GTDC Miramar Residency Hotel, Goa
This newly refurbished elegantly appointed Miramar Residency
has 60 rooms and is located right at Miramar Beach.
A cluster of neatly laid out cottages and one elegant building,
set in a pretty garden with smooth lawns and lush plants, this
is a favourite haunt with tourists. GTDC has
stepped up and made a part of its premises barrier-free with an
apartment especially designed for the physically disabled. There
are more such apartments being designed.
You would do well to book your rooms or cottages well in advance.
The Residency restaurant Foodland is popular with the locals as
well, who come here to relax with friends and drink in the spectacular
sunset. Foodland is set in beautiful surroundings and offers superb
cuisine to suit every palate. The Residency also has an air-conditioned
multi-purpose Hall which can accommodate 400 people. Another air-conditioned
mini-hall is used for press conferences and board meetings.
|- 60 rooms
Around Miramar Residency
You have a pick of interesting places to visit and things to
do. Want to take in a movie? Head for the multiplex INOX or Samrat
theatre, there are restaurants offering both vegetarian and non-vegetarian
fare. There are specialty eating places like Zen the Thai food
place on 18 June Road, local cuisine at several small eateries,
and gaddos or mobile foodcarts that serve chaat, sausage rolls,
burgers, chops, cutlets, croquettes, chicken shawarmar.
The public transport is pretty good, though not very comfortable,
but if you have good walking shoes, you can cover large areas
of Goa’s capital city Panaji on foot. It’s
a picturesque city, worth exploring.
You can walk along the Miramar -Caranzalem road
or step on to the beach and walk up to Donapaula. Check out the
Goa Science Museum (three minutes’ walk
from the Miramar Residency) which is fascinating
for all ages. Or you can catch a bus to the Donapaula jetty and
experience the spectacular vista of the Mormugao Harbour with
the great cargo vessels neatly arranged on the horizon. The Governor’s
residence Cabo Raj Bhavan is worth seeing if you apply for permission.
The British cemetery lies quietly outside the Raj Bhavan walls.
Talking of cemeteries, the St. Inez cemetery is a thing of great
beauty and tranquility, with sculptures almost a hundred years
old, stately tribute to fallen soldiers.
The Panjim Market is a very colourful and interesting place with
Goan fisherwomen sitting solidly like royalty
while humble subjects timorously bargain for fish which is an
essential in every self-respecting Goan’s diet.
The Old Goa Medical College which has now been
restored and changed into the IFFI head office is another must-see.
A walk along the boulevard takes you to Kala Academy a structure
of great beauty, designed by the world famous Mumbai based architect
of Goan origin, Charles Correa. Kala Academy
is generally a hive of cultural activity offering music, drama
and art. The grounds are also beautiful and if one moves towards
the river the comfortable steel benches allow you to soak in a
Further down the road is the Adil Shah Palace which used to house
the Goa Assembly. Now there are plans to turn
it into a cultural centre. Turn into the city and the Church of
the Immaculate Conception dominates the square, the road to the
right takes you up Altinho with some beautiful old mansions, including
the official residence of the Chief Minister of the state. The
High Court on Altinho is another beautiful structure steeped in
history. From the High Court one can take the stepped street (stepped
streets are unique to Panjim city) down to Fontainhas the Latin
quarter of Panjim. Neat houses line neat roads
all held together by the pretty St Sebastian Chapel which houses
the crucifix from the Hall of the Inquisition. The crucifix is
special since it is a rare representation of Jesus Christ with
his eyes wide open.
The Kadamba bus terminus lies just off the commercial centre
at Patto Plaza. Here buses connect you all over the state and
outside the state too.
The city centre has interesting shopping offering anything from
sports goods, to apparel, to accessories, to cashewnuts, feni,
wines, cars, books, you want it, it’s all there in Panjim,
all you have to do is ask anyone for directions.