I have a thing for Indian neighbourhoods that wear their history proudly, and Fontainhas is quite the example: this Latin Quarter in Panjim, Goa, makes no attempt to hide its Portuguese past, evident in the town’s architecture.
From houses to schools to government offices, there’s an unmistakable European influence in the buildings’ form and vibrant colours which, when juxtaposed with the trappings of a coastal Indian borough, make for quite a sight.
A short walk through Fontainhas will take you past Goan Brahmins’ homes, bars featuring locally-brewed liquors, dilapidated hotels, and the odd street cricket match in progress. It might be your first time here, but you’ll surely feel like you’ve taken this route before.
Text & Photos By Abhimanyu Ghoshal