Explore through the dusty debris and cultural heritage of the town of Vasco Da Gama in Goa. Locally known as Vasco, no guesses from where the town gets its name from. Named after the Portuguese pioneer, Vasco Da Gama, the town was under Portuguese governance till 1961 and came into existence in 1543. Snuggled on the peninsular tip of the River Zuari, this little town is one of the few natural harbours that subsist in the country. With a culture and tradition that reflects the Portuguese heritage, the town of Vasco Da Gama attracts a lot of visitors and here is a list of must-see places you must visit.
How To Reach Vasco Da Gama:
By Air: The closest airport to reach Vasco Da Gama, is the Goa International Airport, which is only 5 km away from the town.
By Rail: The Vasco Da Gama railhead is located at the heart of the town and it is well connected by trains from the nearby towns and cities.
By Road: The Vasco Market Bus Terminal connects Vasco Da Gama via roadways to all the major cities of the country.
Best Time To Visit Vasco Da Gama:
The best time to visit Vasco Da Gama is in the months of December to February when the weather is pleasant with an average temperature of 20°C to 25°C.
Places To Visit In Vasco Da Gama:
1. Bogmalo Beach
The pristine shores of the Bogmalo Beach in Vasco Da Gama undoubtedly stands out as one of the most secluded beaches in Goa. If you are in search of peace and quietude, and want to spend your ideal beach vacation amidst absolute tranquility and calm, then look no further as Bogmalo Beach makes for the perfect beach retreat. As a comparatively less commercialized beach, the beach with its shimmering silver sand and sun-kissed vistas, is a treat to the eyes. Famous for diving activities and some lip-smacking Goan delicacies, the Bogmalo Beach offers everything you could possibly want.
2. St. Andrew’s Church
Experience the grandeur, architecture, the ornate staircases and the opulence of St. Andrew's Church in this quiet pocket of Goa. Perched at the very entrance of the town, the church is bursting of character with decorative interiors. The church was first constructed in the year 1570 A.D but got attacked and demolished by the soldiers of Adil Shah in 1578 A.D. Reconstructed in the year 1594 A.D, the church now has a simplistic exterior with elaborate decorative interiors. As one of the oldest churches of the town, the church is crammed with visitors irrespective of when you visit.
3. Japanese Garden
A sprawling retreat, the Japanese Garden, nestled on the edge of the Mormugao Ridge, offers a breathtaking view of the Arabian Sea and the islands standing amidst the sea. With its serene beauty and pristine surroundings, the garden is untouched by plastic waste. The garden's striking milieu bestowed with a stunning panoramic view of the Arabian Sea is beyond description. The garden is well maintained and people usually come here either for leisurely strolls or just to gaze at the azure blue Arabian Sea.
4. Naval Aviation Museum
As one of the only two Naval Aviation Museums of the country, this museum is a major tourist attraction. This indoor exhibit is a two-storeyed gallery, that shines a light on the stories and evolution of the Indian Air and Naval forces. Built in the year 1998, the museum exhibits the progression of the Indian Naval Air Arm over the years. Some of the artefacts are even kept outside the museum owing to their sizes. From vintage documents of historic significance to exceptional artefacts, the museum is a must-visit when in town.
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