Brief History of Daman
The fascinating history of Daman dates back to over 2000 years. Several diverse civilizations have evolved in this region, starting with the Kushana Emperor. Some edicts of Mauryan Emperor Ashoka was also found at Saurashtra and Sopara which are quite near to Daman and so the influences of Mauryan dynasty could not be overruled completely. However the Portuguese conquered Daman in a treaty with the Shah of Gujarat in 1559. It remained under the Portuguese rule till the end of British colonial rule in India till 1961. This is considered to be the most important phase in the history of Daman. Goa, Diu and Daman were then considered to be a single union territory. In 1987, Goa became an independent state, while Daman and Diu became a separate union territory, comprising of the two districts, Daman and Diu. Read More..........
Geography and Climate of Daman
Places of Interest In and Around Daman
Home to a number of pristine beaches, churches and monuments, Daman is one of the rapidly developing tourist belts in India. Portuguese influence can be seen in the two magnificent forts- Moti Daman Fort and Nani Daman Fort. The beaches of Devka and Jampore are popular picnic spots. Religious places to be visited include Church of Bom Jesus, Church of Our Lady of Rosary, Jama Masjid, Nurani Mosque, Jain Temple, Adinath Bhagwan Temple and many more.
Other noteworthy tourist attractions include Damanganga Tourist Complex, Vaibhav Waterpark, Mirasol Resort and Waterpark, The Dominican Monastry, Light House, Jetty Garden, Kadaiya Lake Garden and many more. Besides, Parsi Fire Temple, the tribal land of Saputara in Gujarat, Shirdi are some of the popular tourist destinations near Daman. The natural beauty of this place, plethora of tourist attractions, pleasant climate, convenient location have all contributed in making it one of the most delightful tourist spot. Read More..........
Art and Culture in Daman
Festivals Celebrated in Daman
The people of Daman like to celebrate various festivals with great pomp and fanfare. Christmas is an important festival, celebrated here in a grand manner, with music and dance. Nariyal Poornima is celebrated to mark the beginning of the fishing season. Dussehra is an important festival, dedicated to Godess Amba. Folk Dance Festival and Gangaji Fair celebrated annually are among the other popular festivals. Holi, Diwali, Mahashivratri, Id-ul-Fitr are other festivals celebrated by various communities in Daman.
Economy and Industrialism in Daman
The Economy of Daman depends on the tourism, industries, fishing, agriculture etc. Omnibus Industrial Development Corporation developed two industrial areas in Daman. Fishing, readymade garments and plastics are the major profitable industries in Daman. Mango, coconut, sugarcane, banana, wheat, pulses, ragi, bajra, jowar, groundnut, paddy etc are the major crops grown here.
Shopping in Daman
Transportation in Daman
The nearest international airport is the one at Mumbai, about 190 kilometres from Daman, having regular flights to all major cities. The nearest railway station is Vapi, about 10 kilometres from Daman. Mumbai and Ahmedabad are two major railheads, located on the western railway network close to Daman. Daman is connected to Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Vadodara via National Highway 8. Gujarat and Maharashtra State Transport Corporation offer daily bus services from Daman to places like Vapi, Bhilad and Valsad. Apart from buses,; taxi and private car facilities can also be availed. Local means of transport include autos, taxis and shared vehicles. Read More..........
Daman at a glance
Union Territory: Daman and Diu
Famous for: Beaches, Churches, Forts
Languages: English, Hindi, Gujarati, Marathi, Portuguese
Weather: Mild and pleasant
Altitude: 12 metres
Pin Code: 396210
STD Code: 0260
Major Tourist Attractions: Moti Daman Fort, Nani Daman Fort, Devka beach, Jampore beach, Church of Bom Jesus, Church of Our Lady of Rosary, Jama Masjid, Nurani Mosque, Jain Temple, Adinath Bhagwan Temple, Damanganga Tourist Complex, Vaibhav Waterpark, Mirasol Resort and Waterpark, The Dominican Monastry, Light House, Jetty Garden, Kadaiya Lake Garden etc
Major Festivals: Christmas, Dussehra, Nariyal Poornima