Breathtaking views of the lush green landscape and palm-lined beaches represent the beauty and the old-town charm of Daman. The markers of a centuries-long colonial rule still dominate the city in its architecture and its culture
The bustling markets flanking its narrow lanes are as alive as the fun-filled beaches flocked by tourists at almost all times of the year. The former Portugal colony has now become a favored party destination, where people from the surrounding metropolises head for a weekend full excitement and enjoyment. Embracing the new-found activity and bustle, Daman also continues to harbor its rich cultural roots, albeit quietly.Under the colonial rule of the Portuguese till 1961, Daman has since been a part of the Union Territories of Daman and Diu. With its scenic natural beauty and emerging commercial attractions, it has become a popular getaway from major cities in Maharashtra and Gujarat. Comprising of a mainly Gujarati-speaking population, the locals of Daman are a genial lot, adding to the city's inviting atmosphere. From picturesque views to historic structures to leisurely entertainment, Daman promises you an enjoyable experience during your visit here.The beautiful city is enough to enchant any traveler. A walk along the several small neighborhoods spread across the city will give you a glimpse of the colorful local lifestyle. Walking by the tiny colonial-style cottages, most of them built while the Portuguese were still in power, gives you a tingling sense of nostalgia. Yet the best time to witness the depth of the city's cultural vibrancy is during the various festivals celebrated here. Festivals belonging to different religious faiths such as Christmas, Makar Sankranti, and Navaratri are all celebrated with equal fervor here. The Gangaji fair celebrated at the Somnath Mahadev Temple is an occasion when you can enjoy the spectacle of various folk arts such as the Verdigao and Vera dances.With its tiny streets aligning to form organized marketplaces, Daman is a shopper's paradise. Some of the popular products to buy from here are the articles and handicrafts made from bamboo, such as mats and baskets. You can also find some high-end electronic gadgets sold at unbelievable prices at the local markets. Ornaments and other articles made using seashells are among the other popular items in Daman and can be found at most markets across the city. The Nani Daman and Devka beach areas are among the ideal shopping locations in the city.Auto-rickshaws are the preferred way of traveling within the city, especially by the locals. You can also hire a special auto-rickshaw for sight-seeing. Taxis can also be hailed directly from streets, but usually do not operate at fixed fare prices. A private bus service is also a convenient way of getting to different places within the city.Be sure to bargain when shopping at the local markets as the articles may be over priced.Ensure the quality and durability while purchasing electronic gadgets from street-side vendors as they may turn out to be of low quality
Daman is not well connected to other major cities of the country via regular flights. The nearest airport is in Surat at a distance of 78kms.
Airports: Surat Airport
There is no regular trains to Daman from other major cities of the country. The nearest Railway station is at Vapi which is located at a distance of 8kms.
Railway Station(s): Vapi