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Located about 200 kms from Mumbai is the sleepy coastal town of Udvada in Gujarat. It is renowned for the Zoroastrian Atash Behram fire temple, the world’s oldest continuously burning fire temple. And there is a chance that if you are not a Parsi, or do not have a Parsi friend, you probably haven’t even heard of this place. Aarzan Mistry takes you on a visual tour of its eternal streets and old architectural houses.

Atash Behram is the most sacred Zoroastrian fire temple in India

Atash Behram is the most sacred Zoroastrian fire temple in India

 

The lamassu guard the entrance to the Hall of Iranshah Atash Behram

The lamassu guard the entrance to the Hall of Iranshah Atash Behram

 

Near the Udvada Station, stands a 101-year-old Dharamshala

Near the Udvada Station, stands a 101-year-old Dharamshala

 

Wooden pillars and gates are typical features of old-fashioned Parsi homes

Wooden pillars and gates are typical features of old-fashioned Parsi homes

 

Udvada is dotted with several of these well maintained architectural marvels

Udvada is dotted with several of these well maintained architectural marvels

 

Most Parsis swear by the comfort of such four-poster beds

Most Parsis swear by the comfort of such four-poster beds

 

Gorge on the mouthwatering Chicken Curry Rice (Parsi Style)

Gorge on mouth-watering Chicken Curry Rice (Parsi style)

 

A look of the Udvada Station that was built in 1895

A look of the Udvada Station that was built in 1895

 

The main road leading to Udvada is perfect for long drives

The main road leading to Udvada is perfect for long drives

 

Here's a description of the sum contributed and time taken to  make Udwada Roads

If you like the main road, you’ll be glad to know all that went into its making

 

Look for these small nooks, which are a great place to buy sandalwood

Look for these small nooks, which are a great place to buy sandalwood

 

A consecrated bull known as 'Varasio' in Gujarati

A consecrated bull known as ‘Varasio’ in Gujarati

There have been attempts to put Udvada on the list of World Heritage sites. Come visit this typical Parsi haunt with ancient residences and a sacred fire temple that are worth preserving.

About the Author

Aarzan Mistry, Mumbaikar, Parsi, father of one, loves to travel and visit different parts of India. Apart from travel, Aarzan loves music, meditatoin and books on spirituality. When he isn’t working as a business analyst in Cox & Kings, he is busy regaling friends and family with anecdotes about his travels.

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