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Travel to the Holy Town of Udvada

By Manoj Menon

Udvada is a coastal town in Valsad district of Gujarat and is an important centre of the Parsis or the Indian Zoroastrians. The word Udvada literally meant 'grazing ground of camels' as that was the actual condition of this town before it was inhabited.

The Parsis fled to India long back in the 10th century due to their persecution by the Muslims. They entered India through  Valsad and later established themselves here. Here is a guide to this holy town.

Atash Behram

The town of Udvada is famous for the Zoroastrian Atash Behram. The Behram is a place of worship of the Zoroastrians, which has made Udvada famous across the globe.

This place of worship is one of the most sacred Zoroastrian fire temples in the country and probably the oldest fire- shrine with an endlessly burning fire within.

The Behram in Udvada is one among the nine Atash Behrams in the world of which eight are in India, and one is in Central Iran.

The fire temple at Udvada was constructed in the year 1742 and is considered very sacred among all those who belong to the Zoroastrian community.

Atash Behram
 

Entrance to Atash Behram
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Udvada Beach

The Udvada beach is a beautiful unexplored destination in this little town. Covered with brown sand and rough terrains, it is a scenic beach that is important to the fishing community here.

Zoroastrian Heritage Museum

Present at Udvada is a Zoroastrian Heritage Museum which preserves various interesting masterpieces and items of Zoroastrian history.

The museum is highly revered by the Parsis and travellers coming here can learn more about them when visiting the museum.

How to Reach Udvada

By Air: The nearest airport to Udvada is the Surat airport. It is well connected with the rest of the country from here.

By Rail: The Udvada railway station is at a distance of about 11 km from the heart of the hamlet. The station is well connected various cities of Gujarat and Mumbai and other cities across the country.

By Road: Udvada is located 182 km towards North of Mumbai and is at a distance of about 8 km off the national highway NH8. Udvada is also close to Surat in Gujarat which lies at a distance of about 264 km from Ahmedabad.

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