Sunday, July 27, 2014

Te Amo - Daman



As my friends in India were supporting Portugal in FIFA World cup 2014, I traveled to India’s strongest connection to Portugal, Daman. This small Union territory borders with Gujarat and Dadra and Nagar Haveli. It turned out to be same as I had expected. The place is quite similar to its counterpart Goa, which was also a Portuguese colony but has a lot of unexplored places than Goa. It’s laid back beaches, Portuguese architecture buildings and awesome sea food has forced me to love the place.
So, if you are planning to travel this small town, here are 5 things you should do here:

1) Take a walk in Moti Daman.


Moti Daman is the old city of Daman situated around Moti Daman  Fort. The place has numerous Portuguese style buildings. These grand buildings which was once ruled by Portuguese is now been converted to Indian government offices. You can’t find people speaking Portuguese on road in any other part of Country but in Daman. The atmosphere has charm of its own and you can’t afford to miss it.

2) Clean, Clear and pristine beaches.


There are two main beaches Jhampore and Devka and both of them have crystal clear water, white sand and laid back ambience. There are not many beaches where you will find live orchestra performing old Kumar Sanu songs. It is also quite a different experience than the traditional beaches of Goa where Pitbull and Pink Floyd has dominance.

3) Cathedrals and Churches.


There are churches and Cathedrals as old as from 15th Century. Bom Jesus is one of the oldest Church of Daman. Bom, means child in Portuguese depicts life of Baby Jesus and has a beautiful Complex. There are other Cathedrals like Church of lady of sea and Dominion monastery located around Sao Jeronimo fort standing high headed and facing Damanganga river.

4) Adjoining places of Daman: 


Dadar and Nagar Haveli and its Capital Silvassa are around 30 KMs from Daman. It is altogether a different place ruled by Portuguese and has few hotspots like Tribal museum Dudhni waterfall and a mini Lion safari.

5) Cheap Sea Food and Drink: 


I am a Non-drinker. So, when I told one of local I don’t drink. He was shocked and told you can only enjoy Daman if you are a drinker. It is because of tax free alcohol. Also, they serve delicious sea food in which I was more interested. If you crave for any of them, you will not be disappointed.

2 comments:

  1. The churches and colonial buildings were my favourite things in Goa, and it sounds like Daman would be perfect for me :) And I'm also a non-drinker, so it's good to know that you can enjoy it aside from the tax-free benefits :)

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    1. Offcourse, the place has a charm of its own and it offers something for everyone

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