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From the sixteenth to eighteenth century, Old Goa (Ela) served as the colonial capital of Portuguese-India and was one of the richest cities anywhere in Asia, with a population exceeding that of both Lisbon and London. While repeated cholera and malaria outbreaks eventually forced the capital to be moved to Panaji in 1843, the old, atmospheric churches, cathedrals and convents of Old Goa remain largely intact.

All the sites of Old Goa can be reached by foot, but give yourself at least a half-day to soak up the history and the atmosphere. Old Goa highlights include the Basilica of Bom Jesus, where the remains of Francis Xaviar, patron saint of Goa, are kept. Another must-see attraction is St. Catherine’s Cathedral (Sé Cathedral), the largest church of those in Old Goa.

Food and accommodation options are rather limited in the Old Goa area, so it’s best to base yourself in nearby Panjim (or somewhere else in Goa) and either take a bus or hire a taxi for a day to Old Goa.

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Private Tour: 5-Day Goa and Delhi from Mumbai

Escape the hustle and bustle of Mumbai with a 5-day beach break in Goa and visit to Delhi. Enjoy the relaxed pace of Goa, a seaside town where you'll find the ...  Read more

Location: Mumbai, India
Duration: 5 days (approx.)

From USD $673.75

Private Tour: 5-Day Goa and Mumbai from Delhi

Escape the hustle and bustle of Delhi with a 5-day beach break in Goa and visit to Mumbai. Enjoy the relaxed pace of Goa, a seaside town with the faded ...  Read more

Location: Delhi, India
Duration: 5 days (approx.)

From USD $673.75

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