from/per person Rs 1,320
  • 2 Hours


Description

A heritage walking tour through Fontainhas, the old Latin Quarter in Panjim that to this day maintains its Portuguese architectural influence and is the only living Latin Quarter in all of Asia. Increasingly well maintained, this part of Goa takes us back to a Portuguese past, surviving the onslaught of development in the 20th and 21st centuries. Buildings built in classic Portuguese style dressed in yellow, green or blue with balconies fronted by wrought iron railings and tiled roofs transport you to another era. What to expect: The walk begins Tobacco Square near the main Post Office in Panjim and then leads us into the heritage precinct of St. Thomas ward, passing the small church of San Thome. We visit the famous old 31st January Bakery, and then move into the Fontainhas area passing the chapel of San Sebastian. This leads to a cluster of interesting buildings around Panjim Inn, Fundacao Orient, and Galerie Gitanjali. We will have some refreshing Kokum juice to get re-energized. We visit a famous Goan musician and get an insight into Portuguese influence on Goan music. We then stop by Marcou Artifacts a local producer of handcrafted ceramic souvenirs of Goa and then return to the Post Office by a different route.


Inclusions

• Local English-speaking guide
• Kokam Juice
• Entry to 2 Heritage homes Visit the buildings around Panjim Inn, Fundacao Orient, and Galerie Gitanjali.


Exclusions

• Lunch
• Alcohol
• Pickup & Drop
• Any Personal Expenses


Highlights

A guided tour by a friendly local guide - Get insight to Portuguese Architecture - Access to traditional Hindu House - Access to a traditional house from the Portuguese era - Meet a renowned Goan Musician - Refreshing Kokum juice to keep you energized Our Guides: 1. Ann Baretto She is a retired headmistress of a reputed School in Panjim. She has fond childhood memories of living on Fontainhas and will share her insights into the history and folklore of the area taking you back to life as it was in the bygone times. 2. Padma Khobrekar An architect and an Urban Design Enthusiast. The evolution of a city is what makes her curious to discover it in its present and past. No matter how many times she walks down the lanes of Fontainhas


Additional Information

Social Impact: - This Tour is organized by Make it Happen, Travel Designers a tour operation company committed towards curating and developing cultural and community based tours.
Make It Happen has collaborated with Goa Heritage Action Group (GHAG), an NGO committed toward preserving the natural and built heritage of Goa. Part proceeds of this tour are donated to GHAG. GHAG supports in providing content and training to guides for this tour.
By showcasing local artists and craftsmen we aim to preserve these dying arts forms. We will take you to a few recommended stores where you can buy local products. Shopping at these stores helps inject money into the local economy.
Traveler Tips: -  Please do not tip our guides (in case you wish to make an additional donation to Goa Heritage Action Group, you can speak to the guide) -       
Please follow instruction and safety guideline of our guides during the tour.
Be aware of people's sensitivity to being photographed. Please ask first. Please take permission of the host before photographing inside the houses we visit.
We are committed to a healthier planet. We recommend to carry reusable water bottles and avoid the use of disposable plastic bottles.
Some tours require your original passport/ID Proof, we have mentioned this information in the important notes so please ensure that you read the important information, Tripxoxo will not be responsible if you miss any tour where your passport or ID is mandatory.
Tripxoxo reserves the rights to charge 100% No show charges if guest is not turning up on time for the pick up/Stay.
No refund for partly utilized services.
Due to any uncontrollable circumstances i.e. (traffic conditions, vehicle breakdowns, delay by other guests, weather circumstances) if the tour gets delayed or cancelled, Tripxoxo will provide alternate options if possible.
Seating arrangement are done as per the availability & it is decided by Driver or Tour Guide.
If in any case the guest does not show up on time and our vehicle departs from the pickup location then Tripxoxo will not arrange for alternative transfer & no refund is provided for the missed tour.
 


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