When we talk about Portuguese churches and beaches, the name that instinctively comes to our mind is Goa. Though Goa has its own beauty, the small island of Diu is no less.
Especially popular among the foreigners or the weekend revellers from Gujarat, it is a charming place with beaches, fort, churches, lovely climate and sea-food and of course tax-free liquor.
Diu was a Portugese colony till 1961 after which, it was taken over by India.
We reached there in the evening and had a walk in the beach at the sunset.
We spent sometime at a place from where we could get a good view of the beautifully-lit bridge that connects Diu to the mainland.
We had a long drive that day and decided to have an earlier dinner and go to bed.
Next morning, we first went to the beach. As we went on a weekday, it was not crowded at all.
Then we took the road off the Diu fort for this view.
Then we went to the one of the most important landmarks of Diu – the St. Paul’s Church which was founded in the 1600.
We drove through the empty roads and reached the Gangeshwar Mahadev Temple.
The location of the temple was very unique, something I have never seen before. The shiva linga is under the shelter of a rock, adjacent to the sea. Occasionally, the waves sprinkled water on the gods.
The havelis in the town had a distinctive style of architecture.
Some of them were really colourful.
Mahendrabhai, my friend with whom I went there recently acquired an old house to convert it into a heritage hotel. He was kind enough to show us around.
The rooms had antique furnitures and a lot of other artefacts.
I found a vintage camera too.
A worker who was involved in the restoration.
This room was the most interesting part of the house. The walls were full of murals and there was a swing in the middle of the room. There was a unique mechanism using which, the direction in which the swing is facing could be changed.
Some of the rooms had the original beautiful tiles.
Everything was so artistic about the place; the door handles too.
Thus ended our short trip to Diu.
A million Thanks to my friend Mahendrabhai from Rajkot who drove me to Diu and several other places during this visit to Gujarat.
This post is written by Saurabh Chatterjee. He is a travel photographer and a photography trainer.
He strives to ‘make every camera-owner a great photographer through his Photography workshops and Photo Tours and Photowalks.
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