|Cholta Cholta at Panjim Gardens.|
My friend Cecil thought it would be a good opportunity for both of us to learn something about Panjim - especially since I am on a "Explore Goa" tour. I jumped at the opportunity and took a local bus to travel all the way to Panjim (The capital of Goa that is about 60 kilometers from where I live). My family (especially my brothers) were perplexed why I chose to travel by the local buses when I could easily ask one of them to drive me by car. I've been enjoying my travels by buses because I get to know a lot of interesting people- so I plan to use buses as often as I can during my stay here in Goa.
The turnout for the walking tour was less than expected but the organizers decided to go ahead with the tour. The tour starts at the Panjim Garden which has been recently renovated. The garden is named after Garcia de Orta, a Portuguese naturalist and a pioneer of tropical medicine.
|Jardin Garcia de Orta - Panjim.|
|Gift shop owners showing their family heritage.|
|First Marathi school for Girls under Portuguese rule.|
|Metal roof of the school building.|
We finally concluded our tour in front of the Panjim church. The church celebrates its annual feast on 8th December, so the church was fully lit and novenas were in progress. We learned an interesting fact about the church. The distinguishing feature of the church (i.e. the winding steps) were not part of the original building. They were added much later on.
|Panjim church on the eve of its annual feast.|