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The Church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception (Panaji, India)

The next morning, when I open the curtains, I have a wonderful view of fishermen at the beach of Colva. Colva is a less touristy place than the other beaches in Goa. This means it’s not easy to find a comfortable hotel that meets up to European standards, but at the same time it’s not too crowded and a bit closer to local life.

After we’ve had breakfast and dropped off some laundry at a nearby laundry service, we take a bus to Panaji, the capital of Goa. This city is well-known for its colonial buildings, a heritage of several centuries of Portuguese domination.

We decide to follow the walking tour that’s printed in Lonely Planet, this way we pass all the important sights.

Exotic and charming streets (Panaji, India)
We start at the Church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception. It was built in 1541 and was one of the first churches to be built in Goa. The Church served as a landmark for sailors to offer thanks for a safe landing.

We move on to 31st January Road, and like most of the times when we try to follow a walking tour, we get lost continuously. It really doesn’t matter though, all the streets have an exotic charm, it’s lovely to just randomly stroll around.

We have a lazy lunch at a very cute place called Hotel Venite. It’s located on the second floor, has colourful graffiti covered walls and small balconies that hang over the street. When we move on, we pass the Chapel of St. Sebastian. In 1592 missionaries converted this Chapel from a private Hindu temple.

Our last stop is the Maruti Temple, a colourful temple dedicated to the monkey god Hanuman. We then take the bus back to Colva.

Panaji isn't that interesting if you ask me, it's just nice for a stroll on a lazy afternoon.

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The Church of Our Lady of the Imma…
The Church of Our Lady of the Imm…
Exotic and charming streets (Panaj…
Exotic and charming streets (Pana…
Exotic and charming streets (Panaj…
Exotic and charming streets (Pana…
Exotic and charming streets (Panaj…
Exotic and charming streets (Pana…
Hotel Venite (Panaji, India)
Hotel Venite (Panaji, India)
Hotel Venite (Panaji, India)
Hotel Venite (Panaji, India)
Exotic and charming streets (Panaj…
Exotic and charming streets (Pana…
The Maruti Temple (Panaji, India)
The Maruti Temple (Panaji, India)
The Maruti Temple (Panaji, India)
The Maruti Temple (Panaji, India)
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