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Festival Village : Azure waters and picturesque surroundings make for an absolutely blissful experience at our Festival Village. Tents which are a classic combination of luxury and comfort are pitched on the beach, with mouth-watering fine-dining options and relaxing spas as an added bonus.

 

 

Celebrating of music – culture & art: Festa De Diu is the longest beach festival in Asia, spanning across three months, from December. With concerts, carnivals, jam sessions and more than 300 artists such as Shreya Ghosal, Vir Das, Indian Ocean and Milind Soman set to perform, this beach festival is the epitome of fun and relaxation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WHEN

mostly in the month of December to February

HOW TO REACH

DIU BY AIR:
Airport: Diu Airport at Nagao Diu has an airport at Nagoa which is connected by a daily flight of Jet Airways from Mumbai. Rajkot Airport also has multiple flights that connect major cities in India and Diu is only a short drive away. Air India is the official airlines partner of Festa De Diu. From Monday to Thursday, they will have a direct flight from Mumbai to Diu during the festival.

DIU BY TRAIN:
Nearest Railway Station: Veraval / 90KM from Diu Major cities like Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Pune, Jabalpur (Madhya Pradesh), Dwarka and Thiruvananthapuram are directly connected to Veraval Railway Station. Moreover a meter gauge at Delwada is just 8 km from Diu. Daily, two trains connect Junagadh & Veraval to Delwada Railway Station.

DIU BY BUS:
State run buses as well as some private buses serve Diu from Ahmedabad. The trip takes around 10 hours. Daily three sleeper-cum-seating buses run from Diu to Mumbai.

DIU BY CAR:
Gujarat & Maharashtra are connected through many road links which connect to major National Highways of the country. Gir: 67 Kms, Somnath: 90 Kms, Rajkot: 219 kms, Ahmedabad: 450 Kms and Mumbai: 815 Kms.

WHERE

Diu

HISTORY

The history of Diu dates back to many centuries. It has a rich and a variegated past that saw the reign of many emperors. Rulers of different dynasties ruled Diu in different periods of history. It began with the Pauranic period and the last of its rulers were the Portuguese. Even the Parsis stayed in Diu for three years, after they fled from religious persecution in Iran in the 7th century. Diu was under the colonial regime for many years. Along with Daman and Goa, it got liberated on 19th December, 1961. It was taken over by India and is still governed from Delhi as a Union Territory. Goa, Daman and Diu were the Portuguese possessions in India which 19th December, 1961 during Operation Vijay and in the following year i.e. 1962 they were constituted into a separate Union Territory administered by a Lieut. Governor and a popular Ministry. After Goa became a State, a Union Territory was formed on 30th May, 1987 consisting of two separate District of Daman and Diu.

Mythology believes that Diu was ruled by a ‘Daitya’ (Demon-king) called Jallandhar, who was beheaded by Lord Vishnu with his Sudarshan-Chakra. According to the Gazetteer of Goa, Daman and Diu; Diu was known as ‘Jallandhar Ksshetra’ during Satyug. In fact, the temple of Jallandhar is still there in Diu and is a famous ancestral relic of the Demon-king. It also forms a major tourist attraction of the place.

Diu was governed by the Mauryans during 322-320 BC and was the major trade center on the Saurashtra Coast. The Kshatrapas ruled the entire state of Saurashtra including Diu from 1st century AD to 415 AD. They were followed by the Guptas who ruled Diu from 415 AD to 467 AD, by the Maitrakas who ruled from 470 AD to 788 AD. From 789 AD to 941 AD, it was under the regime of the Chavda Dynasty. Later the Chalukyas succeeded the Chavda rulers and governed Diu. Thus, Diu saw a march of various bloody battles among the rulers of various dynasties. It was under the Sultans of Oman during the 14th and 16th centuries, when it emerged as a strong naval base and a successful trade center. Finally the Portuguese established their rule in Diu in 1529, and made use of its strategic location to usher in a new era of colonization and commercialization. Diu remained under colonial subjugation, till it gained independence in 1961 and became a part of the Indian Republic, along with Daman and Goa.

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Disclaimer: You are requested to check the exact dates with Gujarat Tourism Online office before finalising your travel plans for this festival.

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