The prime attraction of Vasco da Gama is the Bogmolo Beach. The sandy beach at the end of the cove would be even more picturesque were it not for the monstrous multi-storey buildings perched above it. The Naval Aviation Museum is another highlight of Vasco. The first of its kind in Asia was inaugurated at Dabolim, Vasco in 1998 and opened for public from the 19th October 1998. The museum showcases the history of Indian Naval Aviation, various aircrafts, weapons, sensors, safety equipment, rare photographs depicting Goa's liberation and artifacts.
Air-route: Dabolim, Goa's airport, lies 4-km southeast of Vasco da Gama. A large new civilian terminal was recently constructed at this naval aerodrome to accommodate Goa's rapidly increasing air traffic. Facilities in the terminal buildings include State Bank Of India, Foreign Exchange Desks, Post Office Counters, and counters for domestic airlines. There's also a handy Pre-Paid Taxi Counter outside the main exit. There are also Kadamba buses for Panjim and Margao or one can catch a regular bus from the intersection immediately outside the airport to Vasco da Gama.
By Road: Arriving by bus from Panjim or Margao, you'll be dropped off at the Interstate Kadamba Terminus, 3-km east of the town centre. Local minibuses ferry passengers from here to the more central market bus stand, where buses from Dabolim airport also pull in. Auto-rickshaws, and Ambassador and motorcycle taxis, hang around on the corner of Swatantra Path and Dr. Rajendra Prasad Avenue, near the station and the small cycle rental stall. From Dabolim airport one has to pay around RS 100 for taxi to RS 75 for auto-rickshaw.
Places to Stay: Being a business city, Vasco da Gama boasts of better than average hotels. Most are plush mid-range places, although there are several no-frills lodges near the railway station. Best of the budget bunch is available on the Dattatreya Deshpande Road. One can also try the GTDC Tourist Hostel, off Swatantra Path near the station, or the hotels situated east of the main square on FL Gomes Road.
The more upscale hotels are situated at Pe Jose Vaz Road, currently offers the best value for money among Vasco's many modern mid-range places.
The plush variety - complete with full air-conditioning, bars, restaurants and a gym - are located on Swatantra Path.
Some of their names are:
Some General Information on Vasco-da-Gama:
Money Exchange: The State Bank Of India at the north end of F L Gomes Road. GTDC's Tourist Information Counter is in the lobby of their tourist hostel.
Goodyland: Location, Nanking, a Fast food joint, noted for its pizzas costing just around RS 50, and ice-cream Nanking Chinese Restaurant: Near Hotel La Paz Garden. Do try Szechwan chicken here, priced just around RS 50.
Last Updated on: 20th March 2013