Panaji, located in Goa, India is one of the most visited destinations in the country. It is popular not only among the domestic visitors, but is also one of the most preferred destinations among the international tourists. Panaji, the capital of Goa is situated at the mouth of the Mandovi river and it is a reminiscent of an ancient provincial Mediterranean town. With a relaxed, friendly and idyllic ambience, Panaji is an awesome place to visit and some of the best things to do in Panaji include visiting Miramar and Dona Paula Beach, cruising on Mandovi River and exploring the old city of Panaji.
What attracts the people to Panaji is not just its coastline, but an array of other tourist attractions including the splendid churches exhibiting the outstanding Portuguese architecture, the wildlife sanctuaries and bird parks where one can spot many rare birds as well as other wild animals and the pristine backwaters, which have their own unique charm. The forts, churches, magnificent cathedrals and temples are among the top places visited by the tourists. These places give a sneak peak into the culture and tradition which Goa is witnessing for last 5 - 6 centuries.
If you are a foodie and love food as well as fine, you would love Panaji. Here you can try a variety of cuisines, and the traditional Goan cuisine is the city's highlight. The delectable seafood and the amazing variety of fish will make you crave for more. Panaji is also one of the best shopping destinations. A perfect blend of the exotic and contemporary shopping, you would love the variety of products available in the markets of Panaji. Thee street shopping is also a fun-filled experience in the capital city of Goa. The Panaji old town has the Portuguese charm alive and you can explore the unique architecture here.
Amongst the top reasons to visit Panaji is the exciting nightlife. Panaji has some amazing nightclubs and as gambling is legal in Goa, there are some magnificent casinos that you can visit and try your luck in. A few of these casinos are located on cruises, and form part of the best things to do in Panaji