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Panjim Fast Facts
- State: Goa
- Famous for/as: City,Beach,Pilgrimage
- Best Season: September to June
- Weather: The temperature during the summer rises up to a maximum of 32.7 degrees centigrade while in winter it drops down to a minimum of 21.3 degrees centigrade.
- Clothing: Lots of light cotton casual clothes, beach wear, hats and sunglasses, tubes and tubes of sunscreen cream and many, many bottles of sun tan lotion. Panaji is well equipped to deal with most people’s requirements.
- Local Transport:
- Pincode: 403001
- STDCode: 832
POLICE:Panaji : 0832-226482 Panaji(Control room): 0832-223400
HOSPITAL:Goa Medical College (Casualty): 0832-223026
TOURISM INFO: Panjim : 0832-223412
Nova Goa, India Overview
Panjim or Panaji, means "the land that does not flood", it is the capital of Goa and a small and charming city on the banks of silvery Mandovi River. A collection of Red Roofed latin style houses protected by a hilltop fort, and surrounded by stagnant swampland, statues and avenues lined with Gulmohar, Acassia and other trees, numerous small bars and cafe's shows the culture and strong history of Goa. It's a town utterly unique to the sub-continent, yet for most travellers it tends to be a quick after thought to a Goa beach holiday. Some fantastic government buildings along the riverside like the Idalcao Palace, Our Lady of Immaculate Conception, Braganza Institute, Jama Masjid, Mahalaxmi Temple, attracts people from all over the world.
Panaji was earlier called, is the capital of the small but vibrant state of Goa. Panaji is a tiny city that packs in a large punch. The church on the main square, the Baroque architecture, pretty villas, cobbled streets and interesting buildings give Panaji a distinctly Portuguese ambience.
The pretty town of Panaji lies along the left bank of the Mandovi River - piled up against terraced hills, a jumble of concrete buildings with whimsical balconies and red-tiled roofs, bleached clean churches and a riverside promenade that is just right for an evening stroll. The Old Portuguese quarter of Fontainhas, a charming section of Panaji with its narrow cobbled streets, quaint taverns, tiny pubs and bars, are a nostalgic kickback to the days of yore.
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Panjim, India History
Panaji had been mentioned in inscriptions as early as the 12th century. The Kadambas, Chalukyas and the Satavahanas ruled over Panaji along with other areas of Goa at different times. Under the rule of muslim ruler Adil Shahis many palaces were built here. Old Goa was his administrative capital.
Panaji, the capital city of Goa is located on the left bank of the river Mandovi. A small fishing village with trees, creeks and fishermen was called as Ponjy, which means the land that never floods. The present name is the corrupted version as the Portuguese called it Panajim which now has become Panaji. Today this town boasts of having the oldest Municipality in Asia and is an enchanting city of beaches, gardens and statues with an air of Portuguese touch. Panaji is very different than any of state capitals in India.
In 1632 the then Viceroy, Count de Linhares, Dom Miguel de Noronha built the 3.2km causeway linking Panajim with Ribandar village and Panaji came into existence. Earlier this small village was almost negligible. On December 1, 1759, the then Viceroy, Dom Manuel de Saldanha de Albuquerque, Count of Ega, shifted his residence from Panelim (near Old Goa) to Panajim. Panaji is a typical Goan town, built around a church facing a prominent square, with beautiful Portuguese Baroque style buildings and enchanting old villas. The riverside, speckled with brightly whitewashed houses with wrought iron balconies and red Mangalore tiled roof gives a different look altogether.
There are some fine government buildings along the riverside boulevard, and the Passport Office is especially noteworthy. This actually was the palace of Adil Shah the Sultan of Bijapur, built in the 16th century. It was later converted to Vice regal Lodge in 1615 by the Portuguese and in 1843 the structure became the Secretariat. Today it is the Passport Office. The Church Square is a fine illustration of the awesome Portuguese Baroque style. . There are two old sections of the city existing today, one called Fontainhas and the other Sao Tome. The hillock overlooking the city is called Altinho.
Today, Panaji is not only the state capital, but also an educational, commercial and cultural center of Goa. It has many educational institutes and theatres catering to the growing demand.