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Sangram Das

Sangram Das3.9/5

9 reviews

Excellent family holiday destination

Good place for time pass with family. Hotel charges are little higher side. If you are getting good hotel to stay, then you will really enjoy this trip. There are multiple good restaurant & food option available & good option for sea food & alcohol too.

Prem Chaurasiya

Prem Chaurasiya4.3/5

1 review

A holiday in Daman

Earlier in 2015, I received 2 invitations to travel from friends. First was a wedding in Churu, Rajasthan; Second was an invite to Daman for a family occasion. Unfortunately, I had to choose between the two. Nevertheless, I gleefully murmured - start to 2015" South Gujarat is very doable in terms of road trips from Mumbai. So, we chose Daman. Plan was to drive further down and explore nearby cities in Gujarat. Google map was my resource and I made an itinerary for 3 Nights and 4 cities Apart from road trippers, this itinerary may also be of use for family travelers and history lovers Day 1: Mumbai to Daman - 170km. Day 2: Daman to Vadodara - 250km. Day 3: Vadodara to Champaner-Pavagadh - 50km. Day 4: Vadodara to Anand - 50km / Anand to Mumbai - 470km. Gujarat Road Trip Itinerary:. Day 1:. As a corporate slave, I still went to work on the day of my travel. Clocked out in the second half, picked my backpack and commenced the road trip. We started at 5:30 pm and took about 3 and half hours (considering traffic) to reach Daman at 9:30 pm. No contingencies along the way and we made it for my family occasion in time Day 2:. Early morning, we went off to explore Daman and had 6 hours in the city until we moved onwards. With a vehicle at your disposal, it helps to conveniently zip around. Daman is a tiny union spread just over 70. But the city is gifted with beaches as a coastal town and also has a rich Portuguese history. Look out for quaint churches and chapels like Bom Jesus and Our Lady of Rosary. Two major Portuguese forts - Sao Jeronimo and Moti Daman fort are a must visit. We also managed to cover Devka beach and Jhampore beach as part of our planned itinerary. (You can check my post on Travel Guide for a Weekender' to get details on what to see in Daman along with snapshots). Day 3:. It was the day to visit UNESCO World Heritage Site of Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological Park. Ruins are located 50km from Vadodara and take about an hour to reach via Halol Built by Sultan Mamud Begada of Gujarat, Champaner was once a flourishing township and the capital of Gujarat. Today, it's a lost and forgotten city. Ruins date as early as 8th century and are spread across several kilometers. It is best to hire a guide, so he can wrap the tour for you in a concise manner (guides charge apprx. Rs 500). Must visit ruins include the Sahar ki mosque, Jami mosque, Kabootar Khana Pavilion, Saat Kamaan (Seven Arches) and Lakulisa Temple. (Read my Photo Essay on Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological Park here).

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Daman & Diu Overview

Daman & Diu, the second smallest Union Territory of India, is located on the west coast. Daman and Diu are two separate areas, geographically located within the state of Gujarat. Daman is close to the town of Vapi in southern Gujarat, while Diu is near Junagarh in the Saurashtra Peninsula of Gujarat. Daman & Diu were part of the Portuguese territories in India, and joined the Indian Union in 1961. After that Goa, Daman & Diu were part of a single Union Territory till 1987 when Goa became a separate state. Daman is the administrative headquarters of Daman & Diu.   Daman is divided by the Damanganga River into two parts. It is known for its twin forts the Moti Daman and the Nani Daman. Moti Daman has wide streets, a 17th-century church the Se Cathedral and a lighthouse. Nani Daman has the Church of Our Lady of Rosary and a fishing village nearby. Near the river is an 18th-century Jain Temple with murals. In Dabhel village is the important Somnath Mahadev Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. Devka Beach and Jampore beach are also tourist spots.   Diu is a tiny island in the Arabian Sea, near the port of Veraval, connected by two bridges to the mainland. Chassi is its main river. To the east of the town of Diu is the Diu Fort, right on the coast. The Panikotha (Water House) is a smaller fortress and accessible by boat. Gangeshwar Temple is dedicated to Shiva. The churches of St. Paul and St. Francis of Assisi are located at the Jallandhar Beach. The Nagoa Beach is a fine beach and so named because of its horseshoe shape. Diu is also noted for its birdlife including blue rock pigeon, doves and parrots. During the cooler months from August till February many migratory birds also visit the island.

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Jampor beach, Daman & Diu

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Vivek Desai

Jampor beach, Daman & Diu
Daman & Diu, Daman & Diu

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Chhatrapal Sao

View of the fort
Daman & Diu, Daman & Diu

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Chhatrapal Sao

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