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Daman (India)

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Daman (India)

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Daman is a part of one of the union territories of India, known as Daman and Diu. It is situated in the state of Gujrat and is a less well known tourist destination. It was a colony under the control of the Portugal rule from 1539 to 1961 and as a result has a lot of Portuguese architecture and cultural influence. It may not have all the facilities that a tourist destination ought to have, but has a few things that any tourist craves for. For exmaple, a peaceful ambience, friendly locals, beautiful places to see and an overall laid back relaxing feeling. Local resorts and hotels are easily available and can be booked once in Gujrat which will have to be crossed to reach there. It is a must visit for its unique and hidden nature and will surely be worth the effort.

Understand[edit]

The island of Daman, located on the west coast of India, boasts of an enthralling landscape that is blessed with the generosity of nature's wealth. Located at a distance of 170 km from Mumbai, in its close vicinity of some of the major cities of Gujarat and Maharashtra; the place experiences a lot of tourist traffic every year. Its strategic location, coupled with its exotic locales, makes it a popular place of recluse for the adventure-lovers as well the solitude-seekers.

Get in[edit]

Distances : Mumbai - 185 Kms (Nearest Airport), Vapi - 15 Kms (Nearest Railhead), Surat - 145 Kms, Khanvel - 45 Kms, Silvassa - 35 Kms, Nashik - 185 km.

Best way is Drive to Mumbai then take A'bad Highway from Borivali. It's double lane highway till Vapi no problem to drive at all. It will take you 6 Hrs or so to reach Daman. Pune-Mumbai(borivali) around 150 + Mumbai-Daman 180.

By air[edit]

Flights are easily available for Daman from the nearby cities of Mumbai (170km) and Baroda (300 km). Daily flights of Gujarat State Airlines connect the place to these cities. The local airport of Daman is in the Nani Daman (Little Daman) area and has all the amenities for tourists traveling to the city. The nearest international airport is in Mumbai.

By rail[edit]

The nearest railhead for getting to Daman is at Vapi, located around 12 km away. It lies on the Mumbai-Ahmedabad route of the Western railway and is about 170 km from Mumbai and 90 km from Surat. Major Delhi-Mumbai and Mumbai-Ahmedabad bound trains halt at this station. People traveling to Daman by train can get down at the Vapi and then reach Daman by local buses, taxis or tongas.

By road[edit]

Daman is easily accessible by road, and is connected to some of the major cities nearby, with a well-maintained system of roadways. Vapi at a distance of 12 km, lies on the Bombay-Ahmedabad National Highway No. 8 and is easily connected to Daman by road. The town is 170 km from Mumbai, 360 km from Ahmedabad and 768 km from Diu, 110 km from Surat and 300 km from Baroda.

Get around[edit]

See[edit][add listing]

  • Church of Bom Jesus
  • The Chapel of our Lady of Rosary
  • Fort of Moti Daman

Do[edit][add listing]

Daman is popular for its ease in availability of liquor. It's cheaper as well.

One could explore the lovely serene beaches:-

  • Devka Beach Devka beach could be explored but its black in color and pungent smell makes things worse. For bathing,its a strict no. However, people can enjoy sea food like pomphret and prawns along with a drink in front of sea shore.
  • Jampore Beach
  • Mirasol Lake
  • Pargola Garden

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Eat[edit][add listing]

You get a lot of non-vegetarian and sea food in Daman. Chicken Bullet is one of the recipes that is unique to Daman. You can get a really good Chicken Bullet at Hotel Miramaar.

Drink[edit][add listing]

Daman is one of the few places in India where there is not much tax on alcohol nor there is any restriction on drinking.

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Hotel Presidency Landmark, Nani Daman, Khariwad (From Vapi - Nani daman), 02602255052, [1]. checkin: 12 PM; checkout: 10AM. 3 star hotel with 60 Dlx Class AC room,suites with 5 Banquets, bar, disco, Garden Cafe,Live snack- Made for corporate, Travelers, ideal for corporate training, Seminars etc 1499.  edit
  • There are a few options here mostly on the seafront. Hotel Brighton on MG Road is a sea facing hotel offering air conditioned rooms with a large number of amenities. A better option would the utterly luxurious Cidade De Daman, which offers beautifully furnished rooms overlooking the sea. Hotel Sovereign is another sea facing property situated close to the airport. The hotel has 23 well furnished rooms equipped with most business amenities. No matter when you plan your trip, make sure that you book well in advance, especially during holidays or on weekends.

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