Also popularly known as Vasco, Vasco da Gama is located on the narrow western tip of the Marmagoa (also known as Mormugao) peninsula, overlooking the mouth of the Zuari River. It is 29-km southwest of Panjim (by road). Acquired by the Portuguese in 1543 for its strategic location, it was among the busiest ports on India's west coast. It remains a key shipping centre, but holds nothing of interest for visitors. However, it is important to come to Vasco, if one is to catch a bus to Dabolim airport. The primary town of Vasco is ordered in a straight line by parallel roads which are interconnected by lanes. The city of Vasco-da-Gama is fundamentally a shipping centre, and plays an integral role in the economy of Goa. The port of Mormugao - one of India's natural harbors - lies 4 kms from the middle of the city of Vasco. The Mormugao port conducts and operates container vessels and iron ore barges carrying ores and minerals to the countries Japan and Korea.
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.
Tourism in Vasco da Gama
Baina, Hansa, Bogmalo and the exceptionally tasteless named Grandmother's Hole are for the most part well known beaches and see travellers rolling in from everywhere! We should clear the fog on Grandmother's Hole will we? In spite of nonstop ridiculing, Grandmother's Hole Beach gets its name from the way that visitors need to press through a small opening in the Fortaleza Santa Catarina Fort remnants to get to this beach. The beach is in reality quite little, however it's totally normal, not popularized by shacks and is one of the prettiest little parts of Goa and Vasco. Legend has it that Grandma used to hang tight in this opening for her children to return from their angling journeys, consequently, the name Grandmother's Hole Beach. The Naval Aviation Museum, near the Bogmalo Beach, makes for an astounding evening visit far from the warmth and beaches and offers keen showcases of Goa's maritime history appropriate from Portuguese occasions. It flawlessly features the advancement of Indian Naval air ships throughout the years. Near Varca Beach, the Mormugao Fort, worked in 1624, stands tall at the passage to the Margao Port. It's a verifiably essential place with some all-around safeguarded engravings and an evening voyage through the fortress is a much needed development from the sun and sand. Aides are promptly accessible to assume you around the position. A post devoted to the incomparable Maratha pioneer, Shivaji Fort, is another feature of Vasco and offers some incredible perspectives of the city. Near Grandmother's Hole Beach, one can benefit the ship office to Dona Paula Beach; and Dona Paula as a rule, is one of Goa's lively townships with heaps of shopping and different exercises. Dona Paula is exceptionally proximate to Panjim, truth be told, it's viewed as a suburb of Panjim.