The Mandovi, Panjim Inn and Taj Fort Aguada

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The Mandovi is the closest Goa has to a “Grand Hotel” in the vein of the Taj Mahal Palace in Bombay or the Grand Hotel in Calcutta.  Built in 1952, it was Goa’s first hotel that matched international standards, the … Continue reading

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Panjim (Panaji), or New Goa

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In 1943, Panjim was designated the capital of Goa. Almost a century earlier, the Viceroy and may residents of Old Goa had already moved their residences to this city by the mouth of the Mandovi River. It was a hasty … Continue reading

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Velha Goa (Old Goa)

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In the heyday of Velha Goa, one would have arrived by barge up the Mandovi River, docking to the north of the city proper, and arriving into Old Goa by way of the ancient Viceroy’s Arch. Today, it is far … Continue reading

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The Grand Tour III-8: Goa…and the Estado da Índia

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The name Goa conjures up these images of golden-brown beaches and idyllic palm trees swaying in the breeze, crumbling Portuguese mansions and the sweltering heat, and those age-old edificios – the cathedrals and churches that point to the territory’s history … Continue reading

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Resolution for 2018: Keep Calm and Smell the Roses

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My resolution in 2017 was to commit acts of rebellion, great and small, as frequently as I can. I have to say that’s almost all I’ve been doing this year, professionally, at least. I’ve succeeded in taking the museum in … Continue reading

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Le Colonial, Fort Cochin

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Fort Cochin doesn’t have a grand hotel in the tradition of the Grand Tour of the East, but it does have a quaint little gem of a boutique heritage hotel by way of Le Colonial. Nominally managed by the Neemrana … Continue reading

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Around Fort Cochin…the Islands and the Palaces

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This third visual tour of the city takes in the islands around Fort Cochin, and the city of Ernakulam on the mainland. Setting sail from Fort Cochin, we first make landfall on Vypin island, just across from Fort Cochin. From … Continue reading

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