurga. Ponda is also known as Antruz Mahal. It’s called so because of the concentration of culture, music, drama and poetry. It also houses the temples of Lord Mangesh (Shiva), Lord Nagesh, Lord Ganapati, Lord Ramnath and the Goddesses Mahalasa and Shantdurga.
2km west on the Panjim road was built in 1560 by the Bijapuri ruler Ibrahim Adil Shah, this small mosque, with its whitewashed walls and pointed terra-cotta tile roof, is renowned less for its run-of-the-mill architecture than for being one of only two Islamic shrines in Goa to survive the excesses of the Portuguese Inquisition.
Goa’s most cosmopolitan city, Vasco-Da-Gama, also known as Vasco, it lies on the narrow western tip of the Mormugao peninsula, overlooking the mouth of the Zuari River. Goa’s most cosmopolitan city, Vasco-Da-Gama, also known as Vasco, it lies on the narrow western tip of the Mormugao peninsula, overlooking the mouth of the Zuari River. Acquired by the Portuguese in 1543, this strategically important site was formerly among the busiest ports on India’s west coast, and it remains a key-shipping center, with container vessels and iron-ore barges clogging the choppy river mouth.
Vasco-Da-Gama is almost 30 km from Panaji and is also the railway terminus for passenger service. The Mormugao Harbor, one of India’s few natural harbors is 4 km from Vasco at one end. And Goa’s only airport, Dabolim is also 4 km from Vasco, at the other end.