One of the undiscovered gems of India, Diu is the God's gift to those who want to leave behind the noise and pollution and wake up to the music of the nature. Derived from the Sanskrit word “Dweep”, Diu means island. Diu is rightly called the place where sea, sand and sky meet in harmony. This tiny island, boasting of a cool breeze, beauty and serenity, is lapped by the Arabian Sea and is located off the southern tip of Saurashtra peninsula of Gujarat. Diu is known for its fascinating history and superb beaches. The city is a part of the Diu district of the union territory of Daman and Diu. The present day city was originally the location of the Battle of Diu between Portugal and the combined force of Egypt, Turkey, Republic of Ragusa, Venice, and Mahmud Begada – the Sultan of Gujarat in 1509. Located at the eastern end of the island of Diu, this city is famous for its Old Portuguese Cathedral and fortress. Diu is also a major fishing hub of India.
The small and picturesque island of Diu covers around 38.8 square kilometers near Junagadh in the Saurashtra Peninsula in Gujarat. This city is well-connected to Gujarat and Maharashtra by road. A major tourist center, Diu offers a lot of sightseeing opportunities and attractions like beautiful forts, churches, historical sites and museums. Besides, this island offers various natural beaches including the famous Nagoa beach. In fact, the city of Diu is located on a beach. The Nagoa beach along with the offshore lighthouse is a popular tourist destination on this island. The city attracts around 5000 tourists per month. Apart from the scenic beaches and Portuguese architecture, Diu is famous for its vibrant culture and friendly locals. The city hosts several festivals, especially during the winter to encourage tourism. This is the place where tradition mixes with modernity. You will fall in love with the fun-loving and friendly people of Diu who celebrate life with a great zeal.
Diu is great place for adventure sports lovers, providing opportunities for parasailing, jet skiing and boating. You will find several beautiful several hotels and resorts in this city. Diu and Daman are the only places of Gujarat where consuming alcohol is legal.
Diu is well connected with the rest of cities in India. Major Airlines such as Air India, Jet Airways, GoAir, SpiceJet, Jet Lite operates flights to and from Diu to major cities Bangalore, Chennai, Mumbai, Delhi , Ahmedabad and Pune.
Diu is an located in Union territory of Diu and Daman, is an domestic airport which mainly serves Diu. In addition to Diu, it also serves some of the cities in Gujarat.It is a single terminal airport which handles domestic passengers.
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Ahmedabad, which is also known as Amdavad &Manschester of the East’ and it is largest city in the state of Gujarat. It is located on the banks of river Sabarmati which is well known for its rich cultural and traditional heritage and is one of the major financial center of India. Ahmedabad is also a popular tourist destination which is famous for its monuments, museums and religious sites. Ahmedabad enjoys a thriving cultural tradition and has a distinct culture.It was the home of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi who lived at Sabarmati Ashram. It is the house of many large scale dairy and agricultural industries. Top places to visit in the city are Jama Masjid, Jhulta Minara, Rani Rupmati Mosque, the Sidi Sayed Mosque, Akshardham Temple, ISKCON temple and Jain temple. The international kite festival which is held on 14 January every year coincides with the famous festival Makar Sankranti and celebrations of Navratri with Garba dance is one of the famous tourist attraction. Best time to visit Ahmedabad is between November and February. Ahmedabad airport which is known as Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport is one of the busiest airport in India and is well connected through air route to all the major cities in India like Bangalore, Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata and Pune.The major airlines which operate flights to Agartala airport are Indigo, Jet Konnect, Jet Airways , JetLite, SpiceJet, Air Pegaus ,Vistara Airlines and Air India. Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport is located 8 km away from the city. The airport code of Ahmedabad airport is AMD. It is a four terminal airport. Terminal 1 serves for the domestic passengers, terminal 2 serves for the international passengers, terminal 3 is used for secondary traffic and terminal 4 is used for cargo purposes.The facilities which are available at the airport are baggage services, places to shop and eat, duty free shopping. The airport is well connected with the rest of city, the city bus stand is located at distance of 8 km and railway station is also located at a distance of 8 km from the airport. One can find good number of private buses, taxis and auto rickshaws for hire to reach airport from the bus stand and railway station.