|One of the many Portuguese style homes in Fontainhas.|
"Fontainhas (or Bairro das Fontainhas, in Portuguese) is an old Latin Quarter in the city of Panaji in Goa, India. It maintains to this day its Portuguese influence, namely at the architectonic level, such as narrow streets, old villas and buildings painted in lively colors. The quarter shows how Panaji was during the Portuguese rule of Goa." - Source: Wikipedia.
I used to work and live in Panjim 20 years ago. I would pass by Fontainhas almost every day, but never thought to give it a second glance. For my career-oriented eyes, it seemed like any other place. Last week, when I was flying from Mumbai to Goa on Spice Jet airlines, I started reading their in-flight magazine and found an article in their travel section called "Must-see places", and Fontainhas is listed as one of the places. That was an eye opener for me so I decided to check it out.
I got into an auto-rickshaw and asked the driver to drop me anywhere on the Fontainhas street. He stopped right in front of the place where Fontainhas (Portuguese word for "small fountains") begins. The water from the fountains looks very dirty. I am not sure if the locals use this water for their daily use.
|Fontainhas (The little fountains).|
I looked up the Altinho hill where a modern Hindu temple dominates the landscape.
|A Hindu temple overlooking Fontainhas.|
|View of Fontainhas & Panjim City.|
|Street view - Fontainhas|
|A cross by the street side.|
|Colorful houses on Fontainhas street.|
|Portuguese style windows.|
|School children from nearby school.|
|Panjim Church with fireworks display.|