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Old 29th April 2020, 13:54   #1
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Santro: The Complete Family car.



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Crazy Arabian Sea.




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Portuguese Architecture



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The confluence of River with Sea.




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A Hidden Gem.




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A Lonely and Locked Church.




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Boats in jetty are safe, but that is not what boats are for.



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A Confused Dinasour.




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Crazy Sea.




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Curious Ziva.




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A 6-month old's First Encounter with Sea.

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Back in Dec2015, We were blessed with a baby girl.
Due to the pregnancy, we were grounded for the entire 2015. That situation was very irritating. After December 2015, I wanted to plan a trip but then I was asked to wait for my daughter turns to at least six months.

We started waiting. We were new parents. Those six months passed like rollercoaster by learning new things, sleepless nights and whatnot. After five or six months we realised that we needed a break. But then how can you have a break from a six-month baby. I proposed to have a road trip or at least a change of location. All FnF opposed that idea. Their basic opinion was that you couldn't have a road trip with a six-month-old kid. Somehow, I convinced all them and agreed to take my cousins with us.

So, finally, it was decided that we were going on a road trip. My Santro was a 10-year-old car but in good condition. We wanted to have a relaxing trip within 400km radius of our home town. When we Gujratis think about a "relaxing" trip within 400km radius, three major destinations pop up in mind due to obvious reasons. Diu, Daman and Abu, lately Udaipur is also added to this list.

Except for Diu, I have been to all other places. Apart from Liquor availability, Diu is also well known for its pristine beaches, Portuguese architecture and seafood. Many people call it Mini Goa. However, it is surrounded by a dry Gujarat, due to that it's always overcrowded with thirsty Gujarati people.

Diu is 375 km from or home town connected by average road. We decided to have a 4 day trip to Diu. There was a minor threat alert of a mini storm near the coastline of Saurashtra. I called up one of the resort and asked them is it safe to come. On the base of their positive reply, we booked rooms at that resort.

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Preparing for a road trip and preparing for a road trip with a six-month-old kid are different things.
You need to take care of a lot of things. You need to consult elders for things to carry. You need to consult a paediatrician for medicines to carry. You require lots of diapers, milk powders, milk, water, baby food, and whatnot. And then you need to have a dedicated bag for kid's cloth.

We took all the pain and packed all the things needed for my daughter. I declared that we"ll drive slow and keep stopping frequently. Daughter's comfort is the most important. The boot space of my car was full of things for my daughter.

We started at 0400 for Diu. We wanted Ziva to sleep as much as possible during the drive. Anand to Vataman road is under construction from ages so our progress was very slow. Vataman crossing is a major junction from there we took a turn towards Bhavnagar, Saurashtra Region. It was a single lane road but due to early morning road was empty.

Empty Road.
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Around 0700, Ziva woke up. We kept driving. It was a beautiful morning and driving was fun. However, we were very slow as we didn't have a baby seat.

Good Morning. Ziva.
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Not carrying a baby seat with us was a big mistake. I used to be constantly worried about that during the drive. However, we had an entire day at our disposable. We were not in any kind of hurry. We drove slow and stopped frequently. We stopped at many small villages and spent enough time outside of the car to make Ziva comfortable.

Our Stops.
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We crossed Bhavnagar. We kept moving. The single-lane road to Diu was getting crowded. We were trying to understand Ziva's sign language. The slightest sign of discomfort on her face, we stop the car and get her out. I am sure, Ziva must be thinking that why these guys keep stoping this much.

One more stop.
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Finally, after 10 hours, we reached Diu. We checked in our resort and got freshen up.

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Fort Road, Diu.
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Diu is a small island which was earlier a Portuguese colony and is now guarded by beaches all around. Diu remained under the colonial regime from 1535-1961 and was liberated alongside Goa and Daman on 19th December 1961. Diu is a UT ( Union Territory.) It is governed by Delhi. Geographically, Diu is surrounded by dry Gujarat. Liquor is not banned in Diu. So every day, thousands of tourist come to Diu to enjoy liquor.

Diu is a charming beach resort town. Its sandy beaches are the reason tourists flock here. The horse-shoe shaped Nagoa beach is the most popular and is safe for swimming. The largest beach in Diu, Ghoghla beach offers excellent opportunities for swimming, surfing and parasailing. Chakratirth beach is associated with mythology and is the place where Lord Krishna beheaded the demon Jalandhar.

A lot of the Portuguese influence can be seen in the architecture and culture that the people follow. St. Paul's Church is an exemplary example of the beautiful Portuguese architecture. Another magnificent structure is the sea-facing Diu Fort.

Lunch.
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We got freshen up had our lunch and started exploring Diu. As I mentioned earlier there was an alert of a storm, so the tourist rush was low. That was good for us. All of us were a bit tired after a 10 hours drive. However, the prospect of exploring a new place and cool wind from the sea rejuvenated us.

We started our exploration by visiting St. Paul Church.
St. Paul’s Church is the largest and the only functioning church in Diu. Renowned all over the world for its stunning architecture by Indian craftsmen, the church boasts of rich wood carvings, splendid facade, intriguing volumes, and shell-like motifs.

Dedicated to Lady of Immaculate Conception, its construction was completed in 1601 AD. Sharing close similarity with the Basilica of Bom Jesus at Goa, the church mesmerizes with the exquisite work. Built-in the Baroque architectural style, the church was constructed by the Portuguese during the colonial rule of the territory.

St. Paul Church
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St. Paul Church
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St. Paul Church
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St. Paul Church
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St. Paul Church
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St. Paul Church
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We spent more than one hour at the church. Due to Ziva, we were keeping it very slow. After the church visit, we went back to the hotel for Ziva's afternoon nap. We were tired too, we took rest.

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After a nice afternoon nap, all of us were fresh and in great mood to once again explore the town.

We visited Naida caves during the evening.

The Naida Caves are a group of interlinked caves constructed by the Portuguese. The caves are only a short distance away from the Diu town and they feature a big network of tunnels with square hewn steps that remain completely unexplored. Interestingly, these caves were formed due to geological irregularities and natural processes over time. Naida Caves is slowly being recognized as one of the most magnificent attractions since prehistoric times. The caves also have a natural opening that lets in sunlight, making it photogenic. It took nearly 30 minutes to 45 minutes to visit the caves. From the parking area, one needs to walk nearly 400 m to reach the entrance of the caves. Steps are available to enter inside the cave and one can comfortably walk inside the cave.

Naida Caves Entrance.
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Naida Caves
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After visiting Naida caves, we had a half-hour of daylight left.
We rushed to a nearby beach to witness the sunset. Due to clouds, we were not able to see the sunset. However, it was amazing to spend the evening on the beach.

Road touched Beach.
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Road touched Beach.
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Crazy Sea.
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The Beach.
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Other ends.
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We enjoyed watching the waves at the beach. It was not a safe beach to get in the water. We spent the entire evening at the beach and went to the hotel.

Next day morning, after breakfast we rushed to Fort road. It was a Sunday, and we were told that there would be a heavy rush at Diu Fort. Fort road was running parallel to a river.

Fort Road Parking.
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Jetty.
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The fort- cum - castle, is known as 'Praça de Diu' in Portuguese, is situated on the southern tip of Gujarat and is at the mouth of the Gulf of Khambhat. The Fort of Diu is a colossal structure that occupies a prominent place on the tourist's list. The enchanting fort commands a magnificent view of the sea, and a jetty constructed on the northwestern coast is still underusing and was once used to trade with Cambay, Broach and Surat in Gujarat. The lighthouse that one can climb leads to the highest point on the island and provides a spectacular view of the surrounding. Cannonballs litter the entire place, and the parapet has a fantastic array of cannons.

Diu fort forms a striking structure on the coast of the island. The three gorgeous churches; (Church of St. Francis of Assisi, St. Paul's Church, and St. Thomas Church), the Venetian Gothic style bungalow and Havelis further enhance the beauty of the place. There is a Shiva temple dedicated to Gangeshwar Mahadev is also located within the parameters and is a famous tourist attraction.

Fort Gate.
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Fort Gate.
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Cannon Balls
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I wanted to visit the entire fort and click lots of photos but that was not possible as I was carrying Ziva. First-time I felt irritated by her. And the second thought came to my mind was welcome to parenthood. Now, you are a parent and you can not take things granted. Taking care of your kid and family is your priority.

We walked into the fort and enjoyed the walk.

Ziva in attacking mood.
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Taking a walk.
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Family time.
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There was a small ort kind of structure inside the sea. It was beautiful. That was Panikota Fort. It used to be Diu's jail. A jail in the sea, isn't it sounds like a Hollywood movie?

Once again, I was not able to take photos o that fort. Never mind, we"ll come again.

Panikota Fort.
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We left the fort and decided to see as many beaches available in DIU. Some beaches are dangerous as far as swimming is concerned.

First, we went to Chakratirth Beach. The lovely Chakratirth beach is nestled amidst the picturesque hills meeting the Arabian Sea, this pristine beach is the ideal place to soak up the sun or frolicking in the enchanting waters while travellers beat the heat and relax by the calming shores.

Chakratirth Beach.
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Chakratirth Beach.
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Chakratirth Beach.
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Chakratirth Beach.
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We moved ahead and visited the famous INS Khukri Memorial.
INS Khukri Memorial is the memorial site of an Indian Naval Ship that sank during the Indo-Pak War of 1971. The submarine was destroyed on 9th December 1971 when torpedo shots were fired on it, sinking the ship 40 nautical miles off the coast of Diu. At the time of the sinking, there were 18 officers and 176 sailors on board. A memorial was set up to commemorate the brave martyrs in Diu comprising of a scaled model of INS Khukri enclosed in a glass case.

INS Khukri Memorial.
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INS Khukri Memorial.
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INS Khukri Memorial.
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There was a forecast of a small storm, so the waves were at its full swing. We enjoyed the sea and spent more than one hour.

Enjoying the Sea.
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Enjoying the Sea.
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Enjoying the Sea.
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During our back walk, wife tried her hands on stone towers. We visited nearby Karneshwari Temple.

Stone Tower.
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Karneshwari Temple.
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Karneshwari Temple.
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There was a small beach named Jalandhar Beach.
Named after the demon, Jallandhar, the sunny Jallandhar Beach lies almost 1km from Diu and has a temple and a memorial. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Chandrika while the memorial is atop a hill with a stone structure of the demon Jallandhar. The beach also offers exciting water sports. Being sparsely crowded, Jallandhar Beach serves as a perfect location for a private photoshoot.

Instead of doing a photoshoot, the wife tried her hands in fishing with some local boys

Fishing.
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Fishing.
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We spent some more time with the crazy sea. After spending an amazing time with the sea we called it a day and went to our hotel.

Crazy Sea.
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Crazy Sea.
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Crazy Sea.
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Crazy Sea.
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We had a small walk-on fort road. We wanted to do boating but the sea was not calm and it started raining. We decided against it and went back to our hotel and called it a day.

Jetty At Fort Road.
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We
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Ziva was having Fun.
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The next day morning we headed for Diu's most famous beach. We deliberately kept it last so we can spend maximum time at that beach.

We stopped for a while at Dinosaur Park. It was under construction. The dinosaur park at Diu is poised to be an innovative theme park for kids. There is also a nice lane for solitary walks nearby and a temple on the premises. Because of being in the vicinity of the popular Nagoa Beach, the park has become quite popular among the tourist.

Dinosaur Park.
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Dinosaur Park.
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There wasn't much to see. However, we spent one-hour watching crazy waves of the sea.

Crazy Sea.
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Crazy Sea.
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The road to Nagao beach was running Parallel to sea. There was a dedicated lane for cycles. I gave the car to the cousin and we walked on that track for a while.

Cycle Track.
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After a while, we jumped the wall and went near the sea.

We jumped the wall.
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And once we were near the sea. The entire beach was free for us. Normally people directly drive to the main attraction beach and never stop for this kind of lonely beaches. We took the opportunity and had a photoshoot. Ziva loved it.

Our Photoshoot.

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Now, if you been to a beach and don't touch the water that's an insult to a beach. I walked to the water. It was dangerous due to the slippery surface. However, I reached the water and touched it.

Touching The water.

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We reached Nagoa beach.

Famous for its pristine beauty and swaying palm trees, Nagoa Beach in Diu is an ideal and a recommended place for tourists all over the world. The place is well connected with the resorts, hence it making it easy for the travellers to relax and explore its beauty at the same time. The beach is surrounded by beautiful palm trees swaying in the cool breeze which creates an exotic environment for the travellers to laze around. The serene beauty of the beach due to its white sands and quiet blue water is worth experiencing and enjoying.

Nagoa beach.
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We were carrying a big carpet for the beach. We made ourselves comfortable at the beach. Other kids came to meet Ziva and they started playing.

Ziva making new friends.

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The beach was overcrowded. We got to the other end of the beach. And enjoyed the water. It was amazing, we spent more than 3 hours at the beach. The issue with this kind of public beach is the crowd always keeps starring the girls in short. But then, its the part of the package at every beach locations in India. We didn't care much and had our fun.

Beach Fun.

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We drove to the end of the beach to have a proper view of Hoka trees.

The Hoka trees are unique in their structure, with branches and offshoots emanating from their central trunk. They are most commonly found in desert areas around the oases. The Hoka seed is a beautiful red-oval structure, which resembles a cricket ball, that hangs high up of the palm-like structure of the trees. These fruits were used by Ancient Egyptians during funeral rituals. It is highly edible, with parts of its contents used in different areas while cooking by the inhabitants of Diu and Saurashtra, as well as other locals in parts of the world where they are found. The local 'Tadi' is prepared using Hoka seeds.

Hoka trees.

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We spent the entire day at the beach. During the evening we had dinner at a nearby hotel. At night we drove back to our hotel and called it day.

A working day in Beach.
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The next day, we headed back to our home city.
We stopped for a while at Ghoghla beach.

One of the most attractive places in Diu is the Ghoghla beach. Located in the north of Diu town with not many people, it catches the attention of the tourists who prefer to stay aloof and not with the crowd. With standard restaurants around the place along with water sports, this beach stands complete. Lesser tourists are the reason for a much cleaner Ghoghla beach compared to the other beaches in the town.

Ghoghla beach.

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We started back to our home town. Enroute we visited Alang Ship-breaking yard. Photography wasn't allowed in ShipBreaking yard.

Overall, it was a daring trip for us. Taking a 6-month kid on a long road trip was a challenging task. But somehow we managed it with flying colours. We loved it and Ziva had her first encounter with Sea.

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PS: During the entire journey, she was in the back seat. This photo was taken during a stop.

How to Reach Diu.
Diu is connected to other parts of Gujarat and the country with a good road network. Diu does not have its own railway station and the nearest railhead is at Veraval which is 90 km from Diu. One can take a taxi after Veraval to reach Diu. Diu also has its own airport and daily flights connect Diu to Mumbai and to Porbandar.

What is the best time to visit Diu?
The best months to plan a trip to Diu are November to February during the Winter season because of its ideal weather and a host of activities that are sure to keep you engaged. From thrilling watersports, calm beaches, historic architecture, abandoned forts and lip-smacking food; Diu is a paradise in Winters.

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Thread moved from Assembly Line to the Travelogues section.

I have not read any travelogue on Diu before this one. One more place added to the list. Thank you for sharing
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Reading this travelogue on Diu is making me think of it for the next short trip...

Once again an awesome travelogue which I will read it once again...
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That is one cute baby!

Nice photographs, I've not been to Diu but the place seems familiar in some ways. Just cant seem to put my finger on it.

Thanks for sharing!
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Thanks for the excellent coverage of Diu. So many beaches. I guess, the sea scapes would take a different shade if storm wasn't there.

Naida caves look majestic. It reminds me of a similar, may be somewhat smaller rock formation near Badami, called Sidlaphadi/Sidila Padi caves. Reference.

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