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Panaji
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Low-rise and laid-back, this characterful riverside city has a distinct European flavor and a range of Indo-Portuguese architecture.

Goa’s capital, Panaji, is still commonly referred to by its Portuguese name, Panjim, and the legacy of its old colonial rulers doesn’t end there. Aesthetically, it is reminiscent of Portugal with ample green spaces, whitewashed churches and atmospheric old colonial quarters.

Panaji was a small and sleepy riverfront village up until the mid-19th century, when it replaced Old Goa as the capital of Portuguese India. Most of its development was orchestrated by its Portuguese rulers and the wide streets, neat layout and Portuguese-inspired architecture all act as evidence of this. Look for pastel-painted classic colonial buildings which have been given a characteristic Goan injection of color.

Be sure to climb up Altinho Hill to enjoy the views of the city and get your bearings. The surrounding neighborhood, known as Altinho, is worth wandering about. Seek out interesting old buildings including the sprawling Bishop’s Palace, the 17th-century Church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception and the Secretariat Building, the one-time home of Portuguese viceroys. The labyrinthine heritage quarter of Fontainhas and Sao Tome also has clusters of colonial architecture, while monuments like the Mahalaxmi Temple act as reminders of its Hindu heritage.

Don’t forget to sample traditional Goan cuisine while here. Be sure to try much-loved local staples, such as piri piri shrimp or sorpotel, which is a spicy pork and offal stew.

Panjim can also make a great base for exploring Old Goa, which is located just 5.6 miles (9 kilometers) from the city. The once-thriving and grand colonial capital was abandoned in the 19th century after several bouts of plague struck its inhabitants. Other worthwhile excursions include boat trips to the nearby picturesque islands, such as Chorão and Divar, and to the popular Miramar Beach.

Some of the best times of the year to visit Panaji are between late October and early April when temperatures are warm but pleasant. The nearest airport is in Dabolim, which is about a 40-minute drive from Panaji. The city is also connected by bus to many other major Indian centers, including Mumbai, Mangalore and Bangalore. Much of Panaji is walkable, but should you need to go further, local bus services and auto-rickshaws can help.

Goa Marriott Resort & Spa
Goa Marriott Resort & Spa
5 out of 5
Miramar Beach, Panaji, Goa
The price is Rs6,499 per night from 22 Apr to 23 Apr
Located in Panaji, this beachfront resort is in the city centre and within 2 mi (3 km) of Miramar Beach and Church of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception. Salim ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (360 reviews)
"Superb view. Great staff and service, a special shout-out to Delana who made our stay extra comfortable."

Reviewed on 24 Nov 2020

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Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Goa Panjim
Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Goa Panjim
4 out of 5
Plot No. 31 EDC Patto Plaza, Panaji, Goa
The price is Rs3,230 per night from 19 Apr to 20 Apr
This family-friendly Panaji hotel is located in the business district, within 1 mi (2 km) of Goa State Museum and Deltin Royale Casino. Miramar Beach is 2.4 ...
3.5/5Good! (92 reviews)
"The breakfast spread was surprisingly extensive. The bathrooms do need some deep cleaning. There was mould on the blinds. there are signs of disrepair here and there but the room was recently repainted and partially redone. The staff was very helpful and obliging. While I won’t necessarily categorise ..."

Reviewed on 4 Apr 2021

Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Goa Panjim
The Crown Goa
The Crown Goa
5 out of 5
Bairo Alto Dos Pilotos, Jose Falcao Rd, Panajim, Panaji, Goa
The price is Rs5,100 per night from 20 Apr to 21 Apr
Located in the centre of Panaji, this family-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of 18th June Road and Deltin Royale Casino. Miramar Beach is 1.7 mi (2.7 ...
4/5Very Good! (108 reviews)
"Room was spacious with external and surrounding natural views"

Reviewed on 9 Feb 2021

The Crown Goa
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OYO 24037 Home Spacious 2BHK Panjim Ferry
OYO 24037 Home Spacious 2BHK Panjim Ferry
2.5 out of 5
Malacca Rd, Ozari Malacca Rd, Ozari, \N, Panaji, Goa
Situated in Panaji, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of 18th June Road and Deltin Royale Casino. Miramar Beach is 1.7 mi (2.7 km) away.
OYO 24037 Home Spacious 2BHK Panjim Ferry
OYO 15899 Home Luxury Studio Panjim
OYO 15899 Home Luxury Studio Panjim
2 out of 5
G1 Nanu Tarkar, Pednekar Rd Altinho Panaji, Panaji, Goa
Located in Fontainhas, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Goa State Museum and Deltin Royale Casino. Miramar Beach is 2.4 mi (3.9 km) away.
OYO 15899 Home Luxury Studio Panjim
OYO 16923 Home Graceful Studio Miramar
OYO 16923 Home Graceful Studio Miramar
2.5 out of 5
G1, Plot No. B-P-B, LA, Compala Colony, Miramar, Panaji, Goa
Situated near the beach, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Caculo Mall and Miramar Beach. Deltin Royale Casino is 2.1 mi (3.4 km) away.
OYO 16923 Home Graceful Studio Miramar
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