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Udvada is a quaint coastal village 206 km north of Mumbai. It is situated between the Union Territory of Daman and the district town of Valsad on the Gujarat Maharashtra border. Predominantly occupied by Parsis, it is known as ‘Mecca of zoroastrians’ due to the presence of the sacred fire temple revered by Parsis all over the world. It is said that every Parsi should go at least once in a lifetime to Udvada.
Udvada was an ordinary village that was ‘grazed by camels’ or ‘uth vada’ from which the name was derived before it became a fishing village. The history of Udvada dates back to the 7th century when muslim conquest of Iran lead to the marginalization of Zoroastrians. Hence a group of Zoroastrians fled to India and landed in Sanjan, 30km from Udvad bringing with them the sacred fire.
For staying in Udvada, Parsi pilgrims can choose from a number of low priced Dharamshalas and non parsi visitors have the option of staying in hotels near Iranshah Atash Behram or the fire temple. The accommodation available in Udvada range from the simple traditional Parsi home like stay to the sea facing luxury ones and the more sophisticated high end hotels with sauna, gym, swimming pool and Jacuzzi.
Udvada is not only a peep into the history and culture of one of the important communities in India. For anyone looking for a peaceful weekend where one can forget mundane life and relax while rejoicing delicious traditional food, Udvada is the place to head to. The best time to go to Udvada is anytime you need a rethink on the tempo of life.
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