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A Mosaic of Culture & Nature: Diu & Beyond

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18th Apr 2014

Diu

Photo of A Mosaic of Culture & Nature: Diu & Beyond by Navina Jafa

Asiatic Lions

Photo of A Mosaic of Culture & Nature: Diu & Beyond by Navina Jafa

Alang Dockyard

Photo of A Mosaic of Culture & Nature: Diu & Beyond by Navina Jafa

Diu Island

Photo of A Mosaic of Culture & Nature: Diu & Beyond by Navina Jafa

Gir Forest Landscape

Photo of A Mosaic of Culture & Nature: Diu & Beyond by Navina Jafa

Gir National Park

Photo of A Mosaic of Culture & Nature: Diu & Beyond by Navina Jafa

Nagoa Beach, Diu Island

Photo of A Mosaic of Culture & Nature: Diu & Beyond by Navina Jafa

Poruguese Catholic Chapel, Diu Fort

Photo of A Mosaic of Culture & Nature: Diu & Beyond by Navina Jafa

Jain Temple, Palitana, Gujarat

Photo of A Mosaic of Culture & Nature: Diu & Beyond by Navina Jafa

White-robed Nuns, Jain Temple

Photo of A Mosaic of Culture & Nature: Diu & Beyond by Navina Jafa

Palitana Jain Temple

Photo of A Mosaic of Culture & Nature: Diu & Beyond by Navina Jafa

The Gateway Hotel, Gir National Park

Photo of A Mosaic of Culture & Nature: Diu & Beyond by Navina Jafa

Vibrant Streetside Shops, Palitana

Photo of A Mosaic of Culture & Nature: Diu & Beyond by Navina Jafa

Day 1: 18th April

This fascinating journey will bring in a variety of historical imprints and spaces to enjoy natural heritage. The journey will begin on the island of Diu. The Portuguese occupied Diu until 1961. On landing in Diu in mid-afternoon the participants will check-in and be taken for a tour of the Diu Fort and a Portuguese church. The next day will be free to spend on the beach. After lunch, the group will leave for the Gir Forest. (Stay @Azarro Resort in Diu) 

Day 2: 19th April

Early morning on the beach.  Evening drive at 4 pm to the Gir Forest. We will be staying at the Taj Gateway Forest Resort. The narrative on the Asiatic lions will not merely be about their biological existence, but also the importance of the Lion in Indian rituals, beliefs and as part of the geographical history of India

Day 3: 20th April

Morning Safari to see the Asiatic Lions.  We will drive to Bhavnagar at about 10 am and go to Alang to see the world’s largest ship-breaking dockyard.

Day 4:  21st April

A full day in Palitana Jain temple. The narrative will be about detailing the rituals and beliefs of the Jain Swetambari school.

Day 5: 22nd April

Return to Delhi from Bhavnagar.

Cost Covers:

  • Boarding
  • All meals
  • Local conveyance
  • Monument fee
  • Fee of the accompanying Heritage academician Dr. Navina Jafa.

Cost - Single: USD 1100; Double: USD 2000

Participants will need to do their own booking. 

Suggested Flights:

                                                    Timings             Flight No.    Airline

1. DEL-BOM                       0945 1205            9W 302      JETAIRWAYS 
2. BOM-DIU                        1300 1405            9W2500
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1. BHAVNAGAR-BOM         1010 1120            9W7176     JETAIRWAYS  
      OPERATED BY JETKONNECT      
2. BOM-DEL                       1335 1545            9W 351

A former Portuguese colony, Diu, came under Indian control in 1961 after the successful Operation Vijay by the Indian Armed Forces. Diu was a pivotal port linking the Indian coast to the busy trading route running through the Red Sea into Europe till the early 18th century and, had the infamous Battle of Diu fought between Portugal and a combined force of Turkey, Egypt, Venice, and the Sultan of Gujarat. The old Portuguese Fort and the beaches on Diu Island are the well worth a visit during your time in this quaint town.
Photo of Diu, Daman and Diu, India by Navina Jafa
The Portuguese were allowed to build a fort when the Sultan asked for their help in stopping the advances of the Mughal emperor Humayun. Surrounded by the sea on three sides, the fort offers bespoke views of the surrounding areas.
Photo of Diu Fort, Diu, Daman and Diu, India by Navina Jafa
This church is famous for its colorful Rose-petal designed ceiling and is a good spot for a lazy stop before heading on to other attractions.
Photo of Church Of Our Lady, Diu, Daman and Diu, India by Navina Jafa
This resort is relatively new and is located close to the airport. The rooms are clean and the staff is very friendly.
Photo of Azzaro Resort & Spa, Airport Road, Diu, Daman and Diu, India by Navina Jafa
Home to the Asiatic Lions, Gir National Park is one of Asia's most important wildlife sanctuaries. Proactive measures by the State Government and wildlife activists has resulted in the protection of this delicate ecosystem. The lion breeding program has bred about 180 lions till date.
Photo of Gir National Park, SH 26, Bhojde, Gujarat, India by Navina Jafa
Superbly maintained by a well-oiled team, this hotel is conveniently located close to the Gir National Park.
Photo of The Gateway Hotel Gir Forest, Bilkha Road, Junagadh, Gujarat, India by Navina Jafa
Bhavnagar is one of the first cities in Gujarat to have an airport. The city is also easily accessible via rail and road. We'll stop here briefly before heading to Alang.
Photo of Bhavnagar, Gujarat, India by Navina Jafa
The largest ship-breaking dockyard in the world, the shipyards here recycle almost half of the ships salvaged in the world.
Photo of Alang Ship Breaking Yard, North Side Road, Alang, Gujarat, India by Navina Jafa
Palitana has one of the largest clusters of Jain temples with 863 in total on Shatrunjaya Hill. Believed to be constructed in a span of almost ten centuries, the temples have undergone 16 extensive renovations during the same period.
Photo of Jain Site, Taleti, Palitana, Gujarat, India by Navina Jafa
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