This is one of the most loved photos that I took. Yeah, not trying to be vain here, but I do love it. Clicked this one at Diu, as I put the cycle to rest (yeah, I watched a horror movie some days back and the effect is still there in my writing) after some hours of pedalling in the streets of Diu. The beaches at Diu are quite solitary and a great option for a lazy beach vacation.You can rent a cycle for just 50 a day!

Diu beach

Parking on sand is tough you see.

I’ll not be using a watermark on any of the images in the “Photo of the Day” series as they mar the entire visual. Sincerely hoping that you would report if you find the images copied anywhere else.

If you loved the idea of cycling around a quaint town that surprises with its solitude, architecture and the time warp like feel with its slow pace, read on to know more about Diu.

Where is Diu?

 

It’s one of the towns in the Diu district of Daman and Diu union territory. Diu was once a part of the Suarashtra region of Gujarat and a major trade centre too. With quite a low population, a laid-back life and old fort and lighthouse for company, Diu is a surprise entry on any traveller’s list. The nearest railway station is at Veraval, from where you can get a taxi or a bus to Diu. Buses from Ahmedabad, Bhuj, Jamnagar and other major towns of Gujarat ply at regular intervals to Diu. The town also has an airport with all the major airlines operating flights to it.

What’s the best time to visit Diu?

Diu can be accessed all through the year though it’s best visited from October to March. Quite humid and hot, Diu doesn’t make for a great destination in summers.

What are the best things to do in Diu?

14 km of land stretched by the Arabian Sea, Diu is quite famous for having a surprisingly low skyline. Diu Fort is the only structure that breaks over the low-rise buildings here. A tiny market, churches, an old fort, Portuguese architecture and cuisine, a lighthouse makes Diu a great place to explore and relax.

Other than the local markets, the Diu Fort, Nagoa Caves, St Paul’s Church and the beaches, the Sea Shell Museum, Gangeshwar Temple and the bird watching tower also make for good options. Parasailing and other water sports take place at Ghogla Beach, and you can try those out as well. The highlight of Diu is in its solitude; very little crowd and an astonishing slow pace of life are the things you should look forward to in Diu. For more photos, information and things to do in Diu, click here.

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