Road trip is an amazing way to explore a place. The freedom of travelling at your own pace, having no restrictions of time and no pressure of missing the bus/train or the flight lets you enjoy every single moment of your journey!
Gujarat road trip from Mumbai turned out to be one such wonderful experience. Covering a total distance of 3000 km in 8 days, we visited –
Rani ki Vav (Patan)
Rann of Kutch
The most special part of this road trip was the Magical Island of Diu. Situated at the southern tip of Gujarat, this small photogenic Island deserves great admiration as it truly lives to its description – Ilha de calma (Isle of Calm). The charm of this calm and serene little Island left us spellbound for the rest of our stay as we got to slowly discover the history of Diu. Every single place we visited exhibited scenic beauty much beyond our expectations and made us fall in love with this less explored and lesser known place of Gujarat over and over again!
How to Reach Diu
Diu is a small town in Diu district in the union territory of Daman and Diu and was under the Portuguese regime till 1961. The island is located to the South of Gujarat but is often confused with Daman & Diu located to the North of Mumbai near Nashik.
Travel time from Mumbai to Diu by road is 14 hours, therefore it is advisable to split the journey and visit other places on the way, for overnight stays instead. Alternatively, you can take a flight to Diu.
Diu – As we witnessed
We reached Diu little after noon, checked into the Hotel and quickly strolled through the streets as all the places get closed early. Our sea side resort turned out to be another gem as we got to spend our evening walking on the seashore enjoying the breeze and sound of waves. We sat there gazing the dark sky when suddenly it struck us that the moon is missing. It was quiet surprising as it was the full moon week. After numerous theories and debates around the moon rise timings and cloudy sky, the moon thought of making a grand entrance. And you bet grand it was. A full red shinning moon suddenly popped up from nowhere, so bright that not just us, but the Russian couple sitting beside also wondered if it was indeed the sun.