On a vigorous autumn day, we packed up the backpacks and boarded into the Vasco train. With the curiosity of a kid in our twinkling eyes and unstoppable travel souls. The eagerness rose up as soon as wheels clanged together to take off from Bangalore.
Oh, I forgot to mention, we were heading to Old Goa. Our most awaited Autumn travel was geared up in a full swing. We arrived at Madgaon station early dawn. It was chilly outside, we waited at the waiting room a while sipping over a cup of hot tea. The moment Sun winked its eyes from the cozy bed. And we were ready for exploring the best places to visit in old Goa.
Remember those Autumn days
Clouds sweep the sky off
No protest to the Sun
for days long past
No tears in the eyes
while they are apart.
A mysterious trail to adventures was waiting for us..
At the railway platform, you may encounter the agents, who will guide you to the nearby shops. And there you can get two-wheelers or four-wheelers on rent.
Our past travel experiences whispered slowly “What are you waiting for. Let’s gear up for an awakening Sunrise ride”
The autumn sky changed its colors and the Sun greeted us a Happy ride. The ride was joyous. We arrived at Calangute after a stretch of 40 kilometers. Calangute is a beautiful town in Goa.
Best places to visit in old Goa
Time to see all Unseen “Velha Goa”.
Velha means old in Portugal. This historical city was constructed by the Bijapur Sultanate in the 15th century and served as the capital of Portuguese India from the 16th century. The rest of the city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Marine drive to Old Goa
The drive on the bridge connecting to the heart of Old Goa would amaze your heart.
The architecture of the city would leave you speechless. Those cozy lanes would welcome you into the vintage city, bestowing the heartfelt warmth.
The sights of Mrs. DeSouza aunty buying Poi (bread) from the bakery, Mr. Fernandes uncle enjoying an afternoon walk with his dog, a bunch of jolly kids playing cricket at the backyard would give you zings.
Wrought iron railings of the vintage gates, the splendid bungalows behind would insist your heart to slow down and pause for a while to capture the beauty through your eyes.
2. Basilica of Bom Jesus, places to visit in old Goa
Basilica of Bom Jesus, the basilica is located in Old Goa, the former capital of Portuguese India. This Roman Catholic church is a part of the Churches and
convents of Goa, titled as UNESCO World Heritage Site. The mortal remains of St. Francis Xavier is preserved and worshiped.
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Reis Magos Fort
After those adventurous drives in the autumn afternoons, we were off to Reis Magos Fort in Old Goa. Turning the exploration mode on we climbed up, onto those stony slopes and staircases to the Portuguese turrets.
Finally, we were up.. eye sighting the gorgeous landscapes from the Reis Magos Fort. The precious artifacts inside the historical monument would take you to Portuguese India back in 1551. This is one of such precious places to visit in old Goa.
Reis Magos is a village, lodged on the northern bank of the Mandovi River in old Goa.The village is famous for the illustrious and prominent structures: the Reis Magos Fort and the Reis Magos Church.
The art gallery inside the fort showcases the tremendous art pieces of the Goan artist Mario de Miranda. Each artwork narrates the discrete tales of Old Goa.
Now you agree. Is it not a worthy day to cherish on?
The fort was erected in 1551. The Reis Magos means Three Wise Men.
Who are they? Please stay inquisitive 🙂
Reis Magos Church
Reis Magos Church is constructed in 1555, inside the premises of Reis Magos Fort, Old Goa. In the early days, the church was governed by the Franciscans. With passing time, the Reis Magos Church became the learning center for priests. The main aspect has a splendid Portuguese coat of arms imprinted on it. The church brags of vibrant and fascinating architecture and interiors as well.
The highlight of astounding interiors is multi-colored wood relief. And that displays the Three Wise Men(Characters from Bible) gifting presents to the infant Jesus. There is a small shrine at the foot of those stony stairs, dedicated to Our Lady of Hope.
Every year, on 6th January the Reis Magos Church gets lively along with the enthralling festive vibes of “Feast of Reis Magos. The big procession is carried out by the villagers.
Mario de Miranda Gallery
Mário João Carlos do Rosário de Brito Miranda, well known as Mario de Miranda. He was an Indian cartoonist and painter based in Goa.
He began his career as a Cartoonist for The Times of India and other newspapers in Mumbai, including The Economic Times. He was bestowed with India’s second-highest civilian award, the Padma Vibhushan in 2012.
Always been huge admirers of Mario de Miranda and his illustrations. Hence we paid a visit to the stupendous Mario Gallery in Calangute, a few yards from the neighborhood. There are a total of four galleries. And this Gallery is one of the Best places to visit in old Goa.
These 5 Places are the best-loved places on our list. What is yours?
Hope the Christmas season has embarked with a lot of Happiness. Stay cozy and warm. Don’t forget to check our next blog about serene beaches in South Goa!