Vasco da Gama (also called "Vasco") is one of Goa's salient industrial area. It is a densely populated city with its railhead, airport and port all in close radius. The Dabolim Airport, Mormugao Port, the state's biggest naval base, and a geometrically planned road network have given Vasco its metropolis status.
Importantly, Vasco is the only Goan city that has connectivity through air, rail, road and sea. Due to this, tourists often halt here and then move on to other parts of the state. Unlike other places in Goa, life is fast paced here.
Vasco is located on the narrow western tip of Mormugao Peninsula in South Goa, overlooking the mouth of the Zuari River. The site was initially acquired by the Portuguese in 1543, and it took Mormugao a century to metamorphose into one of the busiest ports on India's west coast.
Vasco was once considered for the capital of Goa. The decision to shift the capital from Old Goa to the Mormugao Peninsula was made on January 12, 1684. But the court of Lisbon rejected this decision in 1712.
Presently, a major part of Vasco's population comprises immigrants from neighboring states. Lured by the prospect of employment in Vasco's iron-ore and barge-building yards, many flock here but not everyone has a success story to narrate. Vasco being an industrial and commercial place is full of the hum of a city on the move.
How to Reach :
To reach Vasco da Gama, you can take a taxi from Dabolim Airport, Vasco Station (1km), Margao Station (28km) and Panaji (32km). Vasco is directly connected to major Indian cities by flights, through road and rail. Cruise liners also dock here occasionally, bringing in foreign tourists.
WHERE TO EAT
There are many eating joints in Vasco da Gama that serve vegetarian, Chinese, Continental and Goan food. Biryani and fish curry and rice are a few good options to try.