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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

What places can one explore around Diu?

Vaishali Singh DEC 10 2012
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With the city bursting at the seams with vacationers from all over the world during long holiday weekends, you might want to wander off the less trodden path and explore the incredible outlying attractions. Some of the recommended places are:

Considered one of the 12th most sacred shrines in India, it is 90 km from Diu by road, near Veraval. You will find it hard to believe after seeing the temple that it has been razed and rebuilt at least 8 times since the time of its creation by Somraj, the moon god, who built it in gold. Built in Chalukya style, the temple has been constructed in such a manner that there is no land between the temple shore and the South Pole. You will find yourself beheld by its serene, symmetrical designs.

Photography, however,is prohibited here.

  • Sasan-Gir Sanctuary

If you have made it to Somnath then just 45 km ahead, roughly an hour's ride, is the famed Gir National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary, largest and only home to the Asiatic Lion. The roar and sight of this majestic animal will make the trip worth your while. If you are determined to catch a sight of a lion and weren't so lucky on your drive through the park then do visit the smaller, fenced-in safari park set up for that purpose. You might also come across sambar deers, chitals, wild boar, langurs and porcupines in this airy, mixed forest.

Keep in mind that from mid-June to mid-October (monsoon season) the park is closed.

  • Dwarka

If you continue your road journey from Veraval, then at a distance of 203 km is the port town of Dwarka. Considered one of the holiest cities in Hinduism and one of the Char Dhams, even the more agnostics of us are sure to be affected at very deep level by the vibrations and feel of this place. You enter the Dwarkanath temple via the Swarga Dwar (Heaven's gate) and leave it via Moksha gate (Salvation gate). This temple was built in the 16th century CE while the original is believed to have been built by Lord Krishna's great grandson KIng Vajra. You will be amazed to know that parts of a sunken city were identified and photographed by the National Institute of Oceanography some time ago. Beneath today's settlements are traces of 5 older towns! You may not have attained moksha but your visit here may just bring you one step closer.

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