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Based on west coast of Diu, this Portuguese fort was built in 1535. Dui Fort enlists as one of the seven wonders of Portugal. It offers a breathtaking view of the Arabian Sea and has three chapels inside. The fort is demarcated by the Arabian Sea on the west, Gujarat on the east, Kolak River on the north and Kalai stream on the south. Catch the magnificent view of this Fort at night!
This pristine coastal union territory of Daman and Diu are two separate districts located on the western coast of Indian peninsula. Daman is situated on mainland and Diu is an island. If you are looking for a peace and tranquil place to spend some time, this paradise can be an ultimate repose! The striking architecture and bit sloppy life style makes this place a heaven for leisure travelers!
Once ruled by the Portuguese, the architecture of majority of the buildings and monuments of this place reflect Portugal style and planning! Daman and Diu has magnanimous churches, colonial forts, majestic beaches, long winding roads, fishing cottages and many more fine attractions to explore! Besides, festive seasons and vivacious night life makes this place hotspot for backpackers! This land of sun, sand and sea has a pleasant climatic condition from October till May. Monsoon looks exquisite in Daman with Nariyal Poornima Festival.
Fishing and agriculture are the main occupations of the locals living in Daman and Diu. In addition, livestock, weaving and dyeing and processing and canning of fish are the other occupations in which huge number of locals are involved. Tourism attractions of Daman can be divided into heritage and waterfront while in Diu it can be divided into beach and heritage attractions.
Portuguese and Indian influence can be found in the local cuisine of Daman and Diu. This place is well known for its lip-smacking sea food and street food. As located close to Gujarat, the food of this region has Gujarati flavor and form. Also Parsi food is quite popular here. Though majority of the people in Daman love vegetarian cuisines, non veg dishes are also available.
A typical breakfast of Daman and Diu include Rotli and tea. Rotli is locally made flat bread while Rotla, Saag, Chokha and different curries are eaten in lunch and dinner. Also some of the common non veg breakfast of this region includes Parsi kheema, bheja na cutlets, batter fried Bombay ducks etc.
Chicken bullet is another famous non veg item. Cozido is made of vegetables and meat and is prepared especially during Christmas. Here people love to eat lobsters and prawns in which ever possible form.
In sweetmeats, basundi, barfi, jalebi, and laddu deserves special mention!
Festivals constitute the essence of charismatic Daman and Diu! Nariyal Poornima is an important festival of this land organized by the cultural center. Observed in the month of August, this event is marked by various water sports and coconut food festival. Nariyal Poornima is a celebration of welcoming fishing season and bidding adieu to the monsoons. Hordes of tourists join the locals in feast and revelry during this time of the year.
Christmas is one of the major festivals of Daman and Diu. Striking Portuguese dance with melodious music during Christmas attracts travelers to Daman across the globe to witness this fanfare. The main aim of celebrating Christmas with so much elaboration is to promote tourism in this rather secluded land. Each and every house is decorated with lights to cheer up the mood of the revelers and international travelers!
Gangaji fair is organized in the month of March in Somnath Mahadev Temple. Thousands of pilgrims visit this temple, take a holy dip and perform the rituals and activities.
In addition to these, Mahashivratri, Id-ul-fitr, Diwali and Holi are the other celebrations which are observed with equal passion and enthusiasm!
The amalgamation of Indian and subtle Portuguese influences makes the culture of this exotic land immensely enthralling! Starting right from its cuisines, rituals, customs and habits, Daman and Diu showcases a vibrant way of life!
Portuguese music and dance is pretty popular in here. Vera dance and Verdigoo dance moves are generally performed during special occasions. Besides, Garba, Koli dance and macchi dance are some of the traditional dances which women of different communities perform on different circumstances.
Gujarati is the most widely spoken language in addition to Marathi, Hindi and English. Hindu, Christianity and Islam are the main religions of Daman and Diu with Hindus being the predominant ones. From Makarsankranti till Christmas, people of Daman and Diu remain absorbed in series of celebrations like Gangaji fair, Garba dance festival and many more.
Majority of male population wear dhoti, kurta and pajama while the younger generation is more into jeans and trousers. On traditional occasions women wear Ghagra, odhani and blouse. Normally young girls love jeans, skirt, salwar Kameez and other modern attires.
Fort Jerome, Zampa Gateway, Somnath Mahadev Temple, Church of Bom Jesus, Fort of Moti Daman and other historical places are the perfect attractions that’ll let you know about the truest essence of the culture and tradition of this place!
Mat weaving is an important art form of Daman. A traditional occupation of many locals, striking mats with motifs and other different eye-catching patterns make mat weaving a successful livelihood of many.
Tortoise shell craft is yet another significant handicraft of Daman and Diu. Various stunning home décor and house hold items are created by tortoise shells.
Ivory carving is quite famous in Daman. Many dexterous regional craftsmen are associated with this impressive art form in Daman and Diu. Other must buy include baskets and leather slippers.
Foreign market in Nani Daman sells imported items. There are also other shops selling these exquisite handmade items in and around.
Gujarati, Hindi, Marathi and English are the official languages of Daman and Diu. Besides, few aged residents still prefers to speak Portuguese. Few schools impart French and Portuguese side by side the main languages of this region.
By Road: Diu is also well connected by road ways. Una (10kms) is the nearest place of Gujarat which is accessible from Diu Fort.
By Train: Delvada (8kms) on metre gauge line is the nearest rail station from Diu Fort.
By Air: Diu airport is the nearest airport which is well connected with Mumbai.GET DIRECTION
Fish is an important food item in Diu prepared in Gujarati style.
From October till May are the best times to visit Diu and explore the place.
The large and impressive structure of the Fort is an attraction in itself. The entry gate has five windows with stone galleries and Portuguese inscriptions. The fort has number of cannons scattered here and there. The large light house, Church of St. Paul’s, St. Thomas Church and the Diu jail are the main attractions of this place.
Gangeshwar Temple, Ghogla Beach, Naida Caves and Nagoa Beach are the nearby attractions of Diu Fort.
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