Panaji (Panjim), Panaji
Concierge.com's insider take:
The Portuguese moved the capital from Old Goa to Panaji in 1843. But it's hard to believe that sleepy Panaji, sitting on the southern bank of the Mandovi River, is a state capital. Most people pass through on their way to the beaches or to historically rich Old Goa, a few miles east of the capital. However, Panaji's old quarters, Fontainhas and Sao Tome, are well worth exploring and still bear a distinctive Portuguese influence, with red-tiled roofs, wrought-iron balconies, and winding streets.