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DAMAN SIGHTSEEING

 

DAMAN A PORTUGUESE ENCLAVE FOR FOUR CENTURIES AND HALF TILL THE CLOSE OF THE COLONIAL RULE IN 1961, DAMAN HAS BEEN A COVETED PRIZE FOR WHICH PRINCES AND POTENTATES, INDIGENOUS SATRAPS AND ALIEN POWERS WAGED WARS. MUTED MEMO- RIES OF HISTORY LIE VAULTED IN THE MONUMENTS OF DAMAN. IT HAD BEEN A MELT- ING POT WHERE RACES AND CULTURES MET AND MIXED TO BRING FORTH A MULTI-COLO- URED IDENTITY. CULTURE DAMAN CAN BOAST OF RICH AND MULTI-FACED CULTURE HERITAGE. DANCE AND MUSIC ARE VERY MUCH PART OF THE DIALY LIFE OF DAMANITE. HERE IS A TRUE FUSION OF CULTURES-TRIBAL, URBAN, EROPEAN AND INDIAN. THIS OMATE AMALGAM IS REFLECTED IN THE TRADITIONAL DANCES OF DAMAN. VARIOUS POR- TUGUESE DANCES WITH CAUSITC SOCIAL COMMENTS ARE MUCH IN VOGUE. DAMANGANGA TOURIST COMPLEX. AN UNIQUE INTEGRATED PROJECT WITH A CAFETERIA, COTTAGES, CONFERENCE HALL, HEALTH CLUB(UNDER CONTRUCTION) AMPHI THEATRE, GAINT WATER FALLS, WATER SPO- RTS, ISLAND GARDENS, FOUNTIANS WHICH PROVIDE THE VISITING TOURIST LL FACLI- ITIES IN ONE LOCATION. THIS COMPLEX WILL MESMERISE ANY TOURIST VISITING DAMAN WITH ITS BAEUTY, FACLITIES AND SIZE. GETTING AROUND(DEVKA BEACH) THE LONG SHORE-LINE AT DEVKA HAS ALWAYS FASCINATED THE TOURISTS. THE BEAUT- IUL AND WELL TENDED AMUSEMENT PARK WITH ITS MUSICAL FOUNTAIN AND KIDS CORNER HAS BECOME VERY POPULAR, ATTRACTING BUS LOADS OF TOURIST EVERY WEEKEND.


DAMAN-GETTING THERE AND AWAY

 

GETTING THERE AND AWAY Vapi station, on the main railway line, is the access point for Daman. Vapi is about 170 km from Bombay and 90 km from Surat. A number of trains stop at Vapi. It is about 10 km from Vapi to Daman.


DAMAN SIGHTSEEING

 

JAMPORE BEACH. TOWARDS SOUTH, JAMPORE BEACH LEADS ON TO THE BORDER OF GUJARAT. IT IS A PL- EASANT SPOT, WHERE ONE COMMUNES WITH NATURE IN SUBLIME SOLITUDE. THIS BEACH IS MOST SUITED TO SWIMMING AS IT IS DANGER-FREE. DURING LOW-TIDE, ONE CAN WALK ON THE SOFT WET SAND RIGHT INTO SEA. DON'T MISS A PICNIC WITH YOUR FAMILY IN THE SHADE OF CASURINA PLANTATION ON THE SEASHORE. SATYA SAGAR UDYAN. SATYA SAGAR UDYAN ABOUT 3 KMS. FROM THE TAXI PARK AT NANI DAMAN AND VERY CLOSE TO COAST GUARD AIR STATION, ON THE DAMAN-VALSAD ROAD SQUATS A SPELL- BINDING LAKE-GARDEN SATYA SAGAR UDYAN WITH ITS COLOURFUL FOUNTAINS AND SHR- UB-SKIRTED PROMENADES OFFERS AN ENCHANTING VIEW. THE RESTAURANT AND SNAKEB- AR PROVIDE A VARIETY OF DISHES OF DIFFERENT REGIONAL FLAVOURS. ONE CAN UNB- END FOR HOURS ON A LAKESIDE SEAT SIPPING A SOFT BEVERAGE OF ONE'S CHOICE. CHURCH OF BOM JESUS. THE CHURCE OF BOM JESUS WAS COMPLETED IN ITS PRESENT FORM IN 1603 AD. THE RICHLY CARVED DOORWAY AND HIGHLY DECORATED INTERIORS TOGETHER WITH THE LOF- TY CEILING AND BURNISHING ALTER INTIVE AESTHETIC ATTENTION. FORT OF MOTI DAMAN THE MASSIVE FORT THAT RUNS ROUND THE SETTLEMENT LIKE GRIDLE, DATES BACK TO 1559 AD. THIS STRUTURE IN THE PRESENT FORM ENCOMPASSES ABOUT 30,000 SQ.MTS. WITH 10 BASTIONS AND GATEWAYS. THE FORT IS PROTECTED BY A MOST ON THE LAND SIDE AND ALSO CONNECTS THE RIVER TO THE SEA. THE GOVERNOR'S PALACE, COLLE- CTORATE, SECRETARIAT AND OTHER OFFCIAL BUILDINGS ARE WITHIN THE FORT.


DAMAN SIGHTSEEING

 

FORT OF NANI DAMAN. THE SMALL FORT WITH HIGH STONE WALLS ENCLOSED AN AREA OF 12250 SQ.MTS. THE MOST CONSPICUOUS PART OF THE FORT IS THE GAINT GATEWAY FACING THE RIVER WITH A LARGE STATUE OF ST.JEROME AND TWO GAINT HUMAN FIGURES, ON EITHER SIDE OF THE GATEWAY. MORE TO SEE. SATYA NARAYAN TEMPLE-NANI DAMAN, SOMNATH TEMPLE-DABHEL, OUR LADY OF REMEDI- OS- MOTI DAMAN, OUR LADY OF ROSARY- MOTI DAMAN. THE CLIMATE. TEMPERATE CLIMATE ROUND THE YEAR IT IS A GET AWAY-HOME IN ALL SEASONS. SEP- TEMBER TO MAY IS THE BEST TOURIST SEASONS.


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