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ELT in Daman
My Daman story dates back to the summer of 2016. My fiancé was working from Mumbai for a few months and when I dropped by from Delhi we started planning an escape to some beach destination close to Mumbai with a good party scene (we are not the quiet and serene types you see ;)) and my fiancé suggested this cute Portuguese influenced UT as he had heard some amazing reviews about its party scene and yes cheap booze! I instantly said “Yes” after browsing through the pictures of the resort that we were going to book, in fact I could feel the beach breeze caressing me while I am sipping my margarita and grooving in a crazy pool party by the beach (Dream Big!). In this blog, I will walk you through my Daman Departure in my 3 B’s which are Breathe, Beach and Booze!
Breathe in the Daman Breeze
The drive from Mumbai to Daman is a smooth one and you are bound to encounter some breathtaking scenery enroute, also that stands true for all the road trips that I have done from Mumbai chiefly because of its proximity to the lush green and dense Western Ghats. Now, in 3 hours we were entering the “Welcome to Daman” gate and no kidding, I started getting the same vibes which I get from Goa perhaps because of the same cute Portuguese style houses! Now to apprise you a bit about the basic Daman Geography, this UT is divided into two parts by Ganga River. Ironically the larger part which is more happening and has all the big hotels and eateries is called Nani Daman (Small Daman), while the smaller part with the fort and the old monuments, basically the old city is called Moti Daman (Big Daman). So far, I was in love with this petite Goa duplicate and breathing in the sweet scent of the Daman Breeze!
Beach – You will never look at beaches the same way trust me!
As soon as I stepped into Devka beach my entire “beauty and the beach” as well as “Goa duplicate” theory sunk and this “beach” gave a new meaning to my perception! We quickly got back inside the car and headed straight to our hotel, “The Golden Beach Resort” which was pretty close to Devka beach, in fact right on the beach. It was a soothing touch to our scattered soul, a savior I would say as the property was exactly how it appeared on Tripadvisor! We checked in and headed straight to the bar as that is my way of acclimatizing 😉 There was a pool party going on and the DJ was playing some groovy music which really helped me acclimatize and finally now after the Devka beach incident I was no more regretting my decision of visiting Daman in search of some beach party (yes even at 3 PM in the afternoon, the party was hot and happening!). Magically, now the beach looked fine as I was looking at it with a Margarita in my hand and music in my soul! After a couple of booze rounds we crossed our fingers and decided to check out the second beach called Jampore. Thank God! Since we first saw the Devka beach and I guess it was a “rebound effect” which made me believe that we are finally on a beach! It was crowded and also, the shacks lining up the beach were definitely not my glass of beer! However, those shacks were selling a good variety of sea food at dirt cheap prices and yes if you are a sea food lover then Daman is your “Yoda”. But we had a more happening option already with us, remember? The party at the resort! So we decided to head back ASAP! On our way back, we stopped at “Veera da dhaba” as it was popping up as the top most restaurant on Tripadvisor and also I was already missing North Indian food by now! The place was superb and all of a sudden I felt like someone has cut a big portion of a Pind in Punjab and placed it here in the lap of Portuguese colonies! Two Lachha Paranthas and one Dal Makhani along with Grilled Chicken leg piece later we were back to the pool party in our resort which by now had turned more buzzing and I could see some guys doing body shots as well (reminded me of my Bali holiday 😉). Overall, my beach party craving was satisfied. This amazing resort gave me more than I had expected from Daman. I would put it this way- “don’t come here for just the beaches”!
Booze and more Booze
Next day began with a sweet hangover! And as they say only a Diamond can cut another Diamond, we were out to cut our hangover with another hangover! Our target spot was the Deltin Hotel. I initially wanted to book my stay here but it was all taken by that time. Anyways, the main reason I wanted to go there was the Casino! So we headed straight to try our luck in Daman but alas, the Casino was not yet operational. Down but not out, we decided to hit the pool bar. The two pools are exquisite. The bigger one has got a swim up bar but again, not operative that day. We just took a table and enjoyed a few rounds of chilled beer while gazing at the crowd which was mostly middle aged or I can say less youthful (please excuse me I don’t mean to be rude….J)
After some more shack hunting by the Devka and a Theka raid later, we bid adieu to this place which is every Gujju’s paradise and a crazy party host!
Spots you might be interested in visiting but we were not!
Here is an exhaustive list of various attractions that you might be interested in visiting so take a pick (Attractions in Daman)! Mirasol Water Park is worth a try and also to get the old city feel you can plan a stroll on the fort side of Daman aka Moti Daman 🙂
Ciao for now but stay tuned and connected for more of my Partylogues!