Varanasi is considered the holiest of India’s seven holy cities. It is the capital of Uttar Pradesh. It is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world and the oldest ion India. Varanasi is referred by many sobriquets including, “the city of light” and “the city of learning”. Gautama Buddha is believed to have delivered his first sermon in Varanasi. It is sometimes called Benaras or Kashi.
Places to Stay
Many hotels in Varanasi are suitable for budget travellers which include the City Inn (Rs 900), Hotel River Place (Rs 700) and Hotel Padmini International (Rs 1200)
Dhrupad Mela, celebrated every year in February-March is one of the major events in Varanasi. Mahashivrathri held in February is one of the major festivals celebrated here.
Hindi is the local language spoken in Varanasi. English and Urdu are commonly used languages.
Places to Visit
The interesting places to visit in Varanasi are Ramnagar Dashashwamedh Ghat, Annapurna Temple all located within 15 kms.
How to Get There
Varanasi is served by Lal Bahadur Shastri International Airport, which is approximately 26 km from the city centre in Babatpur. Domestic flights to Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and other cities are available here.
Varanasi Junction, commonly known as Varanasi Cantt Railway Station, is the city's largest train station. It is one of the busiest train stations with over 200 hundred passing through each day.
NH2, NH7 and NH56 run through Varanasi connecting it to major centers such Delhi, Kanpur, Kolkata and Agra as well as Lucknow. The best bus operators that offer quality service include UPSTRC, Online bus ticket booking facility can save you a lot of time and energy.
Diu is a fishing town in the westernmost Indian state of Gujarat. It is a part of the Diu district and comes within the Kathiawar peninsula. The town was the scene of a historic battle between the Portuguese and a combined army comprising the Sultan of Gujarat, Mahmud Begada, of Egypt, Turkey, Venice and Dubrovnik. The main town is situated on the eastern end of Diu island.
Places to Stay
There are a couple of good budget hotels in Diu. Some of the options which you can consider are Sugati Beach Resort (Tariff – Rs. 1,000), Apana Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 1,000), Sea View Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 1,000), Comfort Holiday Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 900) and others.
The official language of the area is Gujarati. Hindi is also widely spoken and understood.
The important festivals of the area are Holi in March, Ganesh Chathurthi in August-September, Diwali in October-November, the two Eid(s) and Christmas.
Places of Interest
Some of the places which are worth visiting are Diu Fort, St. Paul’s Church, Church of St. Francis of Assisi, St. Thomas Church, Shiv Mandir on Gangeshwar Coast. The beach is not to be forgotten, from where magnificent views of both sunrise and sunset can be witnessed.
How to Get There
The town has its own airport, which is the Diu Airport.
The Mahuva Railway Station is the closest railway station at a distance of 107 km.
Various state transport buses as well as private buses ply in the region. Among the popular bus operators in the region are Jay Khodiyar Travels and JK Travels. Buses to the town are available from Amreli. Opt for online bus reservation through Ticketgoose.com and avail of a number of discounts.