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Reet Cheema Apr 29 2014

Which are the best places to stay and eat in Daman?

Benazir Khan Apr 29 2014
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If you’re in Daman on a historical tour, Hotel Marina (Tel: +91-260-2254420; Tariff: INR 1,125), behind the police station at Nani Daman, is a 140-year-old Portuguese homestead and is the closest you will get to a bed-and-breakfast in Daman. The antique furniture in the home and the lovely courtyard will give you a glimpse of Daman’s history.

The centrally located Hotel Gurukripa (Tel: +91-260-2255046, +91-260-2250227; Tariff: INR 1,350-1,890), on Seaface Road, among other places to stay, is ideal for those wishing to access Nani Daman on foot. It offers good food, comfortable rooms and excellent room service. Hotel Dariya Darshan (Tel: +91-260-2254476; Tariff: INR 1,500-4,400) at Devka Beach arranges taxis. Hotel Cidade de Daman (Tel: +91-260-2250590-91; Tariff: INR 2,500-3,500), also on Devka Beach, is the closest to a 5-star hotel in Daman.

A photo of Daman (by Claudia Nunes)

Hotel Miramar (Tel: +91-260-2250671- 73; Tariff: INR 3,000-7,500), also on Devka Beach Road, is a place that’s always packed, so reserve in advance. Another popular stay option is Hotel Shilton (Tel: +91-260-2254407; Tariff: INR 1,200- 2,000), with 26 rooms, on Devka Beach. Daman’s food is part Goan (though Damanese claim their bebinca is more authentic) and part Gujarati. But all differences vanish at the dinner table, where the Gujarati thali meets the tangy fish curry and a beetroot wine clinks alongside a hearty beer.

A photo of the tangy fish curry served in many restaurants here, alongside the traditional Gujarati thali (by Kalakki)

Visitors to Daman usually head to Gurukripa, situated half-way between Moti Daman and Devka Beach, to taste Daman’s rich variety of seafood — from Goan fish curry and rice to Damanese specialities like chicken xacuti, dhara fish fry, butter-garlic tiger prawns and fried squid. Hotel Sovereign, a sister concern that’s a few buildings down the block, specialises in vegetarian dishes. Nearby is the Pithora Garden restaurant recreating a village ambience.

The Miramar Water Park, restaurant-cumcafé at the other end of Nani Daman, overlooks the lake, where you can take a pre- or post-dinner paddle in a boat. Duke’s, Daman’s oldest restaurant (started in the 1940s), run by a Parsi family, is famous for its breakfast of sausages and scrambled eggs.
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