Dadra and Nagar Haveli is one of the union territories of India. It lies near the west coast and consists of two separate parts. Dadra is surrounded by the state of Gujarat, and Nagar Haveli lies on the borders of Maharashtraand Gujarat.
The first thing that is most striking about Dadra and Nagar Haveli is its natural beauty. The lush green forests, meandering rivers, distant mountain ranges and a magnificent kaleidoscope of flora and fauna are the most intriguing aspects about this union territory. Situated in the western corner of the Indian sub-continent, it is a union territory located between Gujarat and Maharashtra. With a total area of 491 square kilometers, an interesting element about this place is its location in the watershed of the Daman Ganga River which flows through the region. Dadra and Nagar Haveli had been a Portuguese colony since the year 1779 and it was only in the year 1954 that it was made a part of India. Till 1961 it operated independently and was self-governing. In the same year it became a union territory of India and now has representation in both the houses of the Indian Parliament.
The most important towns of the union territory are Dadra and Silvassa, which is also the capital city.
To the east of Dadra and Nagar Haveli lies the Western Ghats, and to its north and east lie the districts of Gujarat, whereas the districts of Maharashtra border it in the south. Towards the northeastern side of Dadra and Nagar Haveli the presence of the Western Ghats makes the terrain a little hilly but in the central part the land is mostly plain and is very fertile.
Dadra and Nagar Haveli comprise of 1 district, 1 block and 72 villages and has 3,43,709 population, according to census 2011. An in depth study about Dadra and Nagar Haveli reveals that there are a number of tribes in the region; these include Varlies, Kokana, Dhodia and Dublas. These tribal people are independent, self sufficient and have their own culture and social way of life.
Dadra consists of 3 villages, and Nagar Haveli has the town of Silvassa and 68 villages. Known for its lush green forest reserves, meandering rivers and vast flora and fauna, this union territory is one of the most popular tourist destinations.
The territory enjoys a very pleasant climate from November to March, which is actually the best time to visit this place. The summer temperature does not go very high, due to its proximity to the sea, and the nights are really pleasant. The southwest monsoon occurs from June to September. During this time there is profuse rainfall in the region. The rainfall is about 200 to 250 cm.
|Languages||:||Gujarati & Marathi|
|When to Visit||:||Octobet to March|
|Climate||:||Summer:- 41c to 27c
Winter:- 29c to 14c
Monsoon : June to September
Also called as Tadkeshwara Temple, Bindrabin Temple, which is dedicated to god Shiva, is situated 18 kms away from Silvassa. The location of the temple in itself is very serene – on Sakartod River banks surrounded by tall trees. The atmosphere relaxes you and you can make yourself more comfortable in one of the three cottages set up by the Department of Silvassa tourism. You can find an eatery too. Children can indulge in the recreational area near the temple.
A reminder of Portuguese rule in the land, Church of Our Lady of Piety was built during 18th century. It is situated opposite Tribal Museum. The stone made church has amazing arches at the outside and well constructed interiors. You can have some peaceful moments for yourself once you are inside.
Located 40 kms away from Silvassa, Dudhni Lake is a vast expanse of water surrounded by small hills. Famously referred to as the ‘Kashmir of the West’, the lake is formed by the waters of Madhuban reservoir. The isolated Dudhni, which is home to the lake, calms your senses. Well, you have entertainments that can make your adrenalin flow. The water sports available here include rowing boats, speed boats, water scooters, kayaks, canoes, jet skis and shikara rides. Trekking through the dense forests and camping on the river side would be a memorable adventure. If you love to have a glimpse of the life of tribals, here is your chanch.
Yet another spectacular garden in the Union Territory, the only difference being that it is forest made by man. Situated on the Silvassa – Dadra road, the garden is a superb specimen of architecture. Mesmerizing waterfalls, beautiful cascades, small springs, stone walls, arches, lush greenery, colorful flowers, crisscross walkways, in fact, everything about Hirwa Van Gardenis amazing. There is a separate play section for children and the play equipments available here keep the children amused when you are lost in tranquility.
Located on the banks of Madhuban Dam, Kauncha is the perfect destination for nature lovers. Dense forests, spectacular mountain ranges and scenic valleys of Kauncha enchant you while the tribal life make you envy them for the simple and contended life they lead amidst the richness of nature. Feel how it would be like to be a part of the world that does not have technological facilities but can offer you the experience of a lifetime. Adventure seekers can have a whale of a time here rowing boats, skiing and canoeing. For those who love trekking, here is an opportunity to trek, camp and count the stars that gaze from above.
Madhuban Dam, one of the star attractions of Dadra and Nagar Haveli offers excellent facilities to indulge in water sports. Rides in speed boats, passenger boats, water scooters, canoes and aqua bikes attract tourists in great numbers. Water sports apart, the views of the dense forests around are stunning. The site has luxurious tents where you have cooking facilities too.
Covering an area of 20 hectares of land, Vasona’s Lion Safari gives you a thrilling experience. After all, is it not exciting to have the opportunity of watching lion in its home rather than the cage where its space and movement are restricted? Lion Safari Park is 9 kms from Silvassa. It has a seven meter high wall to ensure safety. Special vehicles designed to tour the dense land take you inside to have a glimpse of the life of lion, the king of forest.
Located on River Daman Ganga banks, Swaminarayan Temple is a perfect example for architectural splendor. If you have a keen eye for architecture, just a photograph of the temple would trigger your interest to plan a trip to the site regardless of your faith. You will be amazed to find that not a piece of the structure is left without carvings. The spacious garden and the magnificent construction mesmerize visitors.
A trip to any destination is never complete without visiting the places that highlight the history of the place and its past and present lifestyle. Tribal Cultural Museum in Dadra and Nagar Haveli give you an insight into the rich cultural heritage of the tribals of the land. The museum has a collection of hunting tools, traditional jewelry and musical instruments used by the tribals. This is also the right place for you to acquire souvenirs to preserve the memories of your visit to Dadra and Nagar Haveli. Handcrafts made by the tribals are exquisite and will serve as an excellent reminder of your tour.
Just 5 kms from the capital city Silvassa, Vanganga Lake Garden is heaven for nature lovers. The very sight of the sprawling 7.58 hectares of ‘picture perfect’ garden with its beautiful lake captivates your soul. The huge lake in the garden has an island at the center, which stands connected to the garden by a bridge reflecting the influence of Japanese architecture. The island gives the garden the name ‘Island Garden’ and more to appease your visual appetite with tall green trees lining the lake and small fountains with scenic lighting arrangements. You can jog, walk or unwind in one of the cottages here that provides you with seating arrangements.