An erstwhile Portuguese colony and a beautiful town by the coast of the Arabian Sea is Daman. A union territory along with Diu, it was ruled by the Mughals before the Portuguese set foot on the land, hence you would find an amalgamation of both the cultures in its architecture. The appealing forts and churches are the living examples of its uniqueness.
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With a very relaxed atmosphere, Daman is a perfect destination for those who come seeking for peace from the mundane hustle and bustle of the city life. With a very close proximity to Mumbai and major cities and towns in Gujarat, there is a lot of activity happening at this peaceful beach town during the peak seasons.
An interesting fact is that while alcohol is banned in the entire state of Gujarat, Daman is an exception to this and is regarded as a heaven for those who are looking forward to loosen themselves with the taxes on alcohol being one of lowest in the country.
How To Reach
By Air: Daman has a domestic airport which operates regular flights to Mumbai and Vadodara, the airport is not a very commercial one, as it is a military airport. The major international airport is the Chhatrapati Shivaji Airport in Mumbai, which is around 170 km.
By Train: The major railhead is Vapi, which is about 10 km away from the city. The station is well connected to all the major cities and towns in the country.
By Road: Daman is well connected by roads, located at a distance of 193 km from Mumbai. There are regular buses which ply from Vapi, Mumbai a nd Surat.
Best Time To Visit
Though Daman is a year-round destination, the months from September to May are considered the best time to visit this place. The monsoon months are also another good time to visit, to catch the greenery of the place in full bloom.
1. Mirasol Lake Garden
One of the major attractions here is this man-made garden. The green garden makes it a picture-perfect place along with fountains and has an excellent setting for a peaceful time to be spent with your loved ones.
At the garden, there is a lake and two man-made islands that are connected by a bridge, which yet again offer a breathtaking view of the entire garden as well as the islands.
2. Jampore Beach
Home to some breathtaking beaches, the Jampore beach is one amongst them. The beach gives a complete access to get close to nature, with trees covering up the shore and offering you an umbrella-like shade.
The beach also is an ideal spot for swimming, as the waves are not harsh and are really low tide. It is a perfect destination to just be lazy and not do anything.
3. Basilica Of Bom Jesus
This 450-year-old church displays some magnificent craftsmanship of the Portuguese. The church is so well maintained that it does not show its age. The door of the church gives you an eyesore of the architectural splendour that you would see inside.
The altars have been beautifully carved out on wood and painted in the colours of red, blue and gold which give the church an aesthetic appearance and also exhibit the talent of the Portuguese artisans.
4. St. Jerome Fort
The fort was dedicated to one of the most creative priests of the Catholic church. A statue dedicated to him can be found at the gateway. It was handed over to the Portuguese by the Mughals. The fort is enclosed in an area of three acres and has three bastions and two gateways.
The fort offers a beautiful view of the sea. The fort also houses a church that is dedicated to 'Our Lady of the Sea' and a Jain temple which house beautiful murals of Mahavira. The fort is also known as the Daman Fort.
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5. Dominican Monastery
Once a globally renowned seminary, it was the headquarters of the theological studies. The monastery is one of the finest examples of the craftsmanship of the Portuguese. The downfall of this monastery still remains a mystery. Though it is surrounded by an eerie atmosphere, it still attracts visitors in large numbers.
6. Moti Daman Fort
Spread across 30,000 sq metres with ten bastions and two huge gateways, this fort is one amongst the most popular places to visit in Daman. This fort was constructed in 1559 AD by the Portuguese after bringing down a Muslim citadel. The chapel of 'Our Lady of Rosary' inside the fort is another major attraction here.
7. Devka Beach
The perfect sight of spotless beauty, this beach has clean blue waters, well-maintained shores and a lot of beauty that would grab anyone's attention. Like most of the other beaches of Daman, this one also remains unspoilt and picture-perfect.