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Daman and Diu: Daman
The name of Daman had been derived from a well known Portuguese word “Damao”. Located at an altitude of 12 meters, Daman is astonishingly surrounded by well stretched out ocean and is positioned at the southern side of the Cambey Bay. Daman is blessed by the nature. The magical natural environs around Daman truly are a treat to the eyes of the travelers. The place, however, is still unable to attract tourists as it should be.
The majestic Daman has been bifurcated in two adjoining territories by the Daman Ganga River which has started its journey from the towering Sahyadri hill. Nani (Chota Daman) and Moti (Badi Daman) are located at the northern side and at the southern side of Daman respectively. The volume of entire Daman is 72 square km. Approximately 61951 people are living in and around Daman. Daman was also a settlement which was under the control of Portuguese like Goa. Goa, Daman and Diu came into the prolonged terrain of India on 19th December, 1961. For assistance about traveling information, you can contact the Information Centre, Department of Tourism.
Once it was known as a place for smugglers. Thanks to the Indian Government, it has now become a heavenly paradise for the hordes of holiday makers. The Chota Daman fort (Nani Daman) is huge. The St Jerome’s Fort was erected with the aid of Mughal dynasty at the northern side of Nani Daman. The bay of the fort showcases an idol of a heavenly protector. School and premise of shrines are also there inside the fort premise. During Portuguese regime, it was popularly known as Daman Pikeno.
Nani Daman houses the radio center, Television center, Market complexes, Hotel, Restaurant chains and Tourists offices. Take a walk through the main road which ends at the prolonged and beautiful sandy sea beach.
A captivating children’s park, near the wharf, is located at the mouth of the Daman Ganga River. A viaduct, built in 1930, connects both the sides of the Daman Ganga River. But, the bridge gets inundated during the heavy monsoon rainfalls. It was flooded in 2004 for the last time.
The fishing boats move along the sides of the River during morning and evening. It’s a sight to remember for a long period of time. The island- shaped Moti Daman or Badi Daman is another nearby coveted destination. The Portuguese name of this destination previously was Daman Grandi.
The Fort Hieronymus, erected by Portuguese merchants, can be accessed going beyond Daman Ganga River and the slender moat. Spread across a straggling 30, 000 square km of land, the ancient and distinguished fort was for the very first time was built by Bahadur Shah in 1559. The Portuguese fort was constructed later, on the same premise of the Bahadur Shah fort. The historical fort is surrounded by a colossal fortification. Covered up entirely with alga, the fort fortification, recalls the very old memories.
Innumerable Government offices and houses are scattered in and around the fort premise. Portuguese cultures and traditions are prominent on the structures of these homes and offices.
The Se Cathedral of Bom Jesus Church, built during 1559- 1603, depicts a class- apart architectural stylishness and flair. The riveting idols of Jesus Christ and her mother adorn the Church. Countless historical evidences of Gilti works, however, have been stolen in the past from the enamoring Church. The life stories of Jesus are artistically and creatively engraved on the Daru panels of the historical Church. The carvings and architectural panache of the ceiling are worth watching as well.
The pretty Jain temple on the River banks has a mass appeal. The life stories of Mahavir have been exhibited through mural pictures on the walls of the holy Jain temple during 18th century.
The tall Light house is located towards the north- western side of the consecrated Jain temple. A bulwark, built on the house of the Portuguese poet of 18th century, was used for keeping prisoners. The very old wooden gallows still draw tourists’ attention. A number of tunnels are there in the vicinity but the destination of these tunnels are still to be discovered.
The Hilsa fish aquarium at the left hand side of the entrance of the fort is worth watching tourists’ enticement as well.
But, on top of all, the prime and foremost tourists’ attraction of Daman is its pretty and dazzling sea beach. The blue feral waves of the Arabian ocean in front of you would surely catch your eyes.
The Jampore Beach enjoys the cool and dim shades of tamarisk trees. The sought after beach of Daman can be accessed crossing the beautiful fort and residential places. Buses regularly ply to the wonderful Jampore beach from the grand gateway of the fort. Hiring a taxi or an auto to the Jampore beach from the fort won’t be a bad idea. Tourists, however, are not allowed to enjoy bath here.
Plenty of holiday makers love to purchase a number of items from the dotted shops on the beach area. Interested tourists can book rooms at any of the hotels here to stay overnight. China town is a good option.
Devka Beach, about 3 km away towards the northern side of Nani Daman, is another coveted sea beach which is hidden in the darkness of coconut and tamarisk trees. The Gandhi Children’s Park, Amusement Park and Light House on the beach entertain the hordes of tourists. The stunning Satya Sagar Ground has a water body where you can enjoy boating after an agreeable evening stroll. The reflux water inundates the black sands of the beach quite often. It looks amazing though. Stand quietly on this lingering beach while watching the vista of the sunrise and sunset. The breathtaking roads of the city would also enthrall all of you.
City dwellers get pleasure in the natural locale during a number of festivities which are observed in Daman with utmost zeal and passion. Some of the interesting festivals that pull crowds to Daman are Christmas, Good Friday, New Year and Coconut Full moon. The Coconut Full moon festival is one of most important festivals of the fishermen communities. They decorate their homes with pretty sketches. They celebrate the day with performances and programs.
The Persian pilgrimage spot, Uduwara, can be accessed going beyond the River Kolok.
Countless numbers of tourists every year flock to Daman from the nearby states like Maharashtra and Gujarat to travel to different destinations of Daman and savor the taste of foods and drinks of Daman.
How to reach: Buses connect Daman from Vapi and various other places of west India.
Where to stay: Hotel Summer House, Hotel Shilton, Hotel Dariya Darshan, Hotel Ashoka Palace, Hotel Duke, Hotel Samrat, Hotel Gurukripa, Hotel Saiomar International, Hotel Princess and Hotel Holiday.
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