Published: February 3rd 2010February 3rd 2010
Ahmedabad and Diu.
How to describe this city? Located in the Gujarat, Ahmedabad is mainly a Muslim city; you can hear the call to the prayer every day. A very interesting fact is that most of the mosque has some elements of both religions: Hindu and Muslim, due to the Sultan Mahmud Begara that married a Hindu wife, the result is very interesting. We also went to the Hatheesingh Temple, which is absolutely beautiful, built in 1848, for the religion of Jain, a branch of the Hinduism, I learn that they are vegan and they eat a very limited quantity of vegetable to preserve life, this is definitely not for me.
Other than that the city is very crowded, streets are smalls and the smog is just everywhere, the pollution is omnipresent due to the chemical factory that surrounded the city. One surprising and very good thing compare to other places in India is that the touktouk are very honest and very efficient.
We than decided to head to Diu, a little village on the side of the Arabian Sea. We took the night bus to go there for about 10 hours. The class we had was sleepers, very interesting, they
Speak no evil, see no evil and hear no evil
have beds, yes beds, but you just can’t sleep since the road is totally crazy with frequent stops...
At first we decided to book for 3 days, but where so overwhelmed by the beauty and comfort that Diu offered us that we stayed for 5 days. Diu is definitely the best place in India to rent scooters since there is almost no traffic on the roads. So guess what we did.... We rent scooters for 300 Rupees for a 48hrs period plus fuel (which is inexpensive). I definitely recommend an afternoon at the Old Portuguese fort, where you can take outstanding pictures of the panorama from Diu and the surrounding sea.
Now the highlight of our days in Diu: Herança Goesa. An awesome family house that offers good and cheap breakfast, but that’s not it... On our second breakfast there, the man of the family invited Daphne inside, after a good 15 minutes, she comes back with a large smile explaining me that the man is from Goa and got some very nice catch from his daily fishing trip and they would like to invited us for dinner tonight with an another French couple, I have the choice between salmon,
Me on my scooter in Diu
tiger prawns or king fisher fish. I went for the salmon, let me tell you it was the best I ever had, it was literally melting in my mouth.
Tonight is unfortunately our last in Diu, we’ll try to get on the evening ferry cruise, a 2hrs ride on the coast for 110 Rupees with drinks, snacks and music included, and that would be a nice ending for our trip here. We then are going to head for Mumbai and Goa....
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