INTRODUCTIONThe Union Territory of Dadra and Nagar Haveli is situated between the highly industrialized cities of Mumbai,Surat and Vapi.From 1779 to 1954,the land was administered by the Portuguese colonialists, after its liberation in 1961 merged with the Indian Union.Silvassa is the capital of the Union Territory. This place has quite a number of health resorts, parks, dam and a tribal museum available for tourists. The people of this area are known for their hospitality and they are very much into their own traditions and customs, dances and rituals, arts and crafts and many more to explore.
LOCATIONDadra and Nagar Haveli is sandwiched between the states of Gujarat and Maharashtra and is located in the western corner of India.
FAIRS AND FESTIVALSMost of the festivals celebrated by the Hindus, Muslims and Christians are also observed in Dadra and Nagar Haveli.Apart from this there are various other tribal celebrations which includes Barash celebrated by the Varli and Kokna tribes.Akhatrij is celebrated by Kokna tribes where ladies are the main participants. Divaso is celebrated by Dhodia and Varli tribes.Dhodia are set of another tribes who celebrate Rakhi-Bandhan.
BEST TIME TO VISITThe ideal time to visit this place is between the months of November to March.
PLACES OF INTEREST
Vanganga Lake Garden, Dadra
The garden is decorated in such a way where there is a central island with well connected Japanese style of bridges.
The other area of interest of the Vanganga Lake garden are the water spread framed with tree line, boats, fountains, restaurants and jogging track.
Hirwavan garden, Piparia
KhanvelThe drive to this place is quite pleasant for the entire stretch of road from Silvassa is bordered with trees and is very pleasant and cool.Khanvel is situated at a distance of 20 km from Silvassa.It draws a lot of tourist and nature lovers attention for it is engraved by green hills and rolling meadows.The Sakartod River flows through Khanvel.
LuhariLuhari, 14 km from Silvassa, is for visitors looking for an absolutely relaxed break close to Mother Nature. The resorts here have machan style cottages close to forested areas. For the adventurous, trekking trails and camps are organized in the surrounding woods and wildlife sanctuary � very close to Silvassa.
VasonaVasona a famous Lion Safari sprawling over an area of 20 hectares. Visitors are taken in vans that are fitted with net mesh screens to admire the lions in their natural habitat.
Tapovan Tourist Complex
SHOPPINGDadra and Nagar Haveli is known for its handicrafts, leather slippers, woven of bamboo mats and baskets and articles made of greenish gold torpe grass. These items can be shopped from any local shops and emporium.
Nearest airport is at Mumbai (180 km from Silvassa) which is well connected with all major cities of India and abroad.
Nearest railhead is Vapi (17 km from Silvassa)
Dadra and Nagar Haveli , almost touches the Bombay - Baroda - Delhi National Highway No.8 (Western Express Highway). Silvassa is about 14 km from Bhilad and 17 km from Vapi. Some important distances from Silvassa are: Mumbai-180 km, Nasik-150 km, Daman 27 km, Surat- 125 km, Vadodara- 255 km and Ahmedabad- 375 km.