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The Dadra and Nagar Haveli fall under the list of India’s Union Territories. Both are situated in the western part of India, just in the middle of Maharashtra and Gujarat. The Dadra and Nagar Haveli have a common capital by the name of Silvassa. The cities union territories also have a common capital river flowing through both of them, which is the Daman Ganga River. The River’s Basin flow is situated at Nagar Haveli that is followed by a small border of the Dadra territory in the south. Dadra and Silvassa towns are located in the north of the Daman Ganga River.  Geographically Dadra  and Nagar Haveli share their borders with the Western Ghat ranges and at the very foothills of these ranges, on the Eastern side; one can witness the spectacular beauty of nature. This place was earlier ruled by the Koli chiefs who, later on, were conquered by the Hindu Kings of Ramnagar and Jawhar. Then finally, the Marathas defeated the Hindu kings and then encroached the territories and merged them with their own.

Technically speaking, the territories of Nagar Haveli, as well as Dadra, were small pieces of land that was ruled by the Portuguese until the year 1954. When the Portuguese left their claim on the land, the territories became self-governing bodies and remained till 1961. At that time, Silvassa was made into its capital. Silvassa is less than 500 square kilometers in the total area, which is covered with trees and dissected by many winding water bodies. The local inhabitants of the place have their kind of selfless hospitality. The people have their rituals, customs, dance which is quite fascinating to a traveler. If you want to know about the tenure of the pleasant climate of this place, then you will be elated to know that from November till March, a traveler can witness the best facet of the weather and climate at Dadra and Nagar Haveli. Summers are also pleasant, and during the day time, the temperature does not rise much, thanks to its closeness to the Arabian Sea.

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Reaching Dadra and Nagar Haveli

  • If you are traveling by air, then Mumbai is the nearest airport to the place, from where you can book a cab or a private car of your own.
  • In case you make your mind to travel by road, then you must know that Nagar Haveli, as well as Dadra, touches the National Highway 8 in between Delhi and Mumbai. The capital town of Silvassa is just 14 kilometers away from Vapi and Bhilad.
  • In case you are traveling by rails, then the nearest railway stations are Vapi and Bhilad. They are 18 kilometers as well as 14 kilometers by the distance from the town of Silvassa and fall under the service of Western Railways.

Places to visit and see

  • Children’s park of Silvassa
  • The Hirva Van Garden at Pipariya, in the town of Silvassa and Vapi Road near the police station of Pipariya. This site is adjoined by the Damanganga River.
  • Across the Daman Ganga River, the popular Madhuban Dam is situated at Silvassa.
  • The Silvassa Church or the Our Lady of Piety Church
  • The Ayappa Mandir or Park Ayappa Temple
  • The Park Balaji Mandir or the Temple of Balaji at Silvassa
  • The Shriv Ram Mandir at Silvassa or the Park Ram Temple at Silvassa
  • Bindrabin or Vrundavan, or the Temple of Shiva, situated 18 kilometers south of the town of Silvassa.
  • The Cultural Museum of Tribes.
  • The Garden of Van Dhara at Silvassa, located by the River of Daman Ganga.
  • The Garden of Vanganga atDadra with the facilities of boating.

Silvassa photo

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The supposed itinerary at Silvassa

Dadra and Nagar Haveli does not have many things to be visited or seen as popular tourists destinations, but the towns are ideal for being a quick weekend gateway, away from the bustle of the city’s daily rat race. You can garage yourself at one of the many resorts available there for housing the tourists. In the lush green scenic gardens enriched with flora and fauna, you can loosen up yourself and relax to your heart’s content. Below are certain things which you can enjoy while your stay at Dadra Nagar and Haveli, like:

  • The Madhuban Dam Guest House with the superb view of the nearby sceneries.
  • You can grab a quick bite at any stall selling vada pav
  • You can also visit one of the many local gardens
  • You can also opt to go for a Lon Safari, on your way towards Khavel
  • You must visit Khanvel Gardens to enjoy the enriched flora of Mother Nature
  • Try out the local cuisine of the Desi Style Chicken after you have spent a great time at the Watersports facility of Dudhni
  • You can enjoy Pani Puri as well as Bhel Puri at the Dadra Gardens
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The reason to visit Dadra and Nagar Haveli

  • One can visit the Tribal Museum to witness great artifacts of the local tribal life, associated mostly with hunting as well as fishing. The museum is settled in the locality which is surrounded by the rhythmic rivers, sparkling waterfalls and enriched locales of flora and fauna.
  • You can opt to go for several safari excursions like the Lion Safari, visit the mini zoo and also visit the Bal Udyan to witness the creatures like crocodiles, python, deer and many colorful birds.
  • The traveler can also experience the abundance of Mother Nature’s blessings in the form of Tapovan Tourist Complex, Hirwa Van, Vandana Lake Garden. At these places, your experience can touch the limitless beauty of the Arabian Sea.
  • At Silvassa, you will come across the Museum of Silvassa which is a small museum that explains the history of Silvassa and its people.
  • Silvassa also serves certain best eco-tourism experiences to the tourists, thanks to the town’s superior natural enrichment of flora and fauna, etc.

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