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Vasco da Gama or simply “Vasco” is the largest city of Goa in terms of population. It is a planned city with clean streets flanked by old structures alongside modern buildings. The city is very close to Mormugao Harbour.
Vasco da Gama is the main commercial centre of Goa where many important economic activities take place. The Mormugao Harbor, situated 4 km away from Vasco, is a very important port and is the core from which ship vessels are sent off to other countries. The trade mainly deals in minerals such as iron ore and spices. It is a natural harbor which docks ships from almost all over the world.
Saint Andrews church
Saint Andrews Church is one of the most imposing structures in Vasco and is the 400-year old monument.
Naval Aviation Museum
Situated close to the Bogmalai Beach, the naval museum provides a rare glimpse of the origins and evolution of Naval Aviation Wing. The main attraction here is the aircraft exhibition. The entrance of the museum is modeled like the interiors of an aircraft carrier. When you enter the museum, you are faced with various exhibits ranging from armament and weapons to sensors and equipments. There is also a picture gallery inside the museum with photographs related to Indian Naval Aviation.
Vasco is also famous for its Bogmalo Beach, a site that offers some mouthwatering local cuisines in rough and ready huts. The Bogmalo beach is clean and not too much crowded. You can have the pleasure of swimming which is safe and is also approved for Open water diving courses. The prime attractions here are the guided dives to shipwreck sites and coral beds off the coast.
How to reach
By Air : The Goa International Airport at Dabolim is the nearest airport to Vasco (4 Km).
By Road : Vasco da Gama is well connected by road to other towns and cities of Goa. There are regular buses from Panjim and Margao to Vasco.
By Rail : The railway station is located at the center of the town. A number of trains that connect destinations in neighboring states depart from here.