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DIU SIGHTSEEING

 

Diu Town : The town is sandwitched between the massive fort to the east and a huge city wall to the west. The main gateway in the wall has some nice carvings of lions, angels and a priest, while just inside the gate is a miniature chapel. Diu Town has two churches, St Paul's and St Francis of Assisi, and a third which has been converted into a hospital. At the back of the town square, there is a tiny but interesting bazaar. In a small park on the esplanade, there is a tiny crocodile 'farm'. Fort : Piles of cannon balls litter the place and the ramparts have a superb array of cannons, many old and in good condition. There is also a museum within the fort.


DIU - GETTING THERE AND AWAY

 

GETTING THERE AND AWAY BUS Una is the access pooint for Diu, and there are direct buses to there from Bhavnagar, Palitana, Veraval and Talaja. Once in Una, you have to get yourself the 10 or so km to Ghoghla and Diu. There are a number of Gujarat STC buses which actually run all the way to Diu from places such as Veraval and Bhavnagar. A quicker and more comfortable option to the STC buses are the private minibuses. Goa Travels on the main square has buses to Veraval and Junagadh at 6.30 am, 2 and 6.30 pm; to Bombay at 10.30 am; and RR Travels plies to Veraval. TRAIN Delwada, between Una and Ghoghla and only about eight km from Diu, is the nearest railhead. Trains run from Delwada to Veraval, Sasan Gir and Junagadh.


DIU SIGHTSEEING

 

FLANKED BY SIMMERING BLUE WATER OF ARABAIN SEA ON THE THREE SIDES AND FABULOUS CHASI ON THE NORTH, LIES A SMALL UNEXPLORED PIECE OF PARADISE. THIS ISLAND CALLED DIU LIES OFF THE SAURASHTRA COAST OF GUJARAT STATE. MYTHOLOGY AND HISTORY THE NAME `DIU' IS DERIVED FROM THE WORD `DWEEP' MEANING AN ISLAND.ACCORDING TO MYTHOLOGY. DIU WAS RULED BY THE GREAT KING JALLANDHAR WHO WAS A DEMON KING AND WS KILLED BY LORD VISHNU WITH HIS SUDARSHAN CHAKRA. THE TEMPLE OF JALLANDHAR HARRASSED THE GODS, LORD VISHNU KILLED HIM BUT WAS CURSED BY HIS WIFE VRINDA.THE PLACE WHERE LORD VISHNU LEFT SUDARSHAN CHAKRA AFTER KILLING JALLANDHAR IS KNOWN AS CHAKRA TIRTH WHICH IS SITUATED IN DIU. DIU HAS A CHEQUERED HISTORY. DIU WAS RULED BY THE MAURYANS DURING 322-320 B.C., AND WAS THE MAIN TRADE CENTRE ON THE SAURASHTRA COAST. IN A.D.1064. THE CHALUKYAS CAME BACK AGAIN IN POWER ND DIU WAS SUCCESSIVELY UNDER THE SWAY OF CHAVDA AND VAGHELA RAJPUTS. DIU WAS ATTACKED SEVERAL TIMES BY THE PORTUGUESE BECAUSE OF ITS STRATEGIC IMPORTANCE RIGHT FROM 1518 TO 1535. WHEN THE MOGHUL EMPEROR HUMAYUN ATTACKED BAHADUR SHAH, THE LATTER ENTERED INTO TREATY ON 5TH OCTOBER, 1535 WITH PORTUGUESE FOR THEIR HELP AGAINST MOGHUL KING HUMAYUN. GOVERNOR NUNO DE CUNHA CONSTUCTED A FORT IN DIU AT A SITE GIVEN BY THE SHAH. DIU WAS FINALLY SEIZED BY THE GOVERNOR JOAO DE CAS- TRO ON 1TH NOVEMBER, 1546. SIMBOR, A VILLAGE OF DIU ABOUT 42 KMS. AWAY WAS CONQUERED IN 1722. TOURISM POTENTIAL. THIS FORMER PORTUGUESE ENCALVE MEASURES BARELY 40 SQ.KMS. YET IT OFFERS A VARIETY OF ATTARACTIONS TO PAMPER AN ENTIRE SPECTRUM OF TOURIST INTERESTS.


DIU SIGHTSEEING.

 

FOR NATURE LOVERS, DIU'S FLORA, FAUNA AND SCENIC SPLENDOUR OFFER AN ENTIC- ING GETWAY FROM CIVILSATION. ITS QUIET PRISTINE BEACHES ARE A TREAT TO AVID SUN BATHERS. FOR ADVENTURE LOVERS,THE PLACID WATER OFF DIU'S COAST PROVIDE THE IDEAL SETTING FOR WATER SPORTS. THE HORSE SHOE SHAPE OF NAGOA BEACH AND ITS GRAD- UAL CONTINENTAL SHELF MAKES IT ONE OF THE SAFEST AND BEST WATER BODIES FOR WATER SPORTS LIKE SURFING, SAILING, PARA SAILING AND CANOEING. FOR PEOPLE INTERESTED IN ART & ARCHITECTURE, DIU OFFERS AN ENCOUNTER WITH FASCINATING PORTUGUESE AND INDIAN STYLES. THE- RE ARE ALSO INNUMERABLE TEMPLES, CHURCHES AND PALCES OF RELIGOUS SIGNIFICA- NCE. DIU FORT, ST. PAUL CHURCH AND A UNIQUE MONUMENT IN THE SEA CALLED FORTIM DU MAR (PANIKOTHA) ARE PROMINENT LAND MARKS OF THE ISLAND. AND, EVEN THE COLOURFUL CULTURE OF DIU IS MESMERISING, WITH ITS VIBRANT MIX OF PORTU GUESE CUSTOMS ALONG WITH TRADITIONS THAT ARE DISTINCTLY INDIAN. TO ADD TO THESE ATTARACTIONS ARE THE VARIOUS EXCURSION SPOTS A SHORT DRIVE ALWAY FROM DIU. JUST ABOUT 100KMS. FROM DIU LIES GIR WILDLIFE SANCTUARY,THE ONLY ABODE OF THE FAMOUS ASIATIC LION. THE HISTORIC SOMNATH TEMPLE IS LOCA- TED ABOUT 90 KMS. FROM DIU IN VERAVAL. THE ANCIENT TEMPLES OF DWARKA AND PALITANA ARE ALSO A FEW HOURS AWAY IN GUJARAT WOULD OFFER A MEMORABLE VISIT


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