Tourism in Panaji
Here is a brief roundup of unique tourism experience that today Panaji city is invariably known for.
Experience the churches and temples of PanajiPanaji’s true soul and essence are its beautiful churches and temples, as they are not merely tourist hotspots but testimony of its rich history and also religious harmony. Whether it is Church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception, which not only owns the distinction of being the oldest church of Goa but also a proud symbol of rich Portuguese legacy. Or the famous Mahalaxmi Temple, which was the first ever temple built during Portuguese regime and proudly marks as a proud symbol of Hindu – Christian unity in the city. Panaji’s every famous religious destination is in fact deeply interwoven in the city’s rich history and are proud representation of city’s belief in religious tolerance.
Here are the names of other famous religious destinations, which are always thronged by tourists round the year: Basilica of Bom Jesus, Se Cathedral, Tomb of St. Francis Xavier and Shantadurga Temple.
Chill Out at the Beaches in GoaIf there is one thing that you simply can’t take away from Goa, then it is the beautiful beaches. The beautiful beaches of Goa not just attract tourists from across India, but also from far across the world. Although Panaji doesn’t have many beaches, but the Miramar Beach located just outside Panaji city is certainly amongst the most popular beaches of Goa and hence is always thronged by tourists round the year. Besides, many other immensely beautiful and popular beaches are located in the adjoining towns of Panaji city.
Go for the Panaji City TourOnce you’re done with experiencing beautiful churches and chilling out at beaches, go for a city tour. Private Rental car services and even auto rickshaws for sightseeing are easily available in Panaji city. The city tour will help you discover cultural and other facets that are as beautiful as its beaches and churches. Here are the names of few landmark places that you mustn’t forget to visit while you’re on a city tour: Goa Science Centre and Planetarium, Kala academy at Campal, Goa State Museum, Panjim Heritage Walk, Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary and Dr. Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary.
Dine, Wine and Shop in PanajiAfter you’re tired of tourist excursion, you can easily enjoy the much needed break by dinning and shopping at some of the best eateries and markets that Panaji city has to offer. And Since Goan people themselves love shopping and eating a lot, they never hesitate to share that same with tourists. And when you’re in Goa, you can’t obviously miss to relish the famous Goan food. Go have it in innumerable special Goan restaurants located throughout Panaji city. Besides, Goa including Panaji also offers great diversity in food restaurants. There are food stalls and shacks lined up near beautiful beaches and of course there is no dearth of upscale multi cuisine restaurants serving range of Indian and European cuisines.
As for shopping, many famous weekly markets are organized in the adjoining towns of Panaji city. Some of them have in fact achieved cult status among tourists. These are Anjuna Market, Mapusa Market and Calangute Market Square. Besides, upscale retail stores dealing with range of lifestyle products are also available throughout Panaji cities. These stores are where you can splurge on designer cloths, expensive home arts and jewelries. And lastly, Goa also has decent numbers of shopping malls where biggest of international brands have their stores. Don’t forget to visit the famous BIG G Mall, located in the very heart of Panaji city.