Last month I visited Goa only for 24 hours. Trip was short because I had gone just to attend the Grand Finale of Indian Hairdressing Awards at The Grand Hyatt, Goa. I landed in Goa late in the afternoon, so Day 1 was all about the event and meeting all the participants, exploring the breathtaking property I stayed at. But Day 2 was short and sweet, I woke up with the feeling to absorb North Goa’s scenic beauty. My flight back to Mumbai was at 2:30 pm, so I could only manage to explore Panji because it was 35 minutes away from my hotel.
The first hand experience of Portuguese – Goan heritage while taking a brisk walk through the narrow streets of Mala area in Panaji will stay with me forever. Unfortunately, I couldn’t revisit the area during my last visit, but I cannot wait to go back. I plan to stay in the area and spend time reading and exploring the lanes and architecture full of old worl charm when I visit Goa next..
Panji or Panjim is the capital of the Indian state of Goa and the headquarters of North Goa district. It lies on the banks of the Mandovi River estuary in Tiswadi taluka. With a population of 114,405 in the metropolitan area, Panaji is Goa’s largest city, ahead of Margao and Vasco da Gama. Panaji means “land that never floods”. It has terraced hills, concrete buildings with balconies and red-tiled roofs, churches, and a riverside promenade. There are avenues lined with gulmohar, acacia and other trees. The Baroque Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Church is located overlooking the main square known as Praça da Igreja. Colourful villas, cobbled streets and interesting buildings give Panaji a Portuguese ambience.
Here is my picture diary from that day..