Vasco da Gama,is a city in the state of Goa on the west coast of India. It is named after the Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama. It is also the headquarters of the Mormugao taluka. The town lies at the mouth of the Zuari River, about 30 Kms from Panjim, Goa's capital, and about 5 Kms from Dabolim Airport.
The Indian Navy's Goa Naval Area (base) is located at Vasco, from which it controls Dabolim Airport.
Vasco is connected by road by the National Highway 17A, by rail by the Vasco da Gama railway station, by the sea through the Mormugao Harbour and by air through Dabolim Airport, thus serving as the main hub for most tourists visiting the state of Goa.
Vasco is heavily reliant on the port for most of its economic activity. The Mormugao Port Trust which operates the port is the largest employer in the Vasco region and has a complete mini-township in Headland Sada which includes schools, residential complexes and amenities for employees of the Port.The port has berthing facilities for large cruise liners as well as a floating dry dock. There are shipping and freight forwarding agents as well as offices of major mining companies based in the city.
Bogmalo Beach is 8 kms from Vasco. This beach is quite risky as it has underwater currents. Hollant and Baina are two smaller beaches around Vasco. However the Naval Aviation Museum near the airport is a popular tourist spot and is the only such museum in India.
Vasco is known for the annual Saptah fair held in Shravan month of Hindu lunar calendar. Like all towns and cities in Goa, Vasco celebrates the Shigmo/ xigmo and Carnival annually with a street parade where floats from all over Goa participate.
Most popular sport in Vasco is Football.Tilak Maidan is a football stadium which has a capacity oid 15,000 spectators.Two Major indian football teams namely Vasco Sports Club and Salgaocar Sports Club are from this town which also have participated in the I-League.
The National Centre for Antarctic and Ocean Research located at Headland Sada is a research and development institution administered by the Ministry of Earth Sciences.
Vasco Has all the infrastructure required for a good Living like Eduacational institutes, hospitals, Roads,Markets Etc.The Navy Children School, is located in Vasco-da-Gama. It is one of eight similar institutions in India.
Mormugao Educational Society's College of Arts and Commerce, locally known as MES College, is an institution in Zuarinagar, Vasco-da-Gama which provides training in commerce and the arts.
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