Panaji (known as Panjim in English) is the capital of the state of Goa. Goa's largest city, Panaji is situated on the banks of the Mandovi river in Tiswadi taluka. Panjim is a favorite among tourists for its old world charm, pretty villas, cobbled streets and interesting buildings that give it a Portuguese ambience.
Places to Stay
Panjim has a lot of accommodation options to offer. Some of the budget options are Sea Shore Beach Resort (Tariff- Rs. 850) Summerville Beach Resort (Tariff- Rs. 900) and Goan Clove Apartment Hotel (Tariff- Rs. 950).
Konkani is the official language. English and Hindi is also spoken here.
Shigmo the colorful spring festival is Goa's version of Holi is held during the full-moon period in March. The annual Goan Carnival is also marked by great revelry and celebrations. The largest film festival in India, International Film Festival of India (IFFI) is held in Goa every year.
Places to Visit
Some of the places to visit in Panaji are Adilshahi Palace, the Mahalaxmi Temple, the Jama Masjid mosque, the Chapel of St. Sebastian, 18th June Road , Mala area, Miramar beach and the Kala Academy, Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is Dabolim Airport (30kms).
The Vasco Da Gama railway station has many regular trains that connect the city with the important cities of the country. The Panaji railway station is also another station in the city.
Panjim has many bus stands such as the Interstate Private Bus Stand, Miramar Bus Stand, Secretariat Bus Stand, People's HS Bus Stand, Mala Bus Stand, Patto Footbridge Bus Stand and the Four Pillar Bus Stand. Many private bus operators such as Fernandes Tours & Travels, Neeta Tours and Travels and RMS Travels & Tourism run regular buses to and from the city. Book your tickets through Ticketgoose.com and make use of its bus ticket offer
A town in the Ratnagiri District of Maharashtra, Ganpatipule is located 375 kms away from south Mumbai and 25 kms from Ratnagiri along the Konkan coast. The origin of the name Ganpatipule is attributed to the belief that Hindu God Ganapati resided in a place called Pule, near the town.
Places to Stay
There are good budget hotels in Ganapatipule. Some options are Atharava Residency (Tariff – Rs. 1240), and Shree Sagar (Tariff – Rs. 1000).
The most spoken language in Ganapatipule is Marathi. The other languages spoken are English and Hindi.
The significant festivals of Ganapatipule are Gauri Ganapati and Magh Chaturthi (Birthday of God Ganapati) which falls either in the month of January or February every year. Other festivals celebrated are Holi in March and Gudi Padva and Diwali in November.
Places of Interest
Ganpatipule has some well-known and attractive tourist spots. The Swayambhu Temple in Ganpatipule (20 kms from the town of Ratnagiri), where God Ganapati’s idol is said to be self-originated from soil, is a famous Hindu pilgrimage site. Besides this, the Jaigad Fort (15 kms from Ganapatipule), Thibaw Palace (23 kms from Ratnagiri), Gaywadi Beach (2.5 kms from Ganapatipule) and Prachin Konkan (0.5 kms from Ganapatipule) are also a must visit.
How to Get There
The nearest airport to Ganapatipule is the Kolhapur Airport. It is situated 114 kms away from the town.
Ganapatipule is connected to Ratnagiri with the Konkan Railway line. Ratnagiri Railway Station is 18 kms away from Ganapatipule.
There are private bus and state bus services to Ganapatipule from Mumbai, Pune and Kolhapur. Bus ticket booking discount coupons are available online on several bus booking portals. Make use of them while booking your tickets.