Panaji usually known in English as (Panjim) is the capital of the 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.
Panaji has various sub-divisions, some of which are São Tomé, Fontainhas, Mala, Portais, Altinho, Cortin, Praça da Igreja, Tar (near the ferry wharf), Bāzār, Japão (near Don Bosco), and Boca de Vaca. Some areas outlying it are Cāmpāl, Santa Inez, Chinchollem, Batulem, and Pātto. Besides lying on the banks of the Mandovi River, Panaji is bounded by two creeks, locally called pői in the singular, namely Ourém and Santa Inêz.
Panaji became a state-capital on Goa's elevation to statehood in 1987. Between 1961 and 1987, it was the capital of the Union Territory of Goa, Daman and Diu. A new Legislative Assembly complex was inaugurated in March 2000, across the Mandovi River, in Alto Porvorim. Panaji is also the administrative headquarters of North Goa district.The official residence of the Governor of Goa, known as Cabo Raj Bhavan, is situated on the westernmost tip of Dona Paula.
Panaji features a tropical monsoon climate. The climate in Panaji is hot in summer and equable in winter.
The heart of the city is the Praça da Igreja (Church Square) or Municipal Garden with the Portuguese Baroque Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Church.
The tourist attractions include the old and rebuilt Adilshahi Palace (or Idalçao Palace), dating from the sixteenth century, the Institute Menezes Braganza, the Mahalaxmi Temple, the Jama Masjid Mosque, the Chapel of St. Sebastian and the Fontainhas area—which is considered to be the old Latin Quarter—as well as the nearby beach of Miramar. Hanuman Mandir at Malā on the hill top (Altinho) and its annual zatrā in February are a major attraction of Panaji. Panaji hosted the relics of Saint John Bosco (also known as Don Bosco) till 21 August 2011 at the Don Bosco Oratory.
The carnival celebrations, the Shigmo/xigmo during holi,The Narkāsūr parade on the night before Diwali all include a colourful parade on the streets.
Well-known places in Panaji are the 18th June Road a shopping area for tourists and locals, Mala area, Miramar beach and the Kala Academy (a cultural centre).The famous Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary which islocated in the village of Chorão, near Panaji, plays host to rare and endangered bird species—both migratory and resident.
Panaji is famous for its beaches, and Miramar, Bambolim, and Dona Paula are three popular beaches located near Panaji.Miramar Beach is one of the more crowded beaches in Goa.
The Iffi(international Film Festival) is also held every year in panaji,thus making Goa a international Venue.
Dona Paula is the meeting point for two of Goa’s famous rivers, Zuari and Mandovi. Also Called the Lovers Point.
Panaji is a City were you can see and enjoy all such Sights & Landmarks, Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities, Fun & Games, Casinos & Gambling, Shopping & Fashion, Boat Tours & Water Sports, Museums,Theatre & Concerts.
The nearest airport is Dabolim Airport which is 30 Kms away.
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