Golden beaches, clear, blue sky, never-ending ocean and a distinct European vibe, which mixes with the unique native traditions and becomes one…this is Panjim, also called Panaji. The largest town in the state of Goa, it is also its cultural and political heart. Further, the town serves as the primary gateway into the remoter and more beautiful parts of Goa. As a large number of tourists come to the town on a daily basis, the number of hotels in Panjim, Goa is extremely high. These range from humongous ones that offer a royal treatment to those that provide comfortable accommodation within your budget. If you are looking to spend less on your stay and much more on making your holiday in the state the ultimate one, then book a room at FabHotels. Alternatively, you can also stay in Calangute, one of the most famous beach areas in the state. FabHotel Sarala Crown and FabHotel The King's Court are two of the best budget hotels in Calangute.
About Panjim, Goa
Panjim is located in the North district at the mouth of the Mandovi River. On one side is the ocean while on the other is tropical greenery, giving the city a highly picturesque look. The grand carnival, which is held in February, displays the European influence in all its glory, whereas Shigmotsav, celebrated around Holi, brings to life the native traditions, cementing Panaji’s place among the truly multi-cultural destinations in the country. Panjim is home to several of Goa’s popular attractions along with major state government establishments and prominent transit hubs. This is the reason so many holidaymakers scout for hotels in Panjim City.
Shopping and Restaurants in Panjim, Goa
Goa is an incredible place to shop as the locals produce really unique handicrafts, and from luxury or budget hotels in Panjim, you can reach several retail hubs with ease. Municipal Market and New Municipal Market offer a more traditional Indian shopping experience, whereas for a modern therapy, you can head to Caculo Mall. Another popular shopping area in Panjim is AJ Supermarket.
The choice, which travelers get in terms of gastronomy in Panjim, is simply amazing. From beachside shacks serving drinks with light snacks and family restaurants offering typical Goan delights to extravagant venues specializing in eclectic European fare and hip bars with unique cocktails on the menu, Panjim has them all. Via Panjim, Mum’s Kitchen, Black Sheep Bistro, Hotel Venite, Café Bodega, Route 66, Verandah, Fisherman’s Wharf, Anandashram, Café Bhonsle, Vihar Restaurant, Baba’s Wood Café, Sher E Punjab, George Bar & Restaurant, A Tona Bar and Restaurant, Bhatti Village, The Upper House, LaFayette Bar and Restaurant and Tuscany Gardens are great places to eat. Other popular restaurants in Panjim are The Goan Room, Kokni Canteen, Ritz Classic, Peep Kitchen, Tato’s Fine Dining, The Salt Café, Horseshoe Bar & Restaurant, Sunaparanta Café Al Fresco, Thai N Wok, Down The Road, Black Vanilla, O Coqueiro, Malaka Spice, and Barrels & Bones.
Tourist Attractions in Panjim, Goa
Many places of interest, such as Goa Science Centre and Planetarium, Immaculate Conception Church and Miramar Beach are within the city itself. In addition, all the famous floating casinos are anchored off the city coast. Tourists staying at hotels in Panjim below 1000 or luxury ones have the advantage of being close to numerous other popular tourist attractions in the state, including the following:
• Dona Paula (6.2 km)
• Bambolim Beach (6.6 km)
• Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary (7.7 km)
• Reis Magos Fort (10.8 km)
• Velha (11.6 km)
How to Reach Panjim, Goa
An extremely sought-after holiday destination, Panjim can be reached from around the city by road, rail and air. Panjim Bus Stand has daily services to and from places like Mumbai. Among the best pocket-friendly hotels in Mumbai are FabHotel Swamini Niwas and FabHotel Hyson International. If you are coming and leaving the city by bus, then you can choose from a range of hotels in Panjim near bus stand for a pleasant stay. Goa International Airport, commonly known as Dabolim airport, is approximately 27 km from the city, whereas Karmali Railway Station is 11.5 km away.