Difference between revisions of "Daman and Diu"
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Daman and Diu are two small enclaves in Western India. Daman is a small city on the mouth of the Daman Ganga river bounded on all sides by the state of Gujarat, while Diu is a small island off the coast of Gujarat.
Daman and Diu were under Portuguese occupation from 1539 to 1961, when the Indian government used military action to retake all the Portuguese enclaves. Apart from Daman and Diu, Goa and Dadra and Nagar Haveli were "liberated" in this conflict. This area used to be a part of a larger union territory of Goa, Daman and Diu till Goa became a state by itself.
There are 6 weekly flights to Diu from Mumbai. By railways, you can take trains running from Mumbai heading towards Ahmedabad, get down at Vapi (280km from Mumbai, takes around 3hrs). Daman is about 20km from Vapi, you have many options from there to reach Daman like Taxis, Autorickshaw and State run Buses. Taxi stand is just outside the Railway station and Bus Stand is about 5-min walk down the Main Bazaar Road. Independent taxi fare shouldn't cost you more than Rs.100. If you are on budget, buses may be best option, its fairly cheap around Rs.11.
Both native Gujarati food and traditional Portuguese food are common. Being a coastal region, the communities are mainly dependent on sea food. Normally, Rotli and tea are taken for breakfast, Rotla and sag for lunch and chokha along with sag and curry are taken for dinner. Some of the dishes prepared on festive occasions include, puri, lapsee, potaya, dudh-plag, dhakanu.