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Vasco da Gama City Guide and Tourist Attractions

Vasco da Gama in Goa
Vasco da Gama in Goa
Named after Portugal's greatest sailor Vasco-da-Gama, popularly known as Vasco, Vasco da Gama is one of the biggest and important towns in Marmagoa Taluka of South Goa district. The layout of this Goan city is well planned and Vasco is very clean. Located at a distance of around 30 kilometers from Panaji, Vasco was one of the busiest seaports in the West Coast of Indian Sub-Continent when the Portuguese acquired it in 1543. In the present day Vasco is anyways, a busy shipping centre where huge container vessels deposit raw materials and other usable items. It is a natural harbor which docks ships from almost all over the world. Being a busy commercial hub and an important trade centre, Vasco da Gama offers some distinctive and popular tourist attractions that reflect altogether a different aspect of Goa. Vasco Da Gama hotels dotted closest to the attractions provide decent lodging and accommodation facilities.

Vasco Da Gama Tourist Attractions: Baina Beach, Bogmalo Beach, Hollant Beach, Japanese Garden, Marmagao Port, Naval Aviation Center, Pilot Point, Saint Andrews Church & Shri Durgamata Shiv Mandir.

Festivals: A 15-day long celebration of the Saptah festival is celebrated in a rich traditional manner with all rituals and amongst numerous devotes at Damodar Temple. This festival of Vasco da Gama is held annually around August-September.

Accommodation: With both categories basic and luxurious accommodation facilities, Vasco attracts tourists and visitors to spend their Goa vacations at the luxury hotels and budget hotels of Vasco in Goa.

How to Reach
  • Air: Dabolim airport, is about 4 Km from Vasco
  • Railway: Vasco has a railway station at the southern end of the town, connecting various destinations of the South and Central India to the town.
  • Road: Vasco da Gama is well connected by road to other towns and cities of Goa. There are regular buses from Panjim and Margao to Vasco.
 
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Mormugao Port, Goa
 
 
The renowned Naval Aviation Museum and its exhibits in Goa offer glorious tribute to the start and evolution of the Indian Naval Wing. The Goa Naval Aviation Museum is unique, as it was the first museum that was setup in Asia and it showcases a line of exclusive warbirds that served the sovereignty of the land. Inaugurated on October 12, 1998, the Naval Aviation Museum is located on the Vasco-Bogmalo road in Dabolim, 6 kilometers from Vasco da Gama.

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Naval Aviation Museum, Goa