Diu- Isle of Calm!

The trip to Diu was an impromptu one. After done with the semester exams my friends and I made plans for Diu to loosen up and get away from our hectic life for a while during the weekend. Diu being the nearest secluded isle from Ahmedabad, we headed towards it. We boarded an overnight bus from Ahmedabad to Diu. A luxury sleeper bus did cost us Rs. 450/- each. It was almost a 10 hours journey.

We reached Diu at 8:00 in the morning and checked in Hotel Maheshwari. It costed us Rs. 800/- per room in triple sharing. We booked two rooms and got a great online deal for the hotel booking in makemytrip.com. The first most important thing to do in Diu is rent a scooty/bike. It costs approx. Rs. 200/- per day. Do carry a valid driving license for the same.

We got freshen up and drove to Nagoa Beach. There is a calm tone in the air of Diu. The roads are all empty so are the beaches. Nagoa beach is awe-inspiring. The Sun, the sand & the sky all blends perfect here to add up to the beauty of this place. The beaches here are extremely clean. We did try some water sports here. Till the sunset we spent our time at the nagoa beach and then went to visit a lighthouse. Later at night we went out for dinner and drinks. Being a union territory, the liquor here is tax free and thus so cheap. There are no night clubs and beach parties running in Diu unlike Goa. We got in our bikes and just explored the streets of Diu.

Next day in the morning we headed towards Diu Fort. It was built by Portuguese but it’s all ruined and rusted now. But it still has a beauty and the view from up here is captivating. St. Paul’s Church is just 500 meters from the fort. A must visit place amidst the city, so tranquil and serene. We had our lunch (mainly seafood) in an alluring sea facing Hotel Alishan. The good food for 6 people costed approx. Rs.1400/-. Our next destination was Naida Caves. They are a set of artificial caves interconnected by tunnels. They are carved and crafted so perfectly. The sunlight falls so stunningly inside the cave. It’s a picture perfect place. Naida caves have beauty of its own.

We went to ‘Gangeshwar Mahadev Temple’ too, situated adjacent to sea. It has five Shiva lingams which are washed by the tidal waves of the sea; this is how close the temple is built to the sea. The next stop was Ghoghla beach. There was literally no one in that beach except my friends and me. All fishermen’s colorful boats were aligned here. The beach did offer many tiny seashells. This aloof beach is such a solitary place to be. Viewed the mesmerizing sunset here and headed back to our hotel.

We boarded a late night bus from Diu to Ahmedabad. The trip was truly a refreshing one. Diu is a very low populated place. A must visit place for a tranquil vacation.

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