When I first heard that my close school friends Shrikant, Sumit and Damaru (Oops Nilesh ) were planning a trip to Diu, It took me no time to recollect that Daman and Diu is one of UT of India. But when I tried to locate Diu in Google map, I was surprised to know that Daman and Diu are very far away from each other. I was very excited about this trip, after all after so many failed plans we finally pulled this one off. Sumit and myself were to start journey from Pune, Nilesh and Shrikant were supposed to join us in Surat and Baroda respectively. Our Journey were to end in Veraval (Gujrat).
Ok our trip was supposed to be adventurous, But not so early. Sumit was caught in traffic after office and could not reach the railway station. With Heroics and determination he posses, He decided to catch the train in next station. Riding on bike ,travera, auto and what not, he finally caught the train in Kalyan. It was really great sigh of relief for me. When train finally reached Surat at 3 AM, Damaru joined us. By that time I was feeling really sleepy. But Nilesh and Sumit was equally determined to let me sleep. Finally I decided to forgone my sleep. In Baroda Station, All three of us gave clapping reception to Shrikant .
When train arrived at Veraval, We were almost exhausted. Famous somnath temple was very near by, So we decided to take journey break in Somnath. We finally took room at a very nice hotel with both Somnath temple and beach in sight. After having a little walk on beach we paid the visit to historic somnath temple. At temple it was wonderful sight, With lot of space to walk around and with cool beach wind blowing it was really soothing experience in temple. We took our dinner in nearby restaurant and played cards in room, before we finally went to bed.
Next day was even more exciting. In Morning, We played football on beach, and just like kids took ride of camels and horses. After taking barf ka golas and Narial pani as our breakfast we moved to Giri national park on Auto-Riksha. Trip from somnath to gir was equally pleasant. We ate authentic gujarti food and drank a lot of chach in lunch.
Gir National Park has around 359 lions, we were determined to see at least couple of them. We reached at dewary park at around 3 PM and took ride around the park in bus, During this bus ride we did see Neel gay , Dears, and famous Gir lion. Not satisfied with bus trip in Gir park, We booked a gypsy to take us inside really dense forest. Though we did not see lion this time but 2 Hour journey on open gypsy was certainly more satisfying. This time we saw few more animal and birds. During our journey back to somnath we shared gyan on life, money and enjoyment, And as happen with such discussion we did not reach any conclusion on this too. After reaching hotel ,we watched one movie of 90s( Almost matching Shrikant’s peculiar test of movie) .
Next day we took Gujarat roadways’ bus to Diu. It was fairly comfortable journey, During journey We enjoyed ultra cheap mango juice( Rs 5) and ate lot of fruits. After settling in paramount hotel, we went to have fun in Nagoa Beach. This time we took bath in sea and played football. Even though I am not good at football , I enjoyed chasing down the ball. We stayed in sea for around 2 more hours, Before returning back to hotel . In Night we went to checkout local market of Diu and had our dinner among ever smiling waiters.
Next day started with same fun at Nagoa Beach,.After playing some football, We also took banana ride. This time we joined local chaps for cricket match on beach, and eventually lost both the cricket games that we played. With constant timekeeping by Nilesh, We finally went to Diu again to checkout famous monuments and fort in Diu. This time we also explored sand rocks at sunset point and enjoyed soothing air. It was truly and amazing experience to explore untouched rocks near sea. I enjoyed a lot of it.
As All of us wanted to enjoy every moment left, we decided to forgo our sleep In Night we took a long walk along beach, we enjoyed a great reflection of full moon in sea. With nothing to be heard other than sea’s waves hitting shore, it was delightful sight. We marvelled every moment of it.
If our arrival journey was adventurous then our back journey was even more so. We had to catch bus at 5:30 AM in morning. There was no public transport on road, Finally we catch hold of one chakoda( A mixture of Bullet + loader). It was bumby but marvelous ride on diu roads on it. After reaching Veraval by bus we had our breakfast in form of famous khakaras, and small samosas on railway station. All of us had a good sleep in train.
Finally It was time to return to your town after having good time in this awesome trip. It was really wonderful journey, I enjoyed every bit of it.