DAMAN
         

 A Beautiful Tourist Place In India

  • Daman
  • History Of Daman
  • Tourist Attraction of Daman
  • Getting To Daman

About Daman
Daman lies at themouth of the Daman Ganga Riverand it's the beautiful place which attracts tourists. Daman is having a pleasant climate all over the year. In summer, Daman is blessed with cool breeze coming from over the Arabian Sea. Daman possessesa rich and multi - faced cultural heritageand it is one of the most visited place of India. A land with a long and deep historical past, India is a favorite choice of many Indian travelers. There are various tourist places in India. India travel has been escalating day by day. Several foreign invasions and influences have resulted in various artistic and structural descriptions, suggestive of the respective influences. The various tourist places in India, which are, in turn, some of the prime reasons for the arrival of thousands of tourists to this country of universal appeal. Owing to the variety that the country ofDaman glowwith in terms of climate, culture, topography, cuisine, art and architecture, you will have at your proceed a number of tourist places in India deserving a visit or two. Our portal not only suggests information India level i.e. tourist place in India or travel India but also gives deep information about The State Gujarat and various places of Gujarat and various other city's information. Daman is an incredible placeand chief tourist attraction place. People in huge amount visits Daman. Daman hotels are very well-known for there accommodation and hospitality. Hotels at Daman are naturally available. Daman hotels are reasonable as well as hotels at Daman has very excellent status. There are various five star & three star hotels at Daman and many Daman hotels are growing. Hotels in Daman are developed in such a way that all the tourist attraction places and shopping are near by so that the visitors can journey easily. Hotels in Daman even offer transportation facility.

The beaches and religious places of Daman are an invigorating combination of silver talcum sands, stretches of lazy palms and ancient monuments. Add these attractions to the amazing attitude and zeal of the locals and you get festive occasions with illuminated parks throughout the year.


 

Culture
Daman possesses a rich and multi - faced cultural heritage. Dance and Music are very much part of the daily life of Damanite. Here is a true synthesis of cultures - tribal, urban, European and Indian. This metaphorical blend is reflected in the traditional dances of Daman. Various Portuguese dances are well conserved and still widely presented.Tribal dances with sharp social remarks are much in fashion. The people of Daman are not different from the people in the adjoining Gujarat area. They have same outlook and the same customs and traditions. The people of the territory live according to the Hindu system prevalent in adjoining Gujarat territory and the customs of birth, marriage, blessed thread and other rituals are observed.

The people belonging to Daman take part in a number ofwell known festivals. Two main festivals of the place are Garba Festival and Folk Dance Festival. The young generation of the region participates in the Garba Festival. They dance wearing gorgeous dresses. The Folk Dance Festival is a very significant part of the cultural life of Daman and Diu. Nariyal Poornima is one of the foremost festival of Daman. Nariyal Poornima marks the commencement of the fishing season and the people of Daman flock to the sea-shore to offer coconut to the mighty Gods who preside over wind and water. Nariyal Poornima is a day of joy; feasting and partying Hundreds of tourists come to Daman to witness a variety of colorful water sports and to attend the cultural program.

History
Daman, a small beach town and an ex-Portuguese enclave, still retains a taste of old Portugal with well preserved forts and churches. While the town has a 2000 year old history, it is the Portuguese rule and legacy that draws visitors to this town.

Daman boasts of a richhistorical heritagespanning over more than 2000 years. The name Daman is probably derived from the Daman Ganga River. From Mauryan times, both were subject to various local and regional powers ruling in western India. In the 13th century Daman formed part of the Ramnagar state, which then became a tributary of the Gujarat sultans.

Daman was occupied by the Portuguese in 1531, and was formally ceded to Portugal in 1539 by the Sultan of Gujarat. It remained a Portuguese colonial possession until it was annexed by Indian forces on 19 December 1961. From 1961-87, it was a part of the union territory of Goa, Daman and Diu. In 1987, it became a part of the newly formed union territory of Daman and Diu. Daman district is one of the two districts of the union territory of Daman and Diu on the western coast of India, surrounded by Valsad District of Gujarat state on the north, east and south and the Arabian Sea to the west. The district has an area of 72 km², and a population of 113,949 (2001 census), which increased 83% between 1991 and 2001.

Daman lies at themouth of the Daman Ganga River.Major industries have units here. The closest railway station is Vapi (7 km). It is also famous for its beach, Portuguese colonial architecture, churches, and for the scenic beauty in the twin cities of Nani-Daman and Moti-Daman, which lie opposite each other across the Daman Ganga. The district is infamous for having the least balanced sex ratio in the country. The chief occupation has been fishing. The city of Surat lies to the north, and Mumbai lies approximately 160 km (100 mi) south of Daman on the Arabian Sea coast in Maharashtra state.

Tourist attraction
 

Damanganga Tourist Complex
It happens so often that you visit a tourist spot spend half the time gathering exact information regarding the place and then run around to reach those places, stand in queue etc. However, if you ever visit the Damanganga Tourist Complex you will praise the person who conceptualized and created such an amazing assortment of facilities. This is one of the most well conceived Integrated projects in the country and is studded with a Cafeteria, Health Club, Amphi Theatre, Cottages, Conference Hall, many Giant Water Falls, Water sports, Island Gardens, Fountains and much more. All these facilities are available at one spot under one roof.

Panikota Fort
Panikota Fort can be approached only by riding a boat. This superb structure of stone stands tall right in the sea opening of the creek. Though the fort stands away from the main land almost a Nautical mile, it still commands regular visitors and houses a light house and a Chapel of the Our Lady of the Sea. The fortress looks enchantingly inviting from the Diu jetty and is a must visit.

St Jerome Fort
Nani Daman has some interesting sites like Fort of St. Jerome or Nani Daman Fort. The most conspicuous part of the fort is the giant gateway facing the river with a large statue of St. Jerome who was one of the most eminent father of the Catholic Church.

Church of Bom Jesus
It is a 17th century church devoted to Bom Jesus. This church is one of the most enchanting places to visit during travel to Daman, India. The church was constructed in 1603 AD. Beautifully crafted doorway, immensely decorated interiors and elevated ceiling are hallmarks of the church.

DEVKA BEACH
The long shore-line at Devka has always fascinated the tourists. The beautiful and well tended amusement park with its musical fountain and kid's corner has become very popular, attracting bus loads of tourists every weekend. When the park is illuminated on festive days, it provides and enchanting sight, Most of the good joint sand posh hotels are just within walking distance. Taxis and auto rickshaws are easily available to take you to Devka. Children enjoy the facility of a pony-ride on the sands. The traveler can beat the summer heat by taking a swim in the cool waters of the sea. Those who are not very familiar with the beach at Devka should kindly take note that rough rocky formations are there beneath the water level.

Fort of Moti Daman / Light house
The gigantic Fort that runs round the settlement like a girdle dates back to 1559 AD. The colossal structure in the present form encompasses abut 30,000 Sq. Meters. with 10 fortress and two gateways. It is basically polygonal in plan with projections at regular intervals of about 500 feet and carrying angular fortress. All along the inner wall, there are barracks for defense personnel's. The inscription above the southern (land) gate mentions that this gate along with the bastions adjacent to it was completed in1581 AD after the Mughal invasion in Akbar's reign. The inscription on the Northern (sea) gate gives the date of wall. On the Northern side within the confine of the Fort were located the palaces, the Secretariat and other official buildings. A large number of Portuguese gentry and their families resided within the Fort.

Our Lady of Rosary Church
The church of Our Lady of Rosary Church in Moti Daman dates back to the 16th. century. It has outstanding architectural features, partly Gothic and partly Byzantian. This church has a wide hall of prayers and beautifully carved figures.

Satya sagar udyan
Satya sagar Udyan about 3 Kms, from the taxi park at Nani Daman and very close to the Coast Guard Air Station, on the Daman-Valsad Road squats a spell-binding lake garden "Satya Sagar Udyan" with its colorful fountains and shrub-skirted promenades offers an enchanting view. The restaurant and snack-bar provide a variety of dishes of different regional flavors. One can unbend for hours on a lakeside seat sipping a soft beverage of one's choice.

Pargola garden
Pargola Garden is a monument raised in memory of the Portuguese soldiers who fell during the liberation up rising at Dadra and Nagar Haveli. It has the resemblance of the Pantheon at Athens. At the entrance on the left side, almost attached to the Fort Gate is the modest dwelling where Bocage, an 18th Century Portuguese poet lived.

City Temples

Gangeshwar Temple
The temple of Gangeshwar (a name of Lord Shiva) is situated 3 Km away from Diu town in village Fudam. Five shivlings are seen in the midst of the rocks on the seashore, washed by the tidal waves of the sea. According to legends, the 5 Pandavas during their exile worshipped Lord Shiva in this temple.

Somnath Mahadev Temple
The Somnath Mahadev Temple is an important place of worship in Daman. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, the temple is situated in the village Dabhel. It is believed that the Shivalinga was miraculously originated at its present place on the request of a monk who was a true devotee of Shiva. This miraculous incident is believed to have taken place in the19th century, which induced people to hold this place as holy place and they built a small temple. It was rebuilt in the year 1972-73 with glass decorative.

Getting To daman

By air
Daman has a domestic airport, which has flights to Baroda and Mumbai. Mumbai is the nearest international airport, which is 190 km away. Taxi fare is about Rs 3000 from Mumbai to Daman. Mumbai is connected to all major cities in India and Abroad.

By Rail
Nearest railhead is Vapi in the Konkan line, which is about 12 km from Daman. Taxi charges about Rs 150 to cover this distance. Vapi is connected to Ahmedabad & Mumbai.

By Road
Public transport buses ply through Daman connecting cities in and around. Luxury bus services from Mumbai (190 km, Rs 600 approx) and Surat (120 km, Rs 400 approx) are available.

Distance from Various City
Daman To Nasik 144 km
Daman To Mumbai 180 km
Daman To Baroda 249 km
Daman To Pune 307 km
Daman To Ahmedabad 375 km
Daman To Indore 570 km
Daman To Hyderabad 808 km
Daman To Nagpur 821 km
Daman To Goa 886 km

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