Idalcao’s Palace is Panaji’s oldest building. Idalcaon is the corrupted word for Adil Shah Khan who was the ruler of Bijapur. It was rebuilt by the Portuguese in 1615. It now houses important government offices.
The Church Square is another tourist top-spot not to be missed when in Panaji. It was called the ‘Jardim de Garcia da Orta’ named after a famous physician Garcia de Orta. The centre of the square has the statue of Vasco da Gama.
Fontainhas is another ... More old place in Panaji. It is so named because of the multiple springs in the area. The narrow streets give the impression of the Portuguese-planned town. It also houses the Church of Saint Sebastian.
San Thome is another ancient landmark of the city of Panaji near the current General Post Office which was then the centre of trade for tobacco and mint.
The area opposite to it is where public executions took place.
Panaji is 1,022 meters above sea-level. It lies on the banks of the Mandavi river and has a pleasant weather all through the year. Summers and winters are moderate in climate. Panaji is home to about 66,000 people as of 2005 census.
The Hindus and Catholics form the majority of population. The Portuguese left an exceptional mark on the culture of the state with the Baroque style buildings and their population still ... More exists.
Christmas and Carnival are celebrated by the Christians whereas Deepawali and Durga Puja are celebrated by the Hindus in the state.
People love to eat fish and meat with a great amount of alcohol.
The city has a number of beautiful sandy beaches and great riverside views.
Our Lady of the immaculate Conception Church is in the heart of the city around which the city is built.
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