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¤ About Panjim
PanjimThe picturesque town of Panjim or Panaji is located on the southern banks of the Mandovi river. The town of Panjim is the state capital of Goa and is built around a church facing a prominent square. The town is studded with some exquisite Portugues Baroque style buildings and bewitching old villas. One can find some fantastic government buildings along the riverside thoroughfare. The Passport Office here was once the palace of Adil Shah, the Sultan of Bijapur. The cobbled alleys of the town are lined with stupefying old taverns and cafes. Meeting local people in these alleys is a pleasing experience. The catholic churches and the enchanting neoclassical houses give rise to a fantastic backdrop as you trudge around the town.

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¤ Major Tourist Attractions of Panjim
» Our Lady of Immaculate Conception - Built in 1541, Our Lady of Immaculate Conception is the main church of the town. It is reminiscent of the church at Reis Magos.

» Idalcao Palace - It was once the palace of Adil Shah of Bijapur. Rebuilt in 1615 the palace served as the Viceregal Palace and today it stands as the Passport Office.

» Jama Masjid - The Jama Masjid is an elegant mosque in the town. Erected after the Inquisition it is a must-visit for the tourists and the visitors.

» Mahalaxmi Temple - The Mahalaxmi Temple is yet another attraction of the town. It symbolises the Hindu community that predominates the state of Goa.

» The Braganza Institute - The Braganza Institute is a popular visiting site in the town of Panjim. The blue tiled frieze is a reminder of the Portugues colonisation in India.

» Chapel of St. Sebastian - The St. Sebastian Chapel is a whitewashed church at the end of a small square. To celebrate the patron saint's day, a street fiesta is held here every year in mid-November.

Panjim¤ Shopping
Panaji provides ample opportunities for shopping. Designer clothing, accessories and shoes are all available at reasonable prices. One can also pick up antiques, wood carvings, embroidery items, terracotta pottery, jewellery items, leather goods and restored antique furniture from the shops in town. Stalls along the beaches sell handicrafts from all over the country. Camelot and Wendell Rodrique's are popular market outlets.

¤ Accommodation
Panjim offers a range of accommodation facilities. The town has hotel ranging from Deluxe to Economy to Heritage to Budget hotels. Among the deluxe hotels are Marriott Resort Pani, Cidade de Goa and Bogmallo Beach Resort. Nova Goa and Nizma Resort are economy hotels. Panjim Inn is a heritage hotel.

¤ Climate of Panjim
Panjim has a temperate climate throughout the year. 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. From September to June is the best time for the tourists to visit the town as during this time the weather is cool and pleasant.

¤ How To Reach Panjim
» Air - Indian Airlines, Jet Airways and Sahara Airlines connect Goa to the major cities of the country. Dabolim is the nearest airport from Panaji.
» Rail - Madgaon is the nearest railway station that connects Panaji to Mumbai, Delhi, Secunderabad, Pune and Jaipur.
» Road - The town of Panaji has good connection by road with all the major cities of Goa and nearby states.

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