The capital of Goa, Panaji or Panjim is situated on the banks of the river Mandovi. This city of stepped streets and a seven kilometer long promenade was built on a planned grid system after the Portuguese relocated the capital form Velha Goa in the 17th century.

The heart of the city is the Church Square with the Portuguese Baroque Church of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception. Other tourist attractions in Panaji include the old and rebuilt Adil Shah Palace (Secretariat), Institute Menezes Braganza, the Mahalaxmi Temple, the Chapel of St. Sebastian, the Fontainhas area considered to be the old Latin Quarter, the nearby beach of Miramar and the Hanuman Mandir at Malā on the hill top (Altinho).