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Daman and Diu were a part of the Portuguese India for over 450 years. The cities were incorporated as Indian Territories in 1961. Initially Goa, Daman and Diu were clubbed together to form a single Union Territory; later Goa attained statehood. The languages generally spoken in Daman and Diu are Gujarati, Marathi and English. English is the official language.

The two districts present are Daman district and Diu district. The place was captured by the Portuguese as it served as an important maritime route between West and East Asia. It was a major hub for the Portuguese opium trade with China. The Portuguese conceded the areas after the British Raj ended in India. Tourism and fishing are the two major boosters for the cities.

Why Visit Daman and Diu


The historical places to visit in Daman and Diu are listed below -
• The Fort of Moti Daman, which was built in 1851 AD. A large number of Portuguese gentry resided in this fort along with their families. The fort is huge with many official buildings in it.
• The Fort of Nani Daman covers an area of around 12,259 sq. meters and has two gateways. It also has a large statue of one St. Jerome and two human figures.
• Nani Daman is a beautiful place to visit. The place has many historical monuments and a lighthouse which is made in the Gothic style.
• The amusement parks in Daman and Diu are the Kadaiya lake garden, Daman Ganga tourist complex, Mirasol Water Park and Jetty garden in the Nani Daman.
• The two popular beaches in the city are the Devka beach and the Jampore beach.
• The foreign market at Daman has a variety of goods and is a shopper’s delight.
• Beach shopping is popular at the Devka Beach in Nani Daman.
• Country liquor can be found at the IMFL shops, which are a Govt. undertaking.
• Resorts and hotels are easily available at Daman and Diu. One can find a variety of food items in the place.

Exploring the Culture of Daman and Diu


The culture at Daman and Diu is a blend of the African, European, Indian and tribal cultures. The dance, cuisine and music of the Union Territory are heavily influenced from the cultures mentioned above. There still exists a relationship with the Portuguese, Lisbon or African colonies, as many people go there to work or study.

Hindi, Gujarati and English are the languages mainly spoken in Daman and Diu. Some of the people who have experienced the Portuguese era still speak Portuguese. Many schools have French and Portuguese as an extra language along with Hindi, Gujarati and English.

The people in the state belong from various religions namely Christianity, Hinduism and Islam. Islam and Roman Catholic are the most prominent religions in the state.

Facts for Tourists


Daman and Diu is a quiet place and is not very costly. The beaches are clean and are calm and the best time to visit the place is between October and May.
 

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