Welcome to Vasco da Gama
Industrial Vasco da Gama is a busy port town, and was once a transport hub for travellers until its train station was eclipsed by Margao’s. Situated at the base of the isthmus leading to Mormugao Harbour, Vasco sports both an oil refinery and Goa’s biggest red-light district, at Baina, where there’s a steady influx of sailors and truck drivers. The city also has a reputation for being the crime centre of Goa, largely because of its outlying shanty towns, inhabited by migrant workers looking for employment in its port, iron-ore and barge-building industries.
The city centre, along Swatantra Path and FL Gomes Rd, is not bad by workaday Indian town standards, but with no sights of interest and no essential transport connections, there’s really no reason for travellers to come here.