Sacred Trail of Ponda

Ponda, India

Experience hosted by Puja Mapxencar And Rohan Bandekar

6 hours, Hosted in English
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Up to 10 people
Includes food, drinks, and transportation

What you'll do

Join us in a walk through the city of Ponda, one of the most rich cities in Goa in terms of Heritage, History & Architecture. Ponda has been an important part of Goa's history, being a safe haven for Hindus fleeing persecution by Jesuits and the Portuguese in the 16th Century; It was ruled by the Marathas and the Portuguese for a brief period. However, Ponda continued to have a Hindu majority even during Portuguese rule, hence most of the major Hindu temples in Goa are found in Ponda, which we will be visiting, along with a couple of Masjids.
Ponda was known as Antruz Mahal during Portuguese rule. ('Antruz' is the Goan standard dialect of Konkani and Mahal means 'Palace').
We will be visiting several historical temples, caves and a couple of masjids of Ponda where you'll learn all about their history & architecture.
Other things to note
Please wear comfortable walking shoes.
We'll be visiting temples. Please avoid Shorts & sleeveless clothing
Videos not allowed & photography allowed in some places only.
Join us in a walk through the city of Ponda, one of the most rich cities in Goa in terms of Heritage, History & Architecture. Ponda has been an important part of Goa's history, being a safe haven for Hindus fleeing persecution by Jesuits and the Portuguese in the 16th Century; It was ruled by the Marathas and the Portuguese for a brief period. However, Ponda continued to have a Hindu majority even during Portuguese rule, hence most of the major H…

What's included

  • Food
    We will eat at a veg restaurant.
  • Drinks
    Water
  • Transport
    We will take a car or a 12 seater (driven by a designated driver) depending...

Meet your host, Puja Mapxencar And Rohan Bandekar

Host on Airbnb since 2018
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I'm a Fashion Designer by profession and my cousin, Rohan, is a Mechanical Engineer. We both belong to one of the Goa's Well Known Heritage family (with Portuguese roots), because of which we have been very inclined towards the Goan History and Heritage. Rohan is really passionate about The History of Goa and I love traveling. Combining our love for heritage and travel we thought together as a team we would be the best in spreading our knowledge. Hence we created 'Walk With History Goa', through which we have curated fun and interesting History/Heritage Trails/ Walks in Goa.
I'm a Fashion Designer by profession and my cousin, Rohan, is a Mechanical Engineer. We both belong to one of the Goa's Well Known Heritage family (with Portuguese roots), because of which we have been very inclined towards the Goan History and Heritage. Rohan is really passionate about The History of Goa and I love traveling. Combining our love for heritage and travel we thought together as a team we would be the best in spreading our knowledge. Hence we created 'Walk With History Goa', through…
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Where you'll be

We meet at Antruz mahal resturant. We will be visiting various temples in Ponda, a couple of masjids and caves of historical importance.

2 reviews

Sergio
December 2019
So nice day visiting cultural places and learning about local history. We saw and entered different temples, from ancient to modern. We learnt about Hindi traditions, and ate Goan veg food (so tasty). Really recommended.
Prathibha
November 2018
We had a great day out with Rohan and Puja in and around Ponda. We visited many beautiful Temples, a Masjid, caves around Ponda. Its one thing to read history but totally another thing to hear stories from Rohan and experience the place for ourselves. We learned many things about Goa, had an awesome authentic lunch and enjoyed our day in the lovely company Puja & Rohan. They are friendly, very accommodative of our requests and fun to be with. I highly recommend this experience.
We had a great day out with Rohan and Puja in and around Ponda. We visited many beautiful Temples, a Masjid, caves around Ponda. Its one thing to read history but totally another t…

Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 10 guests ages 15 and up can attend.

What to bring

Camera

Note Pad And Pen, if you'd like to take notes