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
Pune which was earlier referred to as Poona is the second most famous city in Maharashtra. The city is famous for its ancient forts since this was home to the legendary Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. The place is called the "Oxford of East" for its good old universities and its numerous colleges. Pune is known to have a pleasant climate and is also considered to be the greenest urban areas of Maharashtra.
Places to Stay
There are good budget hotels in Pune. Some of them are Celebrations Inn, (Tariff – Rs.1576), Ginger-Pimpri (Tariff – Rs.1,429), Hotel Basera (Tariff – Rs.942) and Hotel Kamlesh, (Tariff – Rs.936).
The official language of Pune is Marathi. The other languages spoken include Hindi and English.
Some famous festivals and events of Pune include Pune Festival, Pune International Film Festival, and Chaturshringi Jatra
Places of Interest
There are several places of tourist attraction in Pune. Some of the places include Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum (7kms from Railway station ), Shaniwar Wada ( 3kms from bus stand), Mulshi Lake and Dam Pune (7km from bus stand) and Pataleshwar Cave Temple (2Km from bus stand)
How to Get There
Pune Airport is positioned within 10 kms north-east of Pune. The airport provides travelers with Domestic and international flights on a daily basis.
All the trains from Pune railway station are being maintained by Indian Railway. This station handles freight transport.
Pune Bus Stand is said to be an important bus station of the city. Pune station bus stand connects Mumbai and Pune and several government and private buses pass through the city. Some of the best bus operators that offer good experience for passengers include Snapstar Tours and Travels, Saiyog Tours & Travels and Ayaan Tours and Travels. Ticketgoose.com provides bus tickets at minimum rates to all its travelers.