Dadra and Nagar Haveli
The enclave of Dadra and Nagar Haveli is a tiny union territory in Western India wedged between the states of Maharashtra and Gujarat. The two regions – Dadra and Nagar Haveli are separated from each other by a few kilometers. Both lie on the West coast, at the mouth of the Daman Ganga river.
The Union Territory of Dadra and Nagar Haveli is a small piece of land wedged between the Maharashtra and Gujarat. Until 1954, this area was under the Portuguese colonial rule. Between 1954 and 1961, it was self-governing. On its integration with the Indian Union in 1961, Silvassa was made its capital.
It is less than 500 sq. km. in size, covered with tall trees and winding rivers. The hospitable, kind, unselfish native tribals have their own customs, dances and rituals which are quite fascinating. The territory enjoys a very pleasant climate from November to March, which is actually the best time for a visit. Temperatures during summer are comfortable both even during the day due to its proximity to the sea.
Mumbai has the nearest airport.
Dadra and Nagar Haveli almost touches the National Highway 8 between Mumbai and Delhi.Silvassa is about 14 kms, from Bhilad and Vapi.
The nearest railway stations are Bhilad & Vapi, about 14 km & 18 km respectively from Silvassa, and are on the Western Railways.
Tourist Spots to be seen in and around Silvassa town are Children’s Park, Tribal Museum, Ram Temple, Balaji Temple, Ayyappa Temple, Church, Van Dhara Garden, Hirva Van Garden (both these gardens are near the river). Vanganga Garden is located in village Dadra, this garden has facility of boating. There is Madhuban Dam situated on the river Daman Ganga. Going southwards, approximately 18 km from Silvassa a small village called Bindrabin (in local dialect), some call it Vrundavan is Temple of Lord Shiva.
There really isn’t any order of things that you can do. If you are looking for a quick weekend getaway, Silvassa is the place for you. You can be holed up in any one of the many resorts in Silvassa and surrounding areas, but you let yourself loose only in the lush green sights of the surrounding flora and fauna.
* Portuguese Church
* Tribal Museum
* Local Gardens(if you’d like)
* Madhuban Dam Guest House – Magnificent view!
* Lion Safari on way to Khavel.
* Khanvel Gardens
* Dudhni Watersports! Try out the local cuisine of Desi Chicken.
* Local wadapaav
* BhelPuri/PaaniPuri at Dadra gardens.
Administrator R. K. Varma
• Density 220,451 (5th)
• 453 /km2 (1,173 /sq mi)
Language(s) Marathi, Gujarati
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
Area 487 km2 (188 sq mi)
ISO 3166-2 IN-DN